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James Thomson
(1834-1882) born on
Nov 23
Scottish poet, essayist. He was best known for "The City of Dreadful Night," about his despair of political affairs.
I find no hint throughout the Universe
Of good or ill, of blessing or of curse
I find alone Necessity Supreme.

For life is but a dream whose shapes return,
Some frequently, some seldom, some by night
And some by day.
Statues and pictures and verse may be grand, But they are not the Life for which they stand.
The world rolls round forever like a mill;
I It grinds out death and life and good and ill;
It has no purpose, heart or mind or will.
Give a man a horse he can ride,
Give a man a boat he can sail;
And his rank and wealth, his strength and health
On sea nor shore shall fail.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The City of Dreadful Night," XIV.
R: "The City of Dreadful Night," i.
A: In "Shorter Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," by John Bartlett, 1937, 1980, 1992.
N: In "Dictionary of Quotations," by Bergen Evans, 1968.
K: In "Dictionary of Quotations," by Bergen Evans, 1968.

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