Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.Bible (NewTestament)
Then come on, come on, and yield A savour like unto a blessed field, When the bedabbled morn Washes the golden ears of corn.Robert Herrick
Dead flies causethe ointment of theapothecary tosend forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.Bible (Old Testament)
I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein you have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen. And ye shall know that I am the L, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers. And there shall ye remember your ways, and all your doings, wherein ye have been defiled; and ye shall loath yourselves in your own sight for all your evils that ye have committed.Bible (Old Testament)
Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content;The quiet mind is richer than a crown.Robert Greene
The master, the swabber, the boatswain, and I, The gunner, and his mate, Lov'd Mall, Meg, and Marian, and Margery, But none of us car'd for Kate; For she had a tongue with a tang, Would cry to a sailor Go hang! She lov'd not the savour of tar nor of pitch, Yet a tailor might scratch her where'er she did itch. Then to sea, boys, and let her go hang! This is a scurvy tune too; but here's my comfort. [ Drinks ]Stephano, scene ii
Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile: Filths savour but themselves.Albany, Scene II
The gods love salt. The sweat of human endeavour adds savour to every sacrifice.The Hollow Hills (1973)
Satan found pleasure in praise and in the exercise of his grace ; he loved to hear his wisdom and his power belauded. He listened with joy to the canticles of the cherubim who celebrated his good deeds , and he took no pleasure in listening to Nectaire's flute, because it celebrated nature 's self , yielded to the insect and to the blade of grass their share of power and love , and counselled happiness and freedom . Satan, whose flesh had crept, in days gone by, at the idea that suffering prevailed in the world , now felt himself inaccessible to pity . He regarded suffering and death as the happy results of omnipotence and sovereign kindness . And the savour of the blood of victims rose upward towards him like sweet incense. He fell to condemning intelligence and to hating curiosity . He himself refused to learn anything more, for fear that in acquiring fresh knowledge he might let it be seen that he had not known everything at the very outset. He took pleasure in mystery , and believing that he would seem less great by being understood , he affected to be unintelligible. Dense fumes of Theology filled his brain . One day, following the example of his predecessor, he conceived the notion of proclaiming himself one god in three persons . Seeing Arcade smile as this proclamation was made, he drove him from his presence. Istar and Zita had long since returned to earth . Thus centuries passed like seconds. Now, one day, from the altitude of his throne, he plunged his gaze into the depths of the pit and saw Ialdabaoth in the Gehenna where he himself had long lain enchained. Amid the ever lasting gloom Ialdabaoth still retained his lofty mien. Blackened and shattered, terrible and sublime, he glanced upwards at the palace of the King of Heaven with a look of proud disdain, then turned away his head. And the new god, as he looked upon his foe , beheld the light of intelligence and love pass across his sorrow-stricken countenance. And lo! Ialdabaoth was now contemplating the Earth and, seeing it sunk in wickedness and suffering, he began to foster thoughts of kindliness in his heart . On a sudden he rose up, and beating the ether with his mighty arms, as though with oars, he hastened thither to instruct and to console mankind . Already his vast shadow shed upon the unhappy planet a shade soft as a night of love . And Satan awoke bathed in an icy sweat. Nectaire, Istar, Arcade, and Zita were standing round him. The finches were singing . "Comrades," said the great archangel, "no we will not conquer the heavens. Enough to have the power . War engenders war, and victory defeat. " God , conquered, will become Satan ; Satan, conquering, will become God. May the fates spare me this terrible lot; I love the Hell which formed my genius . I love the Earth where I have done some good , if it be possible to do any good in this fearful world where beings live but by rapine. Now, thanks to us, the god of old is dispossessed of his terrestrial empire, and every thinking being on this globe disdains him or knows him not. But what matter that men should be no longer submissive to Ialdabaoth if the spirit of Ialdabaoth is still in them; if they, like him, are jealous , violent , quarrelsome, and greedy , and the foes of the arts and of beauty ? What matter that they have rejected the ferocious Demiurge, if they do not hearken to the friendly demons who teach all truths ; to Dionysus , Apollo , and the Muses ? As to ourselves, celestial spirits, sublime demons, we have destroyed Ialdabaoth, our Tyrant , if in ourselves we have destroyed Ignorance and Fear ." And Satan, turning to the gardener , said: "Nectaire, you fought with me before the birth of the world . We were conquered because we failed to understand that Victory is a Spirit , and that it is in ourselves and in ourselves alone that we must attack and destroy Ialdabaoth."anatole france
The mass-man would never have accepted authority external to himself had not his surroundings violently forced him to do so. As to-day, his surroundings do not so force him, the everlasting mass-man, true to his character, ceases to appeal to other authority and feels himself lord of his own existence. On the contrary the select man, the excellent man is urged, by interior necessity, to appeal from himself to some standard beyond himself, superior to himself, whose service he freely accepts.… Contrary to what is usually thought, it is the man of excellence, and not the common man who lives in essential servitude. Life has no savour for him unless he makes it consist in service to something transcendental. Hence he does not look upon the necessity of serving as an oppression. When, by chance, such necessity is lacking, he grows restless and invents some new standard, more difficult, more exigent, with which to coerce himself. This is life lived as a discipline the noble life.josé ortega y gasset
He yawned. He had finished the day and he had also finished with his youth. Various well-bred moralities had already discreetly offered him their services: disillusioned epicureanism, smiling tolerance, resignation, common sense stoicism - all the aids whereby a man may savour, minute by minute, like a connoisseur, the failure of a life.jean-paul sartre
Sex also concentrates the mind wonderfully, and that is why civilised man is so obsessed by it. It enables him to "savour every fraction of an inch," not merely of the act of sexual intercourse, but of living itself. But that, of course, only underlines the basic problem: after coitus, "man becomes sad," because he quickly returns to his unconcentrated and defocused state. In sexual excitement, it is the spirit itself that becomes erect, and becomes capable of penetrating the meaning of life. Normal consciousness is limp and flaccid; its attitude towards reality is defensive. This is what Sartre called contingency , that feeling of being at the mercy of chance.colin wilson
Should it be proved that woman is naturally weaker than man, from whence does it follow that it is natural for her to labour to become still weaker than nature intended her to be? Arguments of this cast are an insult to common sense, and savour of passion. The divine right of husbands, like the divine right of kings, may, it is to be hoped, in this enlightened age, be contested without danger, and though conviction may not silence many boisterous disputants, yet, when any prevailing prejudice is attacked, the wise will consider, and leave the narrow-minded to rail with thoughtless vehemence at innovation.mary wollstonecraft
Various well-bred moralities had already discreetly offered him their services: disillusioned epicureanism, smiling tolerance, resignation, common sense stoicism all the aids whereby a man may savour, minute by minute, like a connoisseur, the failure of a life.Jean-Paul Sartre, in L'âge de raison (The Age of Reason) (1945)
And nearer as they came, a genial savour Of certain stews, and roast-meats, and pilaus, Things which in hungry mortals' eyes find favour.Lord Byron, Don Juan (1818-24), Canto V, Stanza 47.
Roses were sette of swete savour, With many roses that thei bere.Geoffrey Chaucer, The Romaunt of the Rose.
Sweet are the thoughts that savour of content; The quiet mind is richer than a crown; Sweet are the nights in careless slumber spent; The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown: Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss, Beggars enjoy, when princes oft do miss.Robert Greene, song, Farewell to Folly.
A health to the nut-brown lass, With the hazel eyes: let it pass. * * * * As much to the lively grey 'Tis as good i' th' night as day: * * * * She's a savour to the glass, An excuse to make it pass.John Suckling, Goblins, Act III.
One Pentecost at dawn I had a vision.I wished, inside me, that he would satisfy me with his Godhead in one spirit...For that is what it means to satisfy completely: to grow to being god with GodMatins were being sung in the church and I was there. And my heart and my veins and all my limbs trembled and shuddered with desire. And I was in such a state as I had been so many times before, so passionate and so terribly unnerved that I thought I should not satisfy my Lover and my Lover not fully gratify me, then I would have to desire while dying and die while desiring. At that time I was so terribly unnerved with passionate love and in such pain that I imagined all my limbs breaking one by one and all my veins were separately in tortuous pain. The state of desire in which I then was cannot be expressed by any words or any person that I know. And even that which I could say of it would be incomprehensible to all who hadn't confessed this love by means of acts of passion and who were not known by Love. This much I can say about it: I desired to consummate my Lover completely and to confess and to savour in the fullest extent--to fulfil his humanity blissfully with mine and to experience mine therein, and to be strong and perfect so that I in turn would satisfy him perfectly: to be purely and exclusively and completely virtuous in every virtue. And to that end I wished, inside me, that he would satisfy me with his Godhead in one spirit (1 Cor 6:17) and he shall be all he is without restraint. For above all gifts I could choose, I choose that I may give satisfaction in all great sufferings. For that is what it means to satisfy completely: to grow to being god with God. For it is suffering and pain, sorrow and being in great new grieving, and letting this all come and go without grief, and to taste nothing of it but sweet love and embraces and kisses. Thus I desired that God should be with me so that I should be fulfilled together with him.Letter XVIII (Visions)