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Lest when I am gone you may be at a loss for an epitaph for me,
by Robert James Graves

Lest when I am gone you may be at a loss for an epitaph for me,
let me give you one - He Fed Fevers.
- Robert James Graves

Learn the duty as well as taste the pleasure of original work.
- Robert James Graves

We suspect Dr. Clutterbuck's sense of hearing must be injured:
for him the 'ear trumpet' magnifies but distorts sound,
rendering it less distinct than before.
- Robert James Graves

From the very commencement the student should set out
to witness the progress and effects of sickness and
ought to persevere in the daily observation of disease
during the whole period of his studies.
- Robert James Graves

 

Control thy passions lest they take vengeance upon thee.
- Epictetus

Beware, lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.
- Aesop

Time is the coin of your life.
It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.
Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
- Carl Sandburg

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Do not be too hard, lest you be broken;
do not be too soft,
lest you be squeezed.
- Ali ibn Abi Talib

Stand not too near the rich man lest he destroy thee -
and not too far away lest he forget thee.
- Aneurin Bevan

Temper your enjoyments with prudence,
lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."
- Francis Quarles

Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.
- Demosthenes

Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
- Phaedrus

Put a bridle on thy tongue; set a guard before thy lips,
lest the words of thine own mouth destroy thy peace...
on much speaking cometh repentance, but in silence is safety.
- William Drummond

Monkeys who very sensibly refrain from speech,
lest they should be set to earn their livings.
- Kenneth Grahame

That's the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
lest you should think he never could recapture the
first fine careless rapture!
- Robert Browning

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.
- John Ruskin

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.
- Arthur Miller

Whatever we have of this world in our hands,
our care must be to keep it out of our hearts,
lest it come between us and Christ.
- Matthew Henry

The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty,
and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised,
the latter lest he be plundered.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Truth is a good dog; but always beware of barking too
close to the heels of an error,
lest you get your brains kicked out.
- Francis Bacon

Lest Arab governments be tempted out of sheer routine
to rush into impulsive rejection,
let me suggest that tragedy is not what men suffer but what they miss.
- Abba Eban

The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled,
and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed,
lest Rome fall.
- Taylor Caldwell

I must lose myself in action, lest I wither in despair.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

The danger is not lest the soul should doubt whether there is any bread,
but lest, by a lie, it should persuade itself that it is not hungry.
- Simone Weil

She gave up beauty in her tender youth,
gave all her hope and joy and pleasant ways;
she covered up her eyes lest they should gaze on vanity,
and chose the bitter truth.
- Christina Rossetti

Some men love truth so much that they seem to be in
continual fear lest she should catch a cold on overexposure.
- Samuel Butler

But let us not too hastily triumph in the shame of Sparta,
lest we aggravate our own condemnation.
- Thomas Day

Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick
you harder than you bargain for.
- Stanislaus I

Indeed it is better to postpone, lest either we complete too little by hurrying,
or wander too long in completing it.
- Tertullian

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire:
not too near,
lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
- Albert Pike

Judge not, lest you be so fearful of judgment that you can hardly breath.
- Paul Williams

Mars, when guilty of homicide, and set free from the
charge of murder by the Athenians through favour,
lest he should appear to be too fierce and savage,
committed adultery with Venus.
- Lactantius

Actually, most things I say in public lead more or
less directly to my own compositional practice,
so I should be careful about generalizing lest they come back to haunt me.
- Brian Ferneyhough

Lest those islands still seem to you too remote in
space and time to be relevant to our modern societies,
just think about the risks...
of our increasing globalization and increasing worldwide
economic interdependence.
- Jared Diamond

We Americans are world leaders and we must lead by example -
particularly in times that require careful deliberation
before any precipitous action -
lest we fail to walk in the shoes of those we might injure.
- Peter Yarrow

Art is the most beautiful deception of all.
And although people try to incorporate the everyday events of life in it,
we must hope that it will remain a deception lest it
become a utilitarian thing,
sad as a factory.
- Claude Debussy

It has always been a great wrong that these men and
their families should be held in bondage.
We of the North have hitherto acquiesced in it,
lest, in the endeavor to redress it in violation of the Constitution,
greater evils might ensue.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

To the American people I say, awaken to what is happening.
It is the duty of each citizen to be vigilant,
to protect liberty, to speak out, left and right and
disagree lest be trampled underfoot by misguided zealotry
and extreme partisanship.
- Robert Byrd

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect
anything certain from astronomy,
which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth
ideas conceived for another purpose,
and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

When the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person,
or in the same body of magistrates, there can be no liberty;
because apprehensions may arise,
lest the same monarch or senate should enact tyrannical laws,
to execute them in a tyrannical manner.
- Charles de Secondat

If, amid the multitude of contending counsel,
you have hesitated and doubted; if, when a great measure suggested itself,
you have shrunk from the vast responsibility,
afraid to go forward lest you should go wrong,
what wonder?
- Robert Dale Owen

But God, who is the beginning of all things,
is not to be regarded as a composite being,
lest perchance there should be found to exist elements
prior to the beginning itself,
out of which everything is composed,
whatever that be which is called composite.
- Origen

As though there were a tie And obligation to posterity.
We get them, bear them, breed, and nurse:
What has posterity done for us.
That we, lest they their rights should lose,
Should trust our necks to gripe of noose?
- John Trumbull

Do not fear lest you should meditate too much upon
Him and speak of Him in an unworthy way,
providing you are led by faith.
Do not fear lest you should entertain false opinions
of Him so long as they are in conformity with the notion
of the infinitely perfect Being.
- Nicolas Malebranche

I am opposed to the laying down of rules or conditions
to be observed in the construction of bridges lest
the progress of improvement tomorrow might be embarrassed
or shackled by recording or registering as law the
prejudices or errors of today.
- Isambard K. Brunel

On His Blindness:
When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest He returning chide,
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?"
I fondly ask. But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts. Who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly: thousands at his bidding speed,
And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.
- John Milton (1608-1674)

I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life,
your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Don't part with your illusions.
When they are gone you may still exist,
but you have ceased to live.
- Mark Twain

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along,
because once I have persuaded him, he will stick.
If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, and then he is gone.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

I give you this one thought to keep -
I am with you still - I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush,
I am the sweet uplifting rush,
of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft starts that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone -
I am with you still in each new dawn.
- Traditional Native American Prayer

Part of our essential humanity is paying respect to what God gave us
and what will be here a long time after we're gone.
- William J. Clinton

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Humor is reason gone mad.
- Groucho Marx

God is at home, it's we who have gone out for a walk.
- Meister Eckhart

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live
today than any other building that has gone remotely
by the name of architecture in our history.
- Russell Lynes

There is always some specific moment when we become
aware that our youth is gone;
but,
years after, we know it was much later.
- Mignon McLaughlin

We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone.
Freedom is like that. It's like air.
When you have it, you don't notice it.
- Boris Yeltsin

My buildings will be my legacy...
they will speak for me long after I'm gone.
- Julia Morgan

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

I hooked up my accelerator pedal in my car to my brake lights.
I hit the gas, people behind me stop,
and I'm gone.
- Steven Wright

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long
gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic
societies and destroy the basic rules of international life.
- Jacques Chirac

I poured spot remover on my dog.
Now he's gone.
- Steven Wright

What we've gone through in the last several years has
caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
- Steve Ballmer

I washed a sock.
Then I put it in the dryer.
When I took it out, it was gone.
- Rod Schmidt

We return thanks to our mother,
the earth, which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs, which furnish medicines
for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the corn, and to her sisters,
the beans and squashes, which give us life.
We return thanks to the bushes and trees,
which provide us with fruit.
We return thanks to the wind,
which, moving the air, has banished diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and the stars,
which have given us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to our grandfather He-no,
that he has protected his grandchildren from witches and reptiles,
and has given us his rain.
We return thanks to the sun,
that he has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in whom is embodied all goodness,
and who directs all things for the good of his children.
- Iroquois traditional

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly,
you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now.
But that's a joy.
- Liam Neeson

Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.
- Conrad Hall

The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep,
and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up.
- David Herbert Lawrence

These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise.
Its five year mission...
to boldly go where no man has gone before.
- Gene Roddenberry


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