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

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Nixon Waterman. (1859– ?) (continued)
    Though life is made up of mere bubbles,
  ’T is better than many aver,
For while we’ve a whole lot of troubles,
  The most of them never occur. 1 
          Shreds and Patches.
    A rose to the living is more
Than sumptuous wreaths to the dead.
          A Rose to the Living.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman. (1860–1935)
    A million million worlds that move in peace;
A million mighty laws that never cease;
And one small ant-heap, hidden by small weeds,
Rich with eggs, slaves and store of millet-seeds.
    They sleep beneath the sod
    And trust in God.
          A common Inference.
    Said I, in scorn all burning hot,
    In rage and anger high,
“You ignominious idiot,
    Those wings are made to fly!”
          A Conservative.
    “I do not want to be a fly,
I want to be a worm!”
          A Conservative.
William Jennings Bryan. (1860–1925)
      The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause is stronger than all the hosts of Error.
          Speech at the National Democratic Convention. Chicago, 1896.
Note 1.
See Disraeli, page 628, Lowell, page 741, and Foss, page 839. [back]