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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  A good inclination is only the first rude draught of virtue, but the finishing strokes are from the will.  1
  Every morsel to a satisfied hunger is only a new labour to a tired digestion.  2
  Flatterers are the bosom enemies of princes.  3
  Flints may be melted, but an ungrateful heart cannot; no, not by the strongest and noblest flame.  4
  Great men get more by obliging inferiors than by disdaining them.  5
  He that would reckon up all the accidents preferments depend upon, may as well undertake to count the sands or sum up infinity.  6
  He who has published an injurious book sins in his very grave, corrupts others while he is rotting himself.  7
  Ingratitude and compassion never cohabit in the same breast.  8
  It is difficult to act a part long, for where truth is not at the bottom, nature will peep out and betray itself one time or other.  9
  It is hard to maintain the truth, but much harder to be maintained by it.  10
  It is idleness that creates impossibilities; and where men care not to do a thing, they shelter themselves under a persuasion that it cannot be done.  11
  Jeer not others upon any occasion.  12
  Love is like the painter, who, being to draw the picture of a friend having a blemish in one eye, would picture only the other side of his face.  13
  Mammon has enriched his thousands, and has damned his ten thousands.  14
  Man’s life is an appendix to his heart.  15
  Most of the appearing mirth in the world is not mirth, but art; the wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.  16
  No man’s religion ever survives his morals.  17
  None acts a friend by a deputy, or can be familiar by proxy.  18
  Passion is the drunkenness of the mind.  19
  Religion bids man prefer the endurance of a lesser evil before a greater, and nature itself does no less.  20
  Repentance hath a purifying power, and every tear is of a cleansing virtue; but these penitential clouds must be still kept dropping; one shower will not suffice; for repentance is not one single action, but a course.  21
  The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame each of them by a single sentence consisting of two or three words.  22
  The shortest and the surest way to prove a work possible is strenuously to set about it; and no wonder if that proves it possible that for the most part makes it so.  23
  The very society of joy redoubles it, so that, whilst it lights upon my friend, it rebounds upon myself, and the brighter his candle burns the more easily will it light mine.  24
  There never was any heart truly great and generous that was not also tender and compassionate.  25
  They who lie soft and warm in a rich estate seldom come to heat themselves at the altar.  26
  Truth is a stronghold, and diligence is laying siege to it; so that it must observe all the avenues and passes to it.  27
  Truth itself shall lose its credit, if delivered by a person that has none.  28
  When once infidelity can persuade men that they shall die like beasts, they will soon be brought to live like beasts also.  29
  Whoever would persuade men to religion both with art and efficacy, must found the persuasion of it upon this, that it interferes not with any rational pleasure, that it bids nobody quit the enjoyment of any one thing that his reason can prove to him ought to be enjoyed.  30
  Wonder is from surprise, and surprise ceases upon experience.  31
  You may rest upon this as an unfailing truth, that there neither is, nor ever was, any person remarkably ungrateful who was not also insufferably proud; nor any one proud who was not equally ungrateful.  32

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