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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Page 431
 
 
Edward Gibbon. (1737–1794) (continued)
 
4609
    On the approach of spring I withdraw without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
          Memoirs. Vol. i. p. 116.
4610
    I was never less alone than when by myself. 1
          Memoirs. Vol. i. p. 117.
 
Thomas Paine. (1737–1809)
 
4611
    And the final event to himself [Mr. Burke] has been, that, as he rose like a rocket, he fell like the stick.
          Letter to the Addressers.
4612
    These are the times that try men’s souls.
          The American Crisis. No. 1.
4613
    The sublime and the ridiculous are often so nearly related, that it is difficult to class them separately. One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again. 2
          Age of Reason. Part ii. note.
 
John Wolcot. (1738–1819)
 
4614
    What rage for fame attends both great and small!
Better be damned than mentioned not at all.
          To the Royal Academicians.
4615
    No, let the monarch’s bags and others hold
The flattering, mighty, nay, al-mighty gold. 3
          To Kien Long. Ode iv.
4616
    Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt,
And every grin so merry draws one out.
          Expostulatory Odes. Ode xv.
 
Note 1.
Never less alone than when alone.—Samuel Rogers: Human Life. [back]
Note 2.
Probably this is the original of Napoleon’s celebrated mot, “Du sublime au ridicule il n’y a qu’un pas” (From the sublime to the ridiculous there is but one step). [back]
Note 3.
See Jonson, Quotation 15. [back]
 

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