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

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Algernon Sidney. (1622–1683) (continued)
    God helps those who help themselves. 1
          Discourses on Government. Chap. ii. Sect. xxiii.
    It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun. 2
          Discourses on Government. Chap. ii. Sect. xxiii.
William Walker. (1623–1684)
    Learn to read slow: all other graces
Will follow in their proper places. 3
          The Art of Reading.
John Bunyan. (1628–1688)
    And so I penned
It down, until at last it came to be,
For length and breadth, the bigness which you see.
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Apology for his Book.
    Some said, “John, print it;” others said, “Not so.”
Some said, “It might do good;” others said, “No.”
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Apology for his Book.
    The name of the slough was Despond.
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
    Every fat must stand upon his bottom. 4
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
    Dark as pitch. 5
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
    It beareth the name of Vanity Fair, because the town where ’t is kept is lighter than vanity.
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
Note 1.
See Herbert, Quotation 28.

Heaven ne’er helps the men who will not act.—Sophocles: Fragment 288 (Plumptre’s Translation).

Help thyself, Heaven will help thee.—J. de La Fontaine: Book vi. fable 18. [back]
Note 2.
Like his that lights a candle to the sun.—John Fletcher: Letter to Sir Walter Aston.

And hold their farthing candle to the sun.—Edward Young: Satire vii. line 56. [back]
Note 3.
Take time enough; all other graces
Will soon fill up their proper places.
John Byrom: Advice to preach slow. [back]
Note 4.
Every tub must stand upon its bottom.—Charles Macklin: The Man of the World, act i. sc. 2. [back]
Note 5.
Ray: Proverbs. John Gay: The Shepherd’s Week. Wednesday. [back]