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

Sir Samuel Garth 1661-1719 John Bartlett

    To die is landing on some silent shore
Where billows never break, nor tempests roar;
Ere well we feel the friendly stroke, ’t is o’er.
          The Dispensary. Canto iii. Line 225.
    I see the right, and I approve it too,
Condemn the wrong, and yet the wrong pursue. 1
          Ovid, Metamorphoses, vii. 20 (translated by Tate and Stonestreet, edited by Garth).
    For all their luxury was doing good. 2
          Claremont. Line 149.
Note 1.
I know and love the good, yet, ah! the worst pursue.—Petrarch: Sonnet ccxxv. canzone xxi. To Laura in Life.

See Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Quotation 15. [back]
Note 2.
And learn the luxury of doing good.—Oliver Goldsmith: The Traveller, line 22. George Crabbe: Tales of the Hall, book iii. Graves: The Epicure. [back]