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Our sight is the most perfect and most delightful of all our senses; it fills the mind with the largest variety of ideas;--converses with its objects at the greatest distance, and continues the longest in action without being tired or satiated with its proper enjoyments.
- Joseph Addison
And finds with keen, discriminating sight,
Black's not so black--nor white so very white.
- George Canning, New Morality
And for to se, and eek for to be seye.
- Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
(preamble, l. 6,134),
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The age, wherein he lived was dark; but he
Could not want sight, who taught the world to see.
- Sir John Denham, in Todd's "Johnson"
The rarer sene, the lesse in mynde,
The lesse in mynde, the lesser payne.
- Barnaby (Barnabe) Googe,
Sonnettes--Out of Syght, Out of Mynde
And every eye
Gaz'd as before some brother of the sky.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
(bk. VIII, l. 17), (Pope's translation)
For sight is woman-like and shuns the old.
(Ah! he can see enough, when years are told,
Who backwards looks.)
- Victor Hugo, Eviradnus (IX)
See and to be seen.
- Ben Jonson, Epithalamion (st. 3, l. 4)
Two men look out through the same bars:
One sees the mud, and one the stars.
- Rev. Frederick Langbridge,
in "A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts" published by the Religious Tract Society
Then purg'd with euphrasy and rue
The visual nerve, for he had much to see.
- John Milton, Paradise Lost
(bk. XI, l. 414)
If you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
We see things not as they are but as we are.
- Anais Nin
He that had neither beene kithe nor kin,
Might have seene a full fayre sight.
- Thomas Percy,
Reliques of Ancient Poetry--Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne
Sight is by much the noblest of the senses. We receive our notices from the other four, through the organs of sensation only. We hear, we feel, we smell, we taste, by touch. But sight rises infinitely higher. It is refined above matter, and equals the faculty of spirit.
- Laurence Sterne
There is none so blind as they that won't see.
- Jonathan Swift
For any man with half an eye,
What stands before him may espy;
But optics sharp it needs I ween,
To see what is not to be seen.
- John Trumbull (1), McFingal
(canto I, l. 67)
If it wasn't for myopia,
We could see to Ethiopia.
A monster frightful, formless, immense, with sight removed.
[Lat., Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum.]
- Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
The Aeneid (III, 658)