Quotes about Being

Seven cities warred for Homer being dead,
Who living had no roofe to shrowd his head.

Thomas Heywood

Doubtless the pleasure is as great
Of being cheated as to cheat.

Samuel Butler

For who would lose,
Though full of pain this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity,
To perish rather, swallow'd up and lost
In the wide womb of uncreated night?

John Milton

Be lowly wise:
Think only what concerns thee and thy being.

John Milton

Ornate rhetorick taught out of the rule of Plato.... To which poetry would be made subsequent, or indeed rather precedent, as being less suttle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.

John Milton

If God were not a necessary Being of himself, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men.

John Tillotson

Fame then was cheap, and the first comer sped;
And they have kept it since by being dead.

John Dryden

There is a pleasure sure
In being mad which none but madmen know.

John Dryden

Whistling to keep myself from being afraid.

John Dryden

It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church.

Mathew Henry

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.

Jonathan Swift

Heaven's Sovereign saves all beings but himself
That hideous sight,--a naked human heart.

Edward Young

O happiness! our being's end and aim!
Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name:
That something still which prompts the eternal sigh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die.

Alexander Pope

Being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.

Samuel Johnson

I remember a passage in Goldsmith's "Vicar of Wakefield," which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: "I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing."... There was another fine passage too which he struck out: "When I was a young man, being anxious to distinguish myself, I was perpetually starting new propositions. But I soon gave this over; for I found that generally what was new was false."

Samuel Johnson

The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.

Samuel Johnson

The atrocious crime of being a young man, which the honourable gentleman has with such spirit and decency charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny; but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience.

Samuel Johnson

For who, to dumb forgetfulness a prey,
This pleasing anxious being e'er resign'd,
Left the warm precincts of the cheerful day,
Nor cast one longing ling'ring look behind?

Thomas Gray

The premises being thus settled, I proceed to observe that the concatenation of self-existence, proceeding in a reciprocal duplicate ratio, naturally produces a problematical dialogism, which in some measure proves that the essence of spirituality may be referred to the second predicable.

Oliver Goldsmith

There's nothing like being used to a thing.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

In charity to all mankind, bearing no malice or ill-will to any human being, and even compassionating those who hold in bondage their fellow-men, not knowing what they do.

John Quincy Adams

It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

So build we up the being that we are.

William Wordsworth

The playbill, which is said to have announced the tragedy of Hamlet, the character of the Prince of Denmark being left out.

Sir Walter Scott

Yes, while I stood and gazed, my temples bare,
And shot my being through earth, sea, and air,
Possessing all things with intensest love,
O Liberty! my spirit felt thee there.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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