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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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John Selden. (1584–1654) (continued)
 
2213
    They that govern the most make the least noise.
          Table Talk. Power.
2214
    Syllables govern the world.
          Table Talk. Power.
2215
    Never king dropped out of the clouds.
          Table Talk. Power.
2216
    Never tell your resolution beforehand.
          Table Talk. Wisdom.
2217
    Wise men say nothing in dangerous times.
          Table Talk. Wisdom.
 
William Drummond. (1585–1649)
 
2218
    God never had a church but there, men say,
  The Devil a chapel hath raised by some wyles. 1
I doubted of this saw, till on a day
  I westward spied great Edinburgh’s Saint Gyles.
          Posthumous Poems.
 
Francis Beaumont. (1584?–1616)
 
2219
    What things have we seen
Done at the Mermaid! heard words that have been
So nimble and so full of subtile flame
As if that every one from whence they came
Had meant to put his whole wit in a jest,
And resolved to live a fool the rest
Of his dull life.
          Letter to Ben Jonson.
 
Note 1.
See Burton, Quotation 80. [back]
 

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