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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Circles
 
  The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world.
Emerson.    
  1
        I watch’d the little circles die;
They past into the level flood.
Tennyson.    
  2
        As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
The centre mov’d, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads.
Pope.    
  3
        Glory is like a circle in the water,
Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to nought.
Shakespeare.    
  4
        Circles in water, as they wider flow
The less conspicuous in their progress grow,
And when at last they trench upon the shore,
Distinction ceases and they’re view’d no more.
Crabbe.    
  5
  Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all.
Sir Thomas Browne.    
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