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Life is too much like a pathless wood
Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs
Broken across it, and one eye is weeping
From a twig’s having lashed across it open. Robert Frost, Birches, 1916
The lens is the crowning glory of the evolution of the eye. Brian Cox, Wonders of Life II: Expanding Universe, BBC 2013
The octopus is one of the only invertebrates to have complex camera eyes. ibid.
With our three types of colour receptors our eyes can see up to a million different colours. Dr Alice Roberts, Origins of Us 2/3: Guts, BBC 2011
Men’s eyes were made to look, and let them gaze. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet III i 53, Benvolio
Take, O take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,
Lights that do mislead the morn. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure IV i 1
Will you put out mine eyes?
These eyes that never did nor never shall
So much as frown on you? William Shakespeare, King John IV i 56
Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing III i 51
The gum down-roping from their pale dead eyes. William Shakespeare, Henry V IV ii 48, Grandpre
If I have veiled my look,
I turn the trouble of my countenance
Merely upon myself. William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar I ii 39-41
No, Cassius, for the eye sees not itself
But by reflection, by some other things. ibid.
And it is very much lamented, Brutus,
That you have no such mirrors as will turn
Your hidden worthiness into your eye,
That you may see your shadow. ibid.
Set honour in on eye and death i’ in other,
And I will look on both indifferently. ibid.
Out, vile jelly!
Where is thy lustre now? William Shakespeare, The History of King Lear III vii 83
Get thee glass eyes;
And, like a scurvy politician, seem
To see the things thou dost not. ibid. IV vi 175
Her eye must be fed, and what delight shall she have to look on the devil? William Shakespeare, Othello II i @226, Iago
Mine eyes are made the fools o’ th’ other senses,
Or else worth all the rest. William Shakespeare, The Tragedy of Macbeth II i 44-45, Macbeth
And all eyes else dead coals. William Shakepseare, A Winter’s Tale V iii 109
Our very eyes
Are sometimes like our judgements, blind. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline IV ii 303-304, Innogen
Their eyes do offices of truth. William Shakespeare, The Tempest V i 158, Prospero
The fringed curtains of thine eye advance. The Tempest 2010 starring Helen Mirren & Felicity Jones & Chris Cooper & Russell Brand & Reeve Carney & Tom Conti & Alan Cumming & Dimon Hounsou & Alfred Molina & Ben Whishaw et al, director Julie Taymor, Prospera to Miranda
Monet is only an eye but – oh what an eye! Paul Cézanne
Munch’s extraordinary exploration of his own deteriorating eyesight. Tim Marlow on ... Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye
I am an artist, and, through my eye, must confess to a tremendous bias. In my purely literary voyages my eye is always my compass. Percy Wyndham-Lewis
With one eye you are looking at the outside world, while with the other you are looking within yourself. Amedio Modigliani
Those eyes, those dark black eyes, when she stares at you it’s like a Spanish princess in one of those paintings, you know a goyem. Those eyes are deep. I said deep, you said complicated. The Sopranos s3e12: Amour Fou starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony to Dr Melfi, HBO 2001
There’s something really eating at you. I can smell it a mile off. I can see it in your eyes. Gangster No.1 ***** 2000 staring Paul Bettany & Malcolm McDowell & David Thewlis & Saffron Burrows & Kenneth Cranham & Jamie Foreman & Eddie Marsan et al, director Paul McGuigan
What were God’s eyes like? Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 starring Woody Allen & Martin Landau & Anjelica Huston & Mia Farrow & Alan Alda & Jerry Orbach & Joanna Gleason & Claire Bloom & Sam Waterston & Caroline Aaron et al, director Woody Allen, opening scene
Odo: I have my eye on you, Quark.
Quark: [Jadzia Dax walks by] And I have my eye on you, Jadzia. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s1e9: The Passenger
Carotene – which is what gives plants their red, orange, yellow colours ... Carotene is part of the way your eye works. James Burke, Connections s2e19: Better than the Real Thing, BBC 1994
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming. Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven
Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory. Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species
The optic nerve ... was big enough to carry a lot of information. The scan seemed to confirm T-Rex did indeed have a key attribute of a skilled predator. Horizon: T-Rex: Warrior or Wimp, BBC 2004
Paley singled out the eye for the crux of his argument. The eye must have had a conscious intelligent designer, he said. Just as did the microscope, because in both designs is implied a knowledge of optics. Professor Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker, BBC Horizon 1987
Creationists also ask how something as apparently perfect as the eye just sprang into existence. Well it didn’t. The basic chemistry that makes up a light-sensitive cell is shared right across the animal kingdom, and Natural Selection has seized on this time and time again. Science has uncovered species at every stage in the evolution of the eye – it is a cumulative process. And each step of the way is more useful than the one before. Professor Richard Dawkins, The Genius of Charles Darwin III, Channel 4 2008
All the eyes belonging to all the animals on Earth can trace their origin to one very simple eye that belonged to one doubtless very simple creature that lived perhaps a billion years ago. Professor Armand Marie LeRoi, What Darwin Didn’t Know, Imperial College London