Thomas Gray

1716 - 1771

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 home

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And hie him home, at evening's close, To sweet repast and calm repose.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Ode on the Pleasure Arising from Vicissitude. Line 87.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on bliss

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The hues of bliss more brightly glow, Chastised by sabler tints of woe.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Ode on the Pleasure arising from Vicissitude. Line 45.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on custom

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One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill, Along the heath, and near his fav'rite tree: Another came; nor yet beside the rill, Nor up the lawn, nor at the wood was he.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Stanza 28.

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on confusion, conquest, and idleness

Ruin seize thee, ruthless king! Confusion on thy banners wait! Though fann'd by Conquest's crimson wing, They mock the air with idle state.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

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

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on dawn and love

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When love could teach a monarch to be wise, And gospel-light first dawn'd from Bullen's eyes.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on fortune

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Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, He had not the method of making a fortune.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: Sketch of His Own Character

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A Quote by Thomas Gray on birth, earth, fame, fortune, humility, melancholy, science, and youth

Here rests his head upon the lap of earth, A youth to fortune and to fame unknown: Fair Science frown'd not on his humble birth, And Melancholy mark'd him for her own.

Thomas Gray (1716 - 1771)

Source: The Epitaph.

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