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

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Anna Letitia (Aikin) Barbauld. (1743–1825) (continued)
    So fades a summer cloud away;
  So sinks the gale when storms are o’er;
So gently shuts the eye of day; 1
  So dies a wave along the shore.
          The Death of the Virtuous.
    Child of mortality, whence comest thou? Why is thy countenance sad, and why are thine eyes red with weeping?
          Hymns in Prose. xiii.
Thomas Jefferson. (1743–1826)
    The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.
          Summary View of the Rights of British America.
    When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God 2 entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
          Declaration of Independence.
    We hold these truths to be self-evident,—that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; 3 that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
          Declaration of Independence.
    We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honour.
          Declaration of Independence.
    Error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.
          First Inaugural Address. March 4, 1801.
Note 1.
See Chaucer, Quotation 57. [back]
Note 2.
See Bolingbroke, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 3.
All men are born free and equal, and have certain natural, essential, and unalienable rights.—Constitution of Massachusetts. [back]