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The world is a bride superbly dressed; who weds her, for a dowry must pay his soul.
      - Mohammed Shems-ed-Deen Hafiz (pseudonym of Shams-Ed-Dinmuhammad)

Earth is but the frozen echo of the silent voice of God.
      - Samuel Miller Hageman, Silence

The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.
      - Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls
         (ch. 43)

Let the world slide, let the world go;
  A fig for care and a fig for woe!
    If I can't pay, why I can owe,
      And death makes equal the high and low.
      - John Heywood, Be Merry Friends

The world's a theatre, the earth a stage,
  Which God and nature do with actors fill.
      - John Heywood, Dramatic Works
         (vol. I, The Author to His Book, Prefix to Apology for Actors)

The tree of the world hath its poisons, but beareth two fruits of exquisite flavor, the nectar of poetry and the society of noble men.
      - Hitopadesa

Nor is this lower world but a huge inn,
  And men the rambling passengers.
      - James Howell (Howel), The Vote,
        poet prefixed to his "Familiar Letters"

There are two worlds, the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imaginations.
      - Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt),
        Men, Women, and Books--Fiction and Matter of Fact

I am glad to think I am not bound to make the world go right, but only to discover and to do, with cheerful heart, the work that God appoints.
      - Jean Ingelow

The visible world is but man turned inside out that he may be revealed to himself.
      - Henry James ("The Elder"),
        from J.A. Kellog "Digest of the Philosophy of Henry James"

It takes all sorts of people to make a world.
      - Douglas William Jerrold,
        Story of a Feather,
        in "Punch" vol. v, p. 55

I never have sought the world; the world was not to seek me.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

This world, where much is to be done and little to be known.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Prayers and Meditations--Against Inquisitive and Perplexing Thoughts

If there is one beast in all the loathsome fauna of civilization I hate and despise, it is a man of the world.
      - Henry Arthur Jones, The Liars (act I)

Upon the battle ground of heaven and hell
  I palsied stand.
      - Marie Josephine, Rosa Mystica (p. 231)

Think, in this battered Caravanserai,
  Whose Portals are alternate Night and Day,
    How Sultan after Sultan with his Pomp
      Abode his destined Hour, and went his way.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. XVII),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

This world is God's world, after all.
      - Charles Kingsley

The world goes up and the world goes down,
  And the sunshine follows the rain;
    And yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown
      Can never come over again,
        Sweet wife.
          No, never come over again.
      - Charles Kingsley, Dolcino to Margaret

For to admire an' for to see,
  For to be'old this world so wide--
    It never done no good to me,
      But I can't drop it if I tried!
      - Rudyard Kipling, For to Admire,
        in "The Seven Seas"

There is another and a better world.
      - August Friedrich Ferdinand von Kotzebue

Manners carry the world for the moment, character for all time.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

If all the world must see the world
  As the world the world hath seen,
    Then it were better for the world
      That the world have never been.
      - Charles Godfrey Leland,
        The World and the World

It is an ugly world. Offend
  Good people, how they wrangle,
    The manners that they never mend,
      The characters they mangle.
        They eat, and drink, and scheme, and plod,
          And go to church on Sunday--
            And many are afraid of God--
              And more of Mrs. Grundy.
      - Frederick Locker-Lampson,
        The Jester's Plea

O what a glory doth this world put on
  For him who, with a fervent heart, does forth
    Under the bright and glorious sky, and looks
      On duties well performed, and days well spent!
        For him the wind, ay, and the yellow leaves,
          Shall have a voice, and give him eloquent teachings.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Autumn (l. 30)

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