Great Throughts Treasury

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T. H. Bayly, fully Thomas Haynes Bayly

English Poet, Dramatist, Writer and Composer of Songs

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

"Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands, And many friends I've met; Not one fair scene or kindly smile Can this fond heart forget."

"Error is worse than ignorance."

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

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

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

"I'd be a butterfly; living a rover, dying when fair things are fading away."

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

"It was a dream of perfect bliss, too beautiful to last."

"Let every thought too, soldier-like, be stripped, and roughly looked over."

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

"Lowliness is the base of every virtue, and he who goes the lowest builds the safest."

"Man is a military animal, glories in gunpowder and loves parade."

"Man is one, and he hath one great heart."

"Mist of words, like halos round the moon, though they enlarge the seeming size of thoughts, make the light less doubly."

"Poets are all who love, who feel great truths, and tell them."

"She wore a wreath of roses, the night that first we met."

"Simplicity is Nature’s first step, and the last of art."

"The dress of words, like to the Roman girl’s enticing garb, should let the play of limb be seen through it, and the round rising form."

"The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat one’s self. All sin is easy after that."

"The mistletoe hung in the castle hall, the holly branch shone on the old oak wall."

"The rose that all are praising Is not the rose for me; Too many eyes are gazing Upon the costly tree; But there's a rose in yonder glen That shuns the gaze of other men, For me its blossom raising,-- O, that's the rose for me."

"The sun, God’s crest upon his azure shield, the heavens."

"We met, 'twas in a crowd, and I thought he would shun me."

"We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best."

"Who never doubted never half believed."

"Words are like sea-shells on the shore; they show where the mind ends, and not how far it has been."

"Words are the motes of thought, and nothing more."