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

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Henry Fielding. (1707–1754) (continued)
    Can any man have a higher notion of the rule of right and the eternal fitness of things?
          Tom Jones. Book iv. Chap. iv.
    Distinction without a difference.
          Tom Jones. Book vi. Chap. xiii.
    Amiable weakness. 1
          Tom Jones. Book x. Chap. viii.
    The dignity of history. 2
          Tom Jones. Book xi. Chap. ii.
    Republic of letters.
          Tom Jones. Book xiv. Chap. i.
    Illustrious predecessors. 3
          Covent Garden Journal. Jan. 11, 1752.
William Pitt, Earl of Chatham. (1708–1778)
    Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.
          Speech, Jan. 14, 1766.
    A long train of these practices has at length unwillingly convinced me that there is something behind the throne greater than the King himself. 4
          Chatham Correspondence. Speech, March 2, 1770.
    Where law ends, tyranny begins.
          Case of Wilkes. Speech, Jan. 9, 1770.
    Reparation for our rights at home, and security against the like future violations. 5
          Letter to the Earl of Shelburne, Sept. 29, 1770.
    If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country I never would lay down my arms,—never! never! never!
          Speech, Nov. 18, 1777.
Note 1.
Amiable weaknesses of human nature.—Edward Gibbon: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chap xiv. [back]
Note 2.
See Bolingbroke, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 3.
Illustrious predecessor.—Edmund Burke: The Present Discontents.

I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men…. In receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.—Martin Van Buren: Inaugural Address, March 4, 1837. [back]
Note 4.
Quoted by Lord Mahon, “greater than the throne itself.”—History of England, vol. v. p. 258. [back]
Note 5.
”Indemnity for the past and security for the future.”—Russell: Memoir of Fox, vol. iii. p. 345, Letter to the Hon. T. Maitland. [back]