- This page is about the religious experience. For the ability to see things, see Vision.
Visions are inspirational renderings in mysticism and spirituality, generally of a future state and/or of a supernatural being and are believed (by followers of certain religions) to come from a deity, sometimes directly or indirectly via prophets, and serve to inspire or prod believers as part of a revelation or an epiphany. Some take the word vision to be synonymous with apparitional experience. Religious visions are generally categorized as miracles and or enigmatic happenings.
- The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme!
The young men's vision, and the old men's dream!
- John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681), Part I, line 238.
- It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,
A blissful certainty, a vision bright,
Of that rare happiness, which even on earth
Heaven gives to those it loves.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Spanish Student (1843), Act III, scene 5.
- O visions ill foreseen! Better had I
Liv'd ignorant of future, so had borne
My part of evil only.
- Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme,
The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame,
And poet's vision of eternal fame.
- Alexander Pope, Dunciad (1813), Book III, line 9.
- Our revels now are ended. These, our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 839-40.
- Circa beatitudinem perfectam, quæ in Dei visione consistit.
- Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God.
- Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologie. Probably the origin of the phrase "beatific vision".
- And like a passing thought, she fled
In light away.
- Robert Burns, The Vision, last lines.
- So little distant dangers seem:
So we mistake the future's face,
Ey'd thro' Hope's deluding glass;
As yon summits soft and fair,
Clad in colours of the air,
Which to those who journey near,
Barren, brown, and rough appear.
- John Dyer, Gronger Hill, line 884.
- Visions of glory, spare my aching sight!
Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul.
- Thomas Gray, The Bard, III. 1, line 11.
- I wonder if ever a song was sung but the singer's heart sang sweeter!
I wonder if ever a rhyme was rung but the thought surpassed the meter!
I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold stone echoed his ardent thought!
Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the dream of his inmost heart portrayed!
- James C. Harvey, Incompleteness.
- I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.
- Hosea, XII. 10.
- Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel, writing in a book of gold;
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said—
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,
And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."
- Leigh Hunt, Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel.
- And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
- Joel, II. 28. Acts, II. 17.
- An angel stood and met my gaze,
Through the low doorway of my tent;
The tent is struck, the vision stays;
I only know she came and went.
- James Russell Lowell, She Came and Went.
- My thoughts by night are often filled
With visions false as fair:
For in the past alone, I build
My castles in the air.
- Thomas Love Peacock, Castles in the Air, Stanza 1.
- Where there is no vision, the people perish.
- Proverbs, XXIX. 18.
- Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence!
- Horace and James Smith, Rejected Addresses, An Address without a Phœnix. By "S.T.P." (Not an imitation. Initials used to puzzle critics).
- But shapes that come not at an earthly call,
Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
- William Wordsworth, Dion, V.
- Fond man! the vision of a moment made!
Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!
- Edward Young, Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Job, line 187. Shadow of a shade is found in the prologue of Nobody and Somebody, a play acted by the servants of Queen Elizabeth. Not the shadow of the shade of history said by Paul Bourget—On Cœur de Femme, p. 186. (Ed. 1890).