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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Attention
 
  I never knew any man cured of inattention.
Swift.    
  1
  In the power of fixing the attention lies the most precious of the intellectual habits.
Robert Hall.    
  2
  Attention is the stuff that memory is made of, and memory is accumulated genius.
Lowell.    
  3
  It is a way of calling a man a fool when no attention is given to what he says.
L’Estrange.    
  4
        Lend thy serious hearing to what I shall unfold.
Shakespeare.    
  5
  It is difficult to instruct children because of their natural inattention; the true mode, of course, is to first make our modes interesting to them.
Locke.    
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  Attention makes the genius; all learning, fancy, and science depend upon it. Newton traced back his discoveries to its unwearied employment. It builds bridges, opens new worlds, and heals diseases; without it taste is useless, and the beauties of literature are unobserved.
Willmott.    
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