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

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Tobias George Smollett. (1721–1771)
    Thy spirit, Independence, let me share;
  Lord of the lion heart and eagle eye,
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
  Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.
          Ode to Independence.
    Thy fatal shafts unerring move,
I bow before thine altar, Love!
          Roderick Random. Chap. xl.
    Facts are stubborn things. 1
          Translation of Gil Blas. Book x. Chap. 1.
Sir William Blackstone. (1723–1780)
    The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength,—the floating bulwark of our island.
          Commentaries. Vol. i. Book i. Chap. xiii. Section 418.
    Time whereof the memory of man runneth not to the contrary.
          Commentaries. Vol. i. Book i. Chap. xviii. Section 472.
John Home. (1724–1808)
    In the first days
Of my distracting grief, I found myself
As women wish to be who love their lords.
          Douglas. Act i. Sc. 1.
    I ’ll woo her as the lion wooes his brides.
          Douglas. Act i. Sc. 1.
    My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills
My father feeds his flocks; a frugal swain,
Whose constant cares were to increase his store,
And keep his only son, myself, at home.
          Douglas. Act ii. Sc. 1.
    A rude and boisterous captain of the sea.
          Douglas. Act iv. Sc. 1.
    Like Douglas conquer, or like Douglas die.
          Douglas. Act v. Sc. 1.
Note 1.
Facts are stubborn things.—Elliot: Essay on Field Husbandry, p. 35 (1747). [back]