By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we quote. We quote not only books and proverbs, but arts, sciences, religion, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs by imitation.
Home and heaven are not so far separated as we sometimes think. Nay, they are not separated at all, for they are both in the same great building. Home is the lower story, and is located down here on the ground floor; heaven is above stairs, in the second and third stories; and, as one after another the family is called to come up higher, that which seemed to be such a strange place begins to wear a familiar aspect; and, when at last not one is left below, the home is transferred to heaven, and heaven is home.
New customs, Though they be never so ridiculous, Nay, let 'em be unmanly, yet are followed.william shakespeare
As anyone who has the slightest knowledge of my work knows, I have little in common with Larkin, who was tall, taciturn and thin-on-top, and unlike him I laugh, Nay, sneer, in the face of death. I will concede one point: we are both lesbian poets.carol ann duffy
In either event he could only adhere to the letter of the law, but then for every yea in the law there was a Nay, and it always boiled down to simple expediency. Like a psychiatric diagnosis, it could always be juggled around to fit anything you chose.mark clifton
They do not ill, being lords of ours, to slay Me; Nay, they could not spare: but thee to slay, To spill thy strong young life for truth to me, In all men's eyes would mark them monstrous:;: thou Must live, and serve my slayers, and serving them Sustain my memory by the proof if God Shall give thee grace to prove it that thy name, Thy father's name and mine, in true men's ears Rings truth, and means not treason.algernon charles swinburne
O gentle Romeo, If thou dost love, pronounce it faithfully. Or if thou think'st I am too quickly won, I'll frown and be perverse and say thee Nay, So thou wilt woo: but else, not for the world.william shakespeare
Nay, droop not, fellows; innocence should be bold.Philip Massinger
I dared not dream she loved me. Nay, Her love was proud; and pride is loth To look with favor, own it fond Of one the world loves not to-day … No matter if she loved or no, God knows I loved enough for both, And knew her as you shall not know Till you have known sweet death, and you Have cross'd the dark; gone over to The great majority beyond.joaquin miller
Each state of the human mind has some parable in the physical creation by which it is shadowed forth; nor is it only artists and poets, but even the most abstract thinkers that have drawn from this source. Lively activity we name fire; time is a stream that rolls on, sweeping all before it; eternity is a circle; a mystery is hid in midnight gloom, and truth dwells in the sun. Nay, I begin to believe that even the future destiny of the human race is prefigured in the dark oracular utterances of bodily creation.friedrich von schiller
By God, I cannot flatter: I do defy The tongues of soothers; but a braver place In my heart's love, hath no man than yourself; Nay, task me to my word; approve me, lord.william shakespeare
I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne, nor by the earth; for it is his footstool, neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, Nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
What is this poetry:;? A mortal mind Made visible;a caged bird? Nay more:it is a spiritleft behind Nailed by the piercing word.
What! Of all creatures do ye come unto the males, And leave the wives your Lord created for you? Nay, but ye are froward folk.
Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure.
Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not "seems."
Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; Nay, you may kick it about all day likea football, and it will be round and full at evening.Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beshnaw az Nay choon hekayat may kunad; Az judaaie haa shekaaiat may kunad(Dahri)mahmud tarzi
No, let the monarch’s bags and others holdThe flattering, mighty, Nay, al-mighty gold.john wolcot
Do your neighbour good by all means in your power, moral as well as physical by kindness, by patience, by unflinching resistance against every outward evil by the silent preaching of your own contrary life. But if the only good you can do him is by talking at him, or about him Nay, even to him, if it be in a self-satisfied, super-virtuous style such as I earnestly hope the present writer is not doing you had much better leave him alone.dinah maria mulock
He that will not when he may, When he will he shall have Nay.robert burton
'Tis slander, Whose edge is sharper than the sword, whose tongue Outvenoms all the worms of Nile, whose breath Rides on the posting winds and doth belie All corners of the world; kings, queens and states, Maids, matrons, Nay, the secrets of the grave This viperous slander enters.
A prudent Chief not always must display His Pow'rs in equal Ranks, and fair Array, But with th' Occasion and the Place comply, Conceal his Force, Nay seem sometimes to Fly.Alexander Pope
She waits for me; my lady Earth, Smiles and waits and sighs; I'll say her Nay, and hide away, Then take her by surprise.mary mapes dodge