Thomas Gray

1716 - 1771

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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A Quote by Thomas Gray on nature

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E'en from the tomb the voice of nature cries, E'en in our ashes live their wonted fires.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 23.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on rudeness and sleep

Each in his narrow cell forever laid, The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 4.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on learning, life, and wishes

Far from the madding crowd's ignoble strife Their sober wishes never learn'd to stray; Along the cool sequester'd vale of life They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 19.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on anxiety, cheerfulness, day, and resignation

For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey, This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd, Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day, Nor cast one longing ling'ring look behind?

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 22.

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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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