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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  A single word is often a concentrated poem, a little grain of pure gold, capable of being beaten out into a broad extent of gold-leaf.  1
  Evil, like a rolling stone upon a mountain-top, / A child may first impel, a giant cannot stop.  2
  God asks not what, but whence, thy work is: from the fruit / He turns His eye away, to prove the inmost root.  3
  Language is fossil poetry.  4
  Proverbs have been always dear to the true intellectual aristocracy of a nation.  5
  Proverbs have pleased not one nation only, but many, so that they have made themselves a home in the most different lands.  6
  Proverbs have, not a few of them, come down to us from remotest antiquity, borne safely upon the waters of that great stream of time which has swallowed so much beneath its waves.  7
  Proverbs please the people, and have pleased them for ages.  8
  Proverbs possess so vigorous a principle of life, as to have maintained their ground, ever new and ever young, through all the centuries of a nation’s existence.  9
  When thou hast thanked thy God for every blessing sent, / What time will then remain for murmurs or lament?  10
 
 
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