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


However, I think a plain space near the eye gives it a kind of liberty it loves; and then the picture, whether you choose the grand or beautiful, should be held up at its proper distance. Variety is the principal ingredient in beauty; and simplicity is essential to grandeur.


Every antique farm-house and moss-grown cottage is a picture.

Washington Irving.

This is grand! ’tis solemn! ’tis an education of itself to look upon.

James Fenimore Cooper.

There, interspersed in lawns and opening glades, thin trees arise, that shun each other’s shade.


Oh, what a glory doth this world put on for him who, with a fervent heart, goes forth under the bright and glorious sky!


There is a property in the horizon which no man has, but he whose eyes can integrate all the parts,—that is, the poet.


  • Heavens! what a goodly prospect spreads around,
  • Of hills, and dales, and woods, and lawns, and spires,
  • And glittering towns, and gilded streams, till all
  • The stretching landscape into smoke decays.
  • Thomson.

    Landscapes are Nature’s pictures.

    M. E. Lee.

    The mind is never more highly gratified than in contemplating a natural landscape.

    Lord Kames.

  • Thou who wouldst see the lovely and the wild
  • Mingled in harmony on Nature’s face,
  • Ascend our rocky mountains. Let thy foot
  • Fail not with weariness, for on their tops
  • The beauty and the majesty of earth,
  • Spread wide beneath, shall make thee to forget
  • The steep and toilsome way.
  • William Cullen Bryant.