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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
All may do what has by man been done.
        Dr. Young.—Night VI. Line 606, and ante 23. Ante 26, Title “Be.”
Hast thou begun an act? ne’er then give o’er;
No man despairs to do what’s done before.
        Herrick.—Hesperides, Aphorism, No. 142.
If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
It were done quickly: If the assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch,
With his surcease, success; that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all, here,
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
We’d jump the life to come.—But in these cases,
We still have judgment here; that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice
To our own lips.—He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murtherer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act I. Scene 7. (Solus.)
Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
        Solomon.—Proverbs, Chap. iii. Ver. 29.

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