Mean and mighty, rotting
Together, have one dust. [ William Shakespeare ]
That dirt made this dust. [ Proverb ]
Small rain lays a great dust. [ Proverb ]
Our father's dust is left alone
And silent under other snows. [ Tennyson ]
Woman's faith, and woman's trust,
Write the characters in dust. [ Sir Walter Scott ]
Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,A Psalm Of Life ]
Sow wheat in dirt and rye in dust. [ Proverb ]
The sublime is in a grain of dust. [ Landor ]
Step by step lift bad to good,
Without halting, without rest.
Lifting Better up to Best;
Planting seeds of knowledge pure.
So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
So nigh is God to man.
When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
The youth replies, I can. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
Golden lads and girls all must,
As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. [ Cymb ]
A bushel of March dust is a thing,
That's worth the ransom of a king. [ Proverb ]
Noble souls, through dust and heat.
Rise from disaster and defeat
And conscious still of the divine
Within them, lie on earth supine
No longer. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
When darkness gathers over all,
And the last tottering pillars fall,
Take the poor dust Thy mercy warms,
And mould it into heavenly forms. [ O. W. Holmes ]
The body, - that is dust; the soul, -
It is a bud of eternity. [ Nathaniel Culverwell ]
His glory now lies buried in the dust. [ Quarles ]
What is excellent,
As God lives, is permanent;
Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain,
Heart's love will meet thee again. [ Emerson ]
Dust, to its narrow house beneath!
Soul, to its place on high!
They that have seen thy look in death,
No more may fear to die. [ Mrs. Hemans ]
Our soil is formed only of human dust. [ G. Legouvi ]
The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust. [ Tate and Brady ]
Ah, pensive scholar, what is fame?
A fitful tongue of leaping flame:
A giddy whirlwind's fickle gust,
That lifts a pinch of mortal dust;
A few swift years, and who can show,
Which dust was Bill, and which was Joe? [ O. W. Holmes ]
But noble souls, through dust and heat,
Rise from disaster and defeat
The stronger. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Sifting Of Peter ]
First our pleasures die - and then
Our hopes, and then our fears - and when
These are dead, the debt is due.
Dust claims dust - and we die too. [ Shelley ]
Bribes throw dust into cunning men's eyes. [ Proverb ]
They speak of hope to the fainting heart,
With a voice of promise they come and part,
They sleep in dust through the wintry hours,
They break forth in glory - bring flowers,
bright flowers! [ Mrs. Hemans ]
Where is the dust that has not been alive?
The spade, the plough, disturb our ancestors;
From human mould we reap our daily bread. [ Young ]
He that blows in the dust fills his own eyes. [ Proverb ]
A thousand years scarce serve to form a state;
An hour may lay it in the dust. [ Byron ]
Can storied urn or animated bust
Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath?
Can honour's voice provoke the silent dust,
Or flattery soothe the dull cold ear of death? [ Gray ]
Down to the dust! and as thou rottest away,
Even worms shall perish on thy poisonous clay. [ Byron ]
I like that ancient Saxon phrase which calls
The burial ground, God's Acre! It is just;
It consecrates each grave within its walls.
And breathes a benison over the sleeping dust.
* * * * *
Into its furrows shall we all be cast.
In the sure faith, that we shall rise again
At the great harvest, when the archangel's blast
Shall winnow, like a fan, the chaff and grain. [ Longfellow ]
Thus, day by day, and month by month, we passed;
It pleased the Lord to take my spouse at last.
I tore my gown, I soiled my locks with dust.
And beat my breasts - as wretched widows must:
Before my face my handkerchief I spread,
To hide the flood of tears I did - not shed. [ Pope ]
He that blows in the dust fills his eyes with it. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Do not, for ever, with thy veiled lids
Seek for thy noble father in the dust;
Thou knowst 'tis common; all that lives must die.
Passing through nature to eternity. [ William Shakespeare ]
In the grave, dust and bones justle not for the wall. [ Proverb ]
We turn to dust, and all our mightiest works die too. [ Cowper ]
Nothing but a handful of dust will fill the eye of man. [ Arab. Proverb ]
The dust, raised by the sheep, does not choke the wolf. [ Proverb ]
Deep is the sleep of the dead, low their pillow of dust. [ Ossian ]
What a dust have I raised! quoth the fly upon the coach. [ Proverb ]
Music washes away from the soul, the dust of everyday life. [ Berthold Auerbach ]
Clay and clay differs in dignity, whose dust is both alike. [ William Shakespeare ]
A bushel of March dust on the leaves, is worth a king ransom. [ Proverb ]
Only the actions of the just smell sweet and blossom in the dust. [ James Shirley ]
To the true teacher, Time's hourglass should still run gold-dust. [ Douglas Jerrold ]
Time antiquates antiquities, and hath an art to make dust of all things. [ Sir Thomas Browne ]
The good die first; and they whose hearts are dry as summer dust burn to the socket. [ Wordsworth ]
Much of our ignorance is of ourselves. Our eyes are full of dust. Prejudice blinds us. [ Abraham Coles ]
Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust, or flattery soothe the dull, cold ear of death? [ Gray ]
Consider man, weigh well thy frame; the king, the beggar, are the same; dust formed us all. [ Gay ]
Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection. [ Burial Service ]
Cold in the dust this perished heart may lie, but that which warmed it once shall never die. [ Campbell ]
We can prostrate ourselves in the dust when we have committed a fault, but it is not best to remain there. [ Chateaubriand ]
Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers. [ Hare ]
Some men so dislike the dust kicked up by the generation they belong to, that, being unable to pass, they lag behind it. [ Hare ]
Of all the possessions of this life fame is the noblest; when the body has sunk into the dust the great name still lives. [ Schiller ]
Man, made of the dust of the world, does not forget his origin; and all that is yet inanimate will one day speak and reason. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
The little and short sayings of nice and excellent men are of great value, like the dust of gold, or the least sparks of diamonds. [ Tillotson ]
An enduring fame is one stamped by the judgment of the future, - that future which dispels illusions, and smashes idols into dust. [ Gladstone ]
If a man offend a harmless, pure, and innocent person, the evil falls back upon that fool, like light dust thrown up against the wind. [ Buddha ]
The mind of a thoroughly well-informed man is like a bric-a-brac shop, all monsters and dust and everything priced above its proper value. [ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Grey ]
True passion is not a wisp-light; it is a consuming flame, and either it must find fruition or it will burn the human heart to dust and ashes. [ William Winter ]
Life is constantly weighing us in very sensitive scales, and telling every one of us precisely what his real weight is to the last grain of dust. [ Lowell ]
To describe women, the pen should be dipped in the humid colors of the rainbow, and the paper dried with the dust gathered from the wings of a butterfly. [ Diderot ]
When the dust of death has choked a great man's voice, the common words he said turn oracles, the common thoughts he yoked like horses draw like griffins. [ Mrs. Browning ]
To wither away, be disleaved, be trodden to dust even by the rude feet of Fate, that, friend, is the lot on earth of everything that is beautiful and sweet. [ Heine ]
To smell a fresh turf of earth is wholesome for the body; no less are thoughts of mortality cordial to the soul.
Dust thou art, and unto dust thou shalt return. [ Fuller ]
Who can look down upon the grave of an enemy, and not feel a compunctious throb that he should have warred with the poor handful of dust that lies mouldering before him? [ Washington Irving ]
It is not without reason that fame is awarded only after death. The cloud-dust of notoriety which follows and envelops the men who drive with the wind bewilders contemporary judgment. [ Lowell ]
Observation made in the cloister or in the desert will generally be as obscure as the one and as barren as the other; but he that would paint with his pencil must study originals, and not be over-fearful of a little dust. [ Colton ]
Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendors born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust. [ Chapin ]
Grief! thou art classed amongst the depressing passions. And true it is that thou humblest to the dust, but also thou exaltest to the clouds. Thou shakest us with ague, but also thou steadiest like frost. Thou sickenest the heart, but also thou healest its infirmities. [ De Quincey ]
It would not be more unreasonable to transplant a favorite flower out of black earth into gold dust than it is for a person to let money-getting harden his heart into contempt, or into impatience, of the little attentions, the merriments and the caresses of domestic life. [ Mountford ]
If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal souls, if we imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of fellow men, we engrave on those tablets something which will brighten all eternity. [ Daniel Webster ]
He was a cowboy, mister, and he loved the land. He loved it so much he made a woman out of dirt and married her. But when he kissed her, she disintegrated. Later, at the funeral, when the preacher said,
Dust to dust, some people laughed, and the cowboy shot them. At his hanging, he told the others,
I'll be waiting for you in heaven - with a gun. [ Jack Handey, Deep Thoughts ]
Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has set in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good, in its place, as conscience or veneration. Praying can no more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying. [ Beecher ]
I see the spectacle of morning from the hilltop over against my house, from daybreak to sunrise, with emotions which an angel might share. The long slender bars of cloud float like fishes in the sea of crimson light. From the earth, as a shore, I look out into that silent sea. I seem to partake its rapid transformations; the active enchantment reaches my dust, and I dilate and conspire with the morning wind. [ Emerson ]
As soon the dust of a wretch whom thou wouldest not, as of a prince whom thou couldest not look upon, will trouble thine eyes if the wind blow it thither; and when a whirlwind hath blown the dust of the churchyard into the church, and the man sweeps out the dust of the church into the churchyard, who will undertake to sift those dusts again, and to pronounce,
This is the patrician, this is the noble flower, and this the yeoman, this the plebeian bran? [ Rev. Dr. Donne ]
When the dusk of evening had come on, and not a sound disturbed the sacred stillness of the place, - when the bright moon poured in her light on tomb and monument, on pillar, wall, and arch, and most of all (it seemed to them) upon her quiet grave, - in that calm time, when all outward things and inward thoughts teem with assurances of immortality, and worldly hopes and fears are humbled in the dust before them, - then, with tranquil and submissive hearts they turned away, and left the child with God. [ Dickens ]