I have carefully and regularly perused the Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion that the volume contains more sublimity, purer morality, more important history, and finer strains of eloquence, than can be collected from all other books, in whatever language they may have been written.
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 31.
Than all Bocara's vaunted gold,Than all the gems of Samarcand.William Jones
Go boldly forth, my simple lay,Whose accents flow with artless ease,Like orient pearls at random strung.William Jones
On parent knees, a naked new-born child,Weeping thou sat'st while all around thee smiled;So live, that sinking in thy last long sleep,Calm thou mayst smile, while all around thee weep.William Jones
What constitutes a state?Men who their duties know,But know their rights, and knowing, dare maintain.And sovereign law, that state's collected will,O'er thrones and globes elate,Sits empress, crowning good, repressing ill.William Jones
Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven,Ten to the world allot, and all to heaven.William Jones