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The world is not made for the prosperous alone, nor for the strong.
      - George William Curtis

And for the few that only lend their ear,
  That few is all the world.
      - Samuel Daniel, Musophilus (st. 97)

Come, follow me, and leave the world to its babblings.
  [It., Vien dietro a me, e lascia dir le genti.]
      - Dante ("Dante Alighieri"), Purgatorio
         (V, 13)

I am a citizen of the world.
      - Laertius Diogenes

The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield,
        Endymion (ch. LXX)

Since every man, who lives, is born to die,
  And none can boast sincere felicity,
    With equal mind, what happens, let us bear,
      Nor joy nor grieve too much for things beyond our care.
        Like pilgrims, to the appointed place we tend;
          The world's an inn, and death the journey's end.
      - John Dryden, Palmon and Arcite
         (bk. III, l. 2,159)

I take the world to be but as a stage,
  Where net-maskt men doo play their personage.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--Dialogue Between Heraclitus and Democritus

The world's a stage where God's omnipotence,
  His justice, knowledge, love and providence,
    Do act the parts.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--First Week--First Day

Pythagoras said that this world was like a stage,
  Whereon many play their parts; the lookers-on the sage
    Philosophers are, saith he, whose part is to learn
      The manners of all nations, and the good from the bad to discern.
      - Richard Edwards, Damon and Pythias

Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is greatest to believe and to hope well of the world, because he who does so, quits the world of experience, and makes the world he lives in.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

O world, what pictures and what harmonies are thine!
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world always had the same bankrupt look, to foregoing ages as to us.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is his who can see through its pretension.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good-bye, proud world! I'm going home;
  Thou art not my friend; I am not thine.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
        Good-bye, Proud World!

Shall I speak truly what I now see below?
  The World is all a carkass, smoak and vanity,
    The shadow of a shadow, a play
      And in one word, just Nothing.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham), Resolves (p. 316),
        (ed. 1696)

Map me no maps, sir: my head is a map, a map of the whole world.
      - Henry Fielding, Rape upon Rape
         (act I, sc. 5)

But in this world nothing is sure but death and taxes.
  [Fr., Mais dons ce monde, il n'y a rien d'assure que le mort et les impots.]
      - Benjamin Franklin, Letter to M. Leroy

Take this as a most certain expedient to prevent many afflictions, and to be delivered from them: meddle as little with the world, and the honors, places and advantages of them, as thou canst. And extricate thyself from them as much, and as quickly as possible.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Thou must content thyself to see the world so imperfect as it is. Thou wilt never have any quiet if thou vexest thyself, because thou canst not bring mankind to that exact notion of things and rule of life which thou hast formed in thy own mind.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

But it does move.
  [Eppur si muove. (Epur.)]
      - Galilei Galileo, Before the Inquisition

Viewed from the summit of reason, all life looks like a malignant disease and the world like a madhouse.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The world is a beautiful book, but of little use to him who cannot read it.
  [It., Il mondo e un bel libro, ma poco serve a chi non lo sa leggere.]
      - Carlo Goldoni, Pamela (I, 14)

Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,
  Where wealth accumulates, and men decay;
    Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade--
      A breath can make them, as a breath has made--
        But a bold peasantry, their country's pride,
          When once destroy'd can never be supplied.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 51)

Creation's heir, the world, the world is mine!
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 50)

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