Alas! that dreams are only dreams!
That fancy cannot give
A lasting beauty to those forms.
Which scarce a moment live! [ Rufus Dawes ]
Beauty vanishes; virtue is lasting. [ Goethe ]
Fear is not a lasting teacher of duty. [ Cicero ]
He lives who dies to win a lasting name. [ Drummond ]
Greatness is nothing unless it be lasting. [ Napoleon ]
Notoriety is short-lived; fame is lasting. [ Bancroft ]
The only amaranthine flower on earth
Is virtue; the only lasting treasure, truth. [ William Cowper ]
Setting down in writing, is a lasting memory. [ Fielding ]
Moderation is the key-note of lasting enjoyment. [ Hosea Ballou ]
All are friends in heaven, all faithful friends.
And many friendships in the days of Time
Begun, are lasting there and growing still. [ Pollok ]
Blest be the gracious Power, who taught mankind
To stamp a lasting image of the mind!
Beasts may convey, and tuneful birds may sing.
Their mutual feelings, in the opening spring;
But Man alone has skill and power to send
The heart's warm dictates to the distant friend;
'Tis his alone to please, instruct, advise
Ages remote, and nations yet to rise. [ Crabbe ]
Great actions crown themselves with lasting bays;
Who well deserves needs not another's praise. [ Heath ]
Gold! gold! in all ages the curse of mankind,
Thy fetters are forged for the soul and the mind.
The limbs may be free as the wings of a bird.
And the mind be the slave of a look and a word.
To gain thee men barter eternity's crown,
Yield honour, affection, and lasting renown. [ Park Benjamin ]
Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule. [ Quintus Curtius Rufus ]
Love is never lasting which flames before it burns. [ Feltham ]
The most lasting monuments are doubtless the paper monuments. [ Proverb ]
Neutrality, as a lasting principle, is an evidence of weakness. [ Kossuth ]
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. [ Lady Montagu ]
Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. [ Boufflers ]
Be not dazzled by beauty, but look for those inward qualities which are lasting. [ Seneca ]
Expression alone can invest beauty with supreme and lasting command over the eye. [ Fuseli ]
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. [ Demosthenes ]
Exquisite beauty resides rather in the female form than face, where it is also more lasting. [ Lamartine ]
Take heed of a speedy professing friend; love is never lasting which flames before it burns. [ Feltham ]
How few friendships would be lasting if we knew what our best friends say of us in our absence. [ Pascal ]
Great patriots must be men of great excellence; this alone can secure to them lasting admiration. [ H. Giles ]
There is no rapture in the love which is prompted by esteem; such affection is lasting, not passionate. [ Victor Hugo ]
Friendships which are born in misfortune are more firm and lasting than those which are formed in happiness. [ D'Urfey ]
Friendship is seldom lasting, but between equals, or where superiority is reduced by some equivalent advantage. [ Johnson ]
Strength is natural, but grace is the growth of habit. This charming quality requires practice if it is to become lasting. [ Joubert ]
Truth is the only real lasting foundation for friendship, in all but truth there is a principle of decay and dissimulation. [ Miss Helen Edgeworth ]
True glory strikes root, and even extends itself; all false pretensions fall as do flowers, nor can anything feigned be lasting. [ Cicero ]
To have any chance of lasting, a book must satisfy, not merely some fleeting fancy of the day, but a constant longing and hunger of human nature. [ Lowell ]
The diamond is more valuable than any other stone, and vastly superior to all others in lustre and beauty; as also in hardness, which renders it more durable and lasting. [ Woodward ]
The way to acquire lasting esteem is not by the fewness of a writer's faults, but the greatness of his beauties, and our noblest works are generally most replete with both. [ Goldsmith ]
Wisdom consisteth not in knowing many things, nor even in knowing them thoroughly; but in choosing and in following what conduces the most certainly to our lasting happiness and true glory. [ Landor ]
Valor and power may gain a lasting memory, but where are they when the brave and mighty are departed? Their effects may remain, but they live not in them any more than the fire in the work of the potter. [ Hartley Coleridge ]
Joy wholly from without, is false, precarious, and short. From without it may be gathered; but, like gathered flowers, though fair, and sweet for a season, it must soon wither, and become offensive. Joy from within is like smelling the rose on the tree; it is more sweet and fair, it is lasting; and, I must add, immortal. [ Young ]
Hair is the most delicate and lasting of our materials, and survives us, like love. It is so light, so gentle, so escaping from the idea of death, that, with a lock of hair belonging to a child or friend, we may almost look up to heaven and compare notes with the angelic nature, - may almost say,
I have a piece of thee here not unworthy of thy being now. [ Leigh Hunt ]
The man whose bosom neither riches nor luxury nor grandeur can render happy may, with a book in his hand, forget all his torments under the friendly shade of every tree; and experience pleasures as infinite as they are varied, as pure as they are lasting, as lively as they are unfading, and as compatible with every public duty as they are contributory to private happiness. [ Zimmermann ]
All things are engaged in writing their history. The planet, the pebble, goes attended by its shadow. The rolling rock leaves its scratches on the mountain; the river, its channel in the soil; the animal, its bones in the stratum; the fern and leaf, their modest epitaph in the coal. The falling drop makes its sculpture in the sand or the stone. Not a foot steps into the snow or along the ground, but prints, in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. Every act of the man inscribes itself in the memories of its fellows, and in his own manners and face. The air is full of sounds, the sky of tokens, the ground is all memoranda and signatures, and every object covered over with hints which speak to the intelligent. [ Emerson ]