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

George Farquhar 1678-1707 John Bartlett

    Cos. Pray now, what may be that same bed of honour?
Kite. Oh, a mighty large bed! bigger by half than the great bed at Ware: ten thousand people may lie in it together, and never feel one another.
          The Recruiting Officer. Act i. Sc. 1.
    I believe they talked of me, for they laughed consumedly.
          The Beaux’ Stratagem. Act iii. Sc. 1.
    ’T was for the good of my country that I should be abroad. 1
          The Beaux’ Stratagem. Act iii. Sc. 2.
    Necessity, the mother of invention. 2
          The Twin Rivals. Act i.
Note 1.
Leaving his country for his country’s sake.—Fitz-Geffrey: The Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake, stanza 213 (1596).

True patriots all; for, be it understood,
We left our country for our country’s good.
George Barrington: Prologue written for the opening of the Play-house at New South Wales, Jan. 16, 1796. New South Wales, p. 152. [back]
Note 2.
Art imitates Nature, and necessity is the mother of invention.—Richard Franck: Northern Memoirs (written in 1658, printed in 1694).

Necessity is the mother of invention.—Wycherly: Love in a Wood, act iii. sc. 3 (1672).

Magister artis ingenique largitor
(Hunger is the teacher of the arts and the bestower of invention).
Persius: Prolog. line 10. [back]