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

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Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne. (1533–1592) (continued)
    For truth itself has not the privilege to be spoken at all times and in all sorts.
          Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience.
    The diversity of physical arguments and opinions embraces all sorts of methods.
          Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience.
    Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better understands her own affairs than we.
          Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience.
    I have ever loved to repose myself, whether sitting or lying, with my heels as high or higher than my head.
          Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience.
    I, who have so much and so universally adored this [greek], “excellent mediocrity,” 1 of ancient times, and who have concluded the most moderate measure the most perfect, shall I pretend to an unreasonable and prodigious old age?
          Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas. (1544–1590)
    The world ’s a stage 2 where God’s omnipotence,
His justice, knowledge, love, and providence
Do act the parts.
          First Week, First Day.
    And reads, though running, 3 all these needful motions.
          First Week, First Day.
    Mercy and justice, marching cheek by joule.
          First Week, First Day.
    Not unlike the bear which bringeth forth
In the end of thirty dayes a shapeless birth;
But after licking, it in shape she drawes,
And by degrees she fashions out the pawes,
The head, and neck, and finally doth bring
To a perfect beast that first deformed thing. 4
          First Week, First Day.
Note 1.
See Cowper, Quotation 112. [back]
Note 2.
See Shakespeare. As You Like It, Quotation 36. [back]
Note 3.
See Cowper, Quotation 98. [back]
Note 4.
See Burton, Quotation 7. [back]