B Quotation

A Selection of Quotes With Themes Beginning with the Letter B

B Quotations is a list of quotations starting with the letter B. This is based on research from books of quotations that are about 50 years old. You may find a quotation that is from a source much older, for instance, the Bible. What is important is that these are quotations that were used and known to a generation that is not far removed from us.

Older ones in the audience will perhaps know and even remember many of these you choose to use. Younger ones will have a feeling of familiarity with them as they may have heard them in passing. It is hoped that these are uncommon and as such, are fresh to the audience even though they are recycled.

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B Quotation

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Beauty

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

-Francis Bacon, Essays of Beauty

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Lord of the far horizons,
Give us the eyes to see
Over the verge of the sundown
The beauty that is to be

-Bliss Carmen, Lord of the Far Horizon

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I slept and dreamed that life was beauty.
I woke—and found that life was duty;
Was my dream, then a shadowy lie?
Toil on, sad heart, courageously,
And thou shall find thy dream shall be
A noon day light and truth to thee.

-Ellen Sturgis Hopper, Beauty and Duty

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Bed

Early to bed and early to rise
Makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

-Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanac for 1735

Note…Although this may be well known, few will know where it is from, who wrote it and when. The value of the quote in this case becomes the source and the age. Of course, it needs to be relevant to your purpose.
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Bees

How doth the busy little bee
Improve each shining hour
And Gather honey all the day
From every opening flower

-Isaac Watts, Against Idleness

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Bells

Keeping time, time, time,
In sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells.

-Poe, The Bells

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Birth

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? Is it because we are not the person concerned?

-Mark Twain, Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar

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Body

The Body at best
Is a bundle of aches,
Longing for rest;
It cries when it wakes.

-Edna St. Vincent Millay, Moriturus

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Books

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested...

-Bacon, Essays: Of Studies

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C Quotation...Topics Starting with the letter C

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