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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Marcus Aurelius. (121–180) (continued)
 
9072
    Everything is in a state of metamorphosis. Thou thyself art in everlasting change and in corruption to correspond; so is the whole universe.
          Meditations. ix. 19.
9073
    Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it…. Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.
          Meditations. ix. 29.
9074
    He that dies in extreme old age will be reduced to the same state with him that is cut down untimely.
          Meditations. ix. 33.
9075
    Whatever may befall thee, it was preordained for thee from everlasting.
          Meditations. x. 5.
9076
    “The earth loveth the shower,” and “the holy ether knoweth what love is.” 1 The Universe, too, loves to create whatsoever is destined to be made.
          Meditations. x. 21.
9077
    Remember that what pulls the strings is the force hidden within; there lies the power to persuade, there the life,—there, if one must speak out, the real man.
          Meditations. x. 38.
9078
    No form of Nature is inferior to Art; for the arts merely imitate natural forms.
          Meditations. xi. 10.
9079
    If it is not seemly, do it not; if it is not true, speak it not.
          Meditations. xii. 17.
 
Tertullian. (c. 160–c. 230)
 
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    See how these Christians love one another.
          Apologeticus. c. 39.
9081
    Blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.
          Apologeticus. c. 50.
9082
    It is certain because it is impossible. 2
          De Carne Christi. c. 5.
9083
    He who flees will fight again. 3
          De Fuga in Persecutione. c. 10.
 
Note 1.
Fragmenta Euripidis, apud Aristotelem, N. A. viii. 1, 6. [back]
Note 2.
Certum est, quia impossibile est. This is usually misquoted, “Credo quia impossibile” (I believe it because it is impossible). [back]
Note 3.
See Butler, Quotation 68. [back]
 

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