Thomas Gray

1716 - 1771

A Quote by Thomas Gray on sympathy

The social smile, the sympathetic tear.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Education and Government.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on words

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Bright-eyed Fancy, hov'ring o'er, Scatters from her pictured urn Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: The Progress of Poesy. III. 3, Line 2.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on bliss, destruction, fate, happiness, ignorance, men, pain, paradise, sorrow, and thought

To each his suff'rings; all are men, Condemn'd alike to groan,- The tender for another's pain, Th' unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate, Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies? Thought would destroy their paradise. No more; where ignorance is bliss, 'T is folly to be wise.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Stanza 10.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on murder and shame

Ye towers of Julius, London's lasting shame, With many a foul and midnight murder fed.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: The Bard. II. 3, Line 11.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on fiction and truth

And truth severe, by fairy fiction drest.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Bard. III. 3, Line 3.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on glory, soul, and vision

Visions of glory, spare my aching sight! Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul!

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Bard. III. 1, Line 11.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on joy

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They hear a voice in every wind, And snatch a fearful joy.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: On a Distant Prospect of Eton College. Stanza 4.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on hell

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Weave the warp, and weave the woof, The winding-sheet of Edward's race. Give ample room and verge enough The characters of hell to trace.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: The Bard. II. 1, Line 1.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray

And weep the more, because I weep in vain.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Sonnet. On the Death of Mr. West.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on books and chance

Any fool may write a most valuable book by chance, if he will only tell us what he heard and saw with veracity.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Letter to Walpole, 25 Feb. 1768

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