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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2842
AUTHOR:Sir John Suckling (1609–1642)
QUOTATION:“High characters,” cries one, and he would see
Things that ne’er were, nor are, nor e’er will be. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Goblins. Epilogue.
 
Note 1.
Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be.
Alexander Pope: Essay on Criticism, part ii. line 53.

There ’s no such thing in Nature, and you ’ll draw
A faultless monster which the world ne’er saw.
Sheffield, Duke of Buckinghamshire: Essay on Poetry. [back]
 

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