Quotes about Being

Like the stain'd web that whitens in the sun,
Grow pure by being purely shone upon.

Thomas Moore

Though man a thinking being is defined,
Few use the grand prerogative of mind.
How few think justly of the thinking few!
How many never think, who think they do!

Jane Taylor

All is concentr'd in a life intense,
Where not a beam, nor air, nor leaf is lost,
But hath a part of being.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

A lovely being, scarcely formed or moulded,
A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

How does the poet speak to men with power, but by being still more a man than they?

Thomas Carlyle

If eyes were made for seeing,
Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.

Abraham Lincoln

Believing as I do that man in the distant future will be a far more perfect creature than he now is, it is an intolerable thought that he and all other sentient beings are doomed to complete annihilation after such long-continued slow progress. To those who fully admit the immortality of the human soul, the destruction of our world will not appear so dreadful.

Charles Robert Darwin

Ay, knave, because thou strikest as a knight,
Being but knave, I hate thee all the more.

Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

Victor from vanquished issues at the last,
And overthrower from being overthrown.

Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

I thought that he was gentle, being great;
O God, that I had loved a smaller man!
I should have found in him a greater heart.

Alfred Tennyson Tennyson

Maids must be wives and mothers to fulfil
The entire and holiest end of woman's being.

Frances Anne Kemble

To be engaged in opposing wrong affords, under the conditions of our mental constitution, but a slender guarantee for being right.

William Ewart Gladstone

It's wiser being good than bad;
It's safer being meek than fierce;
It's fitter being sane than mad.
My own hope is, a sun will pierce
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;
That after Last returns the First,
Though a wide compass round be fetched;
That what began best can't end worst,
Nor what God blessed once prove accurst.

Robert Browning

White shall not neutralize the black, nor good
Compensate bad in man, absolve him so:
Life's business being just the terrible choice.

Robert Browning

If some great Power would agree to make me always think what is true and do what is right, on condition of being turned into a sort of clock and wound up every morning before I got out of bed, I should instantly close with the offer.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Like a blind spinner in the sun,
I tread my days:
I know that all the threads will run
Appointed ways.
I know each day will bring its task,
And being blind no more I ask.

Helen Hunt Jackson

My pollertics, like my religion, being of an exceedin' accommodatin' character.

Artemus (Charles Farrar Browne) Ward

Whence comes solace? Not from seeing,
What is doing, suffering, being;
Not from noting Life's conditions,
Not from heeding Time's monitions;
But in cleaving to the Dream
And in gazing at the Gleam
Whereby gray things golden seem.

Thomas Hardy

Note 15.In the Preface to Mr. Nichols's work on Autographs, among other albums noticed by him as being in the British Museum is that of David Krieg, with James Bobart's autograph (Dec. 8, 1697) and the verses,--
Virtus sui gloria.
"Think that day lost whose descending sun
Views from thy hand no noble action done."
Bobart died about 1726. He was a son of the celebrated botanist of that name. The verses are given as an early instance of their use.


There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns.


Man is the only one that knows nothing, that can learn nothing without being taught. He can neither speak nor walk nor eat, and in short he can do nothing at the prompting of nature only, but weep.

Pliny the Elder

Bears when first born are shapeless masses of white flesh a little larger than mice, their claws alone being prominent. The mother then licks them gradually into proper shape.

Pliny the Elder

Anacharsis coming to Athens, knocked at Solon's door, and told him that he, being a stranger, was come to be his guest, and contract a friendship with him; and Solon replying, "It is better to make friends at home," Anacharsis replied, "Then you that are at home make friendship with me."


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