John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
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Something given that way.
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Deeds, not words. 1
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Naught so sweet as melancholy. 2
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I would help others, out of a fellow-feeling. 4
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They lard their lean books with the fat of others works. 5
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We can say nothing but what hath been said. 6 Our poets steal from Homer
. Our story-dressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.
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I say with Didacus Stella, a dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself. 7
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Note 1. Deeds, not words. Samuel Butler: Hudibras, part i. canto i. line 867. [ back] Note 2. See Fletcher, page 184. There s not a string attuned to mirth But has its chord in melancholy. Thomas Hood: Ode to Melancholy. [ back] Note 3. Dr. Johnson said Burtons Anatomy of Melancholy was the only book that ever took him out of bed two hours sooner than he wished to rise. And Byron said, If the reader has patience to go through his volumes, he will be more improved for literary conversation than by the perusal of any twenty other works with which I am acquainted. Works, vol i. p. 144. [ back] Note 4. A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind. David Garrick: Prologue on quitting the stage. Non ignara mali, miseris succurrere disco (Being not unacquainted with woe, I learn to help the unfortunate).Virgil: Æneid, lib. i. 630. [ back] Note 5. See Shakespeare, King Henry IV. Part I, Quotation 21. [ back] Note 6. Nihil dictum quod non dictum prius (There is nothing said which has not been said before). Terence: Eunuchus, Prol. 10. [ back]
Note 7. A dwarf on a giants shoulders sees farther of the two. George Herbert: Jacula Prudentum. A dwarf sees farther than the giant when he has the giants shoulders to mount on. Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Friend, sect. i. essay viii. Pigmæi gigantum humeris impositi plusquam ipsi gigantes vident (Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see more than the giants themselves). Didacus Stella in Lucan, 10, tom. ii. [ back]