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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).