|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Fools, not to know that half exceeds the whole!|
Addison from Hesiod, Book I. Verse 40; Spectator No. 195; and Valpys edition, translated by Elton.
| [A maxim often used by the ancients to recommend moderation. Hesiod advised his brother to prefer a friendly accommodation to an expensive lawsuit. Agree with thine adversary quickly, says St. Matthew, Chapter v. 25; see also Bankss Translation of Hesiod, 76.]|| 2|
|Nothing is more true in political arithmetic, than that the same people with half a country is more valuable than the whole.|
Spectator, No. CC.
| He was no fool|
Who said the half is better than the whole.
Armstrong.A Day, Line 177.