Answered By: Regan Brumagen Last Updated: Jul 19, 2016 Views: 104
Have you tried searching "glass" on the online Bartlett's Quotations? http://www.bartleby.com/100/. Or checked Granger's? We don't have access in our library to quote books, although you may have them at your library.
Also, we have a fairly hefty file of anecdotes and literary allusions relating to glass in our vertical file. I pulled out a few that seemed more metaphorical to me....
Photius. (quoted in Trowbridge*, p. 169). "For he poured pure water into the glass cup and saw in the water in the cup a picture of future things and from that vision predicted what all the future would be..."
*See Trowbridge, M.L. 1928. Philological Studies in Ancient Glass for quotes on ancient glass.
John Donne. from "A Valediction forbidding Mourning": "Tis much that Glasse should bee/As all confessing, and though-shine as I,/Tis more, that it shewes thee to thee,/And cleare refects thee to thine eye."
Koran. XXIV. Verse 35. God is the Light of the Heavens and Earth/The parable of His light is as if there were a Niche/And within it a Lamp/ The Lamp enclosed in Glass and the glass is as it were a brightly shining star."
Samuel Johnson. 1750. "Who, when he saw the first sand and ashes, by a casual intenseness of heat, melted into a metallic form, rugged with excrescences and crowded with impurities, who would have imagined that in this shapeless lump lay concealed so many conveniences of life, as would in time constitute a great part of the happiness of the world?"
See Frederick Turner's poem "Glass" in April wind and Other Poems. University Press of Virginia, 1992. Last stanza reads:
"Yet glass deceives the eye, by seeming absent
when it stands obstructing other energies
than light, as common matters do..."
From "The Magnifying Glass" by Walter de la Mare:
"Not even the tiniest thing
But this my glass
Will make more marvellous,
And itself surpass."
See "Glass is Spirit" by Gerhard Hauptmann (1862-1946)
"...alone it is nothing or air:
a shape of air, a shape of nothing
an empty shining child of light."
"Abu Mansur Muhammed ben Ahmad ad-Daqiqi of Tus, a poet writing in the second half of the tenth century compares a glass vessel to ice and water in point of clarity and Brightness." noted in Edward Granville Browne. A Literary History of Persia. Cambridge: Cambridge UP 1908. reprinted 1969-1978 v. 1 p. 462
Unfortunately, we don't have any quotation books just relating to glass...so more general quotation sources like Bartlett's or Grangers may be the best choice. A general history of glass, too, might have references to people talking about glass. I can send you a bibliography of those titles, if you like....