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

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Athenaeus. (fl. c. 200) (continued)
    Every investigation which is guided by principles of Nature fixes its ultimate aim entirely on gratifying the stomach. 1
          The Deipnosophists. vii. 11.
    Dorion, ridiculing the description of a tempest in the “Nautilus” of Timotheus, said that he had seen a more formidable storm in a boiling saucepan. 2
          The Deipnosophists. viii. 19.
    On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine-cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. “It is very small for its age,” said Gnathæna.
          The Deipnosophists. xiii. 47.
    Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness. 3
          The Deipnosophists. xiv. 6.
Saint Augustine. (354–430)
    When I am here, I do not fast on Saturday; when at Rome, I do fast on Saturday. 4
          Epistle 36. To Casulanus.
    The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light,—although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. 5
          Works. Vol. iii. In Johannis Evangelum, c. tr. 5, Sect. 15.
Ali Ben Abi Taleb.
    Believe me, a thousand friends suffice thee not;
In a single enemy thou hast more than enough. 6
Note 1.
See Johnson, Quotation 61. [back]
Note 2.
Tempest in a teapot.—Proverb. [back]
Note 3.
See Chapman, Quotation 21. [back]
Note 4.
See Burton, Quotation 87. [back]
Note 5.
See Bacon, Quotation 44. [back]
Note 6.
Translated by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and wrongly called by him a translation from Omar Khayyám.

Found in Dr. Hermann Tolowiez’s “Polyglotte der Orientalischen Poesie.”

Translated by James Russell Lowell thus:—
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. [back]