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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Philip James Bailey 1816-1905 John Bartlett

    Evil and good are God’s right hand and left.
          Festus. Proem.
    Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.
          Festus. Proem.
    Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.
          Festus. Proem.
    Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.
          Festus. Scene iv. A Mountain. Sunrise. 1 
    We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Life’s but a means unto an end; that end
Beginning, mean, and end to all things,—God.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
    Who never doubted never half believed 2 
Where doubt there truth is—’t is her shadow.
          Festus. Scene v. A Country Town.
    America thou half-brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.
          Festus. Scene x. Earth’s Surface.
    Music tells no truths.
          Festus. Scene xi. A Village Feast. 3 
    Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
          Festus. Scene xvi. The Hesperian Sphere.
Note 1.
J. R. Lowell: Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9.
The surest plan to make a man
Is to think him so. [back]
Note 2.
Tennyson: There lives more faith in honest doubt
Believe me, than in half the creeds. [back]
Note 3.
Browning: Charles Avison, page 714. [back]