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MEDITATION
[ Also see Contemplation Reflection Retrospection Reverie Self-examination Solitude Thought ]

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
      - Walter Bagehot

The art of meditation may be exercised at all hours, and in all places; and men of genius, in their walks, at table, and amidst assemblies, turning the eye of the mind inwards, can form an artificial solitude; retired amidst a crowd, calm amidst distraction, and wise amidst folly.
      - Isaac D'Israeli

Meditation is the soul's perspective glass, whereby, in her long removes, she discerneth God, as if He were near at hand.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Where a man has a passion for meditating without the capacity of thinking, a particular idea fixes itself fast, and soon creates a mental disease.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
  And study how to die, not how to live.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne,
        Meditations on Death (st. 1)

It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most on Divine truth, that will prove the choicest, wisest, strongest Christian.
      - Joseph Hall

Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,
  And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
    Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,--
      A shining Jacob's-ladder of the mind!
      - Paul Hamilton Hayne, Sonnet IX

Meditation is that exercise of the mind by which it recalls a known truth,--as some kinds of creatures do their food; to be ruminated upon.
      - Thomas Hartwell Horne

Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
  And study how to die, not how to live.
      - George Lansdowne

Meditation is the life of the soul; action is the soul of meditation; honor is the reward of action; so meditate, that thou mayst do; so do, that thou mayst purchase honor; for which purchase, give God the glory.
      - Francis Quarles

Chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy.
      - William Shakespeare

Divinely bent to meditation;
  And in no worldly suits would he be mov'd,
    To draw him from his holy exercise.
      - William Shakespeare

He is divinely bent on meditation.
      - William Shakespeare

But I might see young Cupid's fiery shaft
  Quenched in the chaste beams of the wat'ry moon,
    And the imperial vot'ress passed on,
      In maiden meditation, fancy-free.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Oberon at II, i)

He doth entreat your grace, my noble lord,
  To visit him to-morrow or next day:
    He is within, with two right reverend fathers,
      Divinely bent to meditation,
        And in no worldly suits would he be moved
          To draw him from his holy exercise.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (Catesby at III, vii)

The man of meditation is happy, not for an hour or a day, but quite round the circle of his years.
      - Isaac Taylor

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Meditation is a busy search in the storehouse of phantasy for some ideas of matters, to be cast in the moulds of resolution into some forms of words or actions; in which search, when I have used my greatest diligence, I find this is the best conclusion, that to meditate on the best is the best of meditations; and a resolution to make a good end is a good end of my resolutions.
      - Arthur Warwick

Though reading and conversation may furnish us with many ideas of men and things, yet it is our own meditation must form our judgment.
      - Isaac Watts

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.
      - Johann Georg von Zimmermann


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