One does not want glory accepted as a matter of course. One wants to shock and astonish people with it.
She canoverpower, astonish, afflict, but she cannot win; her majestic presence and commanding features seem to disregard love, as a trifle to which they cannot descend.1808 Of Sarah Siddons. Critical Essays on the Performers of the London Theatres.
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.1901Speech, Brooklyn,16 Feb.
Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world.james buchanan
What is there in 'Paradise Lost' to elevate and astonish like Herschel or Somerville?ralph waldo emerson
The moral nature of man is more sacred in my eyes than his intellectual nature. I know they cannot be divorced — that without intelligence we should be Brutes — but it is the tendency of our gaping, wondering dispositions to give pre-eminence to those faculties which most astonish us. Strength of character seldom, if ever, astonishes; goodness, lovingness, and quiet self-sacrifice, are worth all the talents in the world.george henry lewes
Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.mark twain
It is the part of men to fear and tremble, When the most mighty gods by tokens send Such dreadful heralds to astonish us.william shakespeare
Great things astonish us, and small dishearten us. Custom makes both familiar.Jean de La Bruyère, The Characters or Manners of the Present Age (1688), Volume II, Chapter I. On Judgments.
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