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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Inactivity
 
The Commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.
        Sir James Mackintosh.—Defence of the French Revolution, Sect. I. Page 23.
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With skilled negligence.
        Vaughan.—To St. Mary Magdalene, Line 19.
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The frivolous work of polished idleness.
        Mackintosh.—Dissert. on Ethical Philosophy. (Remarks on Thomas Brown.)
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Disciplined inaction.
        Mackintosh.—Causes of the Revolution of 1688, Chap. VII.
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Or doing nothing with a deal of skill.
        Cowper.—Table Talk, Line 194.
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Pangs without birth, and fruitless industry.
        Dryden.—Mac Flecknoe, Line 148.
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To fight and terrify them if they made slow haste.
        Holland’s Livy.—Page 922.
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