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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Donne
 
        Busy old fool, unruly sun,
Why dost thou thus,
Through windows and through curtains call on us?
  1
        For good or evil must in our actions meet;
Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
  2
                            We understood
Her by her sight; her pure and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought,
That one might almost say her body thought.
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  Death comes equally to us all, and makes us all equal when it comes. The ashes of an oak in a chimney are no epitaph of that, to tell me how high or how large that was; it tells me not what flocks it sheltered while it stood, nor what men it hurt when it fell. The dust of great persons’ graves is speechless, too; it says nothing, it distinguishes nothing.  4
  Despair is the damp of hell; rejoicing is the serenity of heaven.  5
  For some not to be martyred is a martyrdom.  6
  Friends are ourselves.  7
  Great sorrows cannot speak.  8
  Sleep is pain’s easiest salve, and doth fulfill all offices of death, except to kill.  9
  The eloquent blood spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, you might have almost said her body thought.  10
  The maskers come late, and I think will stay, like fairies, till the cock crow them away.  11
  There is no health; physicians say that we, at best, enjoy but neutrality.  12
  To roam giddily, and be everywhere but at home, such freedom doth a banishment become.  13
  To worthiest things, virtue, art, beauty, fortune, now I see, rareness of use, not nature value brings.  14
  Up, up, fair bride! and call thy stars from out their several boxes; take thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds forth, and make thyself a constellation of them all.  15
  Virtue hath some perverseness, for she will neither believe her good nor other’s ill.  16
  Who are a little wise the best fools be.  17
  Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.  18
 
 
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