Quotations by Bailey, Philip James


Man is a military animal,
Glories in gunpowder, and loves parade;
Prefers them to all things.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
“Festus” [Lucifer] (1839)
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Added on 20-Nov-17 | Last updated 20-Nov-17
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The firefly only shines when on the wing.
So is it with the mind — when once we rest
We darken.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus (1839)
Added on 30-Mar-15 | Last updated 30-Mar-15
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Let each man think himself an act of God,
His mind a thought, his life a breath of God;
And let each try, by great thoughts and good deeds,
To show the most of Heaven he hath in him.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, “Proem” (1839)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 30-Jul-10
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Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, “Proem” (1839)
Added on 2-Aug-10 | Last updated 2-Aug-10
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America thou half-brother of the world!
With something good and bad of every land.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, Sc. 10 “Earth’s Surface,” l. 340 (1813)
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Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, Sc. 4 “A Mountain; Sunrise” (1839)
Added on 9-Aug-10 | Last updated 16-Jan-11
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We live in deeds, not years:
In thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs.
He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, Sc. 5 “A Country Town” (1839)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 16-Jan-11
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Who never doubted never half believed
Where doubt there truth is — ’tis her shadow

Philip James Bailey (1816-1902) English poet
Festus, Sc. 5 “A Country Town” (1839)
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 16-Jan-11
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