| God in making man intended by him to reduce all His Works back again to Himself.|
Matthew BarkerNatural Theology. P. 85.
|My heart is feminine, nor can forget|
To all, except one image, madly blind;
So shakes the needle, and so stands the pole,
As vibrates my fond heart to my fixd soul.
ByronDon Juan. Canto I. St. 196.
| The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.|
CarlyleEssays. Varnhagen von Enses Memoirs.
| Be a pattern to others, and then all will go well; for as a whole city is affected by the licentious passions and vices of great men, so it is likewise reformed by their moderation.|
|He raised a mortal to the skies;|
She drew an angel down.
DrydenAlexanders Feast. L. 169.
| Blessed influence of one true loving human soul on another.|
George EliotJanets Repentance. Ch. XIX.
|O may I join the choir invisible|
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence; live
In pulses stirred to generosity,
In deeds of daring rectitude, in scorn
For miserable aims that end with self.
In thoughts sublime that pierce the night like stars,
And with their mild persistence urge mans search
To vaster issues.
George EliotO May I Join the Choir Invisible.
|Nor knowest thou what argument|
Thy life to thy neighbors creed has lent,
All are needed by each one;
Nothing is fair or good alone.
EmersonEach and All.
|Ah, qui jamais auroit pu dire|
Que ce petit nez retroussé
Changerait les lois dun empire.
Ah, who could have ever foretold that that little retroussé nose would change the laws of an empire.
Charles Simon FavartLes Trois Sultanes. (1710). Favart used the story of Soleiman, by Marmontel.
|A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.|
Galatians. V. 9.
|Nor ease nor peace that heart can know,|
That like the needle true,
Turns at the touch of joy or woe;
But turning, trembles too.
Mrs. GrevillePrayer for Indifference. Same idea in Bishop Leightons Works.
| Lay ye down the golden chain|
From Heaven, and pull at its inferior links
Both Goddesses and Gods.
HomerIliad. Bk. 8. Cowleys trans. See also in MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. I. 1004; 1. 1050. Cotton Mather. Treatise entitled Schola et Scala Naturæ. Idea found in Lucan. Aurea Catena Homeri, sometimes called The Hermetic or Mercurial chain. Idea used by John ArndtTrue Christianity. Bk. I. Ch. 4. Southey, quoting Wesley in Life of Wesley. Professor SedgwickReview of a Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil.
|Spontaneously to God should turn the soul,|
Like the magnetic needle to the pole;
But what were that intrinsic virtue worth,
Suppose some fellow, with more zeal than knowledge,
Fresh from St. Andrews College,
Should nail the conscious needle to the north?
HoodPoem addressed to Rae Wilson.
|Our lifes a flying shadow, God the pole,|
The needle pointing to Him is our soul.
On a slab in Bishop Jocelines crypt in Glasgow Cathedral.
|So when a great man dies,|
For years beyond our ken,
The light he leaves behind him lies
Upon the paths of men.
LongfellowCharles Sumner. St. 9.
|The very room, coz she was in,|
Seemed warm fom floor to ceilin.
LowellThe Biglow Papers. Second Series. The Courtin. St. 6.
| Youve got to save your own soul first, and then the souls of your neighbors if they will let you; and for that reason you must cultivate, not a spirit of criticism, but the talents that attract people to the hearing of the Word.|
Geo. MacDonaldThe Marquis of Lossie. Ch. XXVII.
| No life|
Can be pure in its purpose or strong in its strife
And all life not be purer and stronger thereby.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)Lucile. Pt. II. Canto VI. St. 40.
| No star ever rose or set without influence somewhere.|
Owen MeredithLucile. Pt. II. Canto VI.
|Even here Thy strong magnetic charms I fed,|
And pant and tremble like the amorous steel.
To lower good, and beauties less divine,
Sometimes my erroneous needle does incline;
But yet (so strong the sympathy)
It turns, and points again to Thee.
Norris of BemertonAspiration. Same idea in his Contemplation and Love, and The Prayer. Simile of the magnetic needle and the soul found in: Robert CawdraysTreasure or Store-house of Similes, printed in London, 1609. Vol. VI and VII. GregoryWorks. Ch. XXXVII; also Ch. XII. (Ed. 1684). Raimond Lull of MajoricaMemorials of Christian Life. (Before 1315). SoutheyThe Partidas. In his Omniana. Vol. I. P. 210.
| Si possem sanior essem.|
Sed trahit invitam nova vis; aliudque Cupido,
If it were in my power, I would be wiser; but a newly felt power carries me off in spite of myself; love leads me one way, my understanding another.
OvidMetamorphoses. VII. 18.
| If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed.|
PascalThoughts. Ch. VIII. 29. (1623).
| Thus does the Muse herself move men divinely inspired, and through them thus inspired a Chain hangs together of others inspired divinely likewise.|
PlatoIon. Par. V. Simile called Platos Rings.
| By the golden chain Homer meant nothing else than the sun.|
Plato in Kirchers Magnes Sive de Arte Magnetica. See also Hares Guesses at Truth. 2nd Series. Ed. 3. P. 377.
|Thou wert my guide, philosopher, and friend.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 390.
|And the touchd needle trembles to the pole.|
PopeTemple of Fame. L. 431.
| They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.|
Psalms. LVIII. 4. 5.
|Even as the needle that directs the hour,|
(Touched with the loadstone) by the secret power
Of hidden Nature, points upon the pole;
Even so the wavering powers of my soul,
Touchd by the virtue of Thy spirit, flee
From what is earth, and point alone to Thee.
QuarlesJob Mil. Med. IV. Also in Emblems. Bk. I. Emblem 13.
| Such souls,|
Whose sudden visitations daze the world,
Vanish like lightning, but they leave behind
A voice that in the distance far away
Wakens the slumbering ages.
Sir Henry TaylorPhilip Van Artevelde. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 7.
|For so the whole round Earth is every way|
Bound by Gold Chains about the Feet of God.
|I am a part of all that I have met.|
TennysonUlysses. L. 18.
| I thank God that if I am gifted with little of the spirit which is said to be able to raise mortals to the skies, I have yet none, as I trust, of that other spirit, which would drag angels down.|
Daniel WebsterSecond Speech on Foots Resolution, Jan. 26, 1830.
| It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleons presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men.|
Duke of WellingtonMemorandum. Sept. 18, 1836.
|Controls them and subdues, transmutes, bereaves|
Of their bad influence, and their good receives.
WordsworthCharacter of the Happy Warrior.
|Whose powers shed round him in the common strife,|
Or mild concerns of ordinary life,
A constant influence, a peculiar grace.
WordsworthCharacter of the Happy Warrior.