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Thomas Moore Quotes


An Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics of The Minstrel Boy and the The Last Rose of Summer.
(1779 - 1852)

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'Twas but for a moment - and yet in that time she crowded the impressions of many an hour; her eye had a glow, like the sun of her clime, which waked every feeling at once into flower!
 

A friendship that like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady.
 

A philosopher being asked what was the first thing necessary to win the love of a woman, answered: "Opportunity."
[Opportunity]
 

A pretty wife is something for the fastidious vanity of a rougue to retire upon.
 

Alas! too well, too well they know the pain, the penitence, the woe, that passion brings down on the best, the wisest, and the loveliest.
[Passion]
 

And soon, too soon, we part with pain, To sail o'er silent seas again.
 

And the heart that is soonest awake to the flowers is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.
 

Bastard Freedom waves Her fustian flag in mockery over slaves.
 

Blest tears of soul-felt penitence, in whose benign, redeeming flow, is felt the first, the only sense of guiltless joy that guilt can know.
[Repentance]
 

Came but for friendship, and took away love.
 

Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
[Heaven]
 

Eve, with all the fruits of Eden blest, save only one, rather than leave that one unknown, lost all the rest.
[Curiosity]
 

Fanatic faith, once wedded fast to some dear falsehood, hugs it to the last.
[Fanaticism]
 

Finding the right work is like discovering your own soul in the world.
 

From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
 

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
 

Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.
[Humility]
 

It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.
 

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through his regions of enchantment without having a critic, forever, like the old man of the sea, upon his back.
[Criticism]
 

It's important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative, and progressive, but these qualities don't necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns, of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; relatedness to the environs and to people; and any animal's rhythm of rest and activity.
[Spirituality]
 


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