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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Contemplation
 
  The act of contemplation then creates the thing contemplated.
Isaac Disraeli.    
  1
  In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn than to contemplate.
Descartes.    
  2
  There is no lasting pleasure but contemplation; all others grow flat and insipid upon frequent use; and when a man hath run through a set of vanities, in the declension of his age, he knows not what to do with himself, if he cannot think; he saunters about from one dull business to another, to wear out time; and hath no reason to value Life but because he is afraid of death.
Burnet.    
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        When holy and devout religious men
Are at their beads, ’tis hard to draw them thence;
So sweet is zealous contemplation.
Shakespeare.    
  4
  A contemplative life has more the appearance of a life of piety than any other; but it is the divine plan to bring faith into activity and exercise.
Cecil.    
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