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39 Famous Quotes by James Thomson (1)

Hail! Independence, hail! Heaven's next best gift, To that of life and an immortal soul!

Independence Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Liberty (pt. V, l. 124)

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He saw her charming, but he saw not half The charms her downcast modesty conceal'd.

Modesty Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 229)

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Base envy withers at another's joy, And hates that excellence it cannot reach.

Envy Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 28)

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Cruel as death, and hungry at the grave.

Hunger Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Winter (l. 393)

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Soft-buzzing Slander; silly moths that eat An honest name.

Slander Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Liberty (pt. IV, l. 609)

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Up springs the lark, Shrill-voiced, and loud, the messenger of morn; Ere yet the shadows fly, he mounted sings Amid the dawning clouds, and from their haunts Calls up the tuneful nations.

Larks Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 587)

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The stately-sailing swan Gives out his snowy plumage to the gale; And, arching proud his neck, with oary feet Bears forward fierce, and guards his osier isle, Protective of his young.

Swans Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 775)

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Among the changing months, May stands confest The sweetest, and in fairest colors dressed.

May Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: On May

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At first, heard solemn o'er the verge of Heaven, The Tempest growls; but as it nearer comes, And rolls its awful burden on the wind, The Lightnings flash a larger curve, and more The Noise astounds; till overhead a sheet Of livid flame discloses wide, then shuts, And opens wider; shuts and opens still Expansive, wrapping ether in a blaze. Follows the loosen'd aggravated Roar, Enlarging, deepening, mingling, peal on peal, Crush'd, horrible, convulsing Heaven and Earth.

Storms Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,133)

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Amid the roses, fierce Repentance rears Her snaky crest; a quick-returning pang Shoots through the conscious heart.

Repentance Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 995)

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The Clouds consign their treasures to the fields; And, softly shaking on the dimpled pool Prelusive drops, let all their moisture flow In large effusion, o'er the freshen'd world.

Rain Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 173)

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In ancient times, the sacred Plough employ'd The Kings and awful Fathers of mankind: And some, with whom compared your insect-tribes Are but the beings of a summer's day, Have held the Scale of Empire, ruled the Storm Of mighty War; then, with victorious hand, Disdaining little delicacies, seized The Plough, and, greatly independent, scorned All the vile stores corruption can bestow.

Agriculture Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 58)

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Scroundrel maxim.

Proverbs (general) Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: The Castle of Indolence (canto I, st. 50)

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Even from the body's purity, the mind Receives a secret sympathetic aid.

Chastity Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,269)

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Island of bliss! amid the subject Seas, That thunder round thy rocky coasts, set up, At once the wonder, terror, and delight Of distant nations; whose remotest shore Can soon be shaken by thy naval arm; Not to be shook thyself, but all assaults Baffling, like thy hoar cliffs the loud sea-wave.

Islands Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,597)

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He ceased; but still their trembling ears retained The deep vibrations of his witching song.

Voice Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto I, st. 20)

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O fair undress, best dress! it checks no vein, But every flowing limb in pleasure drowns, And heightens ease with grace.

Apparel Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto I, st. 26)

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Her polish'd limbs, Veil'd in a simple robe, their best attire; Beyond the pomp of dress; for Loveliness Needs not the foreign aid of ornament, But is, when unadorn'd the most.

Apparel Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 202)

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Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.

Apparel Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Autumn (l. 202)

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Among the crooked lanes, on every hedge, The glow-worm lights his gem; and through the dark, A moving radiance twinkles.

Glowworms Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer (l. 1,682)

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Falsely luxurious, will not man awake?

Luxury Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Summer

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At the throng'd levee bends the venal tribe: With fair but faithless smiles each varnish'd o'er, Each smooth as those that mutually deceive, And for their falsehood each despising each.

Courtiers Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Liberty (pt. V, l. 190)

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Whoe'er amidst the sons Of reason, valor, liberty and virtue, Displays distinguished merit, is a noble Of Nature's own creating.

Nobility Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Coriolanus (act III, sc. 3)

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While I deduce, From the first note the hollow cuckoo sings, The symphony of spring.

Cuckoos Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Seasons--Spring (l. 576)

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Ah! what avail the largest gifts of Heaven, When drooping health and spirits go amiss? How tasteless then whatever can be given! Health is the vital principle of bliss, And exercise of health.

Health Quotes, by James Thomson (1) , Source: Castle of Indolence (canto II, st. 55)

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