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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay. (1800–1859) (continued)
 
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      He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked.
          On Moore’s Life of Lord Byron. 1830.
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      We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
          On Moore’s Life of Lord Byron. 1830.
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      From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness,—a system in which the two great commandments were to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour’s wife.
          On Moore’s Life of Lord Byron. 1830.
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      That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.
          On Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. 1831.
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      The conformation of his mind was such that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
          On Horace Walpole. 1833.
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      What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man!—To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!
          On Boswell’s Life of Johnson (Croker’s ed.). 1831.
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      Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world. 1 
          On Sir William Temple. 1838.
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      He was a rake among scholars and a scholar among rakes.
          Review of Aiken’s Life of Addison.
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      She [the Roman Catholic Church] may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand
 
Note 1.
See Pope, pages 331–332. [back]
 

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