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

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Richard Brinsley Sheridan. (1751–1816) (continued)
    A life spent worthily should be measured by a nobler line,—by deeds, not years. 1
          Pizarro. Act iv. Sc. 1.
    The Right Honorable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts. 2
          Speech in Reply to Mr. Dundas. Sheridaniana.
    You write with ease to show your breeding,
But easy writing ’s curst hard reading.
          Clio’s Protest. Life of Sheridan (Moore). Vol. i. p. 155.
Philip Freneau. (1752–1832)
    The hunter and the deer a shade. 3
          The Indian Burying-Ground.
    Then rushed to meet the insulting foe;
They took the spear, but left the shield. 4
          To the Memory of the Americans who fell at Eutaw.
George Crabbe. (1754–1832)
    Oh, rather give me commentators plain,
Who with no deep researches vex the brain;
Who from the dark and doubtful love to run,
And hold their glimmering tapers to the sun. 5
          The Parish Register. Part i. Introduction.
Note 1.
He who grown aged in this world of woe,
In deeds, not years, piercing the depths of life,
So that no wonder waits him.
Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iii. stanza 5.

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths.—Philip James Bailey: Festus. A Country Town.

Who well lives, long lives; for this age of ours
Should not be numbered by years, daies, and hours.
Du Bartas: Days and Weekes. Fourth Day. Book ii. [back]
Note 2.
On peut dire que son esprit brille aux dépens de sa mémoire (One may say that his wit shines by the help of his memory).—Alain René Le Sage: Gil Blas, livre iii. chap. xi. [back]
Note 3.
This line was appropriated by Campbell in “O’Connor’s Child.” [back]
Note 4.
When Prussia hurried to the field,
And snatched the spear, but left the shield.
Sir Walter Scott: Marmion, Introduction to canto iii. [back]
Note 5.
See Young, Quotation 70. [back]