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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Precocity
 
  Small herbs have grace; great weeds do grow apace.
Shakespeare.    
  1
  Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well.
H. W. Shaw.    
  2
  Maturity is most rapid in the low latitudes, where pineapples and women most do thrive.
N. P. Willis.    
  3
  It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity.
Quintilian.    
  4
  Nothing is less promising than precocity. A young thistle is more like a future tree than is a young oak.
Marie Ebner-Eschenbach.    
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