C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
As this auspicious day began the race
Of evry virtue joind with evry grace;
May you, who own them, welcome its return,
Till excellence, like yours, again is born.
The years we wish, will half your charms impair;
The years we wish the better half will spare;
The victims of your eyes will bleed no more, But all the beauties of your mind adore. 1
An obligation is something which constrains or induces us to act. 2
God help us! it is a foolish little thing, this human life, at the best; and it is half ridiculous and half pitiful to see what importance we ascribe to it, and to its little ornaments and distinctions. 3
Good-will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one. 4
Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest violence. 5
Satire is a composition of salt and mercury; and it depends upon the different mixture and preparation of these ingredients, that it comes out a noble medicine or a rank poison. 6
Simplicity of manner is the last attainment. Men are very long afraid of being natural, from the dread of being taken for ordinary. 7
The cheat ambition, eager to espouse dominion, courts it with a lying show, and shines in borrowed pomp to serve a turn. 8 The disease and its medicine are like two factions in a besieged town; they tear one another to pieces, but both unite against their common enemy, nature. 9