— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Reaper and the Flowers
Context: There is a Reaper, whose name is Death, And, with his sickle keen, He reaps the bearded grain at a breath, And the flowers that grow between. The Reaper and the Flowers, st. 1 (1839).
— Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji English composer, music critic, pianist and writer 1892 - 1988
Sign posted at the gate to his English home. The Concise Edition of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th ed. Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky. New York, Schirmer Books, 1993. ISBN 002872416X. p. 958.
„We don't beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully — for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up.“
— Randy Pausch American professor of computer science, human-computer interaction and design 1960 - 2008
CMU Graduation speech (2008), Context: We don't beat the reaper by living longer, but by living well, and living fully — for the reaper will come for all of us. The question is: what do we do between the time we're born and the time he shows up. Because when he shows up, it’s too late to do all the things that you’re always gonna, kinda get around to.
Whose sudden visitations daze the world,
Vanish like lighting, but they leave behind
A voice that in the distance far away
Wakens the slumbering ages.“
— Henry Taylor English playwright and poet 1800 - 1886
Philip van Artevelde (1834), Act I, sc. 7.
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
What Are Masterpieces and Why Are There So Few of Them (1936)
„Oxford is on the whole more attractive than Cambridge to the ordinary visitor; and the traveller is therefore recommended to visit Cambridge first, or to omit it altogether if he cannot visit both.“
— Karl Baedeker
Baedeker's Great Britain (1887), "From London to Oxford".
„Come to the sunset tree!
The day is past and gone;
The woodman’s axe lies free,
And the reaper’s work is done.“
— Felicia Hemans English poet 1793 - 1835
Tyrolese Evening Song, st. 1.
„Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.“
— Saki British writer 1870 - 1916
The Square Egg (1924), Context: The animal which the Egyptians worshipped as divine, which the Romans venerated as a symbol of liberty, which Europeans in the ignorant Middle Ages anathematised as an agent of demonology, has displayed to all ages two closely blended characteristics — courage and self-respect. No matter how unfavourable the circumstances, both qualities are always to the fore. Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission to the impending visitation, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance. And disassociate the luxury-loving cat from the atmosphere of social comfort in which it usually contrives to move, and observe it critically under the adverse conditions of civilisation — that civilisation which can impel a man to the degradation of clothing himself in tawdry ribald garments and capering mountebank dances in the streets for the earning of the few coins that keep him on the respectable, or non-criminal, side of society. The cat of the slums and alleys, starved, outcast, harried, still keeps amid the prowlings of its adversity the bold, free, panther-tread with which it paced of yore the temple courts of Thebes, still displays the self-reliant watchfulness which man has never taught it to lay aside. "The Achievement of the Cat"
— Henry Vaughan Welsh author, physician and metaphysical poet 1621 - 1695
Silex Scintillans (1655), Context: Then bless thy secret growth, nor catch At noise, but thrive unseen and dumb; Keep clean, be as fruit, earn life, and watch Till the white-wing’d reapers come! "The Seed Growing Secretly".