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

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William Congreve. (1670–1729) (continued)
    Hannibal was a very pretty fellow in those days.
          The Old Bachelor. Act ii. Sc. 2.
    Thus grief still treads upon the heels of pleasure;
Married in haste, we may repent at leisure. 1
          The Old Bachelor. Act v. Sc. 1.
    Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
To-morrow’s sun to thee may never rise. 2
          Letter to Cobham.
Sir Samuel Garth. (1661–1719)
    To die is landing on some silent shore
Where billows never break, nor tempests roar;
Ere well we feel the friendly stroke, ’t is o’er.
          The Dispensary. Canto iii. Line 225.
    I see the right, and I approve it too,
Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue. 3
          Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii. 20 (translated by Tate and Stonestreet, edited by Garth).
    For all their luxury was doing good. 4
          Claremont. Line 149.
Colley Cibber. (1671–1757)
    So mourn’d the dame of Ephesus her love,
And thus the soldier arm’d with resolution
Told his soft tale, and was a thriving wooer.
          Richard III. (altered). Act ii. Sc. 1.
    Now, by St. Paul, the work goes bravely on.
          Richard III. (altered). Act iii. Sc. 1.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Quotation 10. [back]
Note 2.
Be wise to-day, ’t is madness to defer.—Edward Young: Night Thoughts, night i. line 390. [back]
Note 3.
I know and love the good, yet, ah! the worst pursue.—Petrarch: Sonnet ccxxv. canzone xxi. To Laura in Life.

See Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Quotation 15. [back]
Note 4.
And learn the luxury of doing good.—Oliver Goldsmith: The Traveller, line 22. George Crabbe: Tales of the Hall, book iii. Graves: The Epicure. [back]