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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  A circulating library in a town is an ever-green tree of diabolical knowledge.  1
  Alas! the devil’s sooner raised than laid.  2
  Believe not each accusing tongue, / As most weak persons do; / But still believe that story wrong / Which ought not to be true.  3
  But what fate does, let fate answer for.  4
  Easy writing’s curst hard reading.  5
  Egad! I think the interpreter is the hardest to be understood of the two.  6
  “I know that it is in me, and out it shall come.”    To his friends over their disappointment at the failure of his maiden speech.  7
  In religion as in friendship, they who profess most are ever the least sincere.  8
  Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.  9
  Our ancestors are very good kind o’ folks; but they are the last people I should choose to have a visiting acquaintance with.  10
  Our memories are independent of our wills.  11
  Pity those whom Nature abuses, never those who abuse Nature.  12
  Remember, now, when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.  13
  The right honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.  14
  The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.  15
  They only babble that practise not reflection.  16
  Those who profess most are ever the least sincere.  17
  Thought is silence.  18
  You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, nor is it my principle to pay the interest.    To a creditor of his.  19
  You write with ease to show your breeding, / But easy writing’s cursed hard reading.  20

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