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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Heirs
 
        “Yet doth he live!” exclaims th’ impatient heir,
And sighs for sables which he must not wear.
Byron.    
  1
        To heirs unknown descends th’ unguarded store,
Or wanders, heaven-directed, to the poor.
Pope.    
  2
  What madness is it for a man to starve himself to enrich his heir, and so turn a friend into an enemy! For his joy at your death will be proportioned to what you leave him.
Seneca.    
  3
  He who sees his heir in his own child, carries his eye over hopes and possessions lying far beyond his gravestone, viewing his life, even here, as a period but closed with a comma. He who sees his heir in another man’s child sees the full stop at the end of the sentence.
Bulwer-Lytton.    
  4
  An heiress, remaining unmarried, is a prey to all manner of extortion and imposition, and with the best intentions, becomes—through a bounty—a corruption to her neighborhood and a curse to the poor; or, if experience shall put her on her guard, she will lead a life of suspicion and resistance, to the injury of her own mind and nature.
Jeremy Taylor.    
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