Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain.
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
A beautiful and ineffectual angel, beating in the void his luminous wings in vain.Matthew Arnold
Nothing is wasted, nothing is in vain: The seas roll over but the rocks remain.a. p. herbert
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
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
"Thou wert not, Solomon! in all thy glory Array'd," the lilies cry, "in robes like ours; How vain your grandeur! Ah, how transitory Are human flowers!"horace smith
What vain, unnecessary things are men, How well we do without 'em!Rochester, John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of
But I have lived, and have not lived in vain: My mind may loose its force, my blood its fire, And my frame perish even in conquering pain; But there is that within me which shall tire Torture and Time, and breathe when I expire. Something unearthly, which they deem not of, Like the remembered tone of a mute lyre, Shall on their softened spirits sink, and move In hearts all rocky now the late remorse of love.Rochdale
Ordinary human motives will appeal in vain to the ears which have heard the tones of the heavenly music; and all the pomp of life will show poor and tawdry to the sight that has gazed on the vision of the great white throne and the crystal sea.alexander maclaren
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.
All our efforts to defeat poverty and pursue sustainable development will be in vain if environmental degradation and natural resource depletion continue unabated.kofi annan
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.
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.
I remember my youth and the feeling that it will never come back any morethe feeling that I could last for ever, outlast thesea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effortto death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expiresand expires, too soon, too soonbefore life itself.Sir William Neil pseudonym Cassandra Connor
Mitt der Dummheit k a« mpfen G o« tter selbst vergebens. Even the gods themselves struggle in vain against stupidity.Elsa Schiaparelli
Happy the man, of mortals happiest he,Whose quiet mind from vain desires is free;Whom neither hopes deceive, nor fears torment,But lives at peace, within himself content;In thought, or act, accountable to noneBut to himself, and to the gods alone.granville, george, 1st baron lansdowne