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OBLIVION
[ Also see Darkness Death Decay Despair Fame Forgetfulness Graves Memory Monuments Morning Night Obscurity Resurrection Solitude ]

He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
      - Bible, Job (ch. VII, v. 10)

Oblivion is a second death, which great minds dread more than the first.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Oblivion is not to be hired.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Hydriotaphia (ch. V)

For those sacred powers
  Tread on oblivion: no desert of ours
    Can be entombed in their celestial breasts.
      - Sir William Browne (1),
        Britannia's Pastorals
         (bk. III, song II, st. 23)

It is not in the storm nor in the strife
  We feel benumb'd, and wish to be no more,
    But in the after-silence on the shore,
      When all is lost, except a little life.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Lines on Hearing that Lady Byron was Ill
         (l. 9)

Without oblivion, there is no remembrance possible. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past.
      - Thomas Carlyle,
        Cromwell's Letters and Speeches--Introduction
         (ch. I)

It is the lot of man to suffer; it is also his fortune to forget. Oblivion and sorrow share our being, as darkness and light divide the course of time.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

Among our crimes oblivion may be set.
      - John Dryden

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; riches take wings; the only certainty is oblivion.
      - Horace Greeley

And o'er the past oblivion stretch her wing.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XXIV, l. 557), (Pope's translation)

Through age both weak in body and oblivious.
      - Hugh Latimer

A sweet forgetfulness of human care.
      - Alexander Pope

Oblivion is the rule, and fame the exception, of humanity.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Oblivion is the remedy for injuries.
  [Lat., Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles
         (94),
        quoting from an old poet, also found in Syrus

And blind oblivion swallowed cities up.
      - William Shakespeare

And steep my senses in forgetfulness.
      - William Shakespeare

What's past and what's to come is strew'd with husks
  And formless ruin of oblivion.
      - William Shakespeare

Worthy all arms, as welcome as to one
  That would be rid of such an enemy--
    [But that's no welcome. Understand more clear,
      What's past and what's to come is strew'd with husks
        And formless ruin of oblivion;
          But in this extant moment, faith and troth,
            Strained purely from all hollow bias drawing,
              Bids thee, with most divine integrity,]
                From heart of very heart, great Hector, welcome.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Agamemnon at IV, v)

They shone forth the more that they were not seen.
  [Lat., Eo magis praefulgebant quod non videbantur.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus),
        adapted from "Annals", bk. III, 76

But from your mind's chilled sky
  It needs must drop, and lie with stiffened wings
    Among your soul's forlornest things;
      A speck upon your memory, alack!
        A dead fly in a dusty window-crack.
      - Francis Thompson, Manus Animam Pinxit
         (st. 2)


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