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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1215
AUTHOR: Horatio Alger (1834–99)
QUOTATION: I wrote my name upon the sand,
And trusted it would stand for aye;
But, soon, alas! the refluent sea
Had washed my feeble lines away.
ATTRIBUTION: HORATIO ALGER, JR., “Carving a Name,” lines 1–4, Alger Street: The Poetry of Horatio Alger, Jr., ed. Gilbert K. Westgard II, p. 53 (1964).
SUBJECTS: Mortality