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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
A deep man believes in miracles, waits for them, believes in magic, believes that the orator will decompose his adversary; believes that the evil eye can wither, that the heart's blessing can heal; that love can exalt talent; can overcome all odds.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Beauty," The Conduct of Life (1860).]
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Henry David Thoreau :
I am astonished at the singular pertinacity and endurance of our lives. The miracle is, that what is is, when it is so difficult, if not impossible, for anything else to be; that we walk on in our particular paths so far, before we fall on death and fate, merely because we must walk in some path; that every man can get a living, and so few can do anything more. So much only can I accomplish ere health and strength are gone, and yet this suffices.
[Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 311, Houghton Mifflin (1906).]
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Charles Baudelaire :
Who among us has not, in moments of ambition, dreamt of the miracle of a form of poetic prose, musical but without rhythm and rhyme, both supple and staccato enough to adapt itself to the lyrical movements of our souls, the undulating movements of our reveries, and the convulsive movements of our consciences? This obsessive ideal springs above all from frequent contact with enormous cities, from the junction of their innumerable connections.
[Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 1, "Shorter Prose Poems," ed. Yves-GĂ©rard le Dantec, revised by Claude Pichois (1953). Dedication of Le Spleen de Paris, La Presse (Paris, August 26, 1862).]
Francis Bacon :
I had rather believe all the fables in the Legend, and the Talmud, and the Alcoran, than that this universal frame is without a Mind; and, therefore, God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
[Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Essays, "Of Atheism," (1597-1625).]
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Sylvia Plath :
Miracles occur, if you care to call those spasmodic Tricks of radiance miracles. The wait's begun again, The long wait for the angel, For that rare, random descent.
[Sylvia Plath (1932-1963), U.S. poet. Black Rook in Rainy Weather (l. 36-40). . . The Collected Poems [Sylvia Plath]. Ted Hughes, ed. (1981) HarperCollins.]
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Benjamin Franklin :
There seem to be but three ways for a nation to acquire wealth. The first is by war, as the Romans did, in plundering their conquered neighbours. This is robbery. The second by commerce, which is generally cheating. The third by agriculture, the only honest way, wherein man receives a real increase of the seed thrown into the ground, in a kind of continual miracle, wrought by the hand of God in his favor, as a reward for his innocent life and his virtuous industry.
[Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Positions to Be Examined Concerning National Wealth, vol. 4 (written April 4, 1769), Complete Works, ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).]
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Denise Levertov :
and if the day is no day for miracles, then the preparations are an order one may rest in. But one doesn't want rest, one wants miracles.
[Denise Levertov (b. 1923), Anglo-U.S. poet. "The Unknown."]
Edgar Allan Poe :
Semi-Saracenic architecture, sustaining itself as if by miracle in mid air; glittering in the red sunlight with a hundred oriels, minarets, and pinnacles; and seeming the phantom handiwork, conjointly, of the Sylphs,... the Fairies,... the Genii, and ... the Gnomes.
[Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849), U.S. author. "The Domain of Arnheim," Columbian Lady's and Gentleman's Magazine (1847). The epogee of beauty in the dreamscape of the arabesque.]
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Henry Parkes :
With our splendid harbour, our beautifully situated city, our vast territories, all our varied and inexhaustible natural wealth, if we don't convert our colony into a great and prosperous nation, it will be a miracle of error for which we shall have to answer as for a gigantic sin.
[Henry Parkes (1815-1896), British-born Australian statesman. Speech, March 16, 1867, Melbourne, Australia. On the colony of New South Wales.]
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Ralph Waldo Emerson :
As thinkers, mankind has ever divided into two sects, Materialists and Idealists; the first class founding on experience, the second on consciousness; the first class beginning to think from the data of the senses, the second class perceive that the senses are not final and say, The senses give us representations of things, but what are the things themselves, they cannot tell. The materialist insists on facts, on history, on the force of circumstances and the animal wants of man; the idealists on the power of Thought and Will, on inspiration, on miracle, on individual culture.
[Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. philosopher, poet. "The Transcendentalist," vol. 1, Complete Works, Houghton Mifflin (1903-1904). 1841-1842 lecture series.]
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