Eyes are the organs of vision. They detect light and convert it into electro-chemical impulses in neurons. In higher organisms, the eye is a complex optical system which collects light from the surrounding environment, regulates its intensity through a diaphragm, focuses it through an adjustable assembly of lenses to form an image, converts this image into a set of electrical signals, and transmits these signals to the brain through complex neural pathways that connect the eye via the optic nerve to the visual cortex and other areas of the brain.
- A gray eye is a sly eye,
And roguish is a brown one;
Turn full upon me thy eye,—
Ah, how its wavelets drown one!
A blue eye is a true eye;
Mysterious is a dark one,
Which flashes like a spark-sun!
A black eye is the best one.
- William R. Alger, "Mirtsa Schaffy on Eyes", Poetry of the Orient (1865), p. 228.
- Not in mine eyes alone is Paradise.
- Dante Alighieri, Paradise (c. 1308-1321), XVIII. 21.
- Parean l'occhiaje anella senza gemme.
- Their eyes seem'd rings from whence the gems were gone.
- Dante Alighieri, Purgatorio (1321), XXIII. 31.
- There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes,
Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene A Drawing Room.
- Dark eyes adventure bring; the blue serene
Do promise Paradise: and yours are green.
- Hilaire Belloc, "On Eyes", epigram in essay "On 'And'" in On (1923), London, Methuen, p. 181. Also in Collected Verse (1958).
- The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.
- Francis William Bourdillon, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes.
- The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, What Will He Do With It? (1858), Book VIII, Chapter II.
- The Chinese say that we Europeans have one eye, they themselves two, all the world else is blinde.
- Robert Burton, Anatomy of a Melancholy (1621), Ed. 6, p. 40.
- Her eye (I'm very fond of handsome eyes)
Was large and dark, suppressing half its fire
Until she spoke, then through its soft disguise
Flash'd an expression more of pride than ire,
And love than either; and there would arise,
A something in them which was not desire,
But would have been, perhaps, but for the soul,
Which struggled through and chasten'd down the whole.
- With eyes that look'd into the very soul—
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Bright—and as black and burning as a coal.
- In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.
- Thomas Carlyle, The French Revolution. A History (1837), Volume I, p. 5. People's ed. Heroes and Hero-Worship, The Hero as Poet; Miscellaneous Essays, Volume VI; Review of Vernhagen von Ense's Memoirs, P. 241. Same idea in Goethe's Zahme Xeniem, III.
- Jehovah is in his holy temple. Jehovah’s throne is in the heavens. His own eyes see, his watchful eyes examine the sons of men.
- Before the throne was something resembling a glassy sea, like crystal. In the midst of the throne and around the throne were four living creatures that were full of eyes in front and behind. The first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature was like a young bull, and the third living creature had a face like a man’s, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
- Look babies in your eyes, my pretty sweet one.
- John Fletcher, The Loyal Subject, (licensed 16 November 1618; revised c. 1633; published 1647).
- The eyes have one language everywhere.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- The lamp of the body is your eye. When your eye is focused, your whole body is also bright; but when it is envious, your body is also dark.
- Those true eyes
Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
The sweet soul shining through them.
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto II, Stanza 3.
- When I consider how my light is spent,
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodged with me useless.
- John Milton, On His Blindness (1652).
- Why has not man a microscopic eye?
For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly.
Say, what the use, were finer optics giv'n,
T' inspect a mite, not comprehend the heav'n?
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle I, line 193.
- Bright as the sun her eyes the gazers strike,
And, like the sun, they shine on all alike.
- Alexander Pope, The Rape of the Lock (1712), Canto II, line 13.
- Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.
- The eye projects and focuses the inner image (idea) onto the physical world in the same manner that a motion picture camera transfers an image onto a screen. The mouth creates words. The ears create sound. The difficulty in understanding this principle is due to the fact that we’ve taken it for granted that the image and sound already exist for the senses to interpret. Actually the senses are the channels of creation by which idea is projected into material expression.
- Jane Roberts, The Seth Material, p. 13.
- Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is wing'd Cupid blind.
- Thou tell'st me there is murder in mine eye;
'Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,
That eyes, that are the frail'st and softest things,
Who shut their coward gates on atomies,
Should be call'd tyrants, butchers, murderers!
- Faster than his tongue
Did make offence his eye did heal it up.
- An eye like Mars, to threaten and command.
- The image of a wicked heinous fault
Lives in his eye: that close aspect of his
Does show the mood of a much troubled breast.
- You have seen
Sunshine and rain at once. * * * those happy smilets,
That play'd on her ripe lip, seem'd not to know
What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds dropp'd.
- For where is any author in the world
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye?
- A lover's eyes will gaze an eagle blind.
- Sometimes from her eyes
I did receive fair speechless messages.
- I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond: thou hast the right archèd beauty of the brow.
- I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church by daylight.
- Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes.
- Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheath'd their light;
And, canopied in darkness, sweetly lay,
Till they might open to adorn the day.
- William Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece (1594), line 397.
- Her eyes in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright,
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
- Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye
Than twenty of their swords.
- If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say, "This poet lies;
Such heavenly touches ne'er touch'd earthly faces."
- William Shakespeare, Sonnet XVII.
- The fringed curtains of thine eye advance,
And say what thou seest yond.
- Her two blue windows faintly she up-heaveth,
Like the fair sun, when in his fresh array
He cheers the morn, and all the earth relieveth;
And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,
So is her face illumin'd with her eye.
- But hers, which through the crystal tears gave light,
Shone like the moon in water seen by night.
- Black brows they say
Become some women best, so that there be not
Too much hair there, but in a semicircle
Or a half-moon made with a pen.
- When you look into eyes, forget about romance, creation, and the windows into the soul. With their molecules, genes, and tissues derived from microbes, jellyfish, worms, and flies, you see an entire menagerie.
- Neil Shubin, Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.
- The sight of you is good for sore eyes.
- Jonathan Swift, Polite Conversation (c. 1738), Dialog. I.
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- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 246-50.
- In her eyes a thought
Grew sweeter and sweeter, deepening like the dawn,
A mystical forewarning.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Pythagoras.
- The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.
- F. W. Bourdillon, Light.
- Eyes of gentianellas azure,
Staring, winking at the skies.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Hector in the Garden.
- Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
And silent waters heaven is seen.
Their lashes are the herbs that look
On their young figures in the brook.
- William Cullen Bryant, Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids.
- There are eyes half defiant,
Half meek and compliant;
Black eyes, with a wondrous, witching charm
To bring us good or to work us harm.
- Phoebe Cary, Dove's Eyes.
- Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.
- The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body.
- Cicero, De Nat. Deorum, Book II. 56.
- The love light in her eye.
- Hartley Coleridge, No. CCXVIII, in Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics.
- My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge, A Day-Dream.
- In the twinkling of an eye.
- I Corinthians, XV. 52. Merchant of Venice, Act II, scene 2.
- Eyes, that displaces
The neighbor diamond, and out-faces
That sun-shine by their own sweet graces.
- Richard Chashaw, Wishes. To his (Supposed) Mistress.
- He kept him as the apple of his eye.
- Deuteronomy, XXXII. 10.
- With affection beaming in one eye and calculation shining out of the other.
- Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit, Chapter VIII.
- And pictures in our eyes to get
Was all our propagation.
- John Donne, The Ecstacy.
- My life lies in those eyes which have me slain.
- William Drummond of Hawthornden, Sonnet XXIX, line 14.
- These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul.
- Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Divine Weekes and Workes, First Week, Sixth Day.
- The love light in your eye.
- Lady Dufferin, Irish Emigrant.
- A suppressed resolve will betray itself in the eyes.
- George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860), Book V, Chapter XIV.
- An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance with joy.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life, Behavior.
- Eyes are bold as lions,—roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages. They wait for no introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them!
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life, Behavior.
- Scitum est inter cæcos luscum requare posse.
- Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.
- Erasmus, Adagia, Dignitas et Excellentia et Inequalitas, sub-division, Excel. et Ineq. (about 1500). Proverbs collected by Michael Apostolios, Cent. VII. 31. Latin given as: Cæcorum in patria luscus rex imperat omnis. Taken from the Greek. See Chiliades—Adagiorum, fifth centuria, third Chilias No. 96. Earliest use probably in G. Fullenius—Comedye of Acolastus, translation. by John Palsgrave from the Latin. (1540). Quoted by Edmund Campion—Rationes Decom. (1581). Carlyle, Frederick the Great, Book 4, Chapter II. Quoted as: Beati monoculi in regione cæcorum. Blessed are the one-eyed in the country of the blind. Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651). Also in Miscellanæ, Part II. Fourth Ed., p. 342. Juvenal—Satire X. 227, gives it as: Ambes Perdidit ille oculus et luscis invidet.
- To sun myself in Huncamunca's eyes.
- Henry Fielding, The Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great, Act I, scene 3.
- Ils sont si transparents qu'ils laissent voir votre ame.
- Eyes so transparent,
That through them one sees the soul.
- Theophile Gautier, The Two Beautiful Eyes.
- Eyes so transparent,
- Tell me, eyes, what 'tis ye're seeking;
For ye're saying something sweet,
Fit the ravish'd ear to greet.
Eloquently, softly speaking.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, April.
- On woman Nature did bestow two eyes,
Like Hemian's bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining,
Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise
And wary heads, made rare by art's refining.
- Robert Greene, Philomela, Sonnet.
- Wenn ich in deine Augen seh'
So schwindet all' mein Leid und Weh.
- Whene'er into thine eyes I see,
All pain and sorrow fly from me.
- Heinrich Heine, Lyrisches Intermezzo, IV.
- Whene'er into thine eyes I see,
- Die blauen Veilchen der Aeugelein.
- Those blue violets, her eyes.
- Heinrich Heine, Lyrisches Intermezzo, XXXI.
- I everywhere am thinking
Of thy blue eyes' sweet smile;
A sea of blue thoughts is spreading
Over my heart the while.
- Heinrich Heine, New Spring, Part XVIII, Stanza 2.
- The ear is a less trustworthy witness than the eye.
- Herodotus, 1, 8.
- Her eyes the glow-worme lend thee,
The shooting starres attend thee;
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
- Robert Herrick, The Night Piece to Julia.
- We credit most our sight; one eye doth please
Our trust farre more than ten eare-witnesses.
- Robert Herrick, Hesperides (1648), The Eyes Before the Ears.
- It is an active flame that flies
First to the babies in the eyes.
- Robert Herrick, The Kiss.
- Thine eye was on the censer,
And not the hand that bore it.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Lines by a Clerk.
- Dark eyes—eternal soul of pride!
Deep life in all that's true!
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Away, away to other skies!
Away o'er seas and sands!
Such eyes as those were never made
To shine in other lands.
- Charles Godfrey Leland, Callirhoe.
- I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak but as the constitution is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am.
- Speaker Lenthal to Charles I. As quoted by Wendell Phillips, Under the Flag, Boston (April 21, 1861).
- Der Blick des Forschers fand
Nicht selten mehr, als er zu finden wünschte.
- The eye of Paul Pry often finds more than he wished to find.
- Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Nathan der Weise, II. 8.
- As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.
- Abraham Lincoln to the South Carolina Commissioners.
- And thy deep eyes, amid the gloom,
Shine like jewels in a shroud.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus, The Golden Legend, Part IV.
- The flash of his keen, black eyes
Forerunning the thunder.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christus, The Golden Legend, Part IV.
- I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light,—are luminous, but not sparkling.
- O lovely eyes of azure,
Clear as the waters of a brook that run
Limpid and laughing in the summer sun!
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Masque of Pandora, Part I.
- Within her tender eye
The heaven of April, with its changing light.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Spirit of Poetry, line 45.
- Since your eyes are so sharpe, that you cannot onely looke through a milstone, but cleane through the minde.
- John Lyly, Euphues and his England, p. 289.
- The light of the body is the eye.
- Matthew, VI. 22.
- Where did you get your eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.
- George MacDonald, Song in "At the Back of the North Wind." Ch, XXXIII.
- Among the blind the one-eyed blinkard reigns.
- Andrew Marvel, Description of Holland.
- And looks commercing with the skies,
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.
- John Milton, Il Penseroso (1631), line 39.
- Ladies, whose bright eyes
- John Milton, L'Allegro, line 121.
- Si vous les voulez aimer, ce sera, ma foi, pour leurs beaux yeux.
- If you wish to love, it shall be, by my faith, for their beautiful eyes.
- Molière, Les Précieuses Ridicules, XVI.
- And violets, transform'd to eyes,
Inshrined a soul within their blue.
- Thomas Moore, Evenings in Greece, Second Evening.
- Eyes of most unholy blue!
- Thomas Moore, Irish Melodies, By that Lake whose Gloomy Shore.
- Those eyes, whose light seem'd rather given
To be ador'd than to adore—
Such eyes as may have looked from heaven,
But ne'er were raised to it before!
- Thomas Moore, Loves of the Angels, Third Angel's Story, Stanza 7.
- And the world's so rich in resplendent eyes,
'Twere a pity to limit one's love to a pair.
- Thomas Moore, 'Tis Sweet to Think.
- All German cities are blind, Nurnberg alone sees with one eye.
- Frederich Nüchter, Albrecht Dürer, p. 8. English Translation by Lucy D. Williams. (Given as a saying in Venice).
- Thou my star at the stars are gazing
Would I were heaven that I might behold thee with many eyes.
- Plato, from Greek Anthology.
- Pluris est oculatus testis unus, quam auriti decem.
Qui audiunt, audita dicunt; qui vident, plane sciunt.
- One eye-witness is of more weight than ten hearsays. Those who hear, speak of what they have heard; those who see, know beyond mistake.
- Plautus, Truculentus, II. 6. 8.
- The eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
- Proverbs, XVII. 24.
- Dark eyes are dearer far
Than those that mock the hyacinthine bell.
- J. H. Reynolds, Sonnet.
- Thine eyes are like the deep, blue, boundless heaven
Contracted to two circles underneath
Their long, fine lashes; dark, far, measureless,
Orb within orb, and line through line inwoven.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound (1820), Act II, scene 1.
- Think ye by gazing on each other's eyes
To multiply your lovely selves?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley, Prometheus Unbound (1820), Act VI, scene 4.
- So when thou saw'st in nature's cabinet
Stella thou straight'st look'st babies in her eyes.
- Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophel and Stella.
- But have ye not heard this,
How an one-eyed man is
Well sighted when
He is among blind men?
- John Skelton, Why come ye not to Courte? (writing against Wolsey).
- Were you the earth dear love, and I the skies
My love would shine on you like to the sun
And look upon you with ten thousand eyes
Till heaven waxed blind and till the world were done.
- Joshua Sylvester, Love's Omnipotence.
- The Father of Heaven.
Scoop, young Jesus, for her eyes,
Wood-browned pools of Paradise—
Young Jesus, for the eyes,
For the eyes of Viola.
Tint, Prince Jesus, a
Duskèd eye for Viola!
- Francis Thompson, The Making of Viola, Stanza 2.
- But optics sharp it needs, I ween,
To see what is not to be seen.
- John Trumbull, McFingal, Canto I, line 67.
- How blue were Ariadne's eyes
When, from the sea's horizon line,
At eve, she raised them on the skies!
My Psyche, bluer far are thine.
- Aubrey De Vere, Psyche.
- Blue eyes shimmer with angel glances.
Like spring violets over the lea.
- Constance F. Woolson, October's Song.
- The harvest of a quiet eye,
That broods and sleeps on his own heart.
- William Wordsworth, A Poet's Epitaph, Stanza 13.
- For this is what Jehovah of armies says, who after being glorified has sent me to the nations that were plundering you: ‘Whoever touches you touches the pupil of my eye.