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Solemn Quotes

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While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

From the solemn gloom of the temple
children run out to sit in the dust,
God watches them play and forgets the priest.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nobody will laugh long who deals much with opium:
its pleasures even are of a grave and solemn complexion.
- Thomas de Quincey

Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.
- George Will

 

One could write a history of science in reverse by
assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority
about what could not be done and could never happen.
- Robert A. Heinlein

The joining of the whole congregation in prayer has
something exceedingly solemn and affecting in it.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

Everything has two sides - the outside that is ridiculous,
and the inside that is solemn.
- Olive Schreiner

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The elementary school must assume as its sublime and
most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read.
Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.
- William Bennett

It is the solemn obligation of a leader always to be a leader.
Even when - perhaps especially when -
you don't feel like being a leader.
- Bill Owens

We, the generation that faces the next century,
can add the solemn injunction "If we don't do the impossible,
we shall be faced with the unthinkable."
- Petra Kelly

Students today are a pretty solemn lot.
One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth
century has been to make the young old before their time.
- Robertson Davies

One of the many problems with the American left has
been its image as something rather too solemn,
mirthless, herbivorous, dull, monochrome,
righteous, and boring.
- Christopher Hitchens

Tonight - by taking this solemn oath -
I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago.
- Jane Byrne

Worldly faces never look so worldly as at a funeral.
They have the same effect of grating incongruity as
the sound of a coarse voice breaking the solemn silence of night.
- George Eliot

O blessed Saviour, give me grace like Thee,
to make Religion my first, and chiefest care,
and devoutly to observe, all solemn times,
and all holy Rites, which relate to Thy worship.
- Thomas Ken

I'm tired of being this solemn poet of the masses,
the enigma shrouded in a mystery.
- Michael Stipe

A judge can't have any preferred outcome in any particular case.
The judge's only obligation - and it's a solemn obligation -
is to the rule of law.
- Samuel Alito

I, Philip Kearny, an old soldier, enter my solemn protest
against this order for retreat.
- Philip Kearny

There must be something solemn, serious,
and tender about any attitude which we denominate religious.
If glad, it must not grin or snicker;
if sad,
it must not scream or curse.
- William James

Coming in solemn beauty like slow old tunes of Spain.
- John Masefield

Each has its lesson; for our dreams in sooth,
come they in shape of demons, gods, or elves,
are allegories with deep hearts of truth that tell
us solemn secrets of ourselves.
- Henry Timrod

When a government goes to war, particularly a democracy,
it is the most solemn and awesome responsibility of our leaders -
to decide to send our kids to go off and kill and die for us.
- Joe Wilson

To the solemn graves, near a lonely cemetery,
my heart like a muffled drum is beating funeral marches.
- Charles Baudelaire

One sweetly solemn thought, comes to me o'er and o'er;
I am nearer home today,
than I ever have been before.
- Phoebe Cary

A serious writer is not to be confounded with a solemn writer.
A serious writer may be a hawk or a buzzard or even a popinjay,
but a solemn writer is always a bloody owl.
- Ernest Hemingway

A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act,
and generally a sad one.
- Queen Victoria

Never take a solemn oath.
People think you mean it.
- Norman Douglas

In America, the race goes to the loud,
the solemn, the hustler.
If you think you're a great writer, you must say that you are.
- Gore Vidal

Feasts must be solemn and rare, or else they cease to be feasts.
- Aldous Huxley

I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the
Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working
proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.
- Henry Brooks Adams

My friends, history, history calls us to this time and to this place.
A solemn choice rests with us - where do we go from
here? Do we move slowly and incrementally? Or do we
seize the challenge of our time and tackle the great issues of our day.
- Thomas Vilsack

I bear solemn witness to the fact that NATO heads of
state and of government meet only to go through the
tedious motions of reading speeches,
drafted by others, with the principal objective of not rocking the boat.
- Pierre Trudeau

Let me make a solemn pledge before all of you,
before the whole world and before God,
that I will devote all my energy and all I possess
in my power to serve the people of Nigeria and humanity.
- Olusegun Obasanjo

You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty.
We only want for you this day that these words constitute
the principle of your entire life and that with the
help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today,
before God, you formulate.
- Pope John Paul II

Well, we know that eighteen years after that solemn
declaration it was disregarded,
and the Irish Parliament, which lasted for five hundred years,
was destroyed by the Act of Union.
Gentlemen, the Act of Union was carried by force and fraud,
by treachery and falsehood.
- John Edward Redmond

Slowly, but with no doubt or hesitation whatever,
and in something of a solemn expectancy,
the two animals passed through the broken tumultuous
water and moored their boat at the flowery margin of the island.
- Kenneth Grahame

I believe the most solemn duty of the American president
is to protect the American people.
If America shows uncertainty and weakness in this decade,
the world will drift toward tragedy.
This will not happen on my watch.
- George W. Bush

We have met on a solemn occasion, and in this crowded
assembly there is one thing that appears important,
that is, for every one of us to be still,
that if any thing should he said, every one may the better hear.
- Elias Hicks

That is, we believed, the supreme duty of the parent,
who only was permitted to claim in some degree the
priestly office and function,
since it is his creative and protecting power which
alone approaches the solemn function of Deity.
- Charles Eastman

Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things.
In a world where we are so certain to incur them in
spite of all our caution,
a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this
excessive nervousness on their behalf.
- William James

In short, it may be said that on paper the obligations
to settle international disputes peacefully are now
so comprehensive and far-reaching that it is almost
impossible for a state to resort to war without violating
one or more solemn treaty obligations.
- Arthur Henderson

The Nobel Prize, so long regarded in our science as
the highest reward a man's work can earn,
must bring to its recipient a most solemn sense of
his debt to his fellow scientists and those of the past.
- Edward M. Purcell

How few, since the foundation of the world,
have found themselves in a position environed with
public perils so numerous,
oppressed with responsibilities so high and solemn,
as yourself!
- Robert Dale Owen

The oath of renunciation and allegiance is a solemn
vow taken by thousands of immigrants each year to become a United States citizen.
The oath is the fundamental statement of allegiance to the United States,
and this allegiance is what unites America.
- Jim Ryun

It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers
from ecclesiastical ambition,
the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects...
that is was deemed advisable to exclude from the national
government all power to act upon the subject.
- Joseph Story

It should be pursued as in the presence of God,
and under the solemn sanctions created by a lively
sense of his omniscience,
and of our accountability to him for the right use
of the faculties which he has bestowed.
- Simon Greenleaf

To compel the nation with challenge the traditional
American doctrine of freedom of the seas,
every man and every ship in the navy is solemnly pledged.
- Josephus Daniels

America is false to the past, false to the present,
and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future.
- Frederick Douglass

I would like to solemnly reaffirm, that poverty is not a fatality.
- Mathieu Kerekou

Others too would occasionally entertain and privately express such doubts;
though we all had been most solemnly warned by the
cruel murder of Saint Francis.
- Maria Monk

We were constantly hearing it repeated,
that we must never again look upon ourselves as our own;
but must remember,
that we were solemnly and irrevocably devoted to God.
- Maria Monk

As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent,
too.
Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate,
action: you liberate a city by destroying it.
Words are to confuse, so that at election time people
will solemnly vote against their own interests.
- Gore Vidal

Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even
the most rigorous study of an art originally intended
to make glad the heart of man.
- Ezra Pound

Caution: These verses may be hazardous to your solemnity.
- Russell Baker

Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
- Ambrose Bierce

Because of its tremendous solemnity death is the light in which great passions,
both good and bad, become transparent,
no longer limited by outward appearences.
- Soren Kierkegaard

There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be
firmly planted in the human head if you only begin
to inculcate it before the age of five,
by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the
terror of flight or the gloom of the grave.
- Francis Scott Key

Those who have no hope pass their old age shrouded with an inward gloom.
- Wilfred Owen

My brother was a great favorite with everybody,
and his death cast a gloom upon the whole neighborhood.
- Buffalo Bill

There are some great questions to ask your doctor.
If he says 'no,' then you find yourself a different doctor.
There really has to be a change in how we medically
look at women at this time.
I mean, this is not just baby gloom.
- Marie Osmond

I think you know what you're up against when you take
on a piece that you know is going to involve dragging up a lot emotions -
you can end up being deeply immersed in gloom.
- Amanda Burton

The person you consider ignorant and insignificant
is the one who came from God,
that he might learn bliss from grief and knowledge from gloom.
- Khalil Gibran

My theory has always been, that if we are to dream,
the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter,
than the gloom of despair.
- Thomas Jefferson

Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom.
It should be the first duty of those who are happy
to let others know of their gladness.
- Maurice Maeterlinck

It is so often true that whether a person carries with
him an atmosphere of gloom and depression or one of
confidence and courage depends on his individual outlook.
- James Keller

Spare me the whispering, crowded room,
the friends who come and gape and go,
the ceremonious air of gloom - all, which makes death a hideous show.
- Matthew Arnold

The human mind can bear plenty of reality but not too much intermittent gloom.
- Margaret Drabble

Criticism and pessimism destroy families,
undermine institutions of all kinds,
defeat nearly everyone,
and spread a shroud of gloom over entire nations.
- Gordon B. Hinckley

The good news, to relieve all this gloom,
is that a democracy is inherently self-correcting.
Here, the people are sovereign.
Inept political leaders can be replaced.
Foolish policies can be changed.
Disastrous mistakes can be reversed.
- Theodore C. Sorensen


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