A Quote by Thucydides on beauty, lovers, mind, simplicity, and wisdom

Two translations: For we are lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our tastes, and we cultivate the mind without loss of manliness. We are lovers of beauty without extravagance, and lovers of wisdom without unmanliness.

Thucydides (c.460 - 400 BC)

Source: The History of the Peloponnesian War, 431—413 BC.,

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A Quote by Thomas Nashe on birds, country, dance, day, kiss, lovers, play, and wives

Spring Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year's pleasant king; Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing, Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The palm and may make country houses gay, Lambs frisk and play, the shepherds pipe all day, And we hear aye birds tune this merry lay, Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! The fields breathe sweet, the daisies kiss our feet, Young lovers meet, old wives a-sunning sit; In every street these tunes our ears do greet, Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! Spring! the sweet Spring!

Thomas Nashe (1567 - 1601)

Source: Spring

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A Quote by Thomas á Kempis on companions, complaints, desires, jesus, love, lovers, mind, miracles, passion, praise, and shame

Jesus hath many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His Cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His fasting. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to undergo anything for His sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of His loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of His passion. Many are astonished at His miracles, few follow after the shame of His Cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them. Many praise Him and bless Him, so long as they receive any comforts from Him. But if Jesus hide Himself and withdraw a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too great dejection of mind.

Thomas a Kempis (1380 - 1471)

Source: Of the Imitation of Christ

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A Quote by Publius Terence (P. Terentius Afer) on love and lovers

The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. -Amantium irae amoris integratio'st

Terence (190 - 159 BC)

Source: Andria

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A Quote by Stephen King on duty, enemies, friendship, lies, lovers, and truth

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.

Stephen King (1947 -)

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A Quote by Sir William Davenant on beauty, blindness, death, doubt, knowledge, life, love, lovers, philosophy, poets, sorrow, and time

To a Mistress Dying Lover. YOUR beauty, ripe and calm and fresh As eastern summers are, Must now, forsaking time and flesh, Add light to some small star. Philosopher. Whilst she yet lives, were stars decay'd, Their light by hers relief might find; But Death will lead her to a shade Where Love is cold and Beauty blind. Lover. Lovers, whose priests all poets are, Think every mistress, when she dies, Is changed at least into a star: And who dares doubt the poet wise? Philosopher. But ask not bodies doom'd to die To what abode they go; Since Knowledge is but Sorrow's spy, It is not safe to know.

Sir William Davenant (1606 - 1668)

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A Quote by Sir Walter Scott on love and lovers

Her blue eyes sought the west afar, For lovers love the western star.

Sir Walter Scott (1771 - 1832)

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A Quote by Robertson Davies on books, drugs, lies, lovers, people, reality, and thought

Book lovers are thought by unbookish people to be gentle and unworldly, and perhaps a few of them are so. But there are others who will lie and scheme and steal to get books as wildly and unconscionably as the dope-taker in pursuit of his drug. They may not want the books to read immediately, or at all; they want them to possess, to range on their shelves, to have at command. They want books as a Turk is thought to want concubines - not to be hastily deflowered, but to be kept at their master's call, and enjoyed more often in thought than in reality.

Robertson Davies (1913 - 1995)

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A Quote by Robert Browning on crime, delay, frustration, life, losing, lovers, vices, virtue, and worth

I hear you reproach, "But delay was best, For their end was a crime." Oh, a crime will do As well, I reply, to serve for a test As a virtue golden through and through, Sufficient to vindicate itself And prove its worth at a moment's view! . . . . . . Let a man contend to the uttermost For his life's set prize, be it what it will! The counter our lovers staked was lost As surely as if it were lawful coin; And the sin I impute to each frustrate ghost Is-the unlit lamp and the ungirt loin, Though the end in sight was a vice, I say.

Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

Source: The Statue and the Bust.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on books, life, lovers, parenthood, and passion

There are books . . . which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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