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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Circles
 
  Circles and right lines limit and close all bodies, and the mortal right-lined circle must conclude and shut up all.
        Sir Thomas Browne—Hydriotaphia. Ch. V.
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  A circle may be small, yet it may be as mathematically beautiful and perfect as a large one.
        Isaac D’Israeli—Miscellanies.
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  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—Essays. Circles.
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As the small pebble stirs the peaceful lake;
The centre mov’d, a circle straight succeeds,
Another still, and still another spreads.
        Pope—Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 364.
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As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes
The sinking stone at first a circle makes;
The trembling surface by the motion stirr’d,
Spreads in a second circle, then a third;
Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance,
Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance.
        Pope—Temple of Fame. L. 436.
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I’m up and down and round about,
Yet all the world can’t find me out;
Though hundreds have employed their leisure,
They never yet could find my measure.
        Swift—On a Circle.
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I watch’d the little circles die;
They past into the level flood.
        Tennyson—The Miller’s Daughter. St. 10.
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          On the lecture slate
The circle rounded under female hands
With flawless demonstration.
        Tennyson—The Princess. II. L. 349.
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Circles are praised, not that abound
In largeness, but the exactly round.
        Edmund Waller—Long and Short Life.
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