Fancies are whimsical notions or desires, things which satisfy a whim.
== Quotes ==
Some things are of that nature as to makeOne's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.
John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress (1678), The Author's Way of Sending Forth his Second Part of the Pilgrim, Part II.While fancy, like the finger of a clock,Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.
William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book IV, line 118.The difference is as great betweenThe optics seeing as the objects seen.All manners take a tincture from our own;Or come discolor'd through our passions shown;Or fancy's beam enlarges, multiplies,Contracts, inverts, and gives ten thousand dyes.
Alexander Pope, Moral Essays (1731-35), Epistle 1, line 31.Pacing through the forest,Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy.
William Shakespeare, As You Like It (c.1599-1600), Act IV, scene 3, line 101.Tell me where is fancy bred,Or in the heart or in the head?How begot, how nourished? Reply, reply.It is engender'd in the eyes,With gazing fed; and fancy diesIn the cradle where it lies.
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (late 1590s), Act III, scene 2, line 63.So full of shapes is fancy,That it alone is high fantastical.
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (c. 1601-02), Act I, scene 1, line 14.Let fancy still my sense in Lethe steep;If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night (c. 1601-02), Act IV, scene 1, line 66.Fancy light from Fancy caught.
Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1849), Part XXIII.
=== Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations ===
Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 260.Ever let the Fancy roam,Pleasure never is at home.
John Keats, Fancy.The truant Fancy was a wanderer ever.
Charles Lamb, Fancy employed on Divine Subjects, I. 1.Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
James Russell Lowell, Among My Books, Rousseau and the Sentimentalists.Two meanings have our lightest fantasies,One of the flesh, and of the spirit one.
James Russell Lowell, Sonnet XXXIV (Ed. 1844).She's all my fancy painted her,She's lovely, she's divine.
William Mee, Alice Gray.When at the close of each sad, sorrowing day,Fancy restores what vengeance snatch'd away.
Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard, line 225.One man's observation is another man's closed book or flight of fancy.
Willard Van Orman Quine, in Andrew Bailey First Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality: Fundamental Problems and Readings in Philosophy, Broadview Press, 6 August 2004, p. 300Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains,Winning from Reason's hand the reins,Pity and woe! for such a mindIs soft, contemplative, and kind.
Walter Scott, Rokeby, Canto I, Stanza 31.We figure to ourselvesThe thing we like, and then we build it upAs chance will have it, on the rock or sand:For Thought is tired of wandering o'er the world,And homebound Fancy runs her bark ashore.
Sir Henry Taylor, Philip Van Artevelde, Part I, Act I, scene 5.Sad fancies do we then affect,In luxury of disrespectTo our own prodigal excessOf too familiar happiness.
William Wordsworth, Ode to Lycoris.
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