|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.|
AddisonFreeholder. No. 5.
|Zealous, yet modest.|
BeattieThe Minstrel. Bk. I. St. 11.
| Through zeal knowledge is gotten, through lack of zeal knowledge is lost; let a man who knows this double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.|
|For zeals a dreadful termagant,|
That teaches saints to tear and cant.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. III. Canto II. L. 673.
|Awake, my soul! stretch every nerve,|
And press with vigour on;
A heavenly race demands thy zeal,
And an immortal crown.
Philip DoddridgeZeal and Vigour in the Christian Race.
| It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.|
Galatians. IV. 18.
| I remember a passage in Goldsmiths Vicar of Wakefield, which he was afterwards fool enough to expunge: I do not love a man who is zealous for nothing.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1779).
|Blinder Eifer schadet nur.|
Blind zeal can only do harm.
LichtwerDie Katzen und der Hausherr.
|A Spirit, zealous, as he seemed, to know|
More of the Almightys works, and chiefly Man,
Gods latest image.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 565.
| But his zeal|
None seconded, as out of season judged,
Or singular and rash.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. V. L. 849.
| But zeal moved thee;|
To please thy gods thou didst it!
MiltonSamson Agonistes. L. 895.
| Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated, when it encroaches upon the rights of others.|
|Zeal then, not charity, became the guide.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. III. L. 261.
|I have more zeal than wit.|
PopeImitations of Horace. Bk. II. Satire VI. L. 56.
|Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will,|
And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.
PopeMoral Essays. Ep. II. L. 185.
|A zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.|
Romans. X. 2.
|My hat is in the ring.|
Roosevelt. Said in Cleveland, when on his way to Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 21, 1912.
|Der Freunde Eifer ists, der mich|
Zu Grunde richtet, nicht der Hass der Feinde.
The zeal of friends it is that razes me,
And not the hate of enemies.
SchillerWallensteins Tod. III. 18. Last lines.
| We do that in our zeal our calmer moment would be afraid to answer.|
ScottWoodstock. Heading of Ch. XVII.
| If I had obeyed God, as I have obeyed him,|
He would not have punished me.
Swamwra to the Governor of Basra when deposed by the Caliph. (675). See Ibnul Athir. Vol. III. P. 412. (Ed. Tomberg.)
|Terms ill defined, and forms misunderstood,|
And customs, when their reasons are unknown,
Have stirred up many zealous souls
To fight against imaginary giants.
TupperProverbial Philosophy. Of Tolerance.
|Press bravely onward!not in vain|
Your generous trust in human kind;
The good which bloodshed could not gain
Your peaceful zeal shall find.
WhittierTo the Reformers of England.