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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
  Quick wits be in desire new-fangled; in purpose, unconstant; light to promise anything, ready to forget everything, both benefit and injury, and thereby neither fast to friend nor fearful to foe.
Roger Ascham: Schoolmaster.    
  I have seen so many woeful examples of the effect of levity, both that which arises from temper and that which is owing to interest, that a small degree of obstinacy is a quality not very odious in my eyes, whether it be complexioned, or from principle.
Edmund Burke: To the Duke of Richmond, Nov. 17, 1772.    
  The levity that is fatigued and disgusted with everything of which it is in possession.
Edmund Burke.    
  Whatever raises a levity of mind, a trifling spirit, renders the soul incapable of seeing, apprehending, and relishing the doctrines of piety.
William Law.    
  Most people in the world are acted by levity and humour, by strange and irrational changes.
Robert South.    

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