[A remarkable anticipation, says the Rev. Geo. Gilfillan, of Newtons famous saying, I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.Newtons Life.]
Newton, (that proverb of the mind,) alas! Declared, with all his grand discoveries recent, That he himself felt only like a youth Picking up shells by the great oceanTruth. Byron.Don Juan, Canto VII. Verse 5, Line 5.
When I look on my boys They renew all my joys, Myself in my children I see; While the comforts I find In the kingdom my mind, Pronounce that my kingdom is free. Lloyd.Song in the Capricious Lovers, Air 2.