Quotations by James Thomson

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Born: Saturday, September 11, 1700
Died: Tuesday, August 27, 1748 (47 years old)
Profession: Musician
Nationality: Scottish

'Tis easier for the generous to forgive, than for offence to ask it.
- James Thomson

But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers?
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Imagination, Nature, Creation, Gay)

For life is but a dream whose shapes return, some frequently, some seldom, some by night and some by day.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Life, Dream, Day, Night)

Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise, of health.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Health, Exercise)

I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence?
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Enthusiasm, Magnificence, Reflection, Sentiment, Variety)

I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.
- James Thomson

Ingratitude is treason to mankind.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Ingratitude, Mankind, Treason)

More firm and sure the hand of courage strikes, when it obeys the watchful eye of caution.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Courage, Caution, Eye)

Peace is the happy natural state of man; war is corruption and disgrace.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Peace, War, Corruption, Disgrace, Man, State)

Rule, Britannia, rule the waves; Britons never will be slaves.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Will)

Statues and pictures and verse may be grand, But they are not the Life for which they stand.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Life, May)

That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Happiness, People, Idea)

The world rolls round forever like a mill; it grinds out death and life and good and ill; it has no purpose, heart or mind or will.
- James Thomson
(Keywords: Death, Life, Heart, Purpose, Mind, Will, World)

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