Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Solomon.Ecclesiastes, Chap. i. Ver. 9. 1
What has been, may be; and what may be, may be supposed to be. Swift.A Further Search, etc. (See Appendix, Page 832, in Roscoes Life of Swift, Vol. II.) 2
Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be. Bishop Butler.Sermon 7 at the Rolls. 3
Every thing is what it is, and not another thing. Bishop Butler.Pref. to the Rolls Sermons, p. 16. 4
To be, or not to be, that is the question; Whether tis nobler in the mind, to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And, by opposing, end them? Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act III. Scene 1. (His Soliloquy on life and death.) 5 To be, contents his natural desire, He asks no angels wing, no seraphs fire; But thinks admitted to that equal sky, His faithful dog shall bear him company. Pope.Essay on Man, Epi. I. Line 109. 6