|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Circa beatitudinem perfectam, quæ in Dei visione consistit.|
Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God.
Thomas AquinasSumma Theologie. Probably the origin of the phrase beatific vision.
|And like a passing thought, she fled|
In light away.
BurnsThe Vision. Last lines.
|The peoples prayer, the glad diviners theme!|
The young mens vision, and the old mens dream!
DrydenAbsalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. 238.
|So little distant dangers seem:|
So we mistake the futures face,
Eyd thro Hopes deluding glass;
As yon summits soft and fair,
Clad in colours of the air,
Which to those who journey near,
Barren, brown, and rough appear.
DyerGronger Hill. L. 884.
|Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!|
Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul.
GrayThe Bard. III. 1. L. 11.
|I wonder if ever a song was sung but the singers heart sang sweeter!|
I wonder if ever a rhyme was rung but the thought surpassed the meter!
I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold stone echoed his ardent thought!
Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the dream of his inmost heart portrayed!
James C. HarveyIncompleteness.
|I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.|
Hosea. XII. 10.
|Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)|
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel, writing in a book of gold;
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said
What writest thou? The Vision raised its head,
And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
Answered, The names of those who love the Lord.
Leigh HuntAbou Ben Adhem and the Angel.
| And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.|
Joel. II. 28. Acts. II. 17.
|It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,|
A blissful certainty, a vision bright,
Of that rare happiness, which even on earth
Heaven gives to those it loves.
LongfellowSpanish Student. Act III. Sc. 5.
|An angel stood and met my gaze,|
Through the low doorway of my tent;
The tent is struck, the vision stays;
I only know she came and went.
LowellShe Came and Went.
|Gorgons, and Hydras, and Chimæras dire.|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 628.
|O visions ill foreseen! Better had I|
Livd ignorant of future, so had borne
My part of evil only.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 763.
|My thoughts by night are often filled|
With visions false as fair:
For in the past alone, I build
My castles in the air.
Thos. Love PeacockCastles in the Air. St. 1.
|Hence the fools paradise, the statesmans scheme,|
The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
The maids romantic wish, the chemists flame,
And poets vision of eternal fame.
PopeDunciad. Bk. III. L. 9.
|Where there is no vision, the people perish.|
Proverbs. XXIX. 18.
|Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence!|
Horace and James SmithRejected Addresses. An Address without a Phnix. By S.T.P. (Not an imitation. Initials used to puzzle critics.)
|Our revels now are ended. These, our actors,|
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.
Tempest. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 148.
|But shapes that come not at an earthly call,|
Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
|Fond man! the vision of a moment made!|
Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!
YoungParaphrase on Part of the Book of Job. L. 187. Shadow of a shade is found in the prologue of Nobody and Somebody, a play acted by the servants of Queen Elizabeth. Not the shadow of the shade of history said by Paul BourgetOn Cur de Femme. P. 186. (Ed. 1890).