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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
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  It will be necessary to avoid the exquisiteness of an over-attention to small parts; and to over-precision, and to a spirit of detail, which acute understandings, and which, without great care, all precise reasoners are apt to get into; and which gives, in some degree, a sort of hardness, and what you connoisseurs call the dry manner, to all our actions.
Edmund Burke: To the Duke of Richmond, Nov. 17, 1772.    
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  Groundless prejudices and weaknesses of conscience, instead of tenderness, mislead too many others, too many, otherwise good men.
Thomas Sprat.    
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  For the matter of your confession, let it be severe and serious; but yet so that it may be without any inordinate anxiety, and unnecessary scruples, which only entangle the soul.
Jeremy Taylor.    
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