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


And for to se, and eek for to be seye.


There is none so blind as they that won’t see.


  • And every eye
  • Gaz’d as before some brother of the sky.
  • Homer.

  • Then purg’d with euphrasy and rue
  • The visual nerve, for he had much to see.
  • Milton.

  • For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.
  • (Ah! he can see enough, when years are told,
  • Who backwards looks).
  • Victor Hugo.

  • And finds with keen, discriminating sight,
  • Black’s not so black;—nor white so very white.
  • Canning.

  • For any man with half an eye,
  • What stands before him may espy;
  • But optics sharp it needs I ween,
  • To see what is not to be seen.
  • John Trumbull.

    Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses; it fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas;—converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated with its proper enjoyments.


    Sight is by much the noblest of the senses. We receive our notices from the other four, through the organs of sensation only. We hear, we feel, we smell, we taste, by touch. But sight rises infinitely higher. It is refined above matter, and equals the faculty of spirit.