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

Rihard Bentley 1662-1742 John Bartlett

    It is a maxim with me that no man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.
          Monk’s Life of Bentley. Page 90.
    “Whatever is, is not,” is the maxim of the anarchist, as often as anything comes across him in the shape of a law which he happens not to like. 1
          Declaration of Rights.
    The fortuitous or casual concourse of atoms. 2
          Sermons, vii. Works, Vol. iii. p. 147 (1692).
Note 1.
See Dryden, Quotation 91. [back]
Note 2.
That fortuitous concourse of atoms.—Review of Sir Robert Peel’s Address. Quarterly Review, vol. liii. p. 270 (1835).

In this article a party was described as a fortuitous concourse of atoms,—a phrase supposed to have been used for the first time many years afterwards by Lord John Russell.—Croker Papers, vol. ii. p. 54. [back]