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Glorious indeed is the world of God around us, but more glorious the world of God within us. There lies the Land of Song; there lies the poet's native land.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. I, ch. VIII)

One day with life and heart,
  Is more than time enough to find a world.
      - James Russell Lowell, Columbus
         (last lines)

The flaming ramparts of the world.
  [Lat., Flammantia moenia mundi.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (I, 73)

When the world dissolves,
  And every creature shall be purified,
    All places shall be hell that are not heaven.
      - Christopher Marlowe, Faustus (l. 543)

The world in all doth but two nations bear,
  The good, the bad, and these mixed everywhere.
      - Andrew Marvell, the Younger,
        The Loyal Scot

This world is full of beauty, as other worlds above,
  And if we did out duty, it might be as full of love.
      - Gerald Massey, This World

The world's a stage on which all parts are played.
      - Thomas Middleton, A Game of Chess (act V)

Above the smoke and stir of this dim spot
  Which men call Earth.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 5)

Hanging in a golden chain
  This pendent world, in bigness as a star
    Of smallest magnitude close by the moon.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 1,051)

A boundless continent,
  Dark, waste, and wild, under the frown of night
    Starless expos'd.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 423)

Then stayed the fervid wheels, and in his hand
  He took the golden compasses, prepared
    In God's eternal store, to circumscribe
      This universe and all created things:
        One foot he centred, and the other turned
          Round through the vast profundity obscure
            And said, "Thus far extend, thus far thy bounds,
              This be thy just circumference, O world."
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. VII, l. 224)

The world was all before them, where to choose
  Their place of rest, and Providence their guide;
    They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
      Though Eden took their solitary way.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 646)

The world is but a perpetual see-saw.
  [Lat., Le monde n'est qu'une bransloire perenne.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (bk. III, ch. II)

Is it not a noble farce wherein kings, republics, and emperors have for so many ages played their parts, and to which the vast universe serves for a theatre?
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Of the Most Excellent Men

Or may I think when toss'd in trouble,
  This world at best is but a bubble.
      - Dr. Thomas de la Moor, Manuscript

This world is all a fleeting show,
  For man's illusion given;
    The smiles of joy, the tears of woe,
      Deceitful shine, deceitful flow,--
        There's nothing true but Heaven.
      - Thomas Moore,
        This World is all a Fleeting Show

This outer world is but the pictured scroll
  Of worlds within the soul;
    A colored chart, a blazoned missal-book,
      Whereon who rightly look
        May spell the splendors with their mortal eyes,
          And steer to Paradise.
      - Alfred Noyes, The Two Worlds

Love to his soul gave eyes; he knew things are not as they seem.
  The dream is his real life: the world around him is the dream.
      - Francis Turner Palgrave,
        Dream of Maxim Wledig

Almost the whole world are players.
  [Lat., Quod fere totus mundus exerceat histrionem.]
      - Petronius (Caius Petronius Arbiter),
        adapted from Fragments, no. 10 (ed. 1790), over the door of Shakespeare's theatre, The Globe, London, England

They who grasp the world,
  The Kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
    Must pay with deepest misery of spirit,
      Atoning unto God for a brief brightness.
      - Stephen Phillips, Herod (act III)

Alexander wept when he heard from Anaxarchus that there was an infinite number of worlds, and his friends asking him if any accident had befallen him he returned this answer: "Do you not think it is a matter worthy of lamentation that where there is such a vast multitude of them we have not yet conquered one?"
      - Plutarch, On the Tranquility of the Mind

The world is a great ocean, upon which we encounter more tempestuous storms than calms.
      - Edgar Allan Poe

But as the world, harmoniously confused,
  Where order in variety we see;
    And where, tho' all things differ, all agree.
      - Alexander Pope, Windsor Forest

O who would trust this world, or prize what's in it,
  That gives and takes, and chops and changes, ev'ry minute?
      - Francis Quarles

The world is deceitful; her end is doubtful, her conclusion is horrible, her judge terrible, and her judgment is intolerable.
      - Francis Quarles

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