|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
For men use, if they have an evil tourne, to write it in marble; and whoso doth us a good tourne we write it in duste.Sir Thomas More: Richard III. and his miserable End.
All your better deeds
Shall be in water writ, but this in marble.
Beaumont and Fletcher: Philaster, act v. sc. 3.
Linjure se grave en métal; et le bienfait sescrit en londe.
(An injury graves itself in metal, but a benefit writes itself in water.)
Jean Bertaut. Circa 1611. [back]