Gifts break a rock. [ Proverb ]
Shall I, like an hermit, dwell
On a rock or in a cell? [ Sir Walter Raleigh ]
Rock'd in the cradle of the deep,
I lay me down in peace to sleep. [ Emma Willard ]
To rock the cradle in spectacles. [ Proverb ]
Establish liberty on a rock of brass. [ Robespierre ]
Sow love, and taste its fruitage pure;
Sow peace, and reap its harvest bright;
Sow sunbeams on the rock and moor.
And find a harvest-home of light. [ Horatius Bonar ]
Come one, come all! this rock shall fly
From its firm base as soon as I. [ Scott ]
To rock and river, plain and wood,
I cry, Ye are my kin. While I, O Earth!
Am but an atom of thee, and a breath,
Passing unseen and unrecorded, like
The tiny throb here in my temple's pulse. [ Philip J. Bailey ]
While man is growing, life is in decrease;
And cradles rock us nearer to the tomb.
Our birth is nothing but our death begun. [ Young ]
The foxglove, with its stately bells,
Of purple, shall adorn thy dells;
The wallflower, on each rifted rock,
From liberal blossoms shall breathe down,
(Gold blossoms frecked with iron-brown,)
Its fragrance; while the hollyhock,
The pink, and the carnation vie
With lupin and with lavender.
To decorate the fading year;
And larkspurs, many-hued, shall drive
Gloom from the groves, where red leaves lie.
And Nature seems but half alive. [ D. M. Moir ]
The hills, rock-ribbed, and ancient as the sun. [ Bryant ]
He stands like a rock unmoved against the waves. [ Motto ]
A love-tint flushes the wind-flower's cheek,
Rich melodies gush from the violet's beak.
On the rifts of the rock, the wild columbines grow.
Their heavy honey-cups bending low. [ Sarah Helen Whitman ]
How the giant element from rock to rock leaps with delirious bound! [ Byron ]
Mistaking taste for genius is the rock on which thousands have split. [ J. T. Headley ]
The steps of faith fall on the seeming void, and find the rock beneath. [ Whittier ]
No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years. [ Tennyson ]
A man of a great memory, without learning, hath a rock and a spindle, and no staff to spin. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Milton was a genius that could cut a colossus from a rock, but could not carve heads upon cherrystones. [ Dr. Johnson ]
Give me flattery - flattery, the food of courts, that I may rock him, and lull him in the down of his desires. [ Beaumont ]
The waves of life toss our destinies like seaweeds detached from the rock. Houses are ships which receive but passengers. [ E. Souvestre ]
Art needs solitude or misery or passion. Lukewarm zephyrs wilt it. It is a rock-flower flourishing by stormy blasts and in stony soil. [ Alex. Dumas ]
Where men or nations have broken down, it will almost invariably be found that neglect of little things was the rock on which they split. [ Smiles ]
Precept is instruction written in the sand; the tide flows over it, and the record is gone. Example is engraven on the rock, and the lesson is not soon lost. [ William Ellery Channing ]
The good pilot knows the whereabouts of every sunken rock in the harbor; how much of joy there would be in the world if all men knew the sunken rocks in the harbor of life. [ Catherine A. Atmould ]
For now I stand as one upon a rock environed with a wilderness of sea, who marks the waxing tide grow wave by wave expecting ever when some envious surge will in his brinish bowels swallow him. [ William Shakespeare ]
The pilot who is always dreading a rock or a tempest must not complain if he remain a poor fisherman. We must at times trust something to fortune, for fortune has often some share in what happens. [ Metastasio ]
A loving heart carries with it, under every parallel of latitude, the warmth and light of the tropics. It plants its Eden in the wilderness and solitary place, and sows with flowers the gray desolation of rock and mosses. [ Whittier ]
Taking our stand on the immovable rock of Christ's character we risk nothing in saying that the wine of miracle answered to the wine of nature, and was not intoxicating. No counterproof can equal the force of that drawn from His attributes. It is an indecency and a calumny to impute to Christ conduct which requires apology. [ Abraham Coles ]
Nature seems to delight in disappointing the assiduities of art, with which it would rear dulness to maturity, and to glory in the vigor and luxuriance of her chance productions. She scatters the seeds of genius to the winds, and though some may perish among the stony places of the world, and some may be choked by the thorns and brambles of early adversity, yet others will now and then strike root even in the clefts of the rock, struggle bravely up into sunshine, and spread over their sterile birthplace all the beauties of vegetation. [ Washington Irving ]
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 ]