There are times in the history of men and nations, when they stand so near the vail that separates mortals from the immortals, time from eternity, and men from their God, that they can almost hear the beatings, and feel the pulsations, of the heart of the Infinite.
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy...
It is the fate of those who toil at the lower employments of life?to be exposed to censure, without hope of praise; to be disgraced by miscarriage or punished for neglect? Among these unhappy mortals isthe writer of dictionaries? Every other author mayaspire to praise; the lexicographer can only hope to escape reproach.
A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.vladimir nabokov
I sat for hours cross-legged, and cross-tempered, upon my silks meditating upon the queer freaks chance plays upon us poor devils of mortals.Edgar Rice Burroughs
Happy the man, of mortals happiest he,Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free;Whom neither hopes deceive, nor fears torment,But lives at peace, within himself content;In thought, or act, accountable to noneBut to himself, and to the gods alone.granville, george, 1st baron lansdowne
Yet malice never was his aim;He lashed the vice but spared the name.No individual could resent,Where thousands equally were meant.His satire points at no defectBut what all mortals may correct;For he abhorred that senseless tribeWho call it humor when they gibe.jonathan swift
It is the nature of mortals to kick a fallen man.
Music, the greatest good that mortals know, And all of heaven we have below.joseph addison
Leaves glowing in the sun, zealous hum of bumblebees, From afar, from somewhere beyond the river, echoes of lingering voices And the unhurried sounds of a hammer gave joy not only to me. Before the five senses were opened, and earlier than any beginning They waited, ready, for all those who would call themselves mortals, So that they might praise, as I do, life, that is, happiness.czesław miłosz
Some feelings are to mortals given With less of earth in them than heaven; And if there be a human tear From passion's dross refined and clear, A tear so limpid and so meek It would not stain an angel's cheek, 'Tis that which pious fathers shed Upon a duteous daughter's head!walter scott
That orbed maiden with white fire laden, Whom mortals call the moon.Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ploutos, no wonder mortals worship you, you are so tolerant of their sins!theognis of megara
Happy the man, of mortals happiest he, Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free; Whom neither hopes deceive, nor fears torment, But lives at peace, within himself content; In thought, or act, accountable to none But to himself, and to the gods alone.
Oh! Could I throw aside these earthly bands that tie me down where wretched mortals sigh to join blest spirits in celestial lands!
Some feelings are to mortals given, With less of earth in them than heaven.walter scott
'Tis not for mortals always to be blest.
Even bronze is aged by time , but not all the ages, Diogenes, shall destroy thy fame, since you alone did show to mortals the rule of self -sufficiency and the easiest path of life .
You must learn all things, both the unshaken heart of persuasive truth , and the opinions of mortals in which there is no true warranty.
Rejoice, the Lord is King! Your Lord and King adore; mortals, give thanks and sing, And triumph evermore: Lift up your heart, lift up your voice; Rejoice, again, I say rejoice.Charles Wesley
Cease, gentle Maid, cease, cease to grieve,Thy Goddess does thy Pray'rs receive,And Providence will Thee relieve.Those, who on Providence depend,And patiently its Will attend,Shall be rewarded in the End,By Ways and Means least thought upon,That mortals may be forc'd to ownTheir Help comes from the Gods alone.jane barker
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