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CIRCLES
[ Also see Geometry ]

Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

Circles in water as they wider flow
  The less conspicuous in their progress grow,
    And when at last they trench upon the shore,
      Distinction ceases and they're view'd no more.
      - George Crabbe

A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.
      - Isaac D'Israeli, Miscellanies

The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Circles

As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
  The centre mov'd, a circle straight succeeds,
    Another still, and still another spreads.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l.364)

As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes
  The sinking stone at first a circle makes;
    The trembling surface by the motion stirr'd,
      Spreads in a second circle, then a third;
        Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance,
          Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance.
      - Alexander Pope, Temple of Fame (l. 436)

I'm up and down and round about,
  Yet all the world can't find me out;
    Though hundreds have employed their leisure,
      They never yet could find my measure.
      - Jonathan Swift, On a Circle

On the lecture slate
  The circle rounded under female hands
    With flawless demonstration.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Princess
         (II, l. 349)

I watch'd the little circles die;
  They past into the level flood.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        The Miller's Daughter (st. 10)

Circle are praised, not that abound
  In largeness, but the exactly round.
      - Edmund Waller, Long and Short Life


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