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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
Lord Houghton
 
  Perfect light / Would dazzle, not illuminate, the sight; / From earth it is enough to glimpse at heaven.  1
  The vulgar great are comprehended and adored, because they are in reality on the same moral plane with those who admire; but he who deserves the higher reverence must himself convert the worshipper.  2
  The world of thought must remain apart from the world of action, for if they once coincided the problem of life would be solved, and the hope which we call heaven would be realised on earth. And therefore men “Are cradled into poetry by wrong; / They learn in suffering what they teach in song.”  3
 
 
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