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The pomps and vanity of this wicked world.
      - Book of Common Prayer, Catechism

Renounce the devil and all his works, the vain pomp and glory of the world.
      - Book of Common Prayer,
        Public Baptism of Infants

He sees that this great roundabout,
  The world, with all its motley rout,
    Church, army, physic, law,
      Its customs and its businesses,
        Is no concern at all of his,
          And says--what says he?--Caw.
      - Vincent Bourne, The Jackdaw,
        (Cowper's translation)

God, we are told, looked upon the world after he had created it and pronounced it good; but ascetic pietists, in their wisdom, cast their eyes over it, and substantially pronounce it a dead failure, a miserable production, a poor concern.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

'Tis a very good world we live in
  To spend, and to lend, and to give in;
    But to beg, or to borrow, or ask for our own;
      'Tis the very worst world that ever was known.
      - J. Bromfield,
        as given in "The Mirror" under "The Gatherer"

The severe schools shall never laugh me out of the philosophy of Hermes, that this visible world is but a picture of the invisible, wherein as in a portrait, things are not truly, but in equivocal shapes, and as they counterfeit some real substance in that invisible fabric.
      - Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici

In this bad, twisted, topsy-turvy world,
  Where all the heaviest wrongs get uppermost.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. V, l. 981)

O world as God has made it! All is beauty.
      - Robert Browning,
        Guardian Angel--A Picture at Fano

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
      - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

The wide world is all before us--
  But a world without a friend.
      - Robert Burns, Strathallan's Lament

And the whole world would henceforth be a wider prison unto me.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

How beautiful is all this visible world!
  How glorious in its action and itself!
    But we, who name ourselves its sovereigns, we,
      Half dust, half deity, alike unfit
        To sink or soar, with our mix'd essence make
          A conflict of its elements, and breathe
            The breath of degradation and of pride,
              Contending with low wants and lofty will,
                Till our mortality predominates,
                  And men are--what thy name not to themselves,
                    And trust not to each other.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

I have not loved the world, not the world me;
  I have not flatter'd its rank breath, nor bow'd
    To its idolatries a patient knee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 113)

Well, well, the world must turn upon its axis,
  And all mankind turn with it, heads or tails,
    And live and die, make love and pay our taxes,
      And as the veering winds shift, shift our sails.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 4)

How surely a knowledge of the world hardens the heart!
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

The world is a thing that a man must learn to despise, and even to neglect, before he can learn to reverence it, and work in it and for it.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Such is the world. Understand it, despise it, love it; cheerfully hold on thy way through it, with thy eye on highest loadstars.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Count Cagliostro
         (last lines)

The true Sovereign of the world, who moulds the world like soft wax, according to his pleasure, is he who lovingly sees into the world.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--Death of Goethe

What is it [the world], in fact? A glass which shines, which a breath can destroy, and which a breath has produced.
  [Fr., Quel est-il en effet? C'est un verre qui luit.
    Qu'un souffle peut detruitre, et qu'un souffle a produit.]
      - Gilles de Caux, L'Horloge de Sable,
        in D'Israeli's "Curiosities of Literature--Imitations and Similarities"

Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

What is this world?--A term which men have got,
  To signify not one in ten knows what;
    A term, which with no more precision passes
      To point out herds of men than herds of asses;
        In common use no more it means, we find,
          Than many fools in same opinions joined.
      - Charles Churchill

Socrates, indeed, when he was asked of what country he called himself, aid "Of the world;" for he considered himself an inhabitant and a citizen of the whole world.
  [Lat., Socrates, quidem, cum rogaretur cujatem se esse diceret, "Mundanum," inquit; totius enim mundi se incolam et civem arbitrabatur.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusculanarum Disputationum
         (bk. V, 37, 108)

All this world's noise appears to me a dull, ill-acted comedy!
      - Abraham Cowley

Such stuff the world is made of.
      - William Cowper, Hope (l. 211)

'Tis pleasant, through the loopholes of retreat,
  To peep at such a world; to see the stir
    Of the Great Babel, and not feel the crowd.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 88)

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