Great Throughts Treasury

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Philip James Bailey

English Spasmodic Poet

"Evil then results from imperfection."

"Faith is a higher faculty than reason."

"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one's self."

"He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."

"They who forgive most shall be most forgiven."

"The temples perish, but the God still lives."

"To grow and know what one is growing towards - that is the source of all strength and confidence in life."

"He who has most of heart, knows most of sorrow."

"We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."

"The heart is its own fate."

"Imagination is the air of mind."

"Art is man's nature; nature is God's art."

"It matters not how long we live, but how."

"Dreams are rudiments of the great state to come. We dream what is about to happen."

"Man is one; and he hath one great heart. It is thus we feel, with a gigantic throb athwart the sea, each other's rights and wrongs; thus are we men."

"Life hath more awe than death."

"Death is the gate of life."

"Joys are bubble-like; what makes them bursts them too."

"Mind and night will meet, though in silence, like forbidden lovers."

"Life’s but a means unto an end, that end, beginning, mean, and end to all things - God."

"Nature means Necessity."

"My favored temple is an humble heart."

"Necessity, like electricity, is in ourselves and all things, and no more without us than within us."

"Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths."

"One thought settles a life, an immortality."

"Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth."

"Simplicity is Nature's first step, and the last of Art."

"Remember that thy heart will shed its pleasures as thine eye its tears, and both leave loathsome furrows."

"We love and live in power; it is the spirit’s end. Mind must subdue; to conquer is its life."

"The value of a thought cannot be told."

"Sorrow is a stone that crushes a single bearer to the ground, while two are able to carry it with ease."

"The world is a great poem, and the world’s . The words it is writ in, and we souls the thoughts."

"Where imperfection ceaseth, heaven begins."

"Worthy books are not companions, they are solitudes; we lose ourselves in them, and all our cares."

"Who can mistake great thoughts? They seize upon the mind; arrest and search and shake it; bow the tall soul as by wind; rush over it like rivers over reeds."

"Love is the art of hearts, and heart of arts."

"Let each man think himself an act of God, his mind a thought, his life a breath of God; and let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds, to show the most of heaven he hath in him."

"Any heart turned Godward feels more joy in one short hour of prayer, than e'er was raised by all the feasts of earth since its foundation."

"Application is the price to be paid for mental acquisition. To have the harvest, we must sow the seed."

"Corruption springs from light: 'tis one same power Creates, preserves, destroys; matter whereon It works, on e'er self-transmutative form, Common to now the living, now the dead."

"Burn to be great, Pay not thy praise to lofty things alone. The plains are everlasting as the hills, The bard cannot have two pursuits; aught else Comes on the mind with the like shock as though Two worlds had gone to war, and met in air."

"All are of the race of God, and have in themselves good."

"Evil is limited. One cannot form a scheme for universal evil… Evil then results from imperfection."

"Doubt is the shadow of truth."

"Death, thou art infinite; it is life is little."

"Hell is more bearable than nothingness."

"He hath no power who hath not power to use."

"If all were rich, gold would be penniless."

"Great thoughts, like great deeds, need no trumpet. "

"Grief hallows hearts, even while it ages heads."