To be a gentleman does not depend upon the tailor or the toilet. Good clothes are not good habits. A gentleman is just a gentle-man, — no more, no less; a diamond polished, that was first a diamond in the rough.
A child of eight is many-sided. By eighteen most of his auspicious angles have been polished away; he is(George) Norman Douglas
When I was a lad I served a term As office boy to an attorney's firm. I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor, And I polished up the handle of the big front door. I polished up that handle so carefullee That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!Sir W(illiam) S(chwenck) Gilbert
Thou art not, Penshurst, built to envious show Of touch or marble, nor canst boast a row Of polished pillars, or a roof of gold; Thou hast no lantern whereof tales are told, Or stair, or courts; but standst an ancient pile, And these grudged at, art reverenced the while.Ben Jonson
In the good times of Dada, we detested polished works, the distracted air of spiritual struggle, the titans, and we rejected them with all out being.hans arp
To tell the truth, the chariot was an astonishing sight to behold, because I had polished the steel of my flying house so carefully that it reflected the sunlight on all sides. It was so bright and dazzling that I thought, myself, that I had been carried away in a chariot of fire.cyrano de bergerac
You talk no more of that gay nation now,Where men adore their wives, and woman's powerDraws reverence from a polished people's softness,Their husbands' equals, and their lovers' queens;Free without scandal; wise without restraint;Their virtue due to nature, not to fear.aaron hill
But I have sinuous shells of pearly hue...Shake one, and it awakens; then applyIts polished lips to your attentive ear,And it remembers its august abodes,And murmurs as the ocean murmurs there.walter savage landor
Satire should, like a polished razor keen,Wound with a touch that's scarcely felt or seen.lady mary wortley montagu
But it is not for the perfect vase or the polished gem to choose their owners.mary renault
My words in her mind: cold polished stones sinking through a quagmire.james joyce
The poetical tendency of the present and of the preceding century has been divided in a manner singularly curious. One loud and conspicuous faction of bards, giving way to the corrupt influences of a decaying general culture, seems to have abandoned all the properties of versification and reason in its mad scramble after sensational novelty; whilst the other and quieter school constituting a more logical evolution from the poesy of the Georgian period, demands an accuracy of rhyme and metre unknown even to the polished artists of the age of Pope.h. p. lovecraft
Those who are successful give credit to their mistakes and give them a polished new name, experience.steve maraboli
These hearts rust just as iron rusts; and indeed they are polished through the recitation of the Qur’an.
Everyone sees the unseen in proportion to the clarity of his heart , and that depends upon how much he has polished it. Whoever has polished it more sees more more unseen forms become manifest to him.jalal al-din muhammad rumi
Having well polished the whole bow, he added a golden tip.
The frivolous work of polished idleness.
Manners must adorn knowledge, and smooth its way through the world. Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet by way of curiosity, and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn, nor shine, if it is not polished.
Society is now one polished horde, Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and Bored.lord byron
His many years had reduced and polished him the way water smooths and polishes a stone or generations of men polish a proverb.
The poet must be alike polished by an intercourse with the world as with the studies of taste; one to whom labour is negligence, refinement a science, and art a nature.
But remember, that manners must adorn knowledge , and smooth its way through the world . Like a great rough diamond, it may do very well in a closet, by way of curiosity , and also for its intrinsic value; but it will never be worn nor shine, if it is not polished.
The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.
A diamond doesn't start out polished and shining . It once was nothing special, but with enough pressure and time, becomes spectacular. I'm that diamond.
When we read in the valuable production of those great Oriental scholars...those of a Jones, a Wilkings, a Colebrooke, or a Halhed, - we uniformly discover in the Hindus a nation, whose polished manners are the result of a mild disposition and an extensive benevolence.
The diamond-like clarity of the materials can only have come from being written by someone deeply inspired at the time and being later polished with care.