|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|He shall have chariots easier than air,|
That I will have invented;
That art the messenger, shalt ride before him
On a horse cut out of an entire diamond.
That shall be made to go with golden wheels,
I know not how yet.
Beaumont and FletcherA King and No King. Act V.
|A schoolboys tale, the wonder of an hour!|
ByronChilde Harold. Canto II. St. 2.
|Mira cano; sol occubuit;|
Nox nulla secuta est.
Wonders I sing; the sun has set; no night has followed.
Burton, quoting from a reference to a phrase of Giraldus Gambrensis, found in CamdenEpigrammes.
| If a man proves too clearly and convincingly to himself
that a tiger is an optical illusionwell, he will find out he is wrong. The tiger will himself intervene in the discussion, in a manner which will be in every sense conclusive.|
G. K. Chesterton.
| The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.|
G. K. ChestertonTremendous Trifles.
|We were young, we were merry, we were very, very wise,|
And the door stood open at our feast,
When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
And a man with his back to the East.
Mary E. ColeridgeUnwelcome.
| Never see
a dead post-boy, did you? inquired Sam
. No, rejoined Bob, I never did. No! rejoined Sam triumphantly. Nor never vill; and theres another thing that no man never see, and thats a dead donkey.|
DickensPickwick Papers. Ch. LI.
|Long stood the noble youth oppressd with awe,|
And stupid at the wondrous things he saw,
Surpassing common faith, transgressing natures law.
DrydenTheodore and Honoria. L. 217.
| Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.|
EmersonWorks and Days.
|This wonder lasted nine daies.|
HeywoodProverbs. Pt. II. Ch. I. Nine days wonder. Roger AschamScholemaster. Title of book by Kemp. MassingerNew Way to Pay Old Debts. Act IV. Sc. 2.
|The things that have been and shall be no more,|
The things that are, and that hereafter shall be,
The things that might have been, and yet were not,
The fading twilight of joys departed.
LongfellowChristus. Divine Tragedy. First Passover. III. Marriage in Cana.
| Wonder [said Socrates] is very much the affection of a philosopher; for there is no other beginning of philosophy than this.|
PlatoTheætetus. XXXII. Carys trans.
|Pretty! in amber to observe the forms|
Of hairs, of straws, or dirt, or grubs, or worms!
The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
But wonder how the devil they got there.
PopePrologue to the Satires. L. 169.
|Out of our reach the gods have laid|
Of time to come th event,
And laugh to see the fools afraid
Of what the knaves invent.
Sir C. SedleyLycophron.
| O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful wonderful! and yet again wonderful, and after that, out of all hooping.|
As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 201.
|O day and night, but this is wondrous strange.|
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 164.
| Can such things be,|
And overcome us like a summers cloud,
Without our special wonder?
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 110.
|Stones have been known to move and trees to speak.|
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 123.
|Twas strange, twas passing strange;|
Twas pitiful, twas wondrous pitiful.
Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 160.
|Theres something in a flying horse,|
Theres something in a huge balloon.
WordsworthPeter Bell. Prologue. St. 1.
|We nothing know, but what is marvellous;|
Yet what is marvellous, we cant believe.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night VII.
|Nothing but what astonishes is true.|
YoungNight Thoughts. Night IX.