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

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Mathew Henry. (1662–1714) (continued)
    Those that are above business.
          Commentaries. Matthew xx.
    Better late than never. 1
          Commentaries. Matthew xxi.
    Saying and doing are two things.
          Commentaries. Matthew xxi.
    Judas had given them the slip.
          Commentaries. Matthew xxii.
    After a storm comes a calm.
          Commentaries. Acts ix.
    Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
          Commentaries. Acts x.
    It is good news, worthy of all acceptation; and yet not too good to be true.
          Commentaries. Timothy i.
    It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with. 2
          Commentaries. Timothy iii.
Richard Bentley. (1662–1742)
    It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
          Monk’s Life of Bentley. Page 90.
    “Whatever is, is not,” is the maxim of the anarchist, as often as anything comes across him in the shape of a law which he happens not to like. 3
          Declaration of Rights.
    The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms. 4
          Sermons, vii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692).
Note 1.
See Heywood, Quotation 52. [back]
Note 2.
See Appendix, Quotation 45. [back]
Note 3.
See Dryden, Quotation 91. [back]
Note 4.
That fortuitous concourse of atoms.—Review of Sir Robert Peel’s Address. Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835).

In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms,—a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell.—Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54. [back]