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Famous quotes containing the word lines:

    His more memorable passages are as naturally bright as gleams of sunshine in misty weather. Nature furnishes him not only with words, but with stereotyped lines and sentences from her mint.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Sweet fire the sire of muse, my soul needs this;
    I want the one rapture of an inspiration.
    O then if in my lagging lines you miss
    Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

    There they lived on, those New England people, farmer lives, father and grandfather and great-grandfather, on and on without noise, keeping up tradition, and expecting, beside fair weather and abundant harvests, we did not learn what. They were contented to live, since it was so contrived for them, and where their lines had fallen.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)