Quotes by Francis Thompson

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Francis Thompson (December 18, 1859 - November 13, 1907) was an English poet born in Preston, Lancashire. His father was a doctor who had converted to Roman Catholicism, following his brother Edward Healy Thompson, a friend of Cardinal Manning.

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Nothing begins, and nothing ends, That is not paid with moan; For we are born in others pain And perish in our own.

The devil doesn't know how to sing, only how to howl.
For we are born in other's pain, and perish in our own.
All things by immortal power. Near of far, to each other linked are, that thou canst not stir a flower without troubling of a star.
Look for me in the nurseries of Heaven.
An atheist is a man who believes himself an accident.
Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul; it is to live in a nutshell and to count yourself the king of infinite space; it isTo see a world in a grain of sand,And a Heaven in a wild flower,Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,And eternity in an hour;it is to know not as yet that you are under sentence of life, nor petition that it be commuted into death.

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