James Beattie

1735 - 1803

A Quote by James Beattie on sage and thought

He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

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A Quote by James Beattie on dawn

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But when shall spring visit the mouldering urn? Oh when shall it dawn on the night of the grave?

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

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A Quote by James Beattie on faith, innocence, modesty, patience, and serenity

Zealous, yet modest; innocent, though free; Patient of toil, serene amidst alarms; Inflexible in faith, invincible in arms.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Minstrel. Book i. Stanza 11.

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A Quote by James Beattie on day and songs

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At the close of the day when the hamlet is still, And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove, When naught but the torrent is heard on the hill, And naught but the nightingale's song in the grove.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

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A Quote by James Beattie on aim, education, improvement, memory, and men

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

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A Quote by James Beattie on faith

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Inflexible in faith, invincible in arms.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

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A Quote by James Beattie on blindness and science

By the glare of false science betray'd, That leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

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A Quote by James Beattie

Mine be the breezy hill that skirts the down, Where a green grassy turf is all I crave, With here and there a violet bestrewn, Fast by a brook or fountain's murmuring wave; And many an evening sun shine sweetly on my grave!

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Minstrel. Book ii. Stanza 17.

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A Quote by James Beattie on fame

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Ah, who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar?

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Minstrel. Book i. Stanza 1.

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A Quote by James Beattie on beauty and immortality

And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

Contributed by: Zaady

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