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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
St. Evremond
  Good judges are as rare as good authors.  1
  Let pleasure be ever so innocent, the excess is always criminal.  2
  Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.  3
  Some men will believe nothing but what they can comprehend; and there are but few things that such are able to comprehend.  4
  There is a heroic innocence, as well as a heroic courage.  5
  There is as much ingenuity in making an felicitous application of an passage as in being the author of it.  6
  Too austere a philosophy makes few wise men; too rigorous politics, few good subjects; and too hard a religion, few religious persons whose devotion is of long continuance.  7
  Truth is born with us; and we must do violence to nature, to shake off our veracity.  8

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