James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
Talent alone to That which each man
Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.Emerson.
Talent for literature, thou hast such a talent? Believe it not, be slow to believe it! To speak or to write, Nature did not peremptorily order thee; but to work she did.Carlyle.
Talent forms itself in secret; character, in the great current of the world.Goethe.
Talent has almost always this advantage (Vorsprung) over genius—that the former endures, the latter often explodes, or runs to waste (verpufft).Gutzkow.
Talent is a cistern; genius, a fountain.Whipple.
Talent is a gift which God has imparted in secret, and which we reveal without knowing it.Montesquieu.
Talent is some one faculty unusually developed; genius commands all the faculties.F. H. Hedge.
Talent is something, but tact is everything. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles.W. P. Scargill.
Talent is that which is in a man’s power; genius is that in whose power a man is.Lowell.
Talent ist Form, Genie Stoff—Talent is form, genius is substance.Gutzkow.
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason and imagination, rarely or never.Coleridge.
Talents angel-bright, if wanting worth, are shining instruments in false ambition’s hand, to finish faults illustrious, and give infamy renown.Young.
Talents give a man a superiority far more agreeable than that which proceeds from riches, birth, or employments, which are all external. Talents constitute our very essence.Rollin.
Taliter qualiter—Such as it is.
Talk, except as the preparation for work, is worth almost nothing; sometimes it is worth infinitely less than nothing; and becomes, little conscious of playing such a fatal part, the general summary of pretentious nothingnesses, and the chief of all the curses the posterity of Adam are liable to in this sublunary world.Carlyle.
Talk of the devil and he’ll appear.Proverb.
Talk that does not end in action is better suppressed altogether.Carlyle.
Talk to him of Jacob’s ladder, and he would ask the number of the steps.Douglas Jerrold.
Talkers are no good doers.Richard III., i. 3.
Talking is one of the fine arts.Holmes.
Talking is the disease of age.Ben Jonson.
Talking of love is making it.Proverb.
Talking with a host is next best to talking with one’s self…. He is wiser than to contradict his guest in any case; he lets him go on, he lets him travel.Thoreau.
Tam deest avaro quod habet, quam quod non habet—The miser is as much in want of that which he has as of that which he has not.Publius Syrus.
Tam diu discendum est, quum diu nescias, et, si proverbio credimus, quam diu vivas—You must continue learning as long as you do not know, and, if the proverb is to be believed, as long as you live.Seneca.
Tam Marte quam Minerva—As much by Mars as by Minerva; as much by courage as by wisdom.Proverb.
Tam Marti quam Mercurio—As much for Mars as for Mercury; as well qualified for war as for business.
Tam felix utinam, quam pectore candidus, essem—Oh, that I were as happy as I am clear in conscience.Ovid.
Tam lo’ed him like a vera brither; / They had been fou for weeks thegither.Burns.
Tamen me / Cum magnis vixisse invita fatebitur usque / Invidia—Nevertheless, even envy, however unwilling, will have to admit that I have lived among great men.Horace.
Tandem fit surculus arbor—A twig in time becomes a tree.Motto.
Tandem poculum mœroris exhausit—He has exhausted at last the cup of grief.Cicero.
Tangere ulcus—To touch a sore; to renew one’s grief.Terence.
Tanquam in speculo—As in a mirror.
Tanquam nobilis—Noble by courtesy.
Tanquam ungues digitosque suos—As well as his nails and fingers; at his fingers’ ends.Proverb.
Tant de fiel entre-t-il dans l’âme des dévôts?—Can so much gall find access in devout souls?Boileau.
Tant mieux—So much the better.French.
Tant pis—So much the worse.French.
Tant va la cruche à l’eau qu’à la fin elle se brise—The pitcher goes so often to the well that it is broken at last.French.
Tanté molis erat Romanam condere gentem—Such a task it was to found the Roman race.Virgil.
Tantæne animis cœlestibus iræ?—Can heavenly minds cherish such dire resentment?Virgil.
Tanti eris aliis, quanti tibi fueris—You will be of as much value to others as you have been to yourself.Cicero.
Tanto brevius omne tempus, quanto felicius—The happier the moments the shorter.Pliny.
Tanto buon, che val niente—So good as to be good for nothing.Italian Proverb.
Tanto fortior, tanto felicior!—The more pluck, the better luck!
Tanto più di pregio reca all’ opera l’umiltà dell’ artista, quanto più aggiunge di valori al numero la nullità del zero—The modesty of the artist adds as much to the merit of his work as does a cipher (of no value in itself) to the number to which it is joined.Bernini.
Tanto vale la Messa detta quanto la cantata—A mass is as good said as sung.Italian Proverb.
Tantum quantum—Just as much as.
Tantum religio potuit suadere malorum—Could such cruelties have been perpetrated in the name of religion?Lucretius, in reference to the sacrifice of Iphigenia.
Tantum series juncturaque / Tantum de medio sumptis accedit honoris—Such is the power of order and arrangement: so much grace may be imparted to subjects from common life.Horace.
Tantum vertice in auras / Aetherias quantum radice in Tartara tendit—Its summit stretches as far into the upper ether as its root into the nether deep.
Tantus amor laudum, tantæ est victoria curæ—Such is the love of praise, so great the anxiety for victory.Virgil.
Tapfer ist der Löwesieger, / Tapfer ist der Weltbezwinger, / Tapfer wer sich selbst bezwang—Brave is the lion-vanquisher, brave is the world-subduer, but braver he who has subdued himself.J. G. Herder.
Tarda sit illa dies, et nostro serior ævo—Slow may that day approach, and long after our time.Ovid.
Tarda solet magnis rebus inesse fides—Men are slow to repose confidence in undertakings of magnitude.Ovid.
Tarde, quæ credita lædunt, credimus—We are slow to believe that which, if believed, would work us harm.Ovid.
Tarde sed tute—Slow but sure.Motto.
Tarde venientibus ossa—To those who come late the bones.Proverb.
Tardiora sunt remedia quam mala—Remedies are slower in their operation than diseases.Tacitus.
Tasks in hours of insight willed, / In hours of gloom must be fulfilled.Matthew Arnold.
Taste can only be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good, out of the truly excellent.Goethe.
Taste depends upon those finer emotions which make the organisation of the soul.Sir J. Reynolds.
Taste, if it mean anything but a paltry connoisseurship, must mean a general susceptibility to truth and nobleness; a sense to discern and a heart to love and reverence all beauty, order, goodness, wheresoever found and in whatsoever form and accompaniment.Carlyle.
Taste is the very maker of judgment.Leigh Hunt.
Taste may change, but inclination never.La Rochefoucauld.
[Greek]—Calling a fig a fig, and a spade a spade.Plutarch.
Taurum tollet qui vitulum sustulerit—He who has carried the calf will be able by and by to carry the ox.Proverb.
Te Deum laudamus—We praise Thee, O God.
Te digna sequere—Follow what is worthy of thee.Motto.
Te, Fortuna, sequor: procul hinc jam fœdera sunto: / Credidimus fatis, utendum est judice bello—Thee, Fortune, I follow; hence far all treaties past; to fate I commit myself, and the arbitrament of war.Lucan on the crossing of the Rubicon by Cæsar.
Te hominem esse memento—Remember thou art a man.
Te sine nil altum mens inchoat—Without thee my mind originates nothing lofty.Virgil to Mæcenas.
Teach me to feel another’s woe, / To hide the fault I see; / That mercy I to others show, / That mercy show to me.Pope.
Teach self-denial, and make its practice pleasurable, and you create for the world a destiny more sublime than ever issued from the brain of the wildest dreamer.Scott.
Teach your children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom, and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.Mahomet.
Teaching has not a tithe of the efficacy of training.Horace Mann.
Teaching is of more importance than exhortation.Luther.
Teaching others teacheth yourself.Proverb.
Tearless grief bleeds inwardly.Bovee.
Tears are due to human misery.Virgil.
Tears are often to be found where there is little sorrow, and the deepest sorrow without tears.Johnson.
Tears are the deluge of sin and the world’s sacrifice.Gregory Nazianzen.
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self-command.Amiel.
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, / Tears from the depth of some divine despair / Rise in the heart and gather in the eyes, / In looking on the happy autumn fields, / And thinking of the days that are no more.Tennyson.
Tears of joy are the dew in which the sun of righteousness is mirrored.Jean Paul.
Tears of joy, like summer rain-drops, are pierced by sunbeams.H. Ballou.
Tears such as angels weep.Milton.
Tecum habita—Live with yourself; keep within your means.
Teeth, hair, nails, and the human species, prosper not when separated from their place. A wise man, being informed of this, should not totally forsake his native home.Hitopadesa.
Tel brille au second rang, qui s’éclipse au premier—Some who are eclipsed in the first rank may shine in the second.Voltaire.
Tel coup de langue est pire qu’un coup de lance—Such a stroke with the tongue is worse than one with a lance.French Proverb.
Tel, en vous lisant, admire chaque trait, / Qui dans le fond de l’âme vous craint et vous hait—Such a one, in reading your work, admires every line, but, at the bottom of his soul, he fears and hates you.Boileau.
Tel excelle à rimer qui juge sottement—Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.Boileau.
Tel maître, tel valet—Like master, like man.French Proverb.
Tel père, tel fils—Like father, like son.French Proverb.
Tel vous semble applaudir, qui vous raille et vous joue; / Aimez qu’on vous conseille, et non pas qu’on vous loue—Such a one seems to applaud, while he is really ridiculing you; attach yourself to those who advise you rather than to those who praise.Boileau.
Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon.Bible.
“Tell me how you bear so blandly the assuming ways of wild young people?” Truly they would be unbearable if I had not also been unbearable myself as well.Goethe.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers, / “Life is but an empty dream,” / For the soul is dead that slumbers, / And things are not what they seem.Longfellow.
Tell me what you like, and I will tell you what you are.Ruskin.
Tell me where is fancy bred, / Or in the heart, or in the head? / How begot, how nourishéd? / It is engender’d in the eyes, / With gazing fed.Mer. of Ven., iii. 2.
Tell me with whom you associate, and I will tell you who you are; if I know what it is with which you occupy yourself, I know what you may become.Goethe.
Tell the truth and shame the devil.1 Henry IV., iii. 1.
Telum imbelle sine ictu—A feeble dart thrown without effect.Virgil.
Temeritas est florentis ætatis, prudentia senescentis—Rashness belongs to youth, prudence to old age.Cicero.
Temper—a weapon that we hold by the blade.J. M. Barrie.
Temper is so good a thing that we should never lose it. (?)
Temperament lies behind mood; back of the caprice of will lies the fate of character; back of both is the bias of family; back of that, the tyranny of race; still deeper, the power of climate, of soil, of geology, the whole physical and moral environment. Still we are free men only so far as we rise above these.John Burroughs.
Temperance and labour are the two best physicians of man.Rousseau.
Temperance is a bridle of gold.Burton.
Temperance is a tree which has for its root very little contentment, and for its fruit calm and peace.Buddha.
Temperance is the nurse of chastity.Wycherley.
Tempi passati!—Bygone times!Joseph II. at sight of a picture representing a predecessor doing penance to the Pope.
Templa quam dilecta!—How lovely are thy temples!Motto of the Duke of Buckingham, whose family name is Temple.
Tempora labuntur, tacitisque senescimus annis; / Et fugiunt fræno non remorante dies—Time glides away, and we grow older through the noiseless years; the days flee away, and are restrained by no rein.Ovid.
Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis—Times change, and we change with them.Kaiser Lothar I.
Tempore ducetur longo fortasse cicatrix; / Horrent admotas vulnera cruda manus—A wound may, perhaps, through time be closed, but, when fresh, it shrinks from the touch.Ovid.
Tempted Fate will leave the loftiest star.Byron.
Tempus anima rei—Time is the soul of business.
Tempus edax rerum—Time, the devourer of all things.Ovid.
Tempus erit quo vos speculum vidisse pigebit—The time will come when it will disgust you to look in a mirror.Ovid.
Tempus est quædam pars æternitatis—Time is a certain fraction of eternity.Cicero.
Tempus ferax, tempus edax rerum—Time the producer, time the devourer of kings.
Tempus fugit—Time flies.
Tempus in agrorum cultu consumere dulce est—It is delightful to spend one’s time in the tillage of the fields.Ovid.
Tempus omnia revelat—Time reveals all things.
Tempus rerum imperator—Time is sovereign over all things.Motto.
Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss.Pope.
[Greek]—Be sure you take for wife a woman of your own neighbourhood.Hesiod.
Tenax et fidelis—Steadfast and faithful.Motto.
Tenax propositi—Tenacious of his purpose.Motto.
Tendency to sentimental whining or fierce intolerance may be ranked among the surest symptoms of little souls and inferior intellects.Jeffrey.
Tenderness is a virtue.Goldsmith.
Tenderness is the repose of passion.Joubert.
Tenebo—I will hold.Motto.
Teneros animos aliena opprobria sæpe / Absterrent vitiis—The disgrace of others often deters tender minds from vice.Horace.
Tenet insanabile multos / Scribendi cacoëthes—An incurable itch for writing possesses many.Juvenal.
Tenez la bride haute à votre fils—Keep a tight hand over your son (lit. hold the bridle high).French Proverb.
Tenir le haut du pavé—To keep the best place (lit. the highest side of the pavement).French Proverb.
Tentanda via est qua me quoque possim / Tollere humo, victorque virûm volitare per ora—I too must attempt a way by which I may raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.Virgil.
Tenterden steeple was the cause of Goodwin Sands.Proverb.
Ter conatus ibi collo dare brachia circum, / Ter frustra comprensa manus effugit imago—Thrice I attempted to throw my arms round her neck there, and her ghost, thrice clutched in vain, eluded my grasp.Virgil.
Teres atque rotundum—Smooth-polished and rounded.Horace.
Terminus a quo—The point from which anything starts.
Terminus ad quem—The point of destination.
Terra antiqua, potens armis atque ubere glebæ—An ancient land, powerful in arms and in the fertility of its soil.Virgil, of Italy.
Terra firma—Dry land, in contradistinction to sea.
Terra incognita—An unknown land or domain of things.
Terra innanzi, e terra poi—Earth originally, and earth finally.Italian Proverb.
Terra malos homines nunc educat, atque pusillos—The earth now supports many bad and weak men.Juvenal.
Terræ filius—A son of the earth; a man of obscure or low origin.Persius.
Terram cœlo miscent—They mingle heaven and earth.
Terrible penalty, with the ass-ears or without them, inevitable as death, written for ever in heaven, against all who, like Midas, misjudge the inner and the upper melodies, and prefer gold to goodness, desire to duty, falsehood to fact, wild nature to God, and a sensual piping Pan to a high-souled, wise-hearted, and spirit-breathing Apollo.James Wood, apropos to the fable of Midas.
Tertium quid—A third something, produced by the union or interaction of two opposites.
Tertium sal—A third salt; a neutral salt; the union of an acid and an alkali.
Tertius e cœlo cecidit Cato—A third Cato has come down from heaven.Juvenal, in mockery.
[Greek]—The gods have placed sweat in front of virtue.Hesiod.
Testimony is like an arrow shot from a long bow; the force of it depends upon the strength of the hand that draws it. Argument is like an arrow from a cross-bow, which has equal force though shot by a child.Johnson.
Tête-à-tête—Face to face; a private conversation.French.
Tête d’armée!—Head of the army!Last words of Napoleon.
Tête de fou ne blanchit jamais—A fool’s head never grows grey.Proverb.
Teuer ist mir der Freund, doch auch den Feind kann ich nützen; / Zeigt mir der Freund, was ich kann, lehrt mich der Feind, was ich soll—Dear is to me the friend, yet can I make even my very foe do me a friend’s part. My friend shows me what I can do; my foe teaches me what I should do.Schiller.
That action is not warrantable which either blushes to beg a blessing, or, having succeeded, dares not present a thanksgiving.Quarles.
That but this blow / Might be the be-all and the end-all here, / But here, upon this bank and shoal of time, / We’d jump the life to come.Macbeth, i. 7.
That carries anger as the flint bears fire; / Who, much enforcèd, shows a hasty spark, / And straight is cold again.Julius Cæsar, iv. 3.
That cause is strong which has not a multitude, but one strong man behind it.Lowell.
That circle of beings, which dependence gathers round us, is almost ever unfriendly.Arliss.
That civility is best which excludes all superfluous formality. (?)
That cutting up, and parcelling, and labelling, of the indivisible human soul into what are called “faculties,” I have from of old eschewed, and even hated.Carlyle.
That death’s unnatural that kills for loving.Othello, v. 2.
That elevation of mind which we see in moments of peril, if it is uncontrolled by justice, and strives only for its own advantage, becomes a crime.Cicero.
That friendship only is, indeed, genuine when two friends, without speaking a word to each other, can, nevertheless, find happiness in being together.Georg Ebers.
That friendship, which is exerted in too wide a sphere, becomes totally useless.Goldsmith.
That gentleman who sells an acre of land, sells an ounce of credit.Lord Burleigh.
That golden key that opes the palace of eternity.Milton.
That government is the best which makes government unnecessary.W. von Humboldt.
That great mystery of time, were there no other; the illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called “time,” rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are and then are not—this is for ever very literally a miracle, a thing to strike us dumb; for we have no word to speak about it.Carlyle.
That grief is light which is capable of counsel.Proverb.
That he is mad ’tis true; ’tis true, ’tis pity; / And pity ’tis ’tis true.Hamlet, ii. 2.
That in the captain’s but a choleric word, / Which in the soldier is flat blasphemy.Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.
That intention which fixes upon God as its only end will keep men steady in their purposes, and deliver them from being the jest and scorn of fortune.Thomas à Kempis.
That is a most wretched fortune which is without an enemy.Publius Syrus.
That is a treacherous friend against whom you must always be on your guard. Such a friend is wine.Bovee.
That is always best which gives me to myself.Emerson.
That is but an empty purse that is full of other men’s money.Proverb.
That is friendship which is not feigned.Hitopadesa.
That is gold that is worth gold.Proverb.
That is indeed a twofold knowledge which profits alike by the folly of the foolish and the wisdom of the wise. It is both a shield and a sword; it borrows its security from the darkness, and its confidence from the light.Colton.
That is not a council wherein there are no sages.Hitopadesa.
That is not a duty in which there is not virtue.Hitopadesa.
That is not possible which is impossible.Hitopadesa.
That is not virtue from which fear approacheth us.Hitopadesa.
That is the best part of beauty which a picture cannot express.Bacon.
That is the best part of each writer which has nothing private in it.Emerson.
That is the briefest and sagest of maxims which bids us “meddle not.”Colton.
That is the true light which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.St. John.
That is the true season of love, when we believe that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved so before us, and that no one will love in the same way after us.Goethe.
That is true love which is always the same, whether you give everything or deny everything to it.Goethe.
That is well spoken that is well taken.Proverb.
That last infirmity of noble minds.Milton.
That learning which thou gettest by thy own observation and experience is far beyond that which thou gettest by precept; as the knowledge of a traveller exceeds that which is got by reading.Thomas à Kempis.
That life is long which answers life’s great end.Young.
That low vice curiosity.Byron.
That man has advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.Chamfort.
That man is always happy who is in the presence of something which he cannot know to the full, which he is always going on to know.Ruskin.
That man is an ill husband of his honour that entereth into any action, the failing wherein may disgrace him more than the carrying of it through can honour him.Bacon.
That man is learned who reduceth his learning to practice.Hitopadesa.
That man is little to be envied whose patriotism would not gain force upon the plain of Marathon, or whose piety would not grow warmer among the ruins of Iona.Johnson.
That man lives twice that lives the first life well.Herrick.
That man may last, but never lives, / Who much receives but nothing gives; / Whom none can love, whom none can thank— / Creation’s blot, creation’s blank.T. Gibbons.
That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, / If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.Two Gent. of Verona, ii. 1.
That man will never be a perfect gentleman who lives only with gentlemen. To be a man of the world we must view that world in every grade and in every perspective.Bulwer Lytton.
That Mirabeau understood how to act with others, and by others—this was his genius, this was his originality, this was his greatness.Goethe.
That must be true which all men say.Proverb.
That nation is in the enjoyment of liberty which stands by its own strength, and does not depend on the will of another.Livy.
That net that holds no great, takes little fish.R. Southwell.
That one man should die ignorant who had capacity for knowledge, this I call tragedy.Carlyle.
That one will not, another will.Proverb.
That philanthropy has surely a flaw in it which cannot sympathise with the oppressor equally as with the oppressed.Lowell.
That rich man is great who thinketh not himself great because he is rich; the proud man (who is the poor man) braggeth outwardly but beggeth inwardly; he is blown up, but not full.S. Hieron.
That single effort by which we stop short in the down-hill path to perdition is of itself a greater exertion of virtue than a hundred acts of justice.Goldsmith.
That souls which are created for one another so seldom find each other and are generally divided, that in the moments of happiest union least recognise each other—that is a sad riddle!Goethe.
That State must sooner or later perish where the majority triumphs and unintelligence (Unverstand) decides.Schiller.
That state of life is alone suitable to a man in which and for which he was born, and he who is not led abroad by great objects is far happier at home.Goethe.
That strain again! It had a dying fall: / Oh, it came o’er my ear like the sweet sound / That breathes upon a bank of violets, / Giving and stealing odour!Twelfth Night, i. 1.
That suit is best that best fits me.Proverb.
That that comes of a hen will scrape.Proverb.
That that is, is.As You Like It, iv. 2.
That the voice of the common people is the voice of God, is as full of falsehood as commonness. For who sees not that those black-mouthed hounds, upon the mere scent of opinion, as freely spend their mouths in hunting counter, or, like Actæon’s dogs, in chasing an innocent man to death, as if they followed the chase of truth itself, in a fresh scent?A. Warwick.
That thee is sent receive in buxomness: / The wrestling of this world asketh a fall. / Here is no home, here is but wilderness. / Forth, pilgrim, forth—on, best out of thy stall. / Look up on high, and thank the God of all.Chaucer.
That thought I regard as true which is fruitful to myself, which is connected with the rest of my thoughts, and at the same time helps me on. Now it is not only possible, but natural, that such a thought should not connect itself with the mind of another, nor help him on … consequently he will regard it as false. Once we are thoroughly convinced of this, we shall never enter upon controversies.Goethe.
That ugly treason of mistrust.Mer. of Ven., iii. 2.
That unity which has not its origin in the multitude is tyranny.Pascal.
That very law which moulds a tear, / And bids it trickle from its source; / That law preserves the earth a sphere, / And guides the planets in their course.Rogers.
That vice has often proved an emancipator of the mind is one of the most humiliating, but also one of the most unquestionable, facts in history.Lecky.
That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel.Goldsmith.
That voluntary debility, which modern language is content to term indolence, will, if it is not counteracted by resolution, render in time the strongest faculties lifeless, and turn the flame to the smoke of virtue.Johnson.
That warrior on his strong war-horse, fire flashes through his eyes; force dwells in his arm and heart; but warrior and war-horse are a vision; a revealed force, nothing more. Stately they tread the earth, as if it were firm substance. Fool! the earth is but a film; it cracks in twain, and warrior and war-horse sink beyond plummet’s sounding.Carlyle.
That we devote ourselves to God is seen / In living just as though no God there were.Browning.
That we shall die, we know; ’tis but the time / And drawing days out, that men stand upon.Julius Cæsar, iii. 1.
That we should find our national existence depend on selling manufactured cotton at a farthing an ell cheaper than any other people, is a most narrow stand for a great nation to base itself on.Carlyle.
That we would do, / We should do when we would; for this “would” changes, / And hath abatements and delays as many / As there are tongues, are hands, are accidents; / And then this “should” is like a spendthrift’s sigh, / That hurts by easing.Hamlet, iv. 7.
That were but a sorry art which could be comprehended all at once; the last point of which could be seen by one just entering its precincts.Goethe.
That which builds is better than that which is built.Emerson.
That which can be done with perfect convenience and without loss, is not always the thing that most needs to be done, or which we are most imperatively required to do.Ruskin.
That which each man can do best, not but his Maker can teach him.Emerson.