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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Fly
 
Who quits a world where strong temptations try,
And since ’tis hard to combat, learns to fly!
        Goldsmith.—Deserted Village, Line 101.
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“Go!” says he, one day at dinner, to an overgrown one which had buzzed about his nose, and tormented him cruelly all dinner-time, and which, after infinite attempts, he had caught at last, as it flew by him; “I’ll not hurt thee,” says my uncle Toby, rising from his chair, and going across the room, with the fly in his hand—“I’ll not hurt a hair of thy head:—Go!” says he, lifting up the sash, and opening his hand as he spoke, to let it escape; “go, poor devil, get thee gone, why should I hurt thee? This world, surely, is wide enough to hold both thee and me.”
        Sterne.—Tristram Shandy, Vol. II. Chap. XII.
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