Believe one who has tried it. [ Virgil ]
'Tis said that absence conquers love;
But oh! believe it not.
I've tried, alas! its power to prove,
But thou art not forgot. [ Frederick W. Thomas ]
Be not the first by whom the new is tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. [ Pope ]
A pilot's part in calms cannot be spy'd,
In dangerous times true worth is only tried. [ Stirling — Doomes-day. The Fifth Houre ]
Gold is tried in the fire, friendship in need. [ Danish Proverb ]
The world well tried, the sweetest thing in life
Is the unclouded welcome of a wife. [ Willis ]
Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch'd unfledged comrade. [ William Shakespeare, Hamlet ]
In this wild world the fondest and the best
Are the most tried, most troubled and distressed. [ Crabbe ]
Oh, who can tell, save he whose heart hath tried? [ Byron ]
Those Friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul, with hooks of steel. [ William Shakespeare ]
Thoughts are but dreams till their effects be tried. [ William Shakespeare ]
Life is a crucible. We are thrown into it and tried. [ Chapin ]
Yes - it was love - if thoughts of tenderness.
Tried in temptation, strengthened by distress,
Unmoved by absence, firm in every clime,
And yet - oh more than all! - untired by time.
Which nor defeated hope, nor baffled wile,
Could render sullen were she near to smile,
Nor rage could fire, nor sickness fret to vent
On her one murmur of his discontent;
Which still would meet with joy, with calmness part.
Lest that his look of grief should reach her heart;
Which nought removed, nor menaced to remove -
If there be love in mortals— this was love! [ Byron ]
No one knows how far his powers go till he has tried. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
Trust not the treason of those smiling looks.
Until ye have their guileful trains well tried;
For they are like but unto golden hooks.
That from the foolish fish their baits do hide:
So she with flattering smiles weak hearts doth guide
Unto her love, and tempt to their decay;
Whom, being caught, she kills with cruel pride,
And feeds at pleasure on the wretched prey. [ Spenser ]
Friends are much better tried in bad fortune than in good. [ Aristotle ]
A friend should be like money, tried before being required, not found faulty in our need. [ Plutarch ]
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity. [ Ovid ]
It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all, unless you are parachuting. [ Danny ]
I have never had a policy. I have simply tried to do what seemed best each day, as each day came. [ Lincoln ]
I have tried merely to express what I had to say with as much simplicity and as little affectation as I could command. [ James A. Froude, The Art of Authorship, 1891 ]
I have always tried to write Saxon rather than Latin, in short words rather than long, and specially in short sentences. [ Edward Everett Hale, The Art Of Authorship, 1891 ]
I have a shelf in my study for tried authors; one in my mind for tried principles; and one in my heart for tried friends. [ Sir Richard Cecil ]
The brightest crowns that are worn in heaven have been tried and smelted and polished and glorified through the furnace of tribulation. [ Chapin ]
Give me but these, - a spirit tempest-tried, a brow unshrinking, and a soul of flame; the joy of conscious worth, its courage and its pride. [ R. T. Conrad ]
Great causes are never tried on their merits; but the cause is reduced to particulars to suit the size of the partisans, and the contention is ever hottest on minor matters. [ Ralph Waldo Emerson ]
When I take up a book I have read before, I know what to expect; the satisfaction is not lessened by being anticipated. I shake hands with, and look our old tried and valued friend in the face, - compare notes and chat the hour away. [ Hazlitt ]
No man is more miserable than he that hath no adversity. That man is not tried, whether he be good or bad, and God never crowns those virtues which are only faculties and dispositions, but every act of virtue is an ingredient into reward - God so dresses us for heaven. [ Jeremy Taylor ]
Lavater told Goethe that, on a certain occasion when he held the velvet bag in the church as collector of the offerings, he tried to observe only the hands; and he satisfied himself that in every individual the shape of the hand and of the fingers, the action and sentiment in dropping the gift into the bag, were distinctly different and individually characteristic. [ Mrs. Jameson ]