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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Alchemy
 
  I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose.
Sir W. Temple.    
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  It is an art without art, which has its beginning in falsehood, its middle in toil, and its end in poverty.
From the Latin.    
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                        If by fire
Of sooty coal th’ empiric alchymist
Can turn, or holds it possible to turn,
Metals of drossest ore to perfect gold.
Milton.    
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                            The glorious sun
Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,
Turning with splendor of his precious eye
The meager cloddy earth to glittering gold.
Shakespeare.    
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  Alchemy may be compared to the man who told his sons he had left them gold buried somewhere in his vineyard; where they by digging found no gold, but by turning up the mould, about the roots of their vines, procured a plentiful vintage. So the search and endeavors to make gold have brought many useful inventions und instructive experiments to light.
Bacon.    
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