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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Immortality
 
It must be so—Plato, thou reasonest well!—
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality?
Or whence this secret dread, and inward horror,
Of falling into nought? Why shrinks the soul
Back on herself, and startles at destruction?
’Tis the divinity that stirs within us;
’Tis heaven itself, that points out an hereafter,
And intimates eternity to man.
        Addison—Cato. Act V. Sc. 1.
  1
The stars shall fade away, the sun himself
Grow dim with age, and nature sink in years,
But thou shalt flourish in immortal youth,
Unhurt amidst the wars of elements,
The wrecks of matter, and the crush of worlds.
        Addison—Cato. Act V. Sc. 1.
  2
No, no! The energy of life may be
Kept on after the grave, but not begun;
And he who flagg’d not in the earthly strife,
From strength to strength advancing—only he
His soul well-knit, and all his battles won,
Mounts, and that hardly, to eternal life.
        Matthew Arnold—Sonnet. Immortality.
  3
On the cold cheek of Death smiles and roses are blending,
And beauty immortal awakes from the tomb.
        James Beattie—The Hermit. St. 6. Last lines.
  4
Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond;
But is there anything Beyond?
        Rupert Brooke—Heaven.
  5
  There is nothing strictly immortal, but immortality. Whatever hath no beginning may be confident of no end.
        Sir Thomas Browne—Hydrotaphia. Ch. V.
  6
              If I stoop
Into a dark tremendous sea of cloud,
It is but for a time; I press God’s lamp
Close to my breast; its splendor soon or late
Will pierce the gloom; I shall emerge one day.
        Robert Browning—Paracelsus. Last lines.
  7
  I have been dying for twenty years, now I am going to live.
        Jas. Drummond Burns—His Last Words.
  8
A good man never dies.
        Callimachus—Epigrams. X.
  9
  Immortality is the glorious discovery of Christianity.
        Wm. Ellery Channing—Immortality.
  10
’Tis immortality to die aspiring,
As if a man were taken quick to heaven.
        Geo. Chapman—Byron’s Conspiracy. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 254.
  11
  Nemo unquam sine magna spe immortalitatatis se pro patria offerret ad mortem.
  No one could ever meet death for his country without the hope of immortality.
        Cicero—Tusculanarum Disputationum. I. 15.
  12
  For I never have seen, and never shall see, that the cessation of the evidence of existence is necessarily evidence of the cessation of existence.
        William De Morgan—Joseph Vance. Ch. XL.
  13
  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
        Ecclesiastes. XII. 7.
  14
Thus God’s children are immortall whiles their
Father hath anything for them to do on earth.
        Fuller—Church History. Bk. II. Century VIII. 18. On Bede’s Death.
  15
Yet spirit immortal, the tomb cannot bind thee,
  But like thine own eagle that soars to the sun
Thou springest from bondage and leavest behind thee
  A name which before thee no mortal hath won.
        Attributed to Lyman Heath—The Grave of Bonaparte.
  16
’Tis true; ’tis certain; man though dead retains
Part of himself; the immortal mind remains.
        Homer—Iliad. Bk. XXIII. L. 122. Pope’s trans.
  17
Dignum laude virum Musa vetat mori;
Cœlo Musa beat.
  The muse does not allow the praise-deserving hero to die: she enthrones him in the heavens.
        Horace—Carmina. IV. 8. 28.
  18
But all lost things are in the angels’ keeping, Love;
No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love;
The years of Heaven with all earth’s little pain
            Make good,
Together there we can begin again
          In babyhood.
        Helen Hunt Jackson—At Last. St. 6.
  19
No, no, I’m sure,
My restless spirit never could endure
To brood so long upon one luxury,
Unless it did, though fearfully, espy
A hope beyond the shadow of a dream.
        Keats—Endymion. Bk. I.
  20
 
 
He ne’er is crowned with immortality
Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
        Keats—Endymion. Bk. II.
  21
  I long to believe in immortality.  *  *  *  If I am destined to be happy with you here—how short is the longest life. I wish to believe in immortality—I wish to live with you forever.
        Keats—Letters to Fanny Brawne. XXXVI.
  22
Men are immortal till their work is done.
        David Livingstone—Letter. Describing the death of Bishop Mackenzie in Africa. March, 1862.
  23
And in the wreck of noble lives
Something immortal still survives.
        Longfellow—The Building of the Ship. L. 375.
  24
Safe from temptation, safe from sin’s pollution,
She lives, whom we call dead.
        Longfellow—Resignation. St. 7.
  25
  I came from God, and I’m going back to God, and I won’t have any gaps of death in the middle of my life.
        George MacDonald—Mary Marston. Ch. LVII.
  26
Of such as he was, there be few on earth;
Of such as he is, there are few in Heaven:
And life is all the sweeter that he lived,
And all he loved more sacred for his sake:
And Death is all the brighter that he died,
And Heaven is all the happier that he’s there.
        Gerald Massey—In Memoriam for Earl Brownlow.
  27
          For who would lose,
Though full of pain, this intellectual being,
Those thoughts that wander through eternity,
To perish rather, swallow’d up and lost
In the wide womb of uncreated night,
Devoid of sense and motion?
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 146.
  28
They eat, they drink, and in communion sweet
Quaff immortality and joy.
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. V. L. 637.
  29
  For spirits that live throughout
Vital in every part, not as frail man,
In entrails, heart or head, liver or reins,
Cannot but by annihilating die.
        MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VI. L. 345.
  30
When the good man yields his breath
(For the good man never dies).
        Montgomery—The Wanderer of Switzerland. Pt. V.
  31
              Immortality
Alone could teach this mortal how to die.
        D. M. Mulock—Looking Death in the Face. L. 77.
  32
Tamque opus exegi quod nec Jovis ira necignes
Nec poterit ferrum, nec edax abolere vetustas.
Cum volet illa dies quæ nil nisi corporis hujus
Jus habet, incerti spatium mihi siniut ævi;
Parte tamen meliore mei super alta perennis
Astra ferar, nomenque erit indelebile nostrum.
  And now have I finished a work which neither the wrath of Jove, nor fire, nor steel, nor all-consuming time can destroy. Welcome the day which can destroy only my physical man in ending my uncertain life. In my better part I shall be raised to immortality above the lofty stars, and my name shall never die.
        Ovid—Metamorphoses. XV. 871.
  33
Sunt aliquid Manes; letum non omnia finit.
Luridaque evictos effugit umbra rogos.
  There is something beyond the grave; death does not put an end to everything, the dark shade escapes from the consumed pile.
        Propertius—Elegiæ. IV. 7. 1.
  34
Look, here’s the warrant, Claudio, for thy death:
’Tis now dead midnight, and by eight tomorrow
Thou must be made immortal.
        Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 66.
  35
                I hold it ever,
Virtue and cunning were endowments greater
Than nobleness and riches: careless heirs
May the two latter darken and expend;
But immortality attends the former,
Making a man a god.
        Pericles. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 26.
  36
It And her immortal part with angels lives.
        Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 19.
  37
      What a world were this,
How unendurable its weight, if they
Whom Death hath sundered did not meet again!
        Southey—Inscription XVII. Epitaph.
  38
Thy lord shall never die, the whiles this verse
Shall live, and surely it shall live for ever:
For ever it shall live, and shall rehearse
His worthy praise, and vertues dying never,
Though death his soule do from his bodie sever:
And thou thyselfe herein shalt also live;
Such grace the heavens doe to my verses give.
        Spenser—The Ruines of Time. L. 253.
  39
I am restless. I am athirst for faraway things.
My soul goes out in a longing to touch the skirt of the dim distance.
O Great Beyond, O the keen call of thy flute!
I forget, I ever forget, that I have no wings to fly, that I am bound in this spot evermore.
        Rabindranath Tagore—Gardener. 5.
  40
Ah, Christ, that it were possible,
For one short hour to see
The souls we loved, that they might tell us
What and where they be.
        Tennyson—Maud. Pt. XXVI.
  41
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
        Tennyson—Ulysses. L. 65.
  42
But felt through all this fleshly dresse
Bright shootes of everlastingnesse.
        Henry Vaughan—The Retreate.
  43
Facte nova virtute, puer; sic itur ad astra.
  Go on and increase in valor, O boy! this is the path to immortality.
        Vergil—Æneid. IX. 641.
  44
Happy he whose inward ear
Angel comfortings can hear,
  O’er the rabble’s laughter;
And, while Hatred’s fagots burn,
Glimpses through the smoke discern
  Of the good hereafter.
        Whittier—Barclay of Ury.
  45
Man is immortal till his work is done.
        James Williams—Sonnet Ethandune. Claimed for Williams in the Guardian, Nov. 17, 1911; also Nov. 24.
  46
Though inland far we be,
Our souls have sight of that immortal sea
Which brought us hither.
        WordsworthOde. Intimations of Immortality. St. 9.
  47
’Tis immortality, ’tis that alone,
Amid life’s pains, abasements, emptiness,
The soul can comfort, elevate, and fill.
That only, and that amply this performs.
        Young—Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 573.
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