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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6523
AUTHOR:Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)
QUOTATION: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. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:The Ladder of Saint Augustine.
 
Note 1.
I held it truth, with him who sings
  To one clear harp in divers tones,
  That men may rise on stepping-stones
Of their dead selves to higher things.
Tennyson: In Memoriam, i. [back]
 

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