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

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Beilby Porteus. (1731–1808)
    In sober state,
Through the sequestered vale of rural life,
The venerable patriarch guileless held
The tenor of his way. 1
          Death. Line 108.
    One murder made a villain,
Millions a hero. Princes were privileged
To kill, and numbers sanctified the crime. 2
          Death. Line 154.
    War its thousands slays, Peace its ten thousands.
          Death. Line 178.
    Teach him how to live,
And, oh still harder lesson! how to die. 3
          Death. Line 316.
George Washington. (1732–1799)
    Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire,—conscience.
          Rule from the Copy-book of Washington when a schoolboy.
    To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace. 4
          Speech to both Houses of Congress, Jan. 8, 1790.
    ’T is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
          His Farewell Address.
Note 1.
See Gray, Quotation 46. [back]
Note 2.
See Young, Quotation 69. [back]
Note 3.
See Tickell, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 4.
Qui desiderat pacem præparet bellum (Who would desire peace should be prepared for war).—Vegetius: Rei Militari 3, Prolog.

In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello (In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war.—Horace: Book ii. satire ii.

See Also:
George Washington: First Inaugural Address
George Washington: Second Inaugural Address [back]