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

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Oliver Wendell Holmes. (1809–1894) (continued)
      I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes.
          Lecture, Harvard Medical School. 1 
William Ewart Gladstone. (1809–1898)
      To be engaged in opposing wrong affords, under the conditions of our mental constitution, but a slender guarantee for being right.
          Time and Place of Homer. Introduction.
      Decision by majorities is as much an expedient as lighting by gas.
          Speech. House of Commons. 1858.
      The disease of an evil conscience is beyond the practice of all the physicians of all the countries in the world.
          Speech. Plumstead. 1878.
      National injustice is the surest road to national downfall.
          Speech. Plumstead. 1878.
      Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race.
          Speech. Hawarden. May 28, 1890.
Note 1.
Bishop William Crosswell Doane (1832–1913): Lines on Homeopathy.

Stir the mixture well
  Lest it prove inferior,
Then put half a drop
  Into Lake Superior.

Every other day
  Take a drop in water,
You ’ll be better soon
  Or at least you oughter. [back]