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- Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
- νόμωι (γάρ φησι) γλυκὺ καὶ νόμωι πικρόν, νόμωι θερμόν, νόμωι ψυχρόν, νόμωι χροιή, ἐτεῆι δὲ ἄτομα καὶ κενόν (Tetralogies of Thrasyllus, 9; Sext. Emp. adv. math. VII 135)
- Sweet exists by convention, bitter by convention, colour by convention; atoms and Void [alone] exist in reality. (trans. Freeman 1948), p. 92.
- By convention sweet is sweet, bitter is bitter, hot is hot, cold is cold, color is color; but in truth there are only atoms and the void. (trans. Durant 1939), Ch. XVI, §II, p. 353; citing C. Bakewell, Sourcebook in Ancient Philosophy, New York, 1909, "Fragment O" (Diels), p. 60
- Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Bitterness paralyzes life; love empowers it. Bitterness sours life; love sweetens it. Bitterness sickens life; love heals it. Bitterness blinds life; love anoints its eyes.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick, Riverside Sermons (1958), p. 100.
- Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in se,
quam quod ridiculos homines facit.
- One would think that an unsuccessful volume was like a degree in the school of reviewing. One unread work makes the judge bitter enough; but a second failure, and he is quite desperate in his damnation.
- We may avoid much disappointment and bitterness of soul by learning to understand how little necessary to our joy and peace are the things the multitude most desire and seek.
- John Lancaster Spalding, Aphorisms and Reflections (1901), pp. 129-130
- Asperæ facetiæ, ubi nimis ex vero traxere,
Acram sui memoriam relinquunt.
- That loss is common would not make
My own less bitter, rather more.
- When streams of unkindness, as bitter as gall,
Bubble up from the heart to the tongue.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper, Forgive and Forget, lines 1-8.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
- World's use is cold, world's love is vain,
World's cruelty is bitter bane;
But pain is not the fruit of pain.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, A Vision of Poets, Stanza 146.
- Sed ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom malis messem metas!
- It is a bitter disappointment when you have sown benefits, to reap injuries.
- Plautus, Epidicus, V, 2, 52.
- There is a snake in thy smile, my dear,
And bitter poison within thy tear.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Beatrice Cenci.
- Tr. Kathleen Freeman, Ancilla to the Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation of the Fragments in Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker, Harvard University Press, 1948; republished by Forgotten Books, 2008, ISBN 1606802569 (full text online at Google Books; full text online at sacred-texts.com)
- Will Durant, The Story of Civilization: Part II – The Life of Greece, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1939