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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
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Lucretius. (c. 99 B.C.–c. 55 B.C.)
 
8576
    Continual dropping wears away a stone. 1
          De Rerum Natura. i. 313.
8577
    What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others. 2
          De Rerum Natura. iv. 637.
8578
    In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers. 3
          De Rerum Natura. iv. 1133.
 
Horace. (65 B.C.–8 B.C.)
 
8579
    Brave men were living before Agamemnon. 4
          Odes. iv. 9, 25.
8580
    In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war. 5
          Satires. ii. 2. (111.)
8581
    You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared-for hide,… a hog from Epicurus’s herd. 6
          Satires. ii. 4, 15.
8582
    What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect. 7
          Epistles. i. 12, 19.
8583
    If you wish me to weep, you yourself must feel grief. 8
          Ars Poetica. 102.
8584
    The mountains will be in labour; an absurd mouse will be born. 9
          Ars Poetica. 139.
8585
    Even the worthy Homer sometimes nods. 10
          Ars Poetica. 359.
 
Note 1.
See Lyly, Quotation 8. [back]
Note 2.
See Beaumont and Fletcher, Quotation 27. [back]
Note 3.
See Byron, Quotation 23. [back]
Note 4.
See Byron, Quotation 128. [back]
Note 5.
See Washington, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 6.
See Mason, Quotation 1. [back]
Note 7.
See Burke, Quotation 24. [back]
Note 8.
See Churchill, Quotation 2. [back]
Note 9.
A mountain was in labour, sending forth dreadful groans, and there was in the region the highest expectation. After all, it brought forth a mouse.—Phædrus: Fables, iv. 22, 1.

The old proverb was now made good: “The mountain had brought forth a mouse.”—Plutarch: Life of Agesilaus II. [back]
Note 10.
See Pope, Quotation 97. [back]
 

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