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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:232
AUTHOR:Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
QUOTATION:Passions are likened best to floods and streams:
The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Silent Lover.
 
Note 1.
Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labi (The deepest rivers flow with the least sound).—Q. Curtius, vii. 4. 13.

Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.—William Shakespeare: 2 Henry VI. act iii. sc. i. [back]
 

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