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

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Marcus Aurelius. (121–180) (continued)
    Everything is in a state of metamorphosis. Thou thyself art in everlasting change and in corruption to correspond; so is the whole universe.
          Meditations. ix. 19.
    Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it…. Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
          Meditations. ix. 29.
    He that dies in extreme old age will be reduced to the same state with him that is cut down untimely.
          Meditations. ix. 33.
    Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.
          Meditations. x. 5.
    “The earth loveth the shower,” and “the holy ether knoweth what love is.” 1 The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made.
          Meditations. x. 21.
    Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life,—there, if one must speak out, the real man.
          Meditations. x. 38.
    No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms.
          Meditations. xi. 10.
    If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not.
          Meditations. xii. 17.
Tertullian. (c. 160–c. 230)
    See how these Christians love one another.
          Apologeticus. c. 39.
    Blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
          Apologeticus. c. 50.
    It is certain because it is impossible. 2
          De Carne Christi. c. 5.
    He who flees will fight again. 3
          De Fuga in Persecutione. c. 10.
Note 1.
Fragmenta Euripidis, apud Aristotelem, N. A. viii. 1, 6. [back]
Note 2.
Certum est, quia impossibile est. This is usually misquoted, “Credo quia impossibile” (I believe it because it is impossible). [back]
Note 3.
See Butler, Quotation 68. [back]