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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Thomas Hardy. (1840–1928)
 
 
1
    When false things are brought low,
And swift things have grown slow,
Feigning like froth shall go,
      Faith be for aye.
          Between us now.
2
    Whence comes solace? Not from seeing,
What is doing, suffering, being;
Not from noting Life’s conditions,
Not from heeding Time’s monitions;
  But in cleaving to the Dream
  And in gazing at the Gleam
  Whereby gray things golden seem.
          On a fine Morning.
3
    Why doth IT so and so, and ever so,
This viewless, voiceless Turner of the Wheel?
          The Dynasts. Fore Scene. Spirit of the Pities.
4
    A local thing called Christianity.
          The Dynasts. Spirit of the Years. Sc. 6.
5
              Aggressive Fancy working spells
Upon a mind o’erwrought.
          The Dynasts. Act i. Sc. 6. Napoleon.
6
    Ere systemed suns were globed and lit
The slaughters of the race were writ.
          The Dynasts. Act ii. Sc. 5. Semichorus.
7
      My argument is that War makes rattling good history; but Peace is poor reading.
          The Dynasts. Spirit sinister.
8
      A nice unparticular man.
          Far from the madding Crowd.
9
      A little one-eyed blinking sort of place.
          Tess of the D’Urbervilles.
10
      Like the British Constitution, she owes her success in practice to her inconsistencies in principle.
          The Hand of Ethelberta.
11
      A lover without indiscretion is no lover at all.
          The Hand of Ethelberta.
 

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