This is a compilation of the D Quotations. These quotations have a theme that starts with the letter D.
As you review, you will note that some Quotations starting with the letter D actually will fit into two different themes.
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Come and trip it as ye go,
On the light fantastic toe,
Come into these yellow sands,
Ad then take hands:
Courtsied when you have, and kiss'd
(The wild waves whist.)
foot it featly here and there;
And, sweet sprites, the burthen bear.
Shakespeare, The Tempest, 1,2
The Sun's rim drips;the stars rush out;
At one stride comes the dark.
S.T. Coleridge, The Ancient Mariner
Tenderly bury the fair young dead,
Pausing to drop on his grave a tear;
Carve on the wooden slab at his head,
"somebody's darling slumbers Here!"
Marie R La Coste, Somebody's Darling
And Down the long and silent street,
The dawn, with silver-sandalled feet,
Crept like a frightened girl.
Oscar Wilde, The Harlot's House
Think that day lost whose low descending sun
Views from thy hand no worthy action done.
Anon (about 1690)
Well, this is the end of a perfect day,
Near the end of a journey too:
Bit it leaves a thought that is big and strong,
With a wish that is kind and true.
Carrie J Bond, A Perfect Day
My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.
The Oriental Job (pronounced with a long O) The Bible, Job 7:6
How troublesome is day!
It calls us from our sleep away:
It bids us from our pleasant dreams awake,
It send us forth to keep or break
Our promises to pay.
Thomas Love Peacock, How troublesome Is Day
But the tender grace of a day that is dead
will never come back to me
Tennyson, Break, Break, Break
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green brass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet:
And if thou wild, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget
Christina Rossetti, Song
Death be not proud, though some have called thee
Mighty and dreadful, for thou are not so,
For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow,
die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me...
...death, thou shat die.
John Donne, Holy Sonnets, X
You can fool some of the people all of the time,
and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.
Lincoln, (A.K. McClure: Lincoln's Yarns and Stories)
O, what a tangled web we weave,
When first we practice to deceive!
Walter Scott, Marmion VI
Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,
In the strife of Truth and Falsehood, for the good or evil side.
J.R. Lowell, The President Crisis
He had delusions of adequacy.
- Walter Kerr
Democracy is a kingless regime infested by many kings who are sometimes more exclusive, tyrannical, and destructive than one, if eh be a tyrant.
Benito Mussolini, Fascism
There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
Bernard Shaw, man and Superman, IV
He has never been known to sue a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
- William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
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