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EARTH
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I believe this earth on which we stand is but the vestibule to glorious mansions through which a moving crowd forever press.
      - Joanna Baillie

Our earthly possessions will indeed perish in the final wreck of all things; but let the ship perish, let all we have sink in the deep, if we may come "safe to land." From these storms and billows--these dangerous seas--these tempestuous voyages--may we all be brought at last safe to heaven.
      - Albert Barnes

That's how it is on this bitch of an earth.
      - Samuel Beckett

Let the mantle of worldly enjoyments hang loose about you, that it may be easily dropped when death comes to carry you into another world.
      - Thomas Boston

Friend, hast thou considered the "rugged, all-nourishing earth," as Sophocles well names her; how she feeds the sparrow on the housetop, much more her darling man?
      - Thomas Carlyle

I speak of that learning which wakes us acquainted with the boundless extent of nature, and the universe, and which even while we remain in this world, discovers to us both heaven, earth, and sea.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Air, earth, and seas, obey'd th' Almighty nod,
  And with a general fear confess'd the God.
      - John Dryden

This poor world, the object of so much insane attachment, we are about to leave; it is but misery, vanity, and folly; a phantom--the very fashion of which "passeth away."
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
      - Kahlil Gibran

It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions,--some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church." On the prow of of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll, Individuality,
        Magellan quotation probably incorrectly attributed to him by Ingersoll

The earth is given as a common stock for man to labor and live on.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The flowers are but earth vivified.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Transiency is stamped on all our possessions, occupations, and delights. We have the hunger for eternity in our souls, the thought of eternity in our hearts, the destination for eternity written on our inmost being, and the need to ally ourselves with eternity proclaimed by the most short-lived trifles of time. Either these things will be the blessing or the curse of our lives. Which do yon mean that they shall be for you?
      - Alexander Maclaren

There are no passengers on spaceship earth.
  We are all crew.
      - Marshall McLuhan

The earth, though in comparison of heaven so small, nor glistering, may of solid good contain more plenty than the sun, that barren shines.
      - John Milton

Once every atom of this ground lived, breathed, and felt like me!
      - James Montgomery

Earth, air, and ocean, glorious three.
      - Robert Montgomery

The earth and its resources belong of right to its people.
      - Gifford Pinchot

It is this earth that, like a kind mother, receives us at our birth, and sustains us when born; it is this alone, of all the elements around us, that is never found an enemy of man.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

The waters deluge man with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations; the air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good committed to her care, and though she produces the poison, she still supplies the antidote; though constantly teased more to furnish the luxuries of man than his necessities, yet, even to the last, she continues her kind indulgence, and when life is over she piously covers his remains in her bosom.
      - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

We do not inherit the Earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children.
      - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
  The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
      And like this unsubstantial pageant faded,
        Leave not a rack behind.
      - William Shakespeare

The earth, that is nature's mother, is her tomb.
      - William Shakespeare

This goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory.
      - William Shakespeare

Thou sure and firm-set earth,
  Hear not my steps, which way they walk, for fear
    The very stones prate of my whereabout.
      - William Shakespeare


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