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


The act of contemplation then creates the thing contemplated.

Isaac Disraeli.

In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.


There is no lasting pleasure but contemplation; all others grow flat and insipid upon frequent use; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities, in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself, if he cannot think; he saunters about from one dull business to another, to wear out time; and hath no reason to value Life but because he is afraid of death.


  • When holy and devout religious men
  • Are at their beads, ’tis hard to draw them thence;
  • So sweet is zealous contemplation.
  • Shakespeare.

    A contemplative life has more the appearance of a life of piety than any other; but it is the divine plan to bring faith into activity and exercise.