A Quote by Marcus Valerius Martialis ‘Martial' on life and purity

My poems are naughty, but my life is pure.

Martial (c.40 - c.102)

Source: Epigrammata

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A Quote by Marsilio Ficino on body, emotion, meaning, mind, music, nature, perception, pleasure, purity, quality, reality, senses, singers, soul, spirit, spirituality, and time

Musical consonance occurs in the element which is the mean of all (i.e. air), and reaches the ears through motion, spherical motion: so that it is not surprising that it should be fitting to the soul, which is both the mean of things, and the origin of circular motion. In addition, musical sound, more than anything else perceived by the senses, conveys, as if animated, the emotions and thoughts of the singer's or player's soul to the listeners' souls; thus it preeminently corresponds with the soul. Moreover, as regards sight, although visual impressions are in a way pure, yet they lack the effectiveness of motion, and are usually perceived only as an image, without reality; normally therefore, they move the soul only slightly. Smell, taste, and touch are entirely material, and rather titillate the sense-organs than penetrate the depths of the soul. But musical sound by the movement of the air moves the body: by purified air it excites the aerial spirit which is the bond of body and soul: by emotion it affects the senses, and at the same time the soul: by meaning it works on the mind: finally, by the very movement of the subtle air it penetrates strongly: by its contemperation it flows smoothly: by the convormity of its quality it floods us with a wonderful pleasure: by its nature, both spiritual and material, it at once seizes, and claims as its own, man in his entirety.

Marsilio Ficino (1433 - 1499)

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A Quote by Louise Bogan on beauty, belief, joy, purity, rest, suffering, universe, and world

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!

Louise Bogan (1897 - 1970)

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A Quote by Louis F. Benson on brothers, country, god, honesty, life, and purity

Who shares his life's pure pleasures, And walks the honest road, Who trades with heaping measures, And lifts his brother's load, Who turns the wrong down bluntly, And lends the right a hand, He dwells in God's own country, He tills the Holy Land.

Louis F. Benson (1855 - 1930)

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A Quote by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON on heart, purity, and strength

My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure.

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

Source: “Sir Galahad,”Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson, p. 101.

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A Quote by Alfred, Lord TENNYSON on corruption, custom, god, good, life, order, purity, soul, world, and yielding

The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world. Comfort thyself: what comfort is in me? I have lived my life, and that which I have done May he within himself make pure! but thou, If thou shouldst never see my face again, Pray for my soul. . . .

Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

Source: Idylls of the King. The Passing of Arthur.

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A Quote by L.M. Passano on mathematics, prostitution, purity, and women

This trend [emphasizing applied mathematics over pure mathematics] will make the queen of the sciences into the quean of the sciences. Quean: a disreputable woman, a prostitute.

L.M. Passano

Source: H. Eves Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by Lillian Whiting on argument, assumptions, education, individuality, purity, time, and water

The individual who cultivates grievances, and who is perpetually exacting explanations of his assumed wrongs, can only be ignored, and left to the education of time and of development.... One does not argue or contend with the foul miasma that settles over stagnant water; one leaves it and climbs to a higher region, where the air is pure and the sunshine fair.

Lillian Whiting

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A Quote by Leonardo da Vinci on inaction, mind, purity, water, and weather

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452 - 1519)

Source: The Notebooks, 1508–1518

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A Quote by Count Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoi or Tolstoy on impossibility, joy, purity, and sorrow

Pure and complete sorrow is as impossible as pure and complete joy.

Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

Source: War and Peace

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