A Quote by John Milton on clarity, dawn, dreams, history, idleness, time, and truth

By this time, like one who had set out on his way by night, and travelled through a region of smooth or idle dreams, our history now arrives on the confines, where daylight and truth meet us with a clear dawn, representing to our view, though at a far distance, true colours and shapes.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: The History of England. Book i.

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A Quote by John Edward Masefield on dawn, loneliness, and songs

I must down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by, And the wheel's kick and the wind's song and the white sail's shaking, And a gray mist on the sea's face and a gray dawn breaking.

John Masefield (1878 - 1967)

Source: Sea Fever, 1902, st. 1

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A Quote by John G. C. Brainard on dawn


I saw two clouds at morning Tinged by the rising sun, And in the dawn they floated on And mingled into one.

John G. C. Brainard (1796 - 1828)

Source: I Saw Two Clouds at Morning.

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A Quote by James Douglas on darkness, dawn, garden, good, ideas, reverie, shyness, and thought

It is a good idea to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all it's shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought.

James Douglas

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A Quote by James Beattie on dawn


But when shall spring visit the mouldering urn? Oh when shall it dawn on the night of the grave?

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

Source: The Hermit.

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A Quote by J. E. Littlewood on accidents, argument, chance, conscience, dawn, education, identity, problems, and wishes

In presenting a mathematical argument the great thing is to give the educated reader the chance to catch on at once to the momentary point and take details for granted: his successive mouthfuls should be such as can be swallowed at sight; in case of accidents, or in case he wishes for once to check in detail, he should have only a clearly circumscribed little problem to solve (e.g. to check an identity: two trivialities omitted can add up to an impasse). The unpractised writer, even after the dawn of a conscience, gives him no such chance; before he can spot the point he has to tease his way through a maze of symbols of which not the tiniest suffix can be skipped.

J. E. Littlewood (1885 - 1977)

Source: A Mathematician's Miscellany, Methuen Co. Ltd., 1953.

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A Quote by Ina Coolbrith on art, brothers, darkness, dawn, earth, faith, force, god, gold, heart, love, nations, peace, spirit, struggle, and world

Millennium The night falls, heavy with the coming storm! Far out, the ocean frets against the bar, And the cloud-legions, gathering force and form Shut, with closed ranks, all gleam of moon or star. Tempestuous darkness! and unto the dawn, Long hours. Ah! with the passing will there be The gold and crimson by the sun-rays drawn, Or tempest still, and moaning of the sea? The world is heavy with the coming storm! No nation wars with nation, race with race, But where the love-pulse should beat quick and warm, Lo! brother against brother, face to face. Abel unto the god of blood gives blood, Who heeds not the fair fruitage of the land, And wrong and rage, of viper-nests the brood, Arm Cain with flaming heart and flaming brand. Where is the peace that should with thee abide O Earth? Art still beneath the primal ban, Availing naught the Holy Crucified? No faith in God because no faith in man! Thy helpless idols help thee not-Awake! Arise, and let thy weary burden fall! Captive, the fetters of the ages break, And, thrall to Mammon, be no longer thrall. O Spirit of the Holy One, from where On high Thou dwellest, lend Thy loving will To quell these battle-giants of the air, And to the warring waters speak, "Be still." Or if from darkness, only, springs the light, And but from struggle blessed peace is born, Loose till the awful thunders of Thy might- And hail, the night! that heralds the glad morn.

Ina Coolbrith (1842 - 1928)

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A Quote by Hubert H. Humphrey, Jr. on children, dawn, disability, elderly, government, and life

The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life . . . the children; those who are in the twilight of life . . . the elderly; and those who are in the shadow of life . . . the sick . . . the needy . . . and the disabled.

Hubert H. Humphrey (1911 - 1978)

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on assumptions, dawn, desires, history, inspiration, knowledge, men, progress, and worth

It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone - that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous. . . . The great masses of men, even in this inspired republic, are precisely where the mob was at the dawn of history. They are ignorant, they are dishonest, they are cowardly, they are ignoble. They know little if anything that is worth knowing, and there is not the slightest sign of a natural desire among them to increase their knowledge.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on dawn, divinity, expectation, labor, learning, life, and poetry

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred million to a poetic or divine life. To be awake is to be alive. . . . We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walden (1854), I, Economy

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