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

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John Bunyan. (1628–1688) (continued)
    The palace Beautiful.
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
    They came to the Delectable Mountains.
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part i.
    Some things are of that nature as to make
One’s fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.
          The Author’s Way of sending forth his Second Part of the Pilgrim.
    He that is down needs fear no fall. 1
          Pilgrim’s Progress. Part ii.
Sir William Temple. (1628–1699)
    Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
          Ancient and Modern Learning.
    No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could more astonish the world than our declaration of war against Holland in 1672.
          Memoirs. Vol. ii. p. 255.
    When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humoured a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
          Miscellanea. Part ii. Of Poetry.
John Tillotson. (1630–1694)
    If God were not a necessary Being of himself, he might almost seem to be made for the use and benefit of men. 2
William Stoughton. (1631–1701)
    God sifted a whole nation that he might send choice grain over into this wilderness. 3
          Election Sermon at Boston, April 29, 1669.
Note 1.
See Butler, Quotation 36. [back]
Note 2.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.—Francis M. Voltaire: A l’Auteur du Livre des trois Imposteurs, épître cxl. [back]
Note 3.
God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting.—Henry W. Longfellow: Courtship of Miles Standish, iv. [back]