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Familiar Quotations

A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature (9th volume)

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Author: John Bartlett
Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 400,485 / 1351 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.4
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 7,163
Added to site: 2009.01.26 23244

It is not easy to determine in all cases the degree of familiarity that may belong to phrases and sentences which present themselves for admission; for what is familiar to one class of readers may be quite new to another. Many maxims of the most famous writers of our language, and numberless curious and happy turns from orators and poets, have knocked at the door, and it was hard to deny them. But to admit these simply on their own merits, without assurance that the general reader would readily recognize them as old friends, was aside from the purpose of this collection. Still, it has been thought better to incur the risk of erring on the side of fulness.

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vely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.

Evangeline. Part i. 3.

And as she looked around, she saw how Death the consoler, Laying his hand upon many a heart, had healed it forever.

Evangeline. Part ii. 5.

God had sifted three kingdoms to find the wheat for this planting.[616-1]

The Courtship of Miles Standish. iv.

Into a world unknown,--the corner-stone of a nation![616-2]

The Courtship of Miles Standish. iv.

Saint Augustine! well hast thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame.[616-3]

The Ladder of Saint Augustine.

The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they while their companions slept Were toiling upward in the night.

The Ladder of Saint Augustine.

The surest pledge of a deathless name Is the silent homage of thoughts unspoken.

The Herons of Elmwood.

He has singed the beard of the king of Spain.[616-4]



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