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22 Famous Quotes by James Beattie
2/27/1978 - (Present)
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James Scott Beattie
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At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove, When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill And nought but the nightingale's song in the grove.

Evening Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Hermit

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Rocks, torrents, gulfs, and shapes of giant size And glitt'ring cliff on cliffs, and fiery ramparts rise.

Clouds Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: Ministrel (bk. I)

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How sweet the words of Truth, breath'd from the lips of Love.

Truth Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. II, st. 53)

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He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.

Feeling Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Hermit (l. 8)

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Mine be the breezy hill that skirts the down; Where a green grassy turf is all I crave, With here and there a violet bestrown, Fast by a brook or fountain's murmuring wave; And many an evening sun shine sweetly on my grave.

Grave Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. II, st. 17)

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Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb The steep where Fame's proud temple shines afar!

Fame Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (st. 1)

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Or merry swains, who quaff the nut-brown ale, And sing enamour'd of the nut-brown maid.

Drinking Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 44)

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From labour health, from health contentment spring; Contentment opes the source of every joy.

Content Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 13)

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Zealous, yet modest; innocent, though free; Patient of toil; serene amidst alarms; Inflexible in faith; invincible in arms.

Character Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 11)

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And none speaks false, when there in none to hear.

Lying Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. II, st. 24)

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And from the prayer of Want, and plaint of Woe, O never, never turn away their ear! Forlorn, in this bleak wilderness below, Ah! what were man, should Heaven refuse to hear!

Prayer Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: Minstrel (bk. I, st. 29)

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Zealous, not modest.

Zeal Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 11)

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Let those deplore their doom, Whose hope still grovels in this dark sojourn: But lofty souls, who look beyond the tomb, Can smile at Fate, and wonder how they mourn.

Fate Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I)

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No jealousy their dawn of love o'ercast, Nor blasted were their wedded days with strife; Each season looked delightful as it past, To the fond husband and the faithful wife.

Matrimony Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 14)

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At the close of the day, when the hamlet is still And mortals the sweets of forgetfulness prove, When nought but the torrent is heard on the hill And nought but the nightingale's song in the grove.

Nature Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Hermit

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Old age come on apace to ravage all the clime.

Age Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 25)

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I dare not hope to please a Cinna's ear. Or sing what Varus might vouchsafe to hear; Harsh are the sweetest lays that I can bring, So screams a goose where swans melodious sing.

Geese Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: Vergil (pastoral 9), his translation

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Changed to a lapwing by th' avenging god, He made the barren waste his lone abode, And oft on soaring pinions hover'd o'er The lofty palace then his own no more.

Lapwings Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: Vergil (pastoral 6)

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On the cold cheek of Death smiles and roses are blending, And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.

Immortality Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Hermit (st. 6, last lines)

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Be ignorance thy choice, where knowledge leads to woe.

Ignorance Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. II, st. 30)

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'Twas thus by the glare of false science betray'd, That leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind.

Science Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Hermit

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And, lo! in the dark east, expanded high, The rainbow brightens to the setting Sun.

Rainbows Quotes, by James Beattie , Source: The Minstrel (bk. I, st. 30)

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