A perfect tragedy is the noblest production of human nature.
Out of the fertile ground he caused to grow All trees of noblest kind for sight, smell, taste; And all amid them stood theTree of Life, High eminent, blooming ambrosial fruit Of vegetable gold; and next to life Our death theTree of Knowledge grew fast by, Knowledge of good bought dear by knowing ill.john milton
The Government cannot afford to have a country made up entirely of rich people, because rich people pay so little tax that the Government would quickly go bankrupt. This is why Government men always tell us that labor is man's noblest calling. Government needs labor to pay its upkeep.russell baker
For several virtues Have I lik'd several women; never any With so full soul, but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd, And put it to the foil.william shakespeare
Full many a lady I have ey'd with best regard; and many a time The harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear; for several virtues Have I lik'd several women, never any With so full soul, but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she ow'd, And put it to the foil; but you, O you, So perfect and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best!Ferdinand, scene i
An honest God is the noblest work of man. See Pope 660:25.Robert Ingersoll
The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!1763 Remark,6 Jul. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.1.
The enchanting charms of this sublime science reveal themselves in all their beauty only to those who have the courage to go deeply into it. But when a person of that sex, that, because of our mores and our prejudices, has to encounter infinitely more obstacles and difficulties than men in familiarizing herself with these thorny research problems, nevertheless succeeds in surmounting these obstacles and penetrating their most obscure parts, she must without doubt have the noblest courage, quite extraordinary talents and superior genius.carl friedrich gauss
So I take my life as I find it, as a life full of grand advantages that are linked indissolubly to my noblest happiness and my everlasting safety. I believe that Infinite Love ordained it, and that, if I bow willingly, tractably, and gladly to its discipline, my Father will take care of it.josiah gilbert holland
Jesus Christ is, in the noblest and most perfect sense, the realized ideal of humanity.johann gottfried herder
Literature is the noblest of all the arts. Music dies on the air, or at best exists only as a memory; oratory ceases with the effort; the painter's colors fade and the canvas rots; the marble is dragged from its pedestal and is broken into fragments.elbert hubbard
We see in tragedy the noblest men, after a long conflict and suffering, finally renounce forever all the pleasure of life and the aims till then pursued so keenly, or cheerfully and willingly give up life itself.Arthur Schopenhauer
Those subjects have the greatest educational value, which are richest in incentives to the noblest self-activity.john lancaster spalding
Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.Richard Francis Burton, The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî (1870), VIII.
Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world , have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius .Albert Pike, in Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Ch. XXII : Knight of the Royal Axe, or Prince of Libanus, p. 347
The Parables of Balam: ... prophetic parables of prophet Balam are among the noblest and most distinct in Old Testament Scriptures.In p. 30 (All the Parables of the Bible)
Norway, too, has noble wild prospects; and Lapland is remarkable for prodigious noble wild prospects. But, Sir, let me tell you, the noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!Samuel Johnson, reported in James Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791), July 6, 1763, p. 120 (Vol. 1)
The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees is the high-road that leads him to England.Samuel Johnson, Bowell's Life of Johnson, Volume II, Chapter V. 1763.
When fame 's loud trump hath blown its noblest blast, Though long the sound, the echo sleeps at last; And glory , like the phoenix midst her fires , Exhales her odours, blazes, and expires.Lord Byron, in English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809)
For his chaste Muse employed her heaven-taught lyre None but the noblest passions to inspire, Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line, which dying he could wish to blot.George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus, 17
Thou third great Canning, stand among our best And noblest, now thy long day's work hath ceased, Here silent in our minster of the West Who wert the voice of England in the East.Alfred Tennyson, Epitaph on Lord Stratford De Redcliffe; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 235.
"[It is] the noblest benefit ever received by any nation at any time. […] Stanislas II has earned a place among the greatest kings and statesmen in history."Edmund Burke, in response to Prussian statesman Ewald von Hertzberg's expression of the fears of European conservatives: "[The Poles] have given the coup de grâce to the Prussian monarchy by voting a constitution. […] How can we defend our state… against a numerous and well-governed nation?"
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