Like Cephalus, he is limited in his point of view, and represents the proverbial stage of morality which has rules of life rather than principles; and he quotes
Simonides as his father had quoted Pindar.
Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say 'I think,' 'I am,' but quotes
some saint or sage.
However this may be, he quotes
evidence to show that "birds do not LEARN to fly," but fly by instinct when they reach the appropriate age (ib.
It was a place to quote
Alastor in, and nothing but a bad memory prevented my affrighting the oaks and rills with declamation.
I have thought it proper to quote
at length these interesting passages, because they contain a luminous abridgment of the principal arguments in favor of the Union, and must effectually remove the false impressions which a misapplication of other parts of the work was calculated to make.
When, for example, the question arose about the treatment of those lunatics who said that they had received the power of seeing the insides of things, I would quote
the saying of an ancient Circle, who declared that prophets and inspired people are always considered by the majority to be mad; and I could not help occasionally dropping such expressions as "the eye that discerns the interiors of things", and "the all-seeing land"; once or twice I even let fall the forbidden terms "the Third and Fourth Dimensions".
If your Eminence would quote
to me some one of these events in history," said Milady, "perhaps I should partake of your confidence as to the future.
In reply he observed that, though I was still quite young, I seemed to have lost my wits, and that my "virtue appeared to be under a cloud" (I quote
his exact words).
she sighed; and smiling on him with all her ancient cunning she added, as she settled her head among the cushions: "I always knew you'd back us up, because they never quote
you when they talk about its being her duty to go home.
One lady lent her some scores of Carlyle letters that have never been published, and crabbed was the writing, but though my mother liked to have our letters read aloud to her, she read every one of these herself, and would quote
from them in her talk.
I confess," replied the Missionary, fingering a number of ten-cent pieces which a Sunday-school in his own country had forwarded to him, "that I am a product of you, but I protest that you cannot quote
Scripture with accuracy and point.
Not to quote
the illustrious examples of those heroic scourges of mankind, whose amiable path in life has been from birth to death through blood, and fire, and ruin, and who would seem to have existed for no better purpose than to teach mankind that as the absence of pain is pleasure, so the earth, purged of their presence, may be deemed a blessed place--not to quote
such mighty instances, it will be sufficient to refer to old John Willet.