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This is the best world, that we live in,
To lend and to spend and to give in:
But to borrow, or beg, or to get a man's own,
It is the worst world that ever was known.
- Unattributed Author,
A Collection of Epigrams
Long ago a man of the world was defined as a man who in every serious crisis is invariably wrong.
- Unattributed Author,
Fortnightly Review--Armageddon--And After
I am sick of this bad world! The daylight and the sun grow painful to me.
- Joseph Addison
The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
- Joseph Addison, Cato (act V, sc. 1)
This restless world
Is full of chances, which by habit's power
To learn to bear is easier than to shun.
- John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
(bk. II, l. 453)
Wandering between two worlds, one dead,
The other powerless to be born
With nowhere yet to rest my head,
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.
- Matthew Arnold,
Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse
Trust not the world, for it never payeth that it promiseth.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)
The verdict of the world is conclusive.
[Lat., Securus judicat orbis terrarum.]
- Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
Contra Epist. Parmen. (III, 24)
This world's a bubble.
- ascribed to Francis Bacon,
by Thomas Farnaby
The world is a great poem, and the world's
The words it is writ in, and we souls the thoughts.
- Philip James Bailey
Earth took her shining station as a star,
In Heaven's dark hall, high up the crowd of worlds.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus
(sc. The Centre)
The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.
- James Baldwin
For businessmen, the world is a bale of banknotes in circulation; for most young men, it is a woman; for some women, it is a man; and for others it may be a salon, a coterie, a part of town or a whole city.
- Honore de Balzac
He who best knows the world will love it least.
- Honore de Balzac
God is the author, men are only the players. These grand pieces which are played upon earth have been composed in heaven.
[Fr., Dieu est le poete, les hommes ne sont que les acteurs. Ces grandes pieces qui se jouent sur la terre ont ete composees dans le ciel.]
- Honore de Balzac, Socrate Chretien
Fly away, pretty moth, to the shade
Of the leaf where you slumbered all day;
Be content with the moon and the stars, pretty moth,
And make use of your wings while you may.
. . . .
But tho' dreams of delight may have dazzled you quite,
They at last found it dangerous play;
Many things in this world that look bright, pretty moth,
Only dazzle to lead us astray.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley),
Fly away, pretty Moth
Let the world slide.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
Wit Without Money (act V, sc. 2)
It is a very good world for the purposes for which it was built; and that is all anything is good for.
- Henry Ward Beecher
The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes, and the round into the square.
- Bishop George Berkeley,
as quoted in Punch, sources also attribute to Sydney Smith
But they will maintain the state of the world;
And all their desire is in the work of their craft.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. XXXVIII, v. 34)
Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a little thing.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. XL, v. 15)
But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
- Bible, Isaiah (ch. XLV, v. 17)
I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.
- Bible, John (ch. XVII, v. 9)
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
- Bible, Revelation (ch. VII, v. 9-10)
There is no knowledge for which so great a price is paid as a knowledge of the world; and no one ever became an adept in it except at the expense of a hardened or a wounded heart.
- Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington
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