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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Oblivion
 
Oblivion is not to be hired.
        Sir Thomas Browne—Hydriotaphia. Ch. V.
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        For those sacred powers
Tread on oblivion: no desert of ours
Can be entombed in their celestial breasts.
        Wm. Browne—Britannia’s Pastorals. Bk. III. Song II. St. 23.
  2
It is not in the storm nor in the strife
  We feel benumb’d, and wish to be no more,
  But in the after-silence on the shore,
When all is lost, except a little life.
        Byron—Lines on Hearing that Lady Byron was Ill. L. 9.
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  Without oblivion, there is no remembrance possible. When both oblivion and memory are wise, when the general soul of man is clear, melodious, true, there may come a modern Iliad as memorial of the Past.
        Carlyle—Cromwell’s Letters and Speeches. Introduction. Ch. I.
  4
And o’er the past oblivion stretch her wing.
        Homer—Odyssey. Bk. XXIV. L. 557. Pope’s trans.
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  He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more.
        Job. VII. 10.
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Injuriarum remedium est oblivio.
  Oblivion is the remedy for injuries.
        Seneca—Epistles. 94. Quoting from an old poet, also found in Syrus.
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What’s past and what’s to come is strew’d with husks
And formless ruin of oblivion.
        Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 166.
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Eo magis præfulgebant quod non videbantur.
  They shone forth the more that they were not seen.
        Tacitus. Adapted from Annals. Bk. III. 76.
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  But from your mind’s chilled sky
It needs must drop, and lie with stiffened wings
Among your soul’s forlornest things;
A speck upon your memory, alack!
A dead fly in a dusty window-crack.
        Francis Thompson—“Manus Animam Pinxit.” St. 2.
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