Glory

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. ~ Cicero

Glory (Latin: glōria · glory, fame, renown, praise, ambition, boasting; cognate with Greek: κλέος · kleos, rumor, report) is a word indicating "renown", and great repute. The optical phenomenon known as a Glory is produced by light reflected toward its source by a cloud or mist and producing an appearance of the spectrum of a rainbow around the observer. In Judeo-Christian religious tradition, the word represents the manifestation of God's presence, and in Christian art this is depicted as a halo surrounding the whole body of a person. Glorification designates in the canonization of a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, and in general Christian theology indicates the nature of believers after death and judgement, in the final step in the application of redemption.

For the 1989 film about the American Civil War, see Glory (film)

QuotesEdit

"Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one."
But a no-one with a crown of light about his head. ~ R. S. Thomas
I am doing my best to glorify the scamp … The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him. ~ Lin Yutang
  • Gloria virtutem tanquam umbra sequitur.
  • True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting.
    • Cicero, as quoted in Great Catches; or, Grand Matches (1861) by Eleanor Frances Blakiston, p. 82
  • This goin' ware glory waits ye haint one agreeable feetur.
  • True glory is a flame lighted at the skies.
    • Horace Mann, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 256
  • Cineri gloria sera est.
    • Glory paid to our ashes comes too late
      • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), I. 26. 8
  • Less glory is more liberty. When the drum is silent, reason sometimes speaks.
    • Albert Pike, in Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871), Ch. I : Apprentice, The Twelve-Inch Rule and Common Gavel, p. 1
  • True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written, in writing what deserves to be read, and in so living as to make the world happier and better for our living in it.
    • Pliny the Elder, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 256
  • On seeing his shadow fall on such ancient rocks, he had to question himself in a different context and ask the same old question as before, "Who am I?", and the answer now came more emphatically than ever before, "No-one."
    But a no-one with a crown of light about his head.
    He would remember a verse from Pindar: "Man is a dream about a shadow. But when some splendour falls upon him from God, a glory comes to him and his life is sweet."
  • Real glory
    Springs from the silent conquest of ourselves; and without that the conqueror is nought but the first slave.
    • James Thomson, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 256
  • We rise in glory, as we sink in pride:
    Where boasting ends, there dignity begins.
    • Edward Young, Night Thoughts (1742-1745), Night VIII, line 508
  • I am doing my best to glorify the scamp or vagabond. I hope I shall succeed. For things are not so simple as they sometimes seem. In this present age of threats to democracy and individual liberty, probably only the scamp and the spirit of the scamp alone will save us from being lost in serially numbered units in the masses of disciplined, obedient, regimented and uniformed coolies. The scamp will be the last and most formidable enemy of dictatorships. He will be the champion of human dignity and individual freedom, and will be the last to be conquered. All modern civilization depends entirely upon him.
    • Lin Yutang, in The Importance of Living (1937), Ch. I : The Awakening

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 313-14.
  • Who track the steps of Glory to the grave.
    • Lord Byron, Monody on the Death of the Right Hon. R. B. Sheridan
  • Pater sancte, sic transit gloria mundi.
    • Holy Father, so passes away the glory of the world.
    • See Cornelius à Lapide, Commentaria, 2nd. Epist. ad Cor, Chapter XII. 7. The sentence is used in the Service of the Pope's enthronement after the burning of flax. Rite used in the triumphal processions of the Roman republic. According to Zonaræ—Annals. (1553)
  • The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
  • The first in glory, as the first in place.
    • Homer, The Odyssey, Book XI, line 441. Pope's translation
  • Fulgente trahit constrictos Gloria curru
    Non minus ignotos generosis.
    • Glory drags all men along, low as well as high, bound captive at the wheels of her glittering car.
    • Horace, Satires, I. 6. 23
  • O quam cito transit gloria mundi.
    • O how quickly passes away the glory of the earth.
  • Aucun chemin de fleurs ne conduit à la gloire.
  • La gloire n'est jamais où la vertu n'est pas.
    • Glory is never where virtue is not.
      • Le Franc, Didon
  • The glory of Him who
    Hung His masonry pendant on naught, when the world He created.
  • Those glories come too late
    That on our ashes wait.
  • Go where glory waits thee;
    But while fame elates thee,
    Oh! still remember me.
  • Immensum gloria calcar habet.
    • The love of glory gives an immense stimulus.
    • Ovid, Epistolæ Ex Ponto, IV. 2. 36
  • Nisi utile est quod facimus, stulta est gloria.
    • Unless what we do is useful, our glory is vain.
  • Who pants for glory, finds but short repose;
    A breath revives him, or a breath o'erthrows.
  • Magnum iter adscendo; sed dat mihi gloria vires.
  • Sound, sound the clarion, fill the fife!
    To all the sensual world proclaim,
    One crowded hour of glorious life
    Is worth an age without a name.
    • Walter Scott, On Mortality, Chapter XXXIV. Introductory Stanza. Recently discovered in The Bee, Edinburgh, Oct. 12, 1791. Said to have been written by Major Mordaunt. Whole poem reproduced in Literary Digest, Sept. 11, 1920, P. 38
  • Avoid shame, but do not seek glory,—nothing so expensive as glory.
  • Heu, quam difficilis gloriæ custodia est.
    • Alas! how difficult it is to retain glory!
  • Et ipse quidem, quamquam medio in spatio integræ ætatis ereptus, quantum ad gloriam, longissimum ævum peregit.
    • As he, though carried off in the prime of life, had lived long enough for glory.
    • Tacitus, Agricola. XLIV
  • 'Twas glory once to be a Roman;
    She makes it glory, now, to be a man.
  • I never learned how to tune a harp, or play upon a lute; but I know how to raise a small and inconsiderable city to glory and greatness.
    • Themistocles, on being taunted with his want of social accomplishments. Plutarch's Life
  • Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright,
    But look'd to near have neither heat nor light.

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