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Like plants in mines, which never saw the sun,
But dream of him, and guess where he may be,
And do the best to climb, and get to him.
- Paracelsus (last page) [Progress]
In some time, his good time, I shall arrive;
He guides me and the bird
In his good time.
- Paracelsus (pt. I) [Providence]
That we devote ourselves to God is seen
In living just as though no God there were.
- Paracelsus (pt. I) [God]
God is the perfect poet,
Who in his person acts his own creations.
- Paracelsus (pt. II) [God]
I give the fight up; let there be an end,
A privacy, an obscure nook for me,
I want to be forgotten even by God.
- Paracelsus (pt. V) [Obscurity]
The law of life, man is not
Man as yet.
- Paracelsus (pt. V) [Progress]
Autumn wins you best by this, its mute
Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
- Paracelsus (sc. 1) [Autumn]
But there are times when patience proves at fault.
- Paracelsus (sc. 3) [Patience]
Love, hope, fear, faith--these make humanity;
These are its sign and note and character.
- Paracelsus (sc. 3) [Humanity]
Let my hand,
This hand, lie in your own--my own true friend;
Aprile! Hand-in-hand with you, Aprile!
- Paracelsus (sc. 5) [Friends]
God's in His Heaven--
All's right with the world!
- Pippa Passes (pt. I) [God : Proverbs]
All service is the same with God,
With God, whose puppets, best and worst,
Are we: there is no last nor first.
- Pippa Passes (pt. IV) [God]
Thou art my single day, God lends to leaven
What were all earth else, with a feel of heaven.
- Pippa Passes (sc. 1) [Sabbath]
My star, God's glowworm.
- Popularity [Glowworms]
No! let me taste the whole of it, fare like my peers,
The heroes of old,
Bear the brunt, in a minute pay glad life's arrears
Of pain, darkness and cold.
- Prospice [Life]
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure.
- Rabbi Ben Ezra (st. 27) [Change]
For thence,--a paradox
Which comforts while it mocks,--
Shall life succeed in that it seems to fail:
What I aspired to be,
And was not, comforts me:
A brute I might have been, but would not sink i' the scale.
- Rabbi-Ben-Ezra (st. 7) [Paradoxes]
Every one soon or late comes round by Rome.
- Ring and the Book (V, 296) [Rome]
Grasps at hand, eye lights eye in good friendship,
And great hearts expand
And grow one in the sense of this world's life.
- Saul (st. 7) [Friendship]
'Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do.
- Saul (XVIII) [Deeds]
When the liquor's out, why clink the cannikin?
- The Flight of the Duchess (XVI) [Drinking]
Better have failed in the high aim, as I,
Than vulgarly in the low aim succeed
As, God be thanked! I do not.
- The Inn Album (IV) [Success]
Just for a handful of silver he left us,
Just for a ribbon to stick in his coat;
Found the one gift of which Fortune bereft us,
Lost all the others she lets us devote.
- The Lost Leader,
referring to Wordsworth when he turned Tory
To me at least was never evening yet
But seemed far beautifuller than its day.
- The Ring and the Book--Pompilia (l. 357)
It is the glory and good of Art,
That Art remains the one way possible
Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least.
- The Ring and the Book--The Book and the Ring
(l. 842) [Art]
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