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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  A worn-out sinner is sometimes found to make the best declaimer against sin.  1
  In tale or history your beggar is ever the first antipode to your king.  2
  Man, while he loves, is never quite depraved.  3
  No man troubleth the beggar with questioning his religion or politics.  4
  Philanthropy, like charity, must begin at home.  5
  Rags, which are the reproach of poverty, are the beggar’s robes and graceful insignia of his profession, his tenure, his full dress, the suit in which he is expected to show himself in public.  6
  Rake not into the bowels of unwelcome truth to save a halfpenny.  7
  Shut not thy purse-strings always against painted distress.  8
  The beggar is never out of the fashion, or limpeth awkwardly behind it.  9
  The beggar is not expected to become bail or surety for any one.  10
  The beggar is not required to put on court mourning.  11
  The beggar is the only free man in the universe.  12
  The beggar is the only man in the universe who is not obliged to study appearances.  13
  The beggar weareth all colours, fearing none.  14
  The beggar’s costume hath undergone less change than the Quaker’s.  15
  The ups and downs of the world concern the beggar no longer.  16
  We gain nothing by being with such as ourselves. We encourage one another in mediocrity. I am always longing to be with men more excellent than myself.  17
  We have all a speck of the motley.  18
  When a poor creature (outwardly and visibly such) comes before thee, do not stay to inquire whether the “seven small children,” in whose name he implores thy assistance, have a veritable existence.  19

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