The larch ... is not only preserved from decay and the worm by the great bitterness of its sap, but also it cannot be kindled with fire nor ignite of itself, unless like stone in a limekiln it is burned with other wood. ...This is because there is a very small proportion of the elements of fire and air in its composition, which is a dense and solid mass of moisture and the earthy, so that it has no open pores through which fire can find its way... Further, its weight will not let it float in water.
There is (so to speak) "a mighty stream of tendency" to good in the human mind, upon which all objects Float and are imperceptibly borne along; and though in the voyage of life we meet with strong rebuffs, with rocks and quicksands, yet there is a "a tide in the affairs of men," a heaving and a restless aspiration of the soul, by means of which, "with sails and tackle torn," the wreck and scattered fragments of our entire being drift into the port and haven of our desires!william hazlitt
The morning slips away in a Valium haze and catalogues,And numerous cups of coffee,In the afternoon the weekly food is put in bags - as you Float off down the high street.The shop windows reflect, play a nameless host to a closet ghost -A picture of your fantasy, a victim of your misery...paul weller
Still believe that ever round you Spirits Float who watch and wait; Nor forget the twain who found you Sleeping nigh the Golden Gate.Walter Besant and James Rice, Case of Mr. Lucraft and other Tales (Ed. 1877), p. 92.
It is so hard for an evolutionary biologist to write about extinction caused by human stupidity. […] Let me then Float an unconventional plea, the inverse of the usual argument. […] The extinction of Partula is unfair to Partula . That is the conventional argument, and I do not challenge its primacy. But we need a humanistic ecology as well, both for the practical reason that people will always touch people more than snails do or can, and for the moral reason that humans are legitimately the measure of all ethical questions for these are our issues, not nature's.stephen jay gould
It is not difficult to grasp and express thoughts that Float on the stream of current opinion: but to think and rightly utter what is permanently true and interesting, what shall appeal to the best minds a thousand years hence, as it appeals to them to-day, this is the work of genius.john lancaster spalding
In the study of ideas , it is necessary to remember that insistence on hard-headed clarity issues from sentimental feeling , as if it were a mist, cloaking the perplexities of fact . Insistence on clarity at all costs is based on sheer superstition as to the mode in which human intelligence functions. Our reasoning grasps at straws for premises and Float on gossamer for deductions.Alfred North Whitehead
Up in the heights of the evening skies I see my City of Cities Float In sunset's golden and crimson dyes: I look and a great joy clutches my throat! Plateau of roofs by canyons crossed: windows by thousands fire-furled O gazing, how the heart is lost in the Deepest City in the World.James Oppenheim, New York from a Skyscraper.
Style is the gossamer on which the seeds of truth Float through the world.George Bancroft, p. 481. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
Fly fishing is a very pleasant amusement; but angling or Float fishing, I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.Attributed to Johnson by Hawker, On Worm Fishing (not found in his works); see Notes and Queries (Dec. 11, 1915).
My name may have buoyancy enough to Float upon the sea of time.Quoted by Gladstone, Eton Miscellany, Nov. 1827.