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

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Edward Young. (1683–1765) (continued)
    ’T is elder Scripture, writ by God’s own hand,—
Scripture authentic! uncorrupt by man.
          Night Thoughts. Night ix. Line 644.
    An undevout astronomer is mad.
          Night Thoughts. Night ix. Line 771.
    The course of Nature is the art of God. 1
          Night Thoughts. Night ix. Line 1267.
    The love of praise, howe’er conceal’d by art,
Reigns more or less, and glows in ev’ry heart.
          Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 51.
    Some for renown, on scraps of learning dote,
And think they grow immortal as they quote.
          Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 89.
    Titles are marks of honest men, and wise;
The fool or knave that wears a title lies.
          Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 145.
    They that on glorious ancestors enlarge,
Produce their debt instead of their discharge.
          Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 147.
    None think the great unhappy but the great. 2
          Love of Fame. Satire i. Line 238.
    Unlearned men of books assume the care,
As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair.
          Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 83.
    The booby father craves a booby son,
And by Heaven’s blessing thinks himself undone.
          Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 165.
    Where Nature’s end of language is declin’d,
And men talk only to conceal the mind. 3
          Love of Fame. Satire ii. Line 207.
Note 1.
See Sir Thomas Browne, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 2.
See Nicholas Rowe, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 3.
Speech was made to open man to man, and not to hide him; to promote commerce, and not betray it.—Lloyd: State Worthies (1665; edited by Whitworth), vol. i. p. 503.

Speech was given to the ordinary sort of men whereby to communicate their mind; but to wise men, whereby to conceal it.—Robert South: Sermon, April 30, 1676.

The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them.—Oliver Goldsmith: The Bee, No. 3. (Oct. 20, 1759.)

Ils ne se servent de la pensée que pour autoriser leurs injustices, et emploient les paroles que pour déguiser leurs pensées (Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts).—Francis M. Voltaire: Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde (1766).

When Harel wished to put a joke or witticism into circulation, he was in the habit of connecting it with some celebrated name, on the chance of reclaiming it if it took. Thus he assigned to Talleyrand, in the “Nain Jaune,” the phrase, “Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.”—Fournier: L’Esprit dans l’Histoire. [back]