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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Mathew Henry. (1662–1714)
 
 
1
    The better day, the worse deed. 1
          Commentaries. Genesis iii.
2
    Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep. 2
          Commentaries. Genesis iii.
3
    So great was the extremity of his pain and anguish that he did not only sigh but roar. 3
          Commentaries. Job iii.
4
    To their own second thoughts. 4
          Commentaries. Job vi.
5
    He rolls it under his tongue as a sweet morsel.
          Commentaries. Psalm xxxvi.
6
    Our creature comforts.
          Commentaries. Psalm xxxvii.
7
    None so deaf as those that will not hear. 5
          Commentaries. Psalm lviii.
8
    They that die by famine die by inches.
          Commentaries. Psalm lix.
9
    To fish in troubled waters.
          Commentaries. Psalm lx.
10
    Here is bread, which strengthens man’s heart, and therefore called the staff of life. 6
          Commentaries. Psalm civ.
  
  
  
11
    Hearkners, we say, seldom hear good of themselves.
          Commentaries. Ecclesiastes vii.
12
    It was a common saying among the Puritans, “Brown bread and the Gospel is good fare.”
          Commentaries. Isaiah xxx.
13
    Blushing is the colour of virtue. 7
          Commentaries. Jeremiah iii.
14
    It is common for those that are farthest from God, to boast themselves most of their being near to the Church. 8
          Commentaries. Jeremiah vii.
15
    None so blind as those that will not see. 9
          Commentaries. Jeremiah xx.
16
    Not lost, but gone before. 10
          Commentaries. Matthew ii.
17
    Those that are above business.
          Commentaries. Matthew xx.
18
    Better late than never. 11
          Commentaries. Matthew xxi.
19
    Saying and doing are two things.
          Commentaries. Matthew xxi.
20
    Judas had given them the slip.
          Commentaries. Matthew xxii.
21
    After a storm comes a calm.
          Commentaries. Acts ix.
22
    Men of polite learning and a liberal education.
          Commentaries. Acts x.
23
    It is good news, worthy of all acceptation; and yet not too good to be true.
          Commentaries. Timothy i.
24
    It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with. 12
          Commentaries. Timothy iii.
 
Note 1.
See Middleton, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 2.
See Venning, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 3.
Nature says best; and she says, Roar!—Edgeworth: Ormond, chap. v. (King Corny in a paroxysm of gout.) [back]
Note 4.
I consider biennial elections as a security that the sober second thought of the people shall be law.—Fisher Ames: On Biennial Elections, 1788. [back]
Note 5.
See Heywood, Quotation 123. [back]
Note 6.
Bread is the staff of life.—Jonathan Swift: Tale of a Tub.

Corne, which is the staffe of life.—Winslow: Good Newes from New England, p. 47. (London, 1624.)

The stay and the staff, the whole staff of bread.—Isaiah iii. 1. [back]
Note 7.
Diogenes once saw a youth blushing, and said: “Courage, my boy! that is the complexion of virtue.”—Diogenes Laertius: Diogenes, vi. [back]
Note 8.
See Heywood, Quotation 40. [back]
Note 9.
There is none so blind as they that won’t see.—Jonathan Swift: Polite Conversation, dialogue iii. [back]
Note 10.
Literally from Seneca, Epistola lxiii. 16.

Not dead, but gone before.—Samuel Rogers: Human Life. [back]
Note 11.
See Heywood, Quotation 52. [back]
Note 12.
See Appendix, Quotation 45. [back]
 

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