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

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John Gay. (1685–1732) (continued)
    From wine what sudden friendship springs!
          The Squire and his Cur.
    Life is a jest, and all things show it;
I thought so once, but now I know it.
          My own Epitaph.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. (1689–1762)
    Let this great maxim be my virtue’s guide,—
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied. 1
          The Lady’s Resolve.
    And we meet, with champagne and a chicken, at last. 2
          The Lover.
    Be plain in dress, and sober in your diet;
In short, my deary, kiss me, and be quiet.
          A Summary of Lord Lyttelton’s Advice.
    Satire should, like a polished razor keen,
Would with a touch that ’s scarcely felt or seen.
          To the Imitator of the First Satire of Horace. Book ii.
    But the fruit that can fall without shaking
  Indeed is too mellow for me.
          The Answer.
Charles Macklin. (1697?–1797)
    The law is a sort of hocus-pocus science, that smiles in yer face while it picks yer pocket; and the glorious uncertainty of it is of mair use to the professors than the justice of it.
          Love à la Mode. Act ii. Sc. 1.
    Every tub must stand upon its bottom. 3
          The Man of the World. Act i. Sc. 2.
Note 1.
A fugitive piece, written on a window by Lady Montagu, after her marriage (1713). See Overbury, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 2.
What say you to such a supper with such a woman?—Lord Byron: Note to a Second Letter on Bowles. [back]
Note 3.
See Bunyan, Quotation 4. [back]