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

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Aaron Hill. (1685–1750)
    First, then, a woman will or won’t, depend on ’t;
If she will do ’t, she will; and there ’s an end on ’t.
But if she won’t, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront, and jealousy injustice. 1
          Zara. Epilogue.
    Tender-handed stroke a nettle,
  And it stings you for your pains;
Grasp it like a man of mettle,
  And it soft as silk remains.

’T is the same with common natures:
  Use ’em kindly, they rebel;
But be rough as nutmeg-graters,
  And the rogues obey you well.
          Verses written on a window in Scotland.
Thomas Tickell. (1686–1740)
    Just men, by whom impartial laws were given;
And saints who taught and led the way to heaven.
          On the Death of Mr. Addison. Line 41.
    Nor e’er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed
A fairer spirit or more welcome shade.
          On the Death of Mr. Addison. Line 45.
    There taught us how to live; and (oh, too high
The price for knowledge!) taught us how to die. 2
          On the Death of Mr. Addison. Line 81.
Note 1.
The following lines are copied from the pillar erected on the mount in the Dane John Field, Canterbury:—

Where is the man who has the power and skill
To stem the torrent of a woman’s will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend on ’t;
And if she won’t, she won’t; so there ’s an end on ’t.
The Examiner, May 31, 1829. [back]
Note 2.
He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.—Montaigne: Essay, book i. chap. ix.

I have taught you, my dear flock, for above thirty years how to live; and I will show you in a very short time how to die.—Sandys: Anglorum Speculum, p. 903.

Teach him how to live,
And, oh still harder lesson! how to die.
Porteus: Death, line 316.

He taught them how to live and how to die.—Somerville: In Memory of the Rev. Mr. Moore. [back]