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Meeting is the event of two or more people encountering one another, whether accidentally or by arrangement, and especially for the first time.


  • As two floating planks meet and part on the sea,
    O friend! so I met and then drifted from thee.
    • William R. Alger, "The Brief Chance Encounter", Poetry of the Orient (1865), p. 196.
  • Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
    Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness:
    So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,
    Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
  • In life there are meetings which seem
    Like a fate.
    • Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), Lucile (1860), Part II, Canto III, Stanza 8.
  • And so he'll die; and, rising so again,
    When I shall meet him in the court of heaven
    I shall not know him.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 504-05.
  • Like a plank of driftwood
    Tossed on the watery main,
    Another plank encountered,
    Meets, touches, parts again;
    So tossed, and drifting ever,
    On life's unresting sea,
    Men meet, and greet, and sever,
    Parting eternally.
    • Edwin Arnold, Book of Good Counsel. Translation from the Sanscrit of the Hitopadéesa. A literal translation. by Max Müller appeared in The Fortnightly, July, 1898. He also translated the same idea from the Mahavastu.
  • Like driftwood spars which meet and pass
    Upon the boundless ocean-plain,
    So on the sea of life, alas!
    Man nears man, meets, and leaves again.
  • As drifting logs of wood may haply meet
    On ocean's waters surging to and fro,
    And having met, drift once again apart,
    So, fleeting is the intercourse of men.
    E'en as a traveler meeting with the shade
    Of some o'erhung tree, awhile reposes,
    Then leaves its shelter to pursue his ways,
    So men meet friends, then part with them for ever.
    • Translation of the Code of Manu. In Words of Wisdom.
  • Two lives that once part, are as ships that divide
    When, moment on moment, there rashes between
    The one and the other, a sea;—
    Ah, never can fall from the days that have been
    A gleam on the years that shall be!
  • As vessels starting from ports thousands of miles apart pass close to each other in the naked breadths of the ocean, nay, sometimes even touch in the dark.
  • And soon, too soon, we part with pain,
    To sail o'er silent seas again.
  • Some day, some day of days, threading the street
    With idle, heedless pace,
    Unlooking for such grace,
    I shall behold your face!
    Some day, some day of days, thus may we meet.
  • We twain have met like the ships upon the sea,
    Who behold an hour's converse, so short, so sweet;
    One little hour! and then, away they speed
    On lonely paths, through mist, and cloud, and foam,
    To meet no more.
  • Alas, by what rude fate
    Our lives, like ships at sea, an instant meet,
    Then part forever on their courses fleet.

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