Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


It must be so—Plato, thou reasonest well—
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality?
Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
’Tis the Divinity that stirs within us;
’Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter,
And intimates Eternity to man.
Addison.—Cato, Act V. Scene 1.

[Plato derived much religious and moral truth from the inspired sources, hence it was said by Numenius the Pythagorean, “What is Plato but Moses in Attic Greek?”]—Encycl. Brit., Art. Plato.

Oh yet we trust that somehow good
Will be the final goal of ill.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 53, Verse 1.

That nothing walks with aimless feet;
That not one life shall be destroy’d,
Or cast as rubbish to the void,
When God hath made the pile complete.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 53, Verse 2.

I can but trust that good shall fall
At last—far off—at last, to all.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 53, Verse 4.