|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Oliver Goldsmith (1730?1774)|
|QUOTATION:||Ill fares the land, to hastening ills a prey,|
Where wealth accumulates, and men decay.
Princes and lords may flourish or may fade,
A breath can make them, as a breath has made; 1
But a bold peasantry, their countrys pride,
When once destroyd, can never be supplied.
|ATTRIBUTION:||The Deserted Village. Line 51.|
See Pope, Quotation 177.
Cest un verre qui luit,
Quun souffle peut détruire, et quun souffle a produit
(It is a shining glass, which a breath may destroy, and which a breath has produced).De Caux (comparing the world to his hour-glass). [back]