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Philip James Bailey

Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.

Philip James Bailey (22 April 18166 September 1902) was an English poet; he authored Festus.

SourcedEdit

  • Night brings out stars as sorrow shows us truths.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 9.
  • Any heart turned Godward feels more joy
    In one short hour of prayer, than e'er was raised
    By all the feasts of earth since its foundation.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 459.

Festus (1839)Edit

  • Evil and good are God's right hand and left.
    • Proem.
  • Art is man's nature; nature is God's art.
    • Proem.
  • Let each man think himself an act of God,
    His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
    And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
    To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.
    • Proem.
  • I cannot be content with less than heaven;
    Living, and comprehensive of all life.
    Thee, universal heaven, celestial all;
    Thee, sacrjd seat of intellective time;
    Field of the soul's best wisdom: home of truth,
    Star-throned.
  • Men might be better if we better deemed
    Of them. The worst way to improve the world
    Is to condemn it.
    • Scene iv. A Mountain; Sunrise. Compare: "The surest plan to make a man / Is to think him so", J. R. Lowell, Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9.
  • We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
    In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
    We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
    Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
    Life's but a means unto an end; that end
    Beginning, mean, and end to all things, —God.
    The dead have all the glory of the world.
    • Scene v. A Country Town.
  • Who never doubted never half believed
    Where doubt there truth is—'t is her shadow.
    • Scene v. A Country Town. Compare: "There lives more faith in honest doubt / Believe me, than in half the creeds", Alfred Tennyson.
  • America thou half-brother of the world!
    With something good and bad of every land.
    • Scene x. Earth's Surface.
  • Music tells no truths.
    • Scene xi. A Village Feast.
  • Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
    And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
    • Scene xvi. The Hesperian Sphere.
  • The worst men often give the best advice.
  • They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.
  • I cannot be content with less than heaven.
  • Kindness is wisdom.
  • Envy's a coal comes hissing hot from hell.
  • Respect is what we owe; love what we give.

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