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A dust storm blankets Texas houses, April 1935

Dust are fine particles of matter.


  • When I am dead, the matter which composes my body is indestructible — and eternal, so that come what may to my 'Soul,' my dust will always be going on, each separate atom of me playing its separate part — I shall still have some sort of a finger in the pie. When I am dead, you can boil me, burn me, drown me, scatter me — but you cannot destroy me: my little atoms would merely deride such heavy vengeance. Death can do no more than kill you.
  • We turn to dust, and all our mightiest works
    Die too.
    • William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book V, The Winter Morning Walk, line 540.
  • Ah, pensive scholar, what is fame?
    A fitful tongue of leaping flame;
    A giddy whirlwind's fickle gust,
    That lifts a pinch of mortal dust;
    A few swift years, and who can show
    Which dust was Bill, and which was Joe?
  • When darkness gathers over all.
    And the last tottering pillars fall,
    Take the poor dust Thy mercy warms.
    And mould it into heavenly forms.
    • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., as reported in, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895) edited by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, p. 179
  • Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend,
    Before we too into the Dust descend;
    Dust into Dust, and under Dust to lie
    Sans Wine, sans Song, sans Singer, and — sans End!
  • The dust comes secretly day after day,
    Lies on my ledge and dulls my shining things.
    But O this dust that I shall drive away
    Is flowers and kings,
    Is Solomon's temple, poets, Nineveh.
    • Viola Meynell, "Dusting", in Verses (London: Martin Secker, 1919)
  • A heap of dust remains of thee;
    'Tis all thou art, and all the proud shall be!
    • Alexander Pope, Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady (1717), line 73
  • Scepter and crown
    Must tumble down,
    And, in the dust, be equal made
    With the poor crooked scythe and spade.
    • James Shirley, Contention of Ajax and Ulysses, scene 3. ("Birth and State" in Percy's Reliques. These lines are said to have terrified Cromwell), as reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)
  • Only the actions of the just
    Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
    • James Shirley, Contention of Ajax and Ulysses, scene 3, line 23. ("In the dust" in Percy's Reliques. Misquoted "Ashes of the dust" on old tombstone at St. Augustine, Florida).
  • As a new-born soul, — I am naught:
    My deeds are dust in air.
    • Bayard Taylor, The Guests of Night (1871), st. 3 - 4, in The Poetical Works of Bayard Taylor (1907), p. 314.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922)

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922).
  • Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection.
    • Book of Common Prayer, Burial of the Dead.
  • The sweet remembrance of the just
    Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.

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