Men are constantly attracted and deluded by two opposite charms: the charm of competence which is engendered by mathematics and everything akin to mathematics, and the charm of humble awe, which is engendered by meditation on the human soul and its experiences. Philosophy is characterized by the gentle, if firm, refusal to succumb to either charm.
Music alone with sudden charms can bind The wand'ring sense, and calm the troubled mind.william congreve
I am monarch of all I survey, My right there is none to dispute; From the centre all round to the sea, I am lord of the fowl and the brute. O Solitude! where are the charms That sages have seen in thy face? Better dwell in the midst of alarms, Than reign in this horrible place.william cowper
I grant indeed that fields and flocks have charms, For him that gazes or for him that farms.George Crabbe
"I think your piety one of your greatest charms; but then, like all other good things, it may be carried too far. To my thinking, a woman's religion ought not to lessen her devotion to her earthly lord. She should have enough to purify and etherealise her soul, but not enough to refine away her heart, and raise her above all human sympathies"anne brontë
I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of first introducing it into minds which were ignorant of its charms.giacomo casanova
Popular Applause! what heart of manIs proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?william cowper
Rais'd of themselves, their genuine charms they boast, And those who paint them truest praise them most.joseph addison
It will be readily admitted that brown tints have never coursed beneath our skin; it will be discovered that yellow shines forth in our flesh, that red blazes, and that green, blue and violet dance upon it with untold charms, voluptuous and caressing.Umberto Boccioni
But take this with thee: if I was not form'd To prize a love like thine, a mind like thine, Nor dote even on thy beauty as I've doted On lesser charms, for no cause save that such Devotion was a duty, and I hated All that look'd like a chain for me or others (This even rebellion must avouch); yet hear These words, perhaps among my last that none E'er valued more thy virtues , though he knew not To profit by them…lord byron
This accessible production [of Don Giovanni - ed.] concentrates on the comic delights of the piece and rests heavily on the roguish charms of Vytautas Juozapaitis in the title role. Indeed, he's so delightfully decadent, and so charismatic a performer, that the righteous indignation of those he has harmed makes them seem priggish in comparison.vytautas juozapaitis
But in the glances of his eye, A penetrating, keen, and sly Expression found its home; The flash of that satiric rage, Which, bursting on the early stage, Branded the vices of the age, And broke the keys of Rome. :;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;*:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;*:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;:;* Still is thy name in high account, And still thy verse has charms, Sir David Lindesay of the Mount, Lord Lion King-at-arms!david lyndsay
[Concerning the Hemlock Spruce, now called Mountain Hemlock:] I wish I had space to write more of the surpassing beauty of this favorite spruce. ... The deer love to lie down beneath its spreading branches; bright streams from the snow that is always near ripple through its groves, and bryanthus spreads precious carpets in its shade. But the best words only hint its charms. Come to the mountains and see.john muir
It would be an endless task to trace the variety of meannesses, cares, and sorrows, into which women are plunged by the prevailing opinion that they were created rather to feel than reason, and that all the power they obtain, must be obtained by their charms and weakness.mary wollstonecraft
With all thy sober charms possest, Whose wishes never learnt to stray.
Rais'd of themselves, their genuine charms they boast And those who paint 'em truest praise 'em most.joseph addison
No man ever truly believed, who was not first made sensible of unbelief. True conviction of sin how difficult it is, when its appearances and modes of life are so fair, when it twines itself so cunningly about, or creeps so insidiously into, our amiable qualities, and sets off its internal disorders by so many outward charms and attractions.
A sense of grandeur and sublimity has been recognized as one of the reflex senses belonging to man. It is different from the sense of the beautiful, though closely allied to it. Beauty charms, sublimity moves us, and is often accompanied with a feeling resembling fear, while beauty rather attracts and draws us towards it.
Depression is melancholy minus its charms the animation, the fits.Susan Sontag
In discourse more sweet, (For Eloquence the Soul, Song charms the sense,) Others apart sat on a hill retir'd, In thoughts more elevate, and reasoned high Of Providence, Foreknowledge, Will and Fate, Fixed fate, free will, foreknowledge absolute; And found no end, in wand'ring mazes lost.john milton
It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
No tree in all the grove but has its charms, Though each its hue peculiar.william cowper
But take this with thee: if I was not form'd To prize a love like thine, a mind like thine, Nor dote even on thy beauty as I've doted On lesser charms , for no cause save that such Devotion was a duty , and I hated All that look'd like a chain for me or others (This even rebellion must avouch); yet hear These words, perhaps among my last that none E'er valued more thy virtues , though he knew not To profit by them...
Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.Alexander Pope