| I had rather believe all the fables in the Legends and the Talmud and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a mind.|
BaconEssays. Of Atheism.
|That last infirmity of noble mind.|
The Tragedy of Sir John Van Olden Barnevelt. (1622).
| All the choir of heaven and furniture of earthin a word, all those bodies which compose the mighty frame of the worldhave not any subsistence without a mind.|
George Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne)Principles of Human Knowledge.
| Measure your minds height by the shade it casts.|
Robert BrowningParacelsus. II.
|The march of the human mind is slow.|
BurkeSpeech on the Conciliation of America.
|Such as take lodgings in a head|
Thats to be let unfurnished.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 161.
|I love my neighbor as myself,|
Myself like him too, by his leave,
Nor to his pleasure, power or pelf
Came I to crouch, as I conceive.
Dame Nature doubtless has designed
A man the monarch of his mind.
John ByromCareless Content.
|When Bishop Berkeley said there was no matter,|
And proved it,Twas no matter what he said.
ByronDon Juan. Canto IX. St. 1. Allusion to a dissertation by Berkeley on Mind and Matter, found in a note by Dr. Hawkesworth to Swifts Letters, pub. 1769.
|Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle,|
Should let itself be snuffd out by an article.
ByronDon Juan. Canto XI. St. 60.
|Constant attention wears the active mind,|
Blots out our powrs, and leaves a blank behind.
ChurchillEpistle to Hogarth. L. 647.
|Animi cultus quasi quidam humanitatis cibus.|
The cultivation of the mind is a kind of food supplied for the soul of man.
CiceroDe Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. V. 19.
|Frons est animi janua.|
The forehead is the gate of the mind.
CiceroOratio De Provinciis Consularibus. XI.
|Morbi perniciores pluresque animi quam corporis.|
The diseases of the mind are more and more destructive than those of the body.
CiceroTusculanarum Disputationum. III. 3.
| In anime perturbato, sicut in corpore, sanitas esse non potest.|
In a disturbed mind, as in a body in the same state, health can not exist.
CiceroTusculanarum Disputationum. III. 4.
|Absence of occupation is not rest,|
A mind quite vacant is a mind distressd.
|His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.|
CowperTruth. Line 405.
|How fleet is a glance of the mind!|
Compared with the speed of its flight,
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light.
CowperVerses supposed to be written by Alexander Selkirk.
|Natures first great titlemind.|
George CrolyPericles and Aspasia.
|As that the walls worn thin, permit the mind|
To look out through, and his Frailty find.
Samuel DanielHistory of the Civil War. Bk. IV. St. 84.
| Babylon in all its desolation is a sight not so awful as that of the human mind in ruins.|
Scrope DaviesLetter to Thomas Raikes. May 25, 1835.
|My mynde to me a kingdome is|
Such preasent joyes therein I fynde
That it excells all other blisse
That earth afforde or growes by kynde
Though muche I wante which moste would have
Yet still my mynde forbiddes to crave.
Edward DyerRawlinson MSS. 85. P. 17. (In the Bodleian Library at Oxford.) Words changed by Byrd when he set it to music. Quoted by Ben JonsonEvery Man out of his Humour. I. 1. Found in Percys Reliques. Series I. Bk. III. No. V. And in J. Sylvesters Works. P. 651.
|My minde to me a kingdome is,|
Such perfect joy therein I finde
As farre exceeds all earthly blisse
That God or Nature hath assignde
Though much I want that most would have
Yet still my minde forbids to crave.
Wm. Byrds rendering of Dyers verse, when he set it to music. See his Psalmen, Sonets and Songs made into Musicke. Printed by Thomas East. (No date. Later edition, 1588).
|God is Mind, and God is all; hence all is Mind.|
Mary B. G. EddyScience and Health. Ch. XIV.
| A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is.|
EmersonEnglish Traits. Voyage to England. Ch. II.
|Each mind has its own method.|
|Wer fertig ist, dem ist nichts recht zu machen,|
Ein Werdender wird immer dankbar sein.
A mind, once formed, is never suited after,
One yet in growth will ever grateful be.
GoetheFaust. Vorspiel auf dem Theater. L. 150.
|Vain, very vain, my weary search to find|
That bliss which only centers in the mind.
GoldsmithTraveler. L. 423.
|A noble mind disdains to hide his head,|
And let his foes triumph in his overthrow.
Robert GreeneAlphonso, King of Arragon. Act I.
| The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.|
J. C. and A. W. HareGuesses at Truth.
|Lumen siccum optima anima.|
The most perfect mind is a dry light.
The obscure saying of Heraclitus, quoted by Bacon, who explains it as a mind not steeped and infused in the humors of the affections.
|Whose little body lodged a mighty mind.|
HomerIliad. Bk. V. L. 999. Popes trans.
|A faultless body and a blameless mind.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. III. L. 138. Popes trans.
|The glory of a firm capacious mind.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. IV. L. 262. Popes trans.
|And bear unmovd the wrongs of base mankind,|
The last, and hardest, conquest of the mind.
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XIII. L. 353. Popes trans.
|Sperat infestis, metuit secundis|
Alteram sortem, bene preparatum
A well-prepared mind hopes in adversity and fears in prosperity.
HoraceCarmina. II. 10. 13.
|Quæ lædunt oculum festinas demere; si quid|
Est animum, differs curandi tempus in annum.
If anything affects your eye, you hasten to have it removed; if anything affects your mind, you postpone the cure for a year.
HoraceEpistles. I. 238.
|Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat.|
A mind that is charmed by false appearances refuses better things.
HoraceSatires. II. 2. 6.
| Quin corpus onustum|
Hesternis vitiis, animum quoque prægravat una
Atque affigit humo divinæ particulam auræ.
The body loaded by the excess of yesterday, depresses the mind also, and fixes to the ground this particle of divine breath.
HoraceSatires. II. 2. 77.
| The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1778).
| What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.|
T. H. Key, once Head Master of University SchoolOn the authority of F. J. Furnivall.
|Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower,|
Watching what had come upon Mankind,
Showed the Man the Glory and the Power
And bade him shape the Kingdom to his mind.
. . . . . .
That a mans mind is wont to tell him more
Than Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower.
KiplingDedication to Seven Watchmen.
| La gravité est un mystère du corps inventé pour cacher les défauts de lesprit.|
Gravity is a mystery of the body invented to conceal the defects of the mind.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 257.
| Nobody, I believe, will deny, that we are to form our judgment of the true nature of the human mind, not from sloth and stupidity of the most degenerate and vilest of men, but from the sentiments and fervent desires of the best and wisest of the species.|
Archbishop LeightonTheological Lectures. No. 5. Of the Immortality of the Soul.
|Stern men with empires in their brains.|
LowellThe Biglow Papers. Second Series. No. 2.
|O miseras hominum menteis! oh, pectora cæca!|
How wretched are the minds of men, and how blind their understandings.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. II. 14.
| Cum corpore ut una|
Crescere sentimus pariterque senescere mentem.
We plainly perceive that the mind strengthens and decays with the body.
LucretiusDe Rerum Natura. III. 446.
| The conformation of his mind was such, that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.|
MacaulayOn Horace Walpole.
| Rationi nulla resistunt.|
Claustra nec immensæ moles, ceduntque recessus:
Omnia succumbunt, ipsum est penetrabile clum.
No barriers, no masses of matter, however enormous, can withstand the powers of the mind the remotest corners yield to them; all things succumb, the very heaven itself is laid open.
ManiliusAstronomica. I. 541.
|Clothed, and in his right mind.|
Mark. V. 15; Luke. VIII. 35.
|The social states of human kinds|
Are made by multitudes of minds,
And after multitudes of years
A little human growth appears
Worth having, even to the soul
Who sees most plain its not the whole.
MasefieldEverlasting Mercy. St. 60.
|The mind is its own place, and in itself|
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. I. L. 254.
|Mensque pati durum sustinet ægra nihil.|
The sick mind can not bear anything harsh.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. I. 5. 18.
|Mens sola loco non exulat.|
The mind alone can not be exiled.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. IV. 9. 41.
|Conscia mens recti famæ mendacia risit.|
A mind conscious of right laughs at the falsehoods of rumour.
OvidFasti. Bk. IV. 311.
|Pro superi! quantum mortalia pectora cæcæ,|
Heavens! what thick darkness pervades the minds of men.
OvidMetamorphoses. VI. 472.
| It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.|
|Corpore sed mens est ægro magis ægra; malique|
In circumspectu stat sine fine sui.
The mind is sicker than the sick body; in contemplation of its sufferings it becomes hopeless.
OvidTristium. IV. 6. 43.
|Be ye all of one mind.|
I Peter. III. 8.
| Animus quod perdidit optat,|
Atque in præterita se totus imagine versat.
The mind wishes for what it has missed, and occupies itself with retrospective contemplation.
| Habet cerebrum sensus arcem; hic mentis est regimen.|
The brain is the citadel of the senses: this guides the principle of thought.
Pliny the ElderHistoria Naturalis. XI. 49. 2.
|Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.|
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 104.
|Love, Hope, and Joy, fair pleasures smiling train,|
Hate, Fear, and Grief, the family of pain,
These mixd with art, and to due bounds confind
Make and maintain the balance of the mind.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 117.
|My minds my kingdom.|
QuarlesSchool of the Heart. Ode IV. St. 3.
| Mens mutatione recreabitur; sicut in cibis, quorum diversitate reficitur stomachus, et pluribus minore fastidio alitur.|
Our minds are like our stomachs; they are whetted by the change of their food, and variety supplies both with fresh appetite.
QuintilianDe Institutione Oratoria. I. 11. 1.
|Whose cockloft is unfurnished.|
RabelaisThe Authors Prologue to the Fifth Book.
| Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.|
Romans. XIV. 5.
|Un corps débile affoiblit lâme.|
A feeble body weakens the mind.
|Tanto è miser luom quant ei si riputa.|
Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.
|Magnam fortunam magnus animus decet.|
A great mind becomes a great fortune.
SenecaDe Clementia. I. 5.
| Valentior omni fortuna animus est: in utramque partem ipse res suas ducit, beatæque miseræ vitæ sibi causa est.|
The mind is the master over every kind of fortune: itself acts in both ways, being the cause of its own happiness and misery.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XCVIII.
| For I do not distinguish them by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.|
SenecaOf a Happy Life. Ch. I. (LEstranges Abstract.)
|Mens bona regnum possidet.|
A good mind possesses a kingdom.
SenecaThyestes. Act II. 380.
|O, what a noble mind is here oerthrown!|
The courtiers, soldiers, scholars, eye, tongue, sword!
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 158.
|The incessant care and labour of his mind|
Hath wrought the mure that should confine it in
So thin that life looks through and will break out.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 118.
|And when the mind is quickend, out of doubt,|
The organs, though defunct and dead before,
Break up their drowsy grave and newly move
With casted slough and fresh legerity.
Henry V. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 20.
|Tis but a base, ignoble mind|
That mounts no higher than a bird can soar.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 13.
|For tis the mind that makes the body rich.|
Taming of the Shrew. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 174.
|Tis pity bounty had not eyes behind,|
That man mignt aeer be wretched for his mind.
Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 170.
| Now, the melancholy god protect thee; and the tailor make thy doublet of changeable taffeta, for thy mind is a very opal.|
Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 74.
| Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed.|
Sydney SmithLady Hollands Memoir. Vol. I. P. 258.
|I feel no care of coin;|
Well-doing is my wealth;
My mind to me an empire is,
While grace affordeth health.
Robt. SouthwellContent and Rich. (Look Home.)
|Mans mind a mirror is of heavenly sights,|
A brief wherein all marvels summèd lie,
Of fairest forms and sweetest shapes the store,
Most graceful all, yet thought may grace them more.
Robt. SouthwellContent and Rich. (Look Home.)
|A flower more sacred than far-seen success|
Perfumes my solitary path; I find
Sweet compensation in my humbleness,
And reap the harvest of a quiet mind.
TrowbridgeTwoscore and Ten. St. 28.
|Mens sibi conscia recti.|
A mind conscious of its own rectitude.
VergilÆneid. I. 604.
|Mens agitat molem.|
Mind moves matter.
VergilÆneid. VI. 727.
|Nescia mens hominum fati sortisque futuræ,|
Et servare modum, rebus sublata secundis.
The mind of man is ignorant of fate and future destiny, and can not keep within due bounds when elated by prosperity.
VergilÆneid. X. 501.
|The souls dark cottage, batterd and decayd,|
Lets in new light through chinks that Time has made.
WallerVerses upon his Divine Poesy. Compare LonginusDe Sab. Sect. XXII.
| Mind is the great lever of all things; human thought is the process by which human ends are alternately answered.|
Daniel WebsterAddress at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Bunker Hill Monument.
| You will turn it over once more in what you are pleased to call your mind.|
Lord Westbury, to a solicitor. See NashLife of Lord Westbury. Vol. II. P. 292.
|A man of hope and forward-looking mind.|
WordsworthExcursion. Bk. VII. 278.
|In years that bring the philosophic mind.|
WordsworthOde. Intimations of Immortality. St. 10.
|Minds that have nothing to confer|
Find little to perceive.
WordsworthYes! Thou Art Fair.