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Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 16th edition
John Bartlett

1 "What is (the earth) most like?.....It is most like a single cell." Lewis Thomas (b. 1913), 'The Lives of a Cell'

2 "I lived in everything; everything entered and lived in me." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Lilith'

3 "Earth, with her thousand voices, praises God." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'

4 "O 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), 'The Eolian Harp'

5 "Creator uncreated, sole one, unique one, who traverses eternity…with millions under his care; Your splendor is like heaven's splendor." Suti and Hor (15th to 14th centuries bce), architects to Amenhotep III, 'First Hymn to the Sun God'

6 "We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone. Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar….Nothing we ever do is, in strict scientific literalness, wiped out." William James (1842-1910), 'The Principles of Psychology'

7 "There is no feeling in a human heart which exists in that heart alone – which is not, in some for or degree, in every heart." George Macdonald (1824-1905), 'Unspoken Sermons'

8 "Would it be too bold to imagine, that in the great length of time, since the earth began to exist, perhaps millions of ages before the commencement of the history of mankind, would it be too bold to imagine, that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament which the Great First Cause endued with animality….and thus possessing the faculty of continuing to improve by its own inherent activity, and of delivering down those improvements by generation to its posterity, world without end? Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather of Charles Darwin, 'Zoonomia'

9 "Like to the greatness of God is the greatness within." Sidney Lanier (1842-1881), 'The Marches of Glynn'

10 "All Nature wears one universal grin." Henry Fielding (1707-1754), 'Tom Thumb', act I, sc. 1

11 "Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all." George Washington (1732-1799), 1st American President, Farewell address, September 17, 1796

12 "Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion." William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879), 'W. P. and F. J. T. Garrison, William Lloyd Garrison', vol. III

13 "God gave the breath of life to their (humanity's) noses, for they are likenesses of Him which issued from His flesh." 'The Teaching for Merikare', par. 22 (ca. 2135-2040 bce), a treatise on kingship addressed by a king of Heracleopolis, whose name is lost, to his son and successor Merikare

14 "The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens." Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), 'Letters to a Young Poet'

15 "He prays well who loves well, both man and bird and beast." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), 'The Eolian Harp'

16 "The compass and square produce perfect circles and squares. By the sages, the human relations are perfectly exhibited." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. IV, 1:2.1

17 "The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank (1929-1945), 'The Diary of a Young Girl', July 15, 1944

18 "Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things." Heraclitus (540-480 bce), from 'Diogenes Laertius, 'Lives of Eminent Philosophers'

19 "The Self is the honey of all beings, and all beings are the honey of this Self." Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 2.5.14 (800-500 bce)

20 "We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones to make a better day." Lionel Richie (b. 1950), 'We Are the World'

21 "Benevolence, righteousness, propriety, and knowledge are not infused into us from without." Mencius (372-289 bce), 'Works', bk. 1:6.7

22 "The wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men." John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), Address at the University of California, Berkeley, March 23, 1962

23 "Holy Mother Earth, the trees and all nature are witnesses of your thoughts and deeds." Winnebago (Native American) saying

24 "There are no dead." Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), 'The Blue Bird', act IV, sc. ii

25 "Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?" Aeschylus (525-456 bce), 'Agamemnon', 1.1485

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