The precious porcelain of human clay. [ Byron ]
The purest treasure mortal times afford
Is spotless reputation; that away,
Men are but gilded loam or painted clay. [ Rich. II ]
This is the porcelain clay of human kind. [ Dryden ]
A fiery soul, which, working out its way.
Fretted the pygmy-body to decay,
And o'er-inform'd the tenement of clay. [ John Dryden ]
Existence may be borne, and the deep root
Of life and sufferance make its firm abode
In bare and desolate bosoms: mute
The camel labors with the heaviest load.
And the wolf dies in silence: Not bestowed
In vain should such examples be; if they.
Things of ignoble or of savage mood,
Endure and shrink not, we of nobler clay
May temper it to bear - it is but for a day. [ Byron ]
Not all that heralds rake from coffin'd clay,
Nor florid prose, nor honeyed lines of rhyme,
Can blazon evil deeds or consecrate a crime. [ Byron ]
Down to the dust! and as thou rottest away,
Even worms shall perish on thy poisonous clay. [ Byron ]
What surety of the world, what hope, what stay.
When this was now a king, and now is clay! [ William Shakespeare ]
Yes, Honor decks the turf that wraps their clay. [ Byron ]
Night with her sullen wing to double-shade
The desert; fowls in their clay nests were couched.
And now wild beasts came forth, the woods to roam. [ Milton ]
The Wise (Minstrel or Sage), out of their books are clay;
But in their books, as from their graves they rise.
Angels - that, side by side, upon our way,
Walk with and warn us! [ Edward Bulwer-Lytton ]
Clay and clay differs in dignity, whose dust is both alike. [ William Shakespeare ]
Some must follow, and some command, though all are made of clay. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
Life is the triumph of our mouldering clay; death, of the spirit infinite! divine! [ Young ]
The heart of a loving woman is a golden sanctuary, where often there reigns an idol of clay. [ Limayrac ]
God created out of the clay the knight and his squire. A higher sense ennobles even a humble race. [ Bürger ]
Gold, like the sun, which melts wax and hardens clay, expands great souls and contracts bad hearts. [ Rivarol ]
Nature meant to make woman her masterpiece, but committed a mistake in the choice of the clay; she took it too fine. [ Lessing ]
Two pots stood by a river, one of brass, the other of clay; the water carried them away; the earthen vessel kept aloof from the other. [ L'Estrange ]
With every anguish of our earthly part the spirit's sight grows clearer; this was meant when Jesus touched the blind man's lids with clay. [ Lowell ]
As the films of clay are removed from our eyes, Death loses the false aspect of the spectre, and we fall at last into its arms as a wearied child upon the bosom of its mother. [ Bulwer ]
God took his softest clay and his purest colors, and made a fragile jewel, mysterious and caressing - the finger of woman; then he fell asleep. The devil awoke, and at the end of that rosy finger put a nail. [ Victor Hugo ]
Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable celestial barrier, and the sacred air-castles of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality, and man by his nature is yet infinite and free. [ Carlyle ]
Where are Shakespeare's imagination, Bacon's learning, Galileo's dream? Where is the sweet fancy of Sidney, the airy spirit of Fletcher, and Milton's thought severe? Methinks such things should not die and dissipate, when a hair can live for centuries, and a brick of Egypt will last three thousand years. I am content to believe that the mind of man survives, somehow or other, his clay. [ Barry Cornwall ]