About Thomas Gray:
Thomas Gray is widely known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, published in 1751.
Full many a gem of purest ray serene The dark unfathom'd caves of ocean bear: Full many a flower is born to blush unseen, And waste its sweetness on the desert air.
If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes.
Visions of glory, spare my aching sight.
The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations.
Where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
Alas, regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come, nor care beyond today.
Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune.
'Tis folly to be wise.
And weep the more, because I weep in vain.
I shall be but a shrimp of an author.
He gave to misery (all he had) a tear.
[...] where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.