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

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Publius Syrus. (42 B.C.) (continued)
    The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself. 1
          Maxim 511.
    A rolling stone gathers no moss. 2
          Maxim 524.
    Never promise more than you can perform.
          Maxim 528.
    A wise man never refuses anything to necessity. 3
          Maxim 540.
    No one should be judge in his own cause. 4
          Maxim 545.
    Necessity knows no law except to conquer. 5
          Maxim 553.
    Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently. 6
          Maxim 557.
    We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.
          Maxim 559.
    It is only the ignorant who despise education.
          Maxim 571.
    Do not turn back when you are just at the goal. 7
          Maxim 580.
    It is not every question that deserves an answer.
          Maxim 581.
    No man is happy who does not think himself so. 8
          Maxim 584.
    Never thrust your own sickle into another’s corn. 9
          Maxim 593.
    You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
          Maxim 596.
Note 1.
See Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Quotation 22. [back]
Note 2.
See Heywood, Quotation 61. [back]
Note 3.
Yet do I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity.—Euripides: Hercules Furens, line 281. [back]
Note 4.
It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause.—Blaise Pascal: Thoughts, chap. iv. 1. [back]
Note 5.
See Milton, Quotation 106. [back]
Note 6.
See Chaucer, Quotation 24. [back]
Note 7.
When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back.—Plutarch: Of the Training of Children. [back]
Note 8.
No man can enjoy happiness without thinking that he enjoys it.—Samuel Johnson: The Rambler, p. 150. [back]
Note 9.
Did thrust as now in others’ corn his sickle.—Du Bartas: Divine Weekes and Workes, part ii. Second Weeke.

Not presuming to put my sickle in another man’s corn.—Nicholas Yonge: Musica Transalpini. Epistle Dedicatory. 1588. [back]