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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.


    Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small; 1
Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.
          Retribution. (Sinngedichte.)
    Man-like is it to fall into sin,
Fiend-like is it to dwell therein;
Christ-like is it for sin to grieve,
God-like is it all sin to leave.
          Sin. (Sinngedichte.)
Note 1.
See Herbert, Quotation 23.

[greek].—Oracula Sibylliana, liber viii. line 14.

[greek].—Leutsch and Schneidewin: Corpus Paræmiographorum Græcorum, vol. i. p. 444.

Sextus Empiricus is the first writer who has presented the whole of the adage cited by Plutarch in his treatise “Concerning such whom God is slow to punish.” [back]