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

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John Quincy Adams. (1767–1848) (continued)
    This hand, to tyrants ever sworn the foe,
For Freedom only deals the deadly blow;
Then sheathes in calm repose the vengeful blade,
For gentle peace in Freedom’s hallowed shade. 1
          Written in an Album, 1842.
    This is the last of earth! I am content.
          His Last Words, Feb. 21, 1848.
David Everett. (1769–1813)
    You ’d scarce expect one of my age
To speak in public on the stage;
And if I chance to fall below
Demosthenes or Cicero,
Don’t view me with a critic’s eye,
But pass my imperfections by.
Large streams from little fountains flow,
Tall oaks from little acorns grow. 2
          Lines written for a School Declamation.
Sydney Smith. (1771–1845)
    It requires a surgical operation to get a joke well into a Scotch understanding. 3
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 15.
    That knuckle-end of England,—that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur.
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 17.
    No one minds what Jeffrey says:… it is not more than a week ago that I heard him speak disrespectfully of the equator.
          Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 17.
Note 1.
See Sidney, Quotation 1.

See Also:
John Quincy Adams: Inaugural Address [back]
Note 2.
The lofty oak from a small acorn grows.—Lewis Duncombe (1711–1730): De Minimus Maxima (translation). [back]
Note 3.
See Walpole, Quotation 4. [back]