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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  All good things / Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more now / Than flesh helps soul.  1
  Be our joy three-parts pain! Strive, and hold cheap the strain; / Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!  2
  Dante, who loved well because he hated, / Hated wickedness that hinders loving.  3
  Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.  4
  For I say this is death, and the sole death, / When a man’s loss comes to him from his gain, / Darkness from light, from knowledge ignorance, / And lack of love from love made manifest.  5
  God is the perfect poet, / Who in His person acts His own creations.  6
  God made all the creatures, and gave them our love and our fear, / To give sign we and they are His children, one family here.  7
  God’s in His heaven: / All’s right with the world!  8
  God’s justice, tardy though it prove perchance, / Rests never on the track till it reach / Delinquency.  9
  Happy that I can / Be crossed and thwarted as a man, / Not left in God’s contempt apart, / With ghastly smooth life, dead at heart, / Tame in earth’s paddock, as her prize.  10
  Have you found your life distasteful? / My life did, and does, smack sweet. / Was your youth of pleasure wasteful? / Mine I saved and hold complete. / Do your joys with age diminish? / When mine fail me, I’ll complain. / Must in death your daylight finish? / My sun sets to rise again.  11
  He who did well in war just earns the right / To begin doing well in peace.  12
  How can man love but what he yearns to help?  13
  How good is man’s life, the mere living! how fit to employ / All the heart, and the soul, and the senses for ever in joy!  14
  I count life just a stuff / To try the soul’s strength on.  15
  I never could tread a single pleasure under foot.  16
  I say the acknowledgment of God in Christ, / Accepted by thy reason, solves for thee / All questions on the earth and out of it.  17
  I see my way as birds their trackless way.  18
  If you desire faith, then you’ve faith enough.  19
  Imperfection means perfection hid, / Reserved in part to grace the after-time.  20
  It’s wiser being good than bad; / It’s safer being meek than fierce; It’s fitter being sane than mad / My own hope is, a sun will pierce / The thickest cloud earth ever stretch’d; / That after last returns the first, / Though a wide compass round be fetch’d; / That what began best can’t end worst, / Nor what God blessèd once prove accurst.  21
  Life is probation, and this earth no goal, / But starting-point of man.  22
  Life just the stuff / To try the soul’s strength on, educe the man.  23
  Life with all it yields of joy and woe, / And hope and fear, / Is just our chance o’ the prize of learning love, / How love might be, hath been indeed, and is.  24
  Like the hand which ends a dream, / Death, with the might of his sunbeam, / Touches the flesh and the soul awakes.  25
  Man is not God, but hath God’s end to serve, / A master to obey, a course to take, / Somewhat to cast off, somewhat to become.  26
  Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.  27
  O let my books be then the eloquence / And dumb presagers of my speaking breast.  28
  Only I discern / Infinite passion, and the pain / Of finite hearts that yearn.  29
  Other heights in other lives, God willing.  30
  Progress is the law of life—man is not man as yet.  31
  Progress, man’s distinctive mark alone, / Not God’s and not the beasts: God is, they are; / Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.  32
  Stung by straitness of our life, made strait / On purpose to make sweet the life at large.  33
  That we devote ourselves to God is seen / In living just as though no God there were.  34
  This low man seeks a little thing to do, / Sees it and does it; / This high man, with a great thing to pursue, / Dies ere he knows it.  35
  ’Tis not what man does which exalts him, but what man would do.  36
  True love works never for the loved one so, / Nor spares skin-surface, smoothing truth away.  37
  Untwine me from the mass / Of deeds which make up life, one deed / Power shall fall short in or exceed.  38
  Was never evening yet / But seemed far beautifuller than its day.  39
  (We) feel that life is large, and the world small, / So wait till life have passed from out the world.  40
  What matter though I doubt at every pore … / If finally I have a life to show, / The thing I did, brought out in evidence / Against the thing done to me underground / By hell and all its brood, for aught I know?  41
  What’s come to perfection perishes. / Things learned on earth we shall practise in heaven; / Works done least rapidly art most cherishes.  42
  When the fight begins within himself, / A man’s worth something.  43
  Wide our world displays its worth, man’s strife and strife’s success, / All the good and beauty, wonder crowning wonder, / Till my heart and soul applaud perfection, nothing less.  44

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