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.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Source: a copy of Omar Khayyam.
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Truth, after all, wears a different face to everybody, and it would be too tedious to wait till all were agreed.
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne.
Source: The Present Crisis.
True scholarship consists in knowing not what things exist, but what they mean; it is not memory but judgment.
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