|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Webster (1580?1634)|
|QUOTATION:||Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,|
But lookd too near have neither heat nor light. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||The White Devil. Act iv. Sc. 4.|
The mountains, too, at a distance appear airy masses and smooth, but when beheld close they are rough.Diogenes Laertius: Pyrrho.
Love is like a landscape which doth stand
Smooth at a distance, rough at hand.
Robert Hegge: On Love.
We re charmd with distant views of happiness,
But near approaches make the prospect less.
Yalden: Against Enjoyment.
As distant prospects please us, but when near
We find but desert rocks and fleeting air.
Samuel Garth: The Dispensatory, canto iii. line 27.
T is distance lends enchantment to the view,
And robes the mountain in its azure hue.
Thomas Campbell: Pleasures of Hope, part i. line 7. [back]