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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  Compound for sins they are inclined to / By damning those they have no mind to.  1
  Daring nonsense seldom fails to hit, / Like scattered shot, and pass with some for wit.  2
  Doubtless the pleasure is as great / Of being cheated as to cheat.  3
  Far greater numbers have been lost by hopes / Than all the magazines of daggers, ropes, / And other ammunitions of despair, / Were ever able to despatch by fear.  4
  Folly, as it grows in years, / The more extravagant appears.  5
  Fools are known by looking wise.  6
  Fools for arguments use wagers.  7
  For all a rhetorician’s rules / Teach nothing but to name his tools.  8
  For all he did he had a reason, / For all he said, a word in season; / And ready ever was to quote / Authorities for what he wrote.  9
  For all men live and judge amiss / Whose talents do not jump with his.  10
  For as a fly that goes to bed / Rests with his tail above his head, / So, in this mongrel state of ours, / The rabble are the supreme powers.  11
  For he, by geometric scale, / Could take the size of pots of ale.  12
  For men are brought to worse diseases / By taking physic than diseases, / And therefore commonly recover / As soon as doctors give them over.  13
  For rhetoric, he could not ope / His mouth, but out there flew a trope.  14
  For rhyme the rudder is of verses, / With which, like ships, they steer their courses.  15
  For truth is precious and divine, / Too rich a pearl for carnal swine.  16
  For wealth is all things that conduce / To man’s destruction or his use; / A standard both to buy and sell / All things from heaven down to hell.  17
  For when disputes are wearied out, / ’Tis interest still resolves the doubt.  18
  Full oft have letters caused the writers / To curse the day they were inditers.  19
  Have a care o’ the main chance.  20
  He could distinguish and divide / A hair ’twixt south and south-west side.  21
  He knew what’s what, and that’s as high / As metaphysic wit can fly.  22
  He that complies against his will, / Is of the same opinion still.  23
  He that imposes an oath makes it, / Not he that for convenience takes it.  24
  Justice gives sentence many times / On one man for another’s crimes.  25
  Justice, while she winks at crimes, / Stumbles on innocence sometimes.  26
  Lawyers, of whose art the basis / Is raising feuds and splitting cases.  27
  Nature has made man’s breast no windows / To publish what he does within doors, / Nor what dark secrets there inhabit, / Unless his own rash folly blab it.  28
  Night is the Sabbath of mankind, / To rest the body and the mind.  29
  Nothing’s more dull and negligent / Than an old lazy government, / That knows no interest of state, / But such as serves a present strait, / And, to patch up or shift, will close, / Or break alike, with friends or foes.  30
  The Bible contains many truths as yet undiscovered.  31
  The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty, / For want of fighting was grown rusty, / And ate into itself; for lack / Of somebody to hew and hack.  32
  Those that fly may fight again, / Which he can never do that’s slain.  33
  What makes all doctrines plain and clear? / About two hundred pounds a year. / And that which was prov’d true before / Prove false again, two hundred more.  34
  Whatever sceptic could inquire for, / For every why he had a wherefore.  35
  Why should not conscience have vacation / As well as other courts o’ th’ nation?  36

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