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

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William Cowper. (1731–1800) (continued)
    He would not, with a peremptory tone,
Assert the nose upon his face his own.
          Conversation. Line 121.
    A moral, sensible, and well-bred man
Will not affront me,—and no other can.
          Conversation. Line 193.
    Pernicious weed! whose scent the fair annoys,
Unfriendly to society’s chief joys:
Thy worst effect is banishing for hours
The sex whose presence civilizes ours.
          Conversation. Line 251.
    I cannot talk with civet in the room,
A fine puss-gentleman that ’s all perfume.
          Conversation. Line 283.
    The solemn fop; significant and budge;
A fool with judges, amongst fools a judge. 1
          Conversation. Line 299.
    His wit invites you by his looks to come,
But when you knock, it never is at home. 2
          Conversation. Line 303.
    Our wasted oil unprofitably burns,
Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns. 3
          Conversation. Line 357.
    That good diffused may more abundant grow.
          Conversation. Line 443.
    A business with an income at its heels
Furnishes always oil for its own wheels.
          Retirement. Line 614.
    Absence of occupation is not rest,
A mind quite vacant is a mind distress’d.
          Retirement. Line 623.
    An idler is a watch that wants both hands,
As useless if it goes as if it stands.
          Retirement. Line 681.
    Built God a church, and laugh’d his word to scorn.
          Retirement. Line 688.
Note 1.
See Pope, Quotation 200. [back]
Note 2.
See Pope, Quotation 251. [back]
Note 3.
See Butler, Quotation 45.

The story of a lamp which was supposed to have burned about fifteen hundred years in the sepulchre of Tullia, the daughter of Cicero, is told by Pancirollus and others. [back]