But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, For gentle ways are best, and keep aloof From sharp contentions.
Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering pouredAvails; no altars hath he, nor is soothedBy hymns of praise. From him alone of allThe powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.Aeschylus
While we keep aloof in general statements, there is little fruit to be expected; it is the hand-fight that does execution.joseph alleine
We shall not meet again: over the waveOur ways divide, and yours is straight and endless –But mine is short and crooked to the grave:Yet what of these dark crowds, amid whose flowI battle like a rock, aloof and friendless –Are not their generations, vague and endless,The waves, the strides, the feet on which I go?roy campbell
Cavendish did not stand aloof from other men in a proud or supercilious spirit, refusing to count them his fellows. He felt himself separated from them by a great gulf, which neither they nor he could bridge over, and across which it was vain to stretch hands or exchange greetings. A sense of isolation from his brethren, made him shrink from their society and avoid their presence, but he did so as one conscious of an infirmity, not boasting of an excellence.henry cavendish
Be your holiness persuaded that I am, and ever shall be, of such moderation as to keep aloof, as far as possible, from every undertaking which may testify any hatred towards the Roman Catholic religion. Nay, rather I will seize all opportunities, by a gentle and generous mode of conduct, to remove all sinister suspicions entirely; so that, as we all confess one undivided Trinity and one Christ crucified, we may be banded together unanimously into one faith.Letter to Pope Gregory XV (20 April, 1623).
The more the Jew is a Jew, the more universalist will his views and aspirations be, the less aloof will he be from anything that is noble and good, true and upright, in art or science, in culture or education; the more joyfully will he applaud whenever he sees truth and justice and peace and the ennoblement of man prevail and become dominant in human society.samson raphael hirsch
Inside any vigorexic queen, any muscle queen, any macho queen, any aloof queen, any of us, ultra-masculine gays, there's a flaming faggot fighting to come out. When we finally let her blossom, she'll be so busy chatting with the other internalized flaming faggots, that we'll finally be able to sexually enjoy the boring sexual macho that we all also carry inside us. Versatility, darlings, that's the recipe for success in bed (well, having a bed can also help).miss shangay lily
I've been accused of being aloof. I'm not. I'm just wary.paul newman
It seemed that he gazed down on me from the height of his divinity with the aloof though passionate attention of an artist judging his finished work; calmly rejoicing in his achievement, but recognizing at last the irrevocable flaws in his initial conception, and already lusting for fresh creation.Olaf Stapledon
Sing on, with hymns uproarious, Ye humble and aloof, Look up! and oh how glorious He has restored the roof!john betjeman
Hush, call no echo up in further proof Of desolation! there's a voice within That weeps . . . as thou must sing . . . alone, aloof.No. IV (Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850))
Stand aloof from your own opinions; they seek to lure you with an illusive certainty.henry s. haskins
Work! work! work! While the cock is crowing aloof! And work work work, Till the stars shine through the roof!thomas hood
A principal aim of education is to give students a taste for literature, for the books of life and power, and to accomplish this, it is necessary that their minds be held aloof from the babblement and discussions of the hour, that they may accustom themselves to take interest in the words and deeds of the greatest men, and so make themselves able and worthy to shape a larger and nobler future; but if their hours of leisure are spent over journals and reviews, they will, in later years, become the helpless victims of the newspaper habit.john lancaster spalding
As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.leo tolstoy
It has never been natural, it has seldom been possible, in this country for learning to seek a place apart and hold aloof from affairs. It is only when society is old, long settled to its ways, confident in habit, and without self-questioning upon any vital point of conduct, that study can affect seclusion and despise the passing interests of the day.“Princeton for the Nation's Service” (21 October 1896).
As soon as men live entirely in accord with the law of love natural to their hearts and now revealed to them, which excludes all resistance by violence, and therefore hold aloof from all participation in violence as soon as this happens, not only will hundreds be unable to enslave millions, but not even millions will be able to enslave a single individual.Leo Tolstoy, in A Letter to a Hindu (1908)
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded But, with a crafty madness, keeps aloof, When we would bring him on to some confession Of his true state.william shakespeare
Except those who seek refuge with a people between whom and you there is a covenant, or (those who) come unto you because their hearts forbid them to make war on you or make war on their own folk. Had Allah willed He could have given them power over you so that assuredly they would have fought you. So, if they hold aloof from you and wage not war against you and offer you peace, Allah alloweth you no way against them.Qur'an 4:90
Of all the gods , Death only craves not gifts : Nor sacrifice , nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise . From him alone of all The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.Frag. 146 (trans. by Plumptre), reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)
Time will come when one's safety lies in ten things: nine of which are in staying aloof from men, and the tenth in staying silent.Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p.446-450
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