Rivers need a spring. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
Memory, bosom-spring of joy. [ Coleridge ]
The insect-youth are on the wing,
Eager to taste the honied spring,
And float amid the liquid noon! [ Gray ]
Evil events from evil causes spring. [ Aristophanes ]
From a pure spring pure water flows. [ Proverb ]
Spring is the -painter of the earth. [ Alcuin ]
When buttercups are blossoming,
The poets sang, 'tis best to wed:
So all for love we paired in spring -
Blanche and I - ere youth had sped. [ E. C. Stedman ]
Great thoughts spring from the heart. [ Vauvenargues ]
Blue eyes shimmer with angel glances.
Like spring violets over the lea. [ Constance F. Woolson ]
O, how this spring of love resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day! [ William Shakespeare, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act I. Sc. 3 ]
Lay her in the earth;
And from her fair and unpolluted flesh
May violets spring! [ William Shakespeare ]
A mother's love is ever in its spring. [ Chenier ]
No autumn fruit without spring blossoms. [ Proverb ]
He's a puddled stream from a pure spring. [ Proverb ]
Oh, how this spring of life resembleth
The uncertain glory of an April day.
Which now shows all the beauty of the sun,
And, by and by, a cloud takes all away! [ William Shakespeare ]
Our virtues and vices spring from one root. [ Goethe ]
From every blush that kindles in thy cheeks.
Ten thousand little loves and graces spring
To revel in the roses. [ Nicholas Rowe ]
He bore a simple wild-flower wreath:
Narcissus, and the sweet brier rose;
Vervain, and flexile thyme, that breathe
Rich fragrance; modest heath, that glows
With purple bells; the amaranth bright.
That no decay, nor fading knows.
Like true love's holiest, rarest light;
And every purest flower, that blows,
In that sweet time, which Love most blesses,
When spring on summer's confines presses. [ Thomas Love Peacock ]
Flowers spring up unsown and die ungathered. [ Bryant ]
A little learning is a dangerous thing:
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again. [ Alexander Pope ]
Ye flowers that droop forsaken by the spring;
Ye birds that left by summer cease to sing;
Yet trees that fade when autumn heats remove.
Say, is not absence death to those who love? [ Pope ]
He that is in a town in May loseth his spring. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
In genial spring, beneath the quivering shade,
Where cooling vapors breathe along the mead,
The patient fisher takes his silent stand.
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand;
With looks unmoved, he hopes the scaly breed.
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed. [ Pope ]
There spring the wild-flowers - fair as can be. [ Eliza Cook ]
What avails it that indulgent Heaven
From mortal eyes has wrapt the woes to come,
If we, ingenious to torment ourselves.
Grow pale at hideous fictions of our own?
Enjoy the present; nor with needless cares
Of what may spring from blind misfortune's womb,
Appal the surest hour that life bestows.
Serene, and master of yourself, prepare
For what may come; and leave the rest to Heaven. [ Armstrong ]
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 ]
The stream can never rise above the spring-head. [ Proverb ]
Even bees, the little alms-men of spring bowers,
Know there is richest juice in poison-flowers. [ Keats ]
See where she comes, apparell'd like the spring;
Graces her subjects. [ Shakespeare ]
Like leaves on trees the race of man is found,
Now green in youth, now withering on the ground;
Another race, the following spring supplies;
They fall successive, and successive rise:
So generations in their course decay;
So flourish these, when those have passed away. [ Homer, Pope's Iliad ]
From powerful causes spring the empiric's gains.
Man's love of life, his weakness, and his pains;
These first induce him the vile trash to try,
Then lend his name that other men may buy. [ Crabbe ]
Whither away, Bluebird, Whither away?
The blast is chill, yet in the upper sky,
Thou still canst find the color of thy wing.
The hue of May.
Warbler, why speed thy southern flight? ah, why,
Thou too, whose song first told us of the Spring?
Whither away? [ E. C. Stedman ]
How shall I speak thee, or thy power address,
Thou god of our idolatry, the Press?
By thee, religion, liberty, and laws,
Exert their influence, and advance their cause:
By thee, worse plagues than Pharaoh's land befell.
Diffused, make earth the vestibule of hell;
Thou fountain, at which drink the good and wise,
Thou ever bubbling spring of endless lies,
Like Eden's dread probationary tree.
Knowledge of good and evil is from thee! [ Cowper ]
O wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind? [ Shelley ]
The loveliest flowers the closest cling to earth,
And they first feel the sun: so violets blue;
So the soft star-like primrose - drenched in dew -
The happiest of spring's happy, fragrant birth. [ Keble ]
Spring has no blossom fairer than thy form;
Winter no snow-wreath purer than thy mind;
The dew-drop trembling to the morning beam
Is like thy smile, pure, transient, heaven refin'd. [ Mrs. Lydia Jane Pierson ]
He loaths the spring-head and drinks the foul stream. [ Proverb ]
Shall not a man have his spring as well as the plants? [ Thoreau ]
The vigour of manhood passes away like a spring flower.
O merciful Heaven! may my last season be still a spring! [ Beranger ]
Faster than spring-time showers comes thought on thought. [ William Shakespeare ]
To be rich be diligent; move on
Like heavens great movers that enrich the earth;
Whose moment's sloth would show the world undone;
And make the spring straight bury all her birth.
Rich are the diligent who can command Time - nature's stock. [ Davenant ]
As soon as you have drank, you turn your back upon the spring. [ Proverb ]
Wit is an intermittent fountain; kindness is a perennial spring. [ Marie Ebner-Eschenbach ]
Leave the spring for the stream, so you shall have mud for water. [ Proverb ]
Cheerfulness opens, like spring, all the blossoms of the inward man. [ Jean Paul ]
Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances. [ Livy ]
Wit is of the true Pierian spring, that can make anything of anything. [ Chapman ]
A debauched son of a noble family, is a foul stream from a clear spring. [ Proverb ]
The water that comes from the same spring, cannot be fresh and salt both. [ Proverb ]
When love came first to earth, the spring spread rose-beds to receive him. [ Campbell ]
From its peaceful bosom spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections. [ Washington Irving ]
And the spring arose on the garden fair like the spirit of Love felt everywhere. [ Shelley ]
Here (in Italy) is ceaseless spring, and summer in months in which summer is alien. [ Virgil ]
A royal court without women is like a year without spring, a spring without flowers. [ Francis I. of France ]
The April is in her eyes; it is love's spring, and these the showers to bring it on. [ William Shakespeare ]
Beauty in women is like the flowers in the spring; but virtue is like the stars of Heaven. [ Proverb ]
The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters, and the well-spring of wisdom as a flowing brook. [ Bible ]
Ripening love is the stillest; the shady flowers in this spring, as in the other, shun sunlight. [ Jean Paul ]
The native soil of our thoughts is the heart; whoso will have his fresh must draw from this spring. [ Börne ]
Lyrical poetry is much the same in every age, as the songs of the nightingales in every spring-time. [ Heine ]
Trouble is a thing that will come without our call; but true joy will not spring up without ourselves. [ Bp. Patrick ]
The coming spring would first appear, and all this place with roses strew, if busy feet would let them grow. [ Waller ]
Many-colored, sunshine-loving, spring-betokening bee! yellow bee, so mad for love of early-blooming flowers! [ Professor Wilson ]
Many a genius has been slow of growth. Oaks that flourish for a thousand years do not spring up into beauty like a reed. [ George Henry Lewes ]
We all drink at the spring of happiness in a fractured vase: when it reaches our lips, there is almost nothing left in it. [ Mme. du Deffand ]
Only the refined and delicate pleasures that spring from research and education can build up barriers between different ranks. [ Mme. de Stael ]
In the destroyer's steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power and his dark path becomes a way of light to heaven. [ Dickens ]
Thus came the lovely spring, with a rush of blossoms and music, flooding the earth with flowers and the air with melodies vernal. [ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ]
We should often have reason to be ashamed of our most brilliant actions if the world could see the motives from which they spring. [ Rochefoucauld ]
Pride, in some particular disguise or other - often a secret to be proud himself - is the most ordinary spring of action among men. [ Steele ]
Affections injured by tyranny, or rigor of compulsion, like tempest threatened trees, unfirmly rooted, never spring to timely growth. [ John Ford ]
The youth longs so to love, the maiden so to be loved; ah! why does there spring out of this holiest of all our instincts such agonising pain? [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Youth, enthusiasm, and tenderness are like the days of spring. Instead of complaining, O my heart, of their brief duration, try to enjoy them. [ Rückert ]
Great acts grow out of great occasions, and great occasions spring from great principles, working changes in society and tearing it up by the roots. [ Hazlitt ]
All errors spring up in the neighborhood of some truth; they grow round about it, and, for the most part, derive their strength from such contiguity. [ Rev. T. Binney ]
A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting-place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men. [ Tupper ]
Stories first heard at a mother's knee are never wholly forgotten - a little spring that never quite dries up in our journey through scorching years. [ Ruffini ]
On the approach of spring, I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company and dissipation without pleasure. [ Edward Gibbon ]
Ah, how wonderful is the advent of the spring, - the great annual miracle of the blossoming of Aaron's rod, repeated on myriads and myriads of branches! [ Longfellow ]
The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted, - they have torn me, and I bleed: I should have known what fruit would spring from such a seed. [ Byron ]
Good books are to the young mind what the wanning sun and the refreshing rain of spring are to the seeds which have lain dormant in the frosts of winter. [ H. Mann ]
Look upon every day, O youth, as the whole of life, not merely as a section, and enjoy the present without wishing, through haste, to spring on to another. [ Jean Paul ]
Though looks and words, by the strong mastery of his practiced will, are overruled, the mounting blood betrays an impulse in its secret spring too deep for his control. [ Southey ]
The truly great are to be found everywhere; nor is it easy to say in what condition they spring up most plentifully. Real greatness has nothing to do with a man's sphere. [ William Ellery Channing ]
We content ourselves to present to thinking minds the original seeds from whence spring vast fields of new thought, that may be further cultivated, beautified, and enlarged. [ Chevalier Ramsay ]
Poetry incorporates those spirits which, like angels, can never assume the body of an outward act; and sheds the perfume of those flowers which spring up but never bear any seed. [ Jean Paul ]
Everything dies, and on this spring morning, if I lay my ear to the ground, I seem to hear from every point of the compass the heavy step of men who carry a corpse to its burial. [ Madame de Gasparin ]
Gentle feelings produce profoundly beneficial effects upon stern natures. It is the spring rain which melts the ice-covering of the earth, and causes it to open to the beams of heaven. [ Fredrika Bremer ]
The fire of true enthusiasm is like the fires of Baku, which no water can ever quench, and which burn steadily on from night to day, and year to year, because their well-spring is eternal. [ Ouida ]
As great enmities spring from great friendships, and mortal distempers from vigorous health, so do the most surprising and the wildest frenzies from the high and lively agitations of our souls. [ Montaigne ]
This world could not exist if it were not so simple. The ground has been tilled a thousand years, yet its powers remain ever the same; a little rain, a little sun, and each spring it grows green again. [ Goethe ]
She was in the lovely bloom and spring-time of womanhood; at the age when, if ever angels be for God's good purpose enthroned in mortal form, they may be, without impiety, supposed to abide in such as hers. [ Dickens ]
God hides some ideal in every human soul. At some time in our life we feel a trembling, fearful longing to do some good thing. Life finds its noblest spring of excellence in this hidden impulse to do our best. [ Robert Collyer ]
Gloom and sadness are poison to us, and the origin of hysterics. You are right in thinking that this disease is in the imagination; you have defined it perfectly; it is vexation which causes it to spring up, and fear that supports it. [ Madame de Sevigne ]
Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several - from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy. [ La Bruyere ]
We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others; and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring. [ Bentham ]
Man gains wider dominion by his intellect than by his right arm. The mustard-seed of thought is a pregnant treasury of vast results. Like the germ in the Egyptian tombs, its vitality never perishes; and its fruit will spring up after it has been buried for long ages. [ Chapin ]
Intellect alone, however exalted, without strong feelings - without even, irritable sensibility - would be only like an immense magazine of powder, if there were no such element as fire in the natural world. It is the heart which is the spring and fountain of all eloquence. [ Lord Erskine ]
Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature, if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you, know that the morning and spring of your life are past. [ Thoreau ]
Color is, in brief terms, the type of love. Hence it is especially connected with the blossoming of the earth; and again, with its fruits; also, with the spring and fall of the leaf, and with the morning and evening of the day, in order to show the waiting of love about the birth and death of man. [ Ruskin ]
A literary career is a more thorny path than that which leads to fortune. If you have the misfortune not to rise above mediocrity, you feel mortified for life; and if you are successful, a host of enemies spring up against you. Thus you find yourself on the brink of an abyss between contempt and hatred. [ Voltaire ]
A woman's life can be divided thus: the age when she dances but does not dare to waltz - it is the spring; the age when she dances and dares to waltz - it is summer; the age when she dances but prefers to waltz - it is autumn; finally, when she dances no longer - it is winter, that rigorous winter of life. [ Mme. de Girardin ]
There is a voice from the tomb sweeter than song. There is a remembrance of the dead to which we turn even from the charms of the living. Oh, the grave! the grave! It buries every error, covers every defect, extinguishes every resentment. From its peaceful bosom spring none but fond regrets and tender recollections. [ Washington Irving ]
Necessity is always the first stimulus to industry, and those who conduct it with prudence, perseverance and energy will rarely fail. Viewed in this light, the necessity of labor is not a chastisement, but a blessing, - the very root and spring of all that we call progress in individuals and civilization in nations. [ Samuel Smiles ]
There are so many tender and holy emotions flying about in our inward world, which, like angels, can never assume the body of an outward act; so many rich and lovely flowers spring up which bear no seed, - that it is a happiness poetry was invented, which receives into its limbus all these incorporated spirits and the perfume of all these flowers. [ Richter ]
It is not merely the multiplicity of tints, the gladness of tone, or the balminess of the air which delight in the spring; it is the still consecrated spirit of hope, the prophecy of happy days yet to come; the endless variety of nature, with presentiments of eternal flowers which never shall fade, and sympathy with the blessedness of the ever-developing world. [ Novalis ]
A composition which dazzles at first sight by gaudy epithets, or brilliant turns of expression, or glittering trains of imagery, may fade gradually from the mind, leaving no enduring impression. Words which flow fresh and warm from a full heart, and which are instinct with the life and breath of human feeling, pass into household memories, and partake of the immortality of the affections from which they spring. [ Whipple ]
Beauty is an all-pervading presence. It unfolds to the numberless flowers of the spring; it waves in the branches of the trees and the green blades of grass; it haunts the depths of the earth and the sea, and gleams out in the hues of the shell and the precious stone. And not only these minute objects, but the ocean, the mountains, the clouds, the heavens, the stars, the rising and setting sun, all overflow with beauty. [ Channing ]
Though no participator in the joys of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures, in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practice toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
The love of flowers seems a naturally implanted passion, without any alloy or debasing object in its motive; we cherish them in youth, we admire them in declining years; but perhaps it is the early flowers of spring that always bring with them the greatest degree of pleasure; and our affections seem to expand at the sight of the first blossom under the sunny wall, or sheltered bank, however humble its race may be. With summer flowers we seem to live, as with our neighbors, in harmony and good order; but spring flowers are cherished as private friendships. [ G. A. Sola ]
In the matter of diet - which is another main thing - I have been persistently strict in sticking to the things which didn't agree with me until one or the other of us got the best of it. Until lately I got the best of it myself. But last spring I stopped frolicking with mince-pie after midnight; up to then I had always believed it wasn't loaded. For thirty years I have taken coffee and bread at eight in the morning, and no bite nor sup until seven-thirty in the evening. Eleven hours. That is all right for me, and is wholesome, because I have never had a headache in my life, but headachy people would not reach seventy comfortably by that road, and they would be foolish to try it. And I wish to urge upon you this - which I think is wisdom - that if you find you can't make seventy by any but an uncomfortable road, don't you go. When they take off the Pullman and retire you to the rancid smoker, put on your things, count your checks, and get out at the first way station where there's a cemetery. [ Mark Twain, Seventieth Birthday speech ]