C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.


  • I watch’d the little circles die;
  • They past into the level flood.
  • Tennyson.

  • As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
  • The centre mov’d, a circle straight succeeds,
  • Another still, and still another spreads.
  • Pope.

  • Glory is like a circle in the water,
  • Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
  • Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Circles in water, as they wider flow
  • The less conspicuous in their progress grow,
  • And when at last they trench upon the shore,
  • Distinction ceases and they’re view’d no more.
  • Crabbe.

    Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all.

    Sir Thomas Browne.