Edward FitzGerald Quotes

And that inverted Bowl they call the Sky, Where under crawling coop’d we live and die, Lift not your hands to It for help for it As impotently moves as you or I. (Omar Khayyam)

A book of verses underneath the bough, A jug of wine, a loaf of bread-and thou. Beside me singing in the wilderness- Oh, wilderness were paradise enow! (Omar Khayyam)

Oh, threats of Hell and Hopes of Paradise! One thing at least is certain – This life flies; One thing is certain and the rest is lies; The Flower that once has blown for ever dies. (Omar Khayyam)

What, without asking, hither hurried whence? And, without asking whither hurried hence! Another and another Cup to drown, The Memory of this Impertinence! (Omar Khayyam)

The Worldly Hope men set their Hearts upon Turns Ashes – or it prospers; and anon; Like Snow upon the Desert’s dusty face Lighting a little Hour or two – is gone. (Omar Khayyam)

Drunkards are doomed to hell, so men declare, Believe it not, ’tis but a foolish scare; Heaven will be empty as this hand of mine, If none who love good drink find entrance there. (Omar Khayyam)

Dreaming when Dawn’s Left Hand was in the sky I heard a Voice within the Tavern cry: ‘Awake, my Little ones, and fill the Cup Before Life’s Liquor in its Cup be dry.’ (Omar Khayyam)

Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by the same door where in I went. With them the Seed of Wisdom did I sow, And with my own hand labour’d it to grow: And this was all the Harvest that I […]

Yesterday This Day’s Madness did prepare; tomorrow’s Silence, Triumph, or Despair: Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why: Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where. (Omar Khayyam)

Listen again. One Evening at the Close Of Ramazan, ere the better Moon arose, In that old Potter’s Shop I stood alone With the clay Population round in Rows. And, strange to tell, among that Earthen Lot Some could articulate, while others not: And suddenly one more impatient cried – “Who is the Potter, pray, […]