Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


Every believer is God’s miracle.
Bailey—Festus. Sc. Home.

Thou water turn’st to wine, fair friend of life;
Thy foe, to cross the sweet arts of Thy reign,
Distils from thence the tears of wrath and strife,
And so turns wine to water back again.
Crashaw—Steps to the Temple. To Our Lord upon the Water Made Wine.

When Christ at Cana’s feast by pow’r divine,
Inspir’d cold water, with the warmth of wine,
See! cry’d they while, in red’ning tide, it gush’d,
The bashful stream hath seen its God and blush’d.
Aaron Hill—Translation of Crashaw’s Latin lines. Works. Vol. III; O. 241. (Ed. 1754). See also Vida—Christiad. Bk. III. 9984, and Bk. II. 431. Also Hymn of Andrew—Vel Hydriis plenis Æqua.

Man is the miracle in nature. God
Is the One Miracle to man. Behold,
“There is a God,” thou sayest. Thou sayest well:
In that thou sayest all. To Be is more
Of wonderful, than being, to have wrought,
Or reigned, or rested.
Jean Ingelow—Story of Doom. Bk. VII. L. 271.

Accept a miracle; instead of wit,—
See two dull lines by Stanhope’s pencil writ.
Pope to Lord Chesterfield on using his pencil, according to John Taylor—Records of My Life. I. 161, and Goldsmith—In Newbery’s Art of Poetry on a New Plan. Vol. I. 57. (1762).

The water owns a power Divine,
And conscious blushes into wine;
Its very nature changed displays
The power Divine that it obeys.
Sedulius (“Scotus Hybernicus”). Hymn written in Fifth century. A solis ortus cardine. Found in Lyra Hibernica Sacra. English trans. by Canon MacIlwaine, editor of the Lyra.

Great floods have flown
From simple sources, and great seas have dried
When miracles have by the greatest been denied.
All’s Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 142.

It must be so; for miracles are ceased
And therefore we must needs admit the means
How things are perfected.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 67.

What is a miracle?—’Tis a reproach,
’Tis an implicit satire on mankind;
And while it satisfies, it censures too.
Young—Night Thoughts. Night IX. L. 1,245.