quote by Thomas De Quincey

Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.

— Thomas De Quincey

Uplifting Gentlest quotations

We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.

Sleep, thou repose of all things; sleep, thou gentlest of the deities; thou peace of the mind, from which care flies; who doest soothe the hearts of men wearied with the toils of the day, and refittest them for labor.

The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man.

There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.

I never heard of anybody who admired the character of sheep.

Even the gentlest human personalities in contact with them are annoyed by their lack of brains, courage and initiative, by their extraordinary ability to get themselves into uncomfortable or dangerous situations and then wait in inert helplessness for someone to rescue them.


Craziness attacks the softest eyes and hamstrings the gentlest flanks.

Nature's stern discipline enjoins mutual help at least as often as warfare.

The fittest may also be the gentlest.

Our works decay and disappear but God gentlest works stay looking down on the ruins we toil to rear.

Our works decay and disappear but God gentlest works stay looking down on the ruins we toil to rear.

All of us know about learning life's lessons through pain, struggle, and loss.

But few of us realize that it is often the gentlest lessons that teach us most. Serendipity can instruct us as much as sorrow.


Oh, popular applause! what heart of man Is proof against thy sweet seducing charms? The wisest and the best feel urgent need Of all their caution in thy gentlest gales; But swell'd into a gust--who then, alas! With all his canvas set, and inexpert, And therefore, heedless, can withstand thy power?

Departing summer hath assumed An aspect tenderly illumed, The gentlest look of spring; That calls from yonder leafy shade Unfaded, yet prepared to fade, A timely carolling.

If possible, avoid being a bubble; for a bubble, even the gentlest touch is fatal.

Endurance is the prerogative of woman, enabling the gentlest to suffer what would cause terror to manhood.

Different minds incline to different objects;

one pursues the vast alone, the wonderful, the wild; another sighs for harmony and grace, and gentlest beauty.


Joys as winged dreams fly fast, / Why should sadness longer last? / Grief is but a wound to woe; / Gentlest fair, mourn, mourn no moe.

Often on earth the gentlest heart is fain To feed and banquet on another's woe.

The gentlest man cannot live in peace if it does not please his wicked neighbor.

A friend is one to whom one may pour out all the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!


A Christian is the gentlest of men; but then he is a man.

The same quickness which makes a mind buoyant in gladness often makes it gentlest and most sympathetic in sorrow.

But as it falleth, in the gentlest hearts Imperious love hath highest set his throne, And tyrannizeth in the bitter smarts Of them, that to him buxom are and prone.

What if the leaves were to fall a-weeping, and say, "It will be so painful for us to be pulled from our stalks, when autumn comes?" Foolish fear! Summer goes, and autumn succeeds. The glory of death is upon the leaves; and the gentlest breeze that blows takes them softly and silently from the bough, and they float slowly down, like fiery sparks, upon the moss.

There can be no question of selecting in any direction, but of penetrating the whole cosmic law of rhythms, forces and material that are the real world, from the ugliest to the most beautiful, everything that has character and expression, from the crudest and most brutal to the gentlest and most delicate; everything that speaks to us in its capacity as life.


He raised his hands, not to strike, but in benediction.

Lincoln was the grandest figure of the fiercest civil war. He is the gentlest memory of our world.

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed, And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!

The gentlest thing in the world overcomes the hardest thing in the world.

That which has no substance enters where there is no space. This shows the value of non-action. Teaching without words, performing without actions: that is the Master's way.

Your harshest truths are dreams, and your gentlest dreams are true.