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Repose is a time of quiet relaxation and contemplation.


  • To husband out life's taper at the close,
    And keep the flames from wasting by repose.
  • The wind breath'd soft as lover's sigh,
    And, oft renew'd, seem'd oft to die,
    With breathless pause between,
    O who, with speech of war and woes,
    Would wish to break the soft repose
    Of such enchanting scene!
    • Walter Scott, Lord of the Isles (1815), Canto IV, Stanza 13.
  • These should be hours for necessities,
    Not for delights; times to repair our nature
    With comforting repose, and not for us
    To waste these times.
  • Our foster-nurse of nature is repose,
    The which he lacks; that to provoke in him,
    Are many simples operative, whose power
    Will close the eye of anguish.
  • The best of men have ever loved repose:
    They hate to mingle in the filthy fray;
    Where the soul sours, and gradual rancour grows,
    Imbitter'd more from peevish day to day.
    • James Thomson, The Castle of Indolence (1748), Canto I, Stanza 17.
  • Dulcis et alta quies, placidæque simillima morti.
    • Sweet and deep repose, very much resembling quiet death.
    • Virgil, Æneid (29-19 BC), VI. 522.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 666-67.
  • The toils of honour dignify repose.
    • John Hoole, Metastasia, Achilles in Lucias, Act III, last Scene.
  • Study to be quiet.
    • Thessalonians, IV. 11.
  • Deus nobis hæc otia fecit.
    • God has given us this repose.
    • Virgil, Eclogæ, I. 6.
  • Chacun s'égare, et le moins imprudent,
    Est celui-là qui plus tôt se repent.
    • Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
    • Voltaire, Nanine, II. 10.
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