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    Ah, whither shall a maiden flee, When a bold youth so swift pursues, And siege of tenderest courtesy, With hope perseverant, still renews!
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: youth  hope 
     
    They who ask for no sign shall have many.
    — Coventry Patmore
    Kind souls, you wonder why, love you, When you, you wonder why, love none We love, Fool, for the good we do, Not that which unto us is done!
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: soul  wonder  fools 
     
    If we may credit certain hints contained in the lives of the saints, love raises the spirit above the sphere of reverence and worship into one of laughter and dalliance: a sphere in which the soul says: 'Shall I, a gnat which dances in Thy ray, Dare to be reverent?'
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: laughter  live  soul  worship  spirit  dance 
     
    For want of me the world's course will not fail;When all its work is done the lie shall rot;The truth is great and shall prevailWhen none cares whether it prevail or not.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: truth  work  world  lies  care 
     
    Life is not life at all without delight.
    — Coventry Patmore
    Great is his faith who dares believe his own eyes.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: believe  eyes  faith 
     
    Then sleep the seasons, full of might; While slowly swells the pod, And rounds the peach, and in the night The mushroom bursts the sod. The winter comes: the frozen rut Is bound with silver bars; the white drift heaps against the hut; and night is pierced with stars.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: sleep  star  night  winter 
     
    Uncommon things must be said in common words, if you would have them to be received in less than a century.
    — Coventry Patmore
    All reasoning ends in an appeal to self-evidence.
    — Coventry Patmore
    A saint is a person who does almost everything any other decent person does, only somewhat better and with a totally different motive.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: people  decent 
     
    The midge's wing beats to and fro A thousand times ere one can utter O.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: time  wings 
     
    To have noughtIs to have all things without care or thought!
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: care 
     
    The ardour chills us which we do not share.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: shares 
     
    Books are influential in proportion to their obscurity, provided that the obscurity be that of inexpressible Realities. The Bible is the most obscure book in the world. He must be a great fool who thinks he understands the plainest chapter of it.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: reality  world  bible  book  fools 
     
    The promises of God are samples of what is promised; as a handful of wheat is of the barn.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: god 
     
    Creation differs from subsistence only as the first leap of a fountain differs from its continuance.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: creation 
     
    A moment's fruition of a true felicity is enough and eternity not too much.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: moment  true  eternity 
     
    Ask abundantly, for the measure of your asking shall be that of your receiving.
    — Coventry Patmore
    A woman is a foreign land.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: women 
     
    Nearly all of our disasters come from a few fools having the courage of their convictions.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: courage  fools 
     
    One fool will deny more truth in half an hour than a wise man can prove in seven years.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: truth  men  wise  year  fools 
     
    To one who waits, all things reveal themselves so long as you have the courage not to deny in the darkness what you have seen in the light.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: darkness  courage 
     
    Fortunately for themselves and the world, nearly all men are cowards and dare not act on what they believe. Nearly all our disasters come of a few fools having the "courage of their convictions."
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  world  believe  fools 
     
    The Spirit of man is like a kite, which rises by means of those very forces which seem to oppose its rise; the tie that joins it to the earth, the opposing winds of temptation, and the weight of earth-born affections which it carries with it into the sky.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  earth  sky  spirit  temptation 
     
    It is one thing to be blind, and another to be in darkness.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: darkness 
     
    The modern Agnostic improves upon the ancient by adding "I don't care" to "I don't know.
    — Coventry Patmore
    All the love and joy that a man has ever received in perception is laid up in him as the sunshine of a hundred years is laid up in the bole of the oak.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  joy  perception  year 
     
    Love wakes men, once a lifetime each; They lift their heavy lids, and look; And, lo, what one sweet page can teach They read with joy, then shut the book.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  joy  book  read 
     
    Those who know God know that it is quite a mistake to suppose that there are only five senses.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: mistakes  god 
     
    O, Heart, remember thee That Man is none, Save One.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  heart 
     
    Let me love Thee so that the honour, riches, and pleasures of the world may seem unworthy even of hatred - may not even be encumbrances.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: world  hatred  pleasure 
     
    Ah, wasteful woman, she who may On her sweet self set her own price, Knowing man cannot choose but pay, How has she cheapened paradise; How given for nought her priceless gift, How spoiled the bread and spilled the wine, Which, spent with due respective thrift, Had made brutes men and men divine.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: men  women  self  knowing  divine  gift 
     
    The more wild and incredible your desire, the more willing and prompt God is in fulfilling it, if you will have it so.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: desires  wild  god 
     
    The moods of love are like the wind,And none knows whence or why they rise.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: mood 
     
    Every evil is some good spelt backwards, and in it the wise know how to read Wisdom.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: evil  wise  wisdom  read 
     
    Science is a line, art a superficies, and life or the knowledge of God, a solid.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: god 
     
    What a Lover sees in the Beloved is the projected shadow of his own potential beauty in the eyes of God.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: beauty  eyes  potential  god  lover 
     
    How light the touches are that kiss the music from the chords of life!
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: music  kiss 
     
    None thrives for long upon the happiest dream.
    — Coventry Patmore
    tags: dreams 
     
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