Great Throughts Treasury

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Philip James Bailey

English Spasmodic Poet

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

"Kindness is wisdom. There is none in life but needs it and may learn."

"Love spends his all, and still hath store. "

"Leave the poor some time for self-improvement. Let them not be forced to grind the bones out of their arms for bread, but have some space to think and feel like moral and immortal creatures."

"Let us think less of men and more of God."

"Naught but God Can satisfy the soul."

"Our similarities are different. "

"Music tells no truths."

"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for its height, but for its use."

"Soul of the world, divine necessity, servant of God, and master of all things."

"Poets are all who love, who feel great truths, and tell them; and the truth of truths is love."

"Nothing comes to us too soon but sorrow."

"O, there is naught on earth worth being known but God and our own souls!"

"Respect is what we owe; love, what we give."

"The course of Nature seems a course of Death, and nothingness the whole substantial thing."

"The best enjoyment is half disappointment to what we mean, or would have, in this world."

"The death-change comes. Death is another life. We bow our heads At going out, we think, and enter straight another golden chamber of the king's larger than this we leave, and lovelier. And then in shadowy glimpses, disconnect, the story, flower-like, closes thus its leaves. The will of God is all in all. He makes, destroys, remakes, for His own pleasure, all."

"The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much. "

"The goodness of the heart is shown in deeds of peacefulness and kindness. Hand and heart Are one thing with the good, as thou should'st be. Do my words trouble thee? Then treasure them, pain overgot gives peace, as death doth Heaven. All things that speak of Heaven speak of peace."

"The poet's pen is the true divining rod which trembles towards the inner founts of feeling; bringing to light and use, else hid from all, the many sweet clear sources which we have of good and beauty in our own deep bosoms; and marks the variations of all mind as does the needle."

"The hero is the world-man, in whose heart one passion stands for all, the most indulged."

"The long days are no happier than the short ones."

"What are ye orbs? The words of God? The Scriptures of the skies?"

"The sole equality on earth is death."

"The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. "

"The worst men often give the best advice. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts."

"The truth is perilous never to the true, nor knowledge to the wise; and to the fool, and to the false, error and truth alike, error is worse than ignorance."

"There is no surer mark of the absence of the highest moral and intellectual qualities than a cold reception of excellence."

"Thou wilt not chronicle our sand-like sins; for sin is small, and mean, and barren. Good Only is great, and generous, and fruitful. Number the mountains, not the sands, O God!"

"Thy great name in all its awful brevity, hath nought Unholy breeding it, but doth bless rather the tongue that uses it; for me, I ask no higher office than to fling my spirit at Thy feet, and cry Thy name, God! through eternity."

"There is no disappointment we endure one-half so great as what we are to ourselves."

"'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration expounds experience; 'tis the west explains the east; 'tis time unfolds Eternity. "

"Who thinks most, feels noblest, acts the best. "

"When pride thaws, look for floods."

"A crown, if it hurts us, is hardly worth wearing."

"A curse is like a cloud--it passes."

"A poet not in love is out at sea; he must have a lay-figure."

"Ah, nothing comes to us too soon but sorrow."

"All things that speak of heaven speak of peace."

"And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,"

"Amid life's quests That seems but worthy one ? to do men good."

"America, thou half-brother of the world; with something good and bad of every land."

"And tell them; and the truth of truths is love."

"And these are joys, like beauty, but skin deep."

"Blest is he whose heart is the home of the great dead and their great thoughts."

"Blessings star forth forever; but a curse is like a cloud, it passes."

"Ask not of me, love, what is love? Ask what is good of God above; ask of the great sum what is light; ask what is darkness of the night; ask sin of what may be forgiven; ask what is happiness of heaven; ask what is folly of the crowd; ask what is fashion of the shroud; ask what is sweetness of thy kiss; ask of thyself what beauty is."

"Both man and womankind belie their nature when they are not kind."

"By all the feasts of earth since its foundation."

"Could I love less, I should be happier now."