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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, 4th edition
Angela Partington, editor

1 "Everything that lives lives not alone, nor for itself." William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, 'The Book of Thel', plate 3, 1.26

2 "Stones towards the earth descend; rivers to the ocean roll; Every motion has some end; - What is thine, beloved soul?" John Byrom (1692-1763), English poet, 'The Soul's Tendency towards its True Centre'

3 "Mankind have been created for the sake of one another." Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 ad, 'Meditations'bk. 8, sect. 59

4 "God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year; God is working his purpose out and the time is drawing near; nearer and nearer draws the time, the time that shall surely be, when the earth shall be filled with the glory of God as the waters cover the sea." Arthur Campbell Ainger (1841-1919), English teacher and poet

5 "The primary imagination I hold to be the living Power and prime Agent of all human Perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I AM." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet and philosopher, 'Biographia Literaria', ch. 13

6 "The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul's faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime." Aristotle (384-322bc), Greek philosopher, 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1098a 16

7 "Love, thou art absolute sole Lord of life and death." Richard Crashaw (c. 1612-49), English poet, 'Hymn to the Name and Honour of the Admirable Saint Teresa', 1.1

8 "Every art and every investigation, and likewise every practical pursuit or undertaking, seems to aim at some good: hence it has been well said that the Good is That at which all things aim." Aristotle (384-322bc), 'Nicomachean Ethics', bk. 1, 1094b 6-7

9 "The inclination to goodness is imprinted deeply in the nature of man: insomuch, that if it issue not towards men, it will take unto other living creatures." Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English lawyer and philosopher, 'Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature'

10 "Vision or imagination is a Representation of what Eternally Exists, Really and Unchangeably." William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, 'A Vision of the Last Judgment in MS Note-Book p. 95

11 "Everything is fitting for me, my universe, which fits Your purpose. Nothing in its good time is too early or too late for me; everything is fruit for me which Your seasons, Nature, bear; from You, in You, to You, are all things." Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor from 161 AD, 'Meditations', bk. 4, sect. 23

12 "The knowledge of man is as the waters, some descending from above, and some springing from beneath; the one informed by the light of nature, the other inspired by divine revelation." Francis Bacon (1561-1626), English lawyer and philosopher, 'The Advancement of Learning', bk. 2, ch. 5, sect. 2

13 "Oh! The one life within us and abroad, which meets all motion and becomes its soul, a light in sound, a sound-like power in light, rhythm in all thought, and joyance everywhere." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), English poet and philosopher, 'The Eolian Harp', 1.26

14 "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, 'The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'

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