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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Thomas Dekker. (1570–1632)
 
 
1
    A wise man poor
Is like a sacred book that ’s never read,—
To himself he lives, and to all else seems dead.
This age thinks better of a gilded fool
Than of a threadbare saint in wisdom’s school.
          Old Fortunatus.
2
    And though mine arm should conquer twenty worlds,
There ’s a lean fellow beats all conquerors.
          Old Fortunatus.
3
    The best of men
That e’er wore earth about him was a sufferer;
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breathed. 1
          The Honest Whore. Part i. Act i. Sc. 12.
4
    I was ne’er so thrummed since I was a gentleman. 2
          The Honest Whore. Part i. Act iv. Sc. 2.
5
    This principle is old, but true as fate,—
Kings may love treason, but the traitor hate. 3
          The Honest Whore. Part i. Act iv. Sc. 4.
6
    We are ne’er like angels till our passion dies.
          The Honest Whore. Part ii. Act i. Sc. 2.
7
    Turn over a new leaf. 4
          The Honest Whore. Part ii. Act ii. Sc. 1.
8
    To add to golden numbers golden numbers.
          Patient Grissell. Act i. Sc. 1.
9
    Honest labour bears a lovely face.
          Patient Grissell. Act i. Sc. 1.
 
Note 1.
Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth come Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys; also the Kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne.—Juliana Berners: Heraldic Blazonry. [back]
Note 2.
See Shakespeare, King John, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 3.
Cæsar said he loved the treason, but hated the traitor.—Plutarch: Life of Romulus. [back]
Note 4.
See Middleton, Quotation 25. [back]
 

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