„Words are men’s daughters, but God’s sons are things.“

—  Samuel Madden, Boulter's Monument (1745). At Madden's request, the poem was revised for publication by Samuel Johnson, some authorities hold that and that this line was an insertion by Johnson; however Johnson's own account was that he had merely "blotted out" unnecessary lines of the poem. See James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.: Comprehending an Account of His Studies (1791) p. 175. Compare: "Words are women, deeds are men", George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum.
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„Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.“

—  Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Boulter's Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)

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„Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.“

—  Vita Sackville-West English writer and gardener 1892 - 1962
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