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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Publius Syrus. (42 B.C.) (continued)
 
8623
    It is more easy to get a favour from fortune than to keep it.
          Maxim 282.
8624
    His own character is the arbiter of every one’s fortune. 1
          Maxim 283.
8625
    There are some remedies worse than the disease. 2
          Maxim 301.
8626
    Powerful indeed is the empire of habit. 3
          Maxim 305.
8627
    Amid a multitude of projects, no plan is devised. 4
          Maxim 319.
8628
    It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another.
          Maxim 322.
8629
    When two do the same thing, it is not the same thing after all.
          Maxim 338.
8630
    A cock has great influence on his own dunghill. 5
          Maxim 357.
8631
    Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm. 6
          Maxim 358.
8632
    No tears are shed when an enemy dies.
          Maxim 376.
8633
    The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.
          Maxim 388.
8634
    Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.
          Maxim 401.
8635
    No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety. 7
          Maxim 406.
8636
    The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted. 8
          Maxim 407.
8637
    Practice is the best of all instructors. 9
          Maxim 439.
8638
    He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.
          Maxim 459.
8639
    One man’s wickedness may easily become all men’s curse.
          Maxim 463.
8640
    Never find your delight in another’s misfortune.
          Maxim 467.
8641
    It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.
          Maxim 469.
8642
    It is better to have a little than nothing.
          Maxim 484.
8643
    It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies.
          Maxim 499.
 
Note 1.
See Bacon, Quotation 27. [back]
Note 2.
See Bacon, Quotation 16.

Marius said, “I see the cure is not worth the pain.”—Plutarch: Life of Caius Marius. [back]
Note 3.
Habit is second nature.—Montaigne: Essays, book iii. chap. x. [back]
Note 4.
He that hath many irons in the fire, some of them will cool.—Hazlitt: English Proverbs. [back]
Note 5.
See Heywood, Quotation 60. [back]
Note 6.
The sea being smooth,
How many shallow bauble boats dare sail
Upon her patient breast.
William Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc. 3. [back]
Note 7.
See Cowper, Quotation 63. [back]
Note 8.
Judex damnatur cum nocens absolvitur,—the motto adopted for the “Edinburgh Review.” [back]
Note 9.
Practice makes perfect.—Proverb. [back]
 

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