Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
Let but the public mind become once thoroughly corrupt, and all attempts to secure property, liberty or life, by mere force of laws written on parchment, will be as vain as to put up printed notices in an orchard to keep off the canker-worms.horace mann
Backward, flow backward, O full tide of years! I am so weary of toil and of tears, Toil without recompense tears all in vain, Take them and give me my childhood again. I have grown weary of dust and decay, Weary of flinging my heart's wealth away Weary of sowing for others to reap; Rock me to sleep, mother, rock me to sleep.
What vain, unnecessary things are men, How well we do without 'em!Rochester, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of
Whoever thinks algebra is a trick in obtaining unknowns has thought it in vain. No attention should be paid to the fact that algebra and geometry are different in appearance. Algebras (jabbre and maqabeleh) are geometric facts which are proved by propositions five and six of Book two of Elements.omar khayyám
But, Madam, let your grief be laid aside,And let the fountain of your tears be dry'd,In vain they flow to wet the dusty plain,Your sighs are wafted to the skies in vain,Your pains they witness, but they can no more,While Death reigns tyrant o'er this mortal shore.phillis wheatley
How vain painting is, exciting admiration by its resemblance to things of which we do not admire the originals.Blaise Pascal
World's use is cold, world's love is vain, World's cruelty is bitter bane; But pain is not the fruit of pain.
It’s now a long, confused history. [...] the price of defending our nation cannot be spending years at a cost of precious lives and hundreds of billions of dollars in a vain attempt to give people who despise us a way of life they don’t want.
Thus they in mutual accusation spent The fruitless hours, but neither self-condemning, And of their vain conte s t appeared no end.john milton
That they may not become too complacent or delighted in married life, he makes them distressed by the shortcomings of their partners, or humbles them through willful offspring, or afflicts them with the want or loss of children. But, if in all these matters he is more merciful to them, he shows them by diseases and dangers how unstable and passing all mortal blessings are, that they may not be puffed up with vain glory.john calvin
Thou art gone from my gaze like a beautiful dream,And I seek thee in vain by the meadow and stream.george linley
Pavarotti is not vain, but conscious of being unique.peter ustinov
As though a tongueless nightingale should swell Her throat in vain, and die, heart-stifled, in her dell.john keats
Come purge my soul, Thou Master of my days, Of vain and empty words, of idle ways, Of base ambition and the urge to rule; That hidden serpent that corrupts a fool; and grant me, Lord, to see my sins alone. That I not call my brother to atone; Make chaste my heart and lend me from above Thy fortitude, humility, and love.
Hence, all you vain delights, As short as are the nights Wherein you spend your folly! There's nought in this life sweet, If man were wise to see 't, But only melancholy, Oh, sweetest melancholy!
For ne'er Was flattery lost on Poet's ear; A simple race! they waste their toil For the vain tribute of a smile.walter scott
Create and save customized word lists. Sign up today and start improving your vocabulary!