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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both holder and the beholder.  1
  Comedians are not actors; they are only imitators of actors.  2
  Economy is an excellent lure to betray people into expense.  3
  Few mortals are so insensible that their affections cannot be gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect.  4
  Fools with bookish knowledge are children with edged weapons; they hurt themselves and put others in pain.  5
  Laws act after crimes have been committed; prevention goes before them both.  6
  Leisure is seldom enjoyed with perfect satisfaction except in solitude.  7
  Many have been ruined by their fortunes; many have escaped ruin by the want of fortune. To obtain it, the great have become little, and the little great.  8
  Pleasures waste the spirits more than pains.  9
  Scholars are frequently to be met with who are ignorant of nothing saving their own ignorance.  10
  Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your not being one in adversity.  11
  The human mind, in proportion as it is deprived of external resources, sedulously labours to find within itself the means of happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy.  12
  They that do nothing are in the readiest way to do that which is worse than nothing.  13
  Time is never more misspent than while we declaim against the want of it.  14
  Troops of furies march in the drunkard’s triumph.  15

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