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„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)

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„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.

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„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.

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„Music tells no truths.“

—  Philip James Bailey, Festus

Scene XI, A Village Feast
Festus (1839)

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„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)

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