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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.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), The Theologian's Tale, Elizabeth, Part IV.
- 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.
- When shall we three meet again
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- 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,
- 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.
- Matthew Arnold, Terrace at Berne.
- 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.
- We met—'twas in a crowd.
- Thomas Haynes Bayly, We Met.
- 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!
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, A Lament, line 10.
- 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.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Professor at the Breakfast Table.
- The joy of meeting not unmixed with pain.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Morituri Salutamus, line 113.
- And soon, too soon, we part with pain,
To sail o'er silent seas again.
- Thomas Moore, Meeting of the Ships.
- 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.
- Nora Perry, Some Day of Days.
- 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.
- Alexander Smith, Life Drama, scene IV.
- Alas, by what rude fate
Our lives, like ships at sea, an instant meet,
Then part forever on their courses fleet.
- Edmund Clarence Stedman, Blameless Prince, Stanza 51.
- We shall meet but we shall miss her.
- H. S. Washburn, Song.