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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Be to her virtues very kind; / Be to her faults a little blind.  1
  Circles to square, and cubes to double, / Would give a man excessive trouble.  2
  Fantastic tyrant of the amorous heart, / How hard thy yoke! how cruel is thy dart! / Those ’scape thy anger who refuse thy sway, / And those are punished most who most obey.  3
  Fine by degrees and beautifully less.  4
  For hope is but the dream of those that wake.  5
  From ignorance our comfort flows; / The only wretched are the wise.  6
  Joyful to live, yet not afraid to die.  7
  Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink; / So may he cease to write, and learn to think.  8
  She should be humble who would please, / And she must suffer who can love.  9
  They never taste who always drink; / They always talk who never think.  10
  Thy sum of duty let two words contain; / Be humble and be just.  11
  Timely advised, the coming evil shun; / Better not do the deed, than weep it done.  12
  Variety alone gives joy; / The sweetest meats the soonest cloy.  13
  We happiness pursue; we fly from pain; / Yet the pursuit, and yet the flight is vain.  14
  When people once are in the wrong, / Each line they add is much too long.  15
  Who breathes must suffer, and who thinks must mourn; / And he alone is bless’d who ne’er was born.  16
  Who fastest walks, but walks astray, / Is only farthest from his way.  17

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