Philip James Bailey quotes

Philip James Bailey photo
19   0

Philip James Bailey

Birthdate: 22. April 1816
Date of death: 6. November 1902

Philip James Bailey was an English Spasmodic poet, best known as the author of Festus.

Works

Festus
Festus
Philip James Bailey

„We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Scene V, A Country Town
Festus (1839)
Context: We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths;
In feelings, not in figures on a dial.
We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
Life's but a means unto an end; that end
Beginning, mean, and end to all things, — God.
The dead have all the glory of the world.

„I cannot be content with less than heaven;
Living, and comprehensive of all life.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Festus (1839)
Context: I cannot be content with less than heaven;
Living, and comprehensive of all life.
Thee, universal heaven, celestial all;
Thee, sacred seat of intellective time;
Field of the soul's best wisdom: home of truth,
Star-throned.

„Men might be better if we better deemed
Of them. The worst way to improve the world
Is to condemn it.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Scene IV, A Mountain; Sunrise. Compare: "The surest plan to make a man / Is to think him so", J. R. Lowell, Biglow Papers, II, ii. St. 9
Festus (1839)

„Music tells no truths.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Scene XI, A Village Feast
Festus (1839)

Help us translate English quotes

Discover interesting quotes and translate them.

Start translating

„Who never doubted never half believed
Where doubt there truth is—'t is her shadow.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Scene V, A Country Town; comparable to Alfred, Lord Tennyson "There lives more faith in honest doubt / Believe me, than in half the creeds."
Festus (1839)

Similar authors

Mikhail Lermontov photo
Mikhail Lermontov33
Russian writer, poet and painter
Léon Bloy photo
Léon Bloy22
French writer, poet and essayist
Joseph Conrad photo
Joseph Conrad127
Polish-British writer
Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo
Elizabeth Barrett Browning88
English poet, author
Benjamin Disraeli photo
Benjamin Disraeli286
British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Pri…
Robert Louis Stevenson photo
Robert Louis Stevenson106
Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer
Percy Bysshe Shelley photo
Percy Bysshe Shelley243
English Romantic poet
Charles Caleb Colton photo
Charles Caleb Colton37
British priest and writer
Charles Baudelaire photo
Charles Baudelaire133
French poet
Robert Browning photo
Robert Browning178
English poet and playwright of the Victorian Era
Today anniversaries
Anton LaVey photo
Anton LaVey42
Founder of the Church of Satan, author of the Satanic Bible 1930 - 1997
Jacques Prevért photo
Jacques Prevért12
French poet, screenwriter 1900 - 1977
Jeremy Clarkson photo
Jeremy Clarkson60
English broadcaster, journalist and writer 1960
Sergei Prokofiev photo
Sergei Prokofiev7
Ukrainian & Russian Soviet pianist and composer 1891 - 1953
Another 57 today anniversaries
Similar authors
Mikhail Lermontov photo
Mikhail Lermontov33
Russian writer, poet and painter
Léon Bloy photo
Léon Bloy22
French writer, poet and essayist
Joseph Conrad photo
Joseph Conrad127
Polish-British writer
Elizabeth Barrett Browning photo
Elizabeth Barrett Browning88
English poet, author
Benjamin Disraeli photo
Benjamin Disraeli286
British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Pri…