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

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George Bernard Shaw. (1856–1950)
      A great devotee of the Gospel of Getting On.
          Mrs. Warren’s Profession.
      A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
          Man and Superman. Act i.
      The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.
          Man and Superman. Act i.
      You think that you are Ann’s suitor; that you are the pursuer and she the pursued; that it is your part to woo, to persuade, to prevail, to overcome. Fool: it is you who are the pursued, the marked-down quarry, the destined prey.
          Man and Superman. Act. ii.
      Marry Ann and at the end of a week you ’ll find no more inspiration in her than in a plate of muffins.
          Man and Superman. Act. ii.
      Kings are not born: they are made by universal hallucination.
          The Revolutionist’s Handbook.
Benjamin Franklin King, Jr. (1857–1894)
      If I should die to-night 1 
And you should come in deepest grief and woe—
And say:—“Here’s that ten dollars that I owe,”
  I might arise in my large white cravat
  And say, “What’s that?”
          If I should die.
    Nothing to do but work,
  Nothing to eat but food,
Nothing to wear but clothes
  To keep one from going nude.
          The Pessimist.
Note 1.
Parody on:
      If I should die to-night,
My friends would look upon my quiet face
Before they laid it in its resting-place,
And deem that death had left it almost fair.
Belle E. Smith. [back]