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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Hannah Mare
  Fell luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksands, poverty or chains.  1
  A small unkindness is a great offence.  2
  He thought the World to him was known, / Whereas he only knew the Town; / In men this blunder still you find, / All think their little set—Mankind.  3
  In this blunder still you find, / All think their little set mankind.  4
  Inactivity cannot be led to good.  5
  Life is a short day, but it is a working day.  6
  Love never reasons, but profusely gives—gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, and trembles then lest it has done too little.  7
  Method is the very hinge of business.  8
  Of other tyrants short the strife, / But Indolence is king for life: / The despot twists, with soft control, / Eternal fetters round the soul.  9
  Perish discretion when it interferes with duty.  10
  Rage is for little wrongs; despair is dumb.  11
  Since trifles make the sum of human things, / And half our misery from our foibles springs.  12
  To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue.  13
  ’Twas doing nothing was his curse— / Is there a vice can plague us worse?  14
  Unhappy state of kings! it is well the robe of majesty is gay, or who would put it on?  15
  We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us.  16
  Where once Truth’s flame has burnt, I doubt / If ever it go fairly out.  17

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