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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  Black detraction will find faults where they are not.  1
  Captivity, / That comes with honour, is true liberty.  2
  Detraction’s a bold monster, and fears not / To wound the fame of princes, if it find / But any blemish in their lives to work on.  3
  Great minds erect their never-failing trophies on the firm base of mercy.  4
  Greatness, with private men / Esteem’d a blessing, is to me a curse; / And we, whom from our high births they conclude / The only free men, are the only slaves: / Happy the golden mean.  5
  The over-curious are not over-wise.  6
  True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honours are withdrawn.  7
 
 
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