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

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Oliver Goldsmith. (1730?–1774) (continued)
    When lovely woman stoops to folly,
  And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy?
  What art can wash her guilt away?
          On Woman. Chap. xxiv.
    The only art her guilt to cover,
  To hide her shame from every eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
  And wring his bosom, is—to die.
          On Woman. Chap. xxiv.
    To what fortuitous occurrence do we not owe every pleasure and convenience of our lives.
          On Woman. Chap. xxi.
    For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again. 1
          The Art of Poetry on a New Plan (1761). Vol. ii. p. 147.
    One writer, for instance, excels at a plan or a title-page, another works away the body of the book, and a third is a dab at an index. 2
          The Bee. No. 1, Oct. 6, 1759.
    The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. 3
          The Bee. No. iii. Oct. 20, 1759.
Thomas Warton. (1728–1790)
    All human race, from China to Peru, 4
Pleasure, howe’er disguis’d by art, pursue.
          Universal Love of Pleasure.
    Nor rough, nor barren, are the winding ways
Of hoar antiquity, but strewn with flowers.
          Written on a Blank Leaf of Dugdale’s Monasticon.
Note 1.
See Butler, Quotation 68. [back]
Note 2.
There are two things which I am confident I can do very well: one is an introduction to any literary work, stating what it is to contain, and how it should be executed in the most perfect manner.
Boswell: Life of Johnson, An. 1775. [back]
Note 3.
See Young, Quotation 64. [back]
Note 4.
See Johnson, Quotation 1. [back]