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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Do what he will, he cannot realise / Half he conceives—the glorious vision flies; / Go where he may, he cannot hope to find / The truth, the beauty pictured in the mind.  1
  Go, you may call it madness, folly; / You shall not chase my gloom away; / There’s such a charm in melancholy, / I would not, if I could, be gay.  2
  If we sit down sullen and inactive, in expectation that God should do all, we shall find ourselves miserably deceived.  3
  Lull’d in the countless chambers of the brain, / Our thoughts are linked by many a hidden chain; / Awake but one, and lo! what myriads rise! / Each stamps its image as the other flies.  4
  Pain is so uneasy a sentiment that very little of it is enough to corrupt every enjoyment.  5
  That very law which moulds a tear, / And bids it trickle from its source; / That law preserves the earth a sphere, / And guides the planets in their course.  6
  The good are better made by ill, / As odours crushed are sweeter still.  7
  The great and rich depend on those whom their power or their wealth attaches to them.  8

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