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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


Error is worse than ignorance.

Grief hallows hearts, even while it ages heads.

He most lives / Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

He who has most of heart knows most of sorrow.

If all were rich, gold would be penniless.

Let every thought too, soldier-like, be stripped, / And roughly looked over.

Life’s but a means unto an end; that end / Beginning, mean, and end to all things—God.

Lowliness is the base of every virtue, and he who goes the lowest builds the safest.

Man is a military animal, / Glories in gunpowder and loves parade.

Man is one, and he hath one great heart.

Mist of words, / Like halos round the moon, though they enlarge / The seeming size of thoughts, make the light less / Doubly.

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths, and tell them.

Simplicity is Nature’s first step, and the last of art.

The dress of words, / Like to the Roman girl’s enticing garb, / Should let the play of limb be seen through it, / And the round rising form.

The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that.

The sun, God’s crest upon his azure shield, the heavens.

We should count time by heart-throbs. / He most lives / Who thinks most, feels the noblest, / Acts the best.

Who never doubted never half believed.

Words are like sea-shells on the shore; they show / Where the mind ends, and not how far it has been.

Words are the motes of thought, and nothing more.