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History's Food For Thought
The thinking of men of reason as they
emerged from the middle ages into the light

  1. Tacitus, Annals III, 110 When we observe world affairs, is it not quite plain that fortune cares little for wisdom or foolishness but converts one to the other with capricious delight?
  2. John Lyly, Endymion III, 1591 Time draweth wrinkles in a fair face, But addeth fresh colors to a fast friend, which neither heat, nor cold, nor misery, nor place, nor destiny, can alter or diminish.
  3. Shakespeare, Othello I, 1604 I spoke of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents by flood and field; Of hair-breath 'scapes i' the imminent deadly breach.
  4. John Dryden, An Evening's Love II, 1671 Passion makes us cowards grow, What made us brave before.
  5. George Savile (Marquess of Halifax), Political, Moral And Miscellaneous Reflections, 1690 Till follies become ruinous, the world is better with them than if would be without them.
  6. Isaac Newton, Quote, 1725 "I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me."
  7. Benjamin Wincomb, Moral And Religious Aphorisms, 1753 All expectation hath something of a torment.
  8. Samuel T. Coleridge, The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner IV, 1798 Like one, that on a lonesome road, Doth walk in fear and dread, And having once turned round, walks on, And turns no more his head; Because he knows a frightful fiend Doth close behind him tread.
  9. Samuel T. Coleridge, The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner IV, 1798 Alone, alone, all all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never a saint took pity on My soul in agony.
  10. Percy Bysshe, The Revolt Of Islam II, 1818 I wandered through the wrecks of days departed.
  11. Washington Irving, The Sketchbook, 1820 There is in every true woman's heart a spark of heavenly fire, which lies dormant in the broad daylight of prosperity; but which kindles up, and beams and blazes in the dark hour of adversity.
  12. William Hazlitt, Characteristics XXII, 1823 There are names written in her immoral scroll at which fame blushes.
  13. Charles Lamb, To The Shade Of Elliston, 1831 Bless me, how little you look. So shall we all look - kings and kaisers - stripped for the last voyage.
  14. Thomas Babington Macaulay, Letter To Hannah M. Macaulay, 1833 There are not ten people in the world whose deaths would spoil my dinner, but there are one or two whose deaths would break my heart.
  15. Max Steiner, The Ego And His Own, 1845 So long as you believe in some truth you do not believe in yourself. You are a servant. A man of faith.
  16. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets From The Portuguese, 1847 I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath, Smiles, tears, all of my life! - and, if God choose, I shall but love thee better after death.
  17. Charles Dickens, Mr. Micawber In David Copperfield, 1850 - Something of an extraordinary nature will turn up.
  18. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poems, 1855 If wishes would carry me over the land, I would ride with free bridle today, I would greet every tree with a grasp of my hand, I would drink of each river, and swim in each bay.
  19. Henry Thoreau, Excursions, 1863 He is blessed over all morals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.
  20. John Greenlead Whittier, Snowbound, 1866 No cloud above, no earth below - A universe of sky and snow.
  21. Henry Stanley, Quote, 1871 "Dr. Livingstone, I presume."
  22. Rudyard Kipling, Recessional, 1897 Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet, Lest we forget - lest we forget.

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History's Food For Thought
The thinking of men of reason as they
emerged from the middle ages into the light