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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  Monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom; whilst a republic is a raft, which would never sink, but then your feet are always in water.  1
  No man ever did or ever will become truly eloquent without being a constant reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of its language.  2
  To study nature or man, we ought to know things that are in the ordinary course, not the unaccountable things that happen out of it.  3
 
 
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