We may live without poetry, music and art;
We may live without conscience and live without heart;
We may live without friends; we may live without books;
But civilized man can not live without cooks.
He may live without books,—what is knowledge but grieving?
He may live without hope—what is hope but deceiving?
He may live without love,—what is passion but pining?
But where is the man that can live without dining?
Part i, canto ii.
Those true eyes
Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
The sweet soul shining through them.
Part ii, canto ii. Compare: "Ils sont si transparents qu’ils laissent voir votre âme" (translated: Eyes so transparent that through them the soul is seen), Theophile Gautier, The Two Beautiful Eyes.
The man who seeks one thing in life and but one
May hope to achieve it before life is done;
But he who seeks all things, wherever he goes
Only reaps from the hopes which around him he sows
A harvest of barren regrets.
Part ii, canto ii.
Thought alone is eternal.
Part ii, canto vi.
Let any man show the world that he feels
Afraid of its bark and ’t will fly at his heels:
Let him fearlessly face it, ’t will leave him alone:
But ’t will fawn at his feet if he flings it a bone.
Part ii, canto vii.
The world is a nettle; disturb it, it stings.
Grasp it firmly, it stings not.
Part iii, canto ii. Quoted by Walt Whitman in Roaming in Thought.