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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4363
AUTHOR:Oliver Goldsmith (1730?–1774)
QUOTATION:It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Hermit. Chap. x.
 
Note 1.
An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.—Pliny the Younger: Letters, book ii. letter xv. 1. [back]
 

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