He gives us the very quintessence of perception,-the clearly crystalized precipitation of all that is most precious in the ferment of impression after the impertinent and obtrusive particulars have evaporated from the memory.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Contributed by: Zaady
Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.
Source: The Cathedral.
And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days; Then Heaven tries the earth if it be in tune, And over it softly her warm ear lays.
Source: The Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Part First.
These pearls of thought in Persian gulfs were bred, Each softly lucent as a rounded moon; The diver Omar plucked them from their bed, Fitzgerald strung them on an English thread.
Source: a copy of Omar Khayyam.
If God made poets for anything, it was to keep alive the traditions of the pure, the holy, and the beautiful.
A poet must needs be before his own age, to be even with posterity.
It is by presence of mind in untried emergencies that the native metal of a man is tested.
Source: My Study Windows. Abraham Lincoln, 1864.
In vain we call old notions fudge, And bend our conscience to our dealing; The Ten Commandments will not budge, And stealing will continue stealing.
Source: Motto of the American Copyright League (written Nov. 20, 1885).
Ez to my princerples, I glory In hevin' nothin' o' the sort.
Source: The Biglow Papers. First Series. No. vii.
Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
Source: New England Two Centuries ago.
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