|C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.|
| I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose.|
Sir W. Temple.
| It is an art without art, which has its beginning in falsehood, its middle in toil, and its end in poverty.|
From the Latin.
| || If by fire|
|Of sooty coal th empiric alchymist|
|Can turn, or holds it possible to turn,|
|Metals of drossest ore to perfect gold.|
| || The glorious sun|
|Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,|
|Turning with splendor of his precious eye|
|The meager cloddy earth to glittering gold.|
| Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould, about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions und instructive experiments to light.|