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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
J. L. Basford
 
  At the point of the pen is the focus of the mind.  1
  Beauty’s choicest mirror is an admiring eye.  2
  Death robs the rich and relieves the poor.  3
  Human happiness depends mainly upon the improvement of small opportunities.  4
  It requires a strong constitution to withstand repeated attacks of prosperity.  5
  Many preachers shine in the pulpit who lose their brilliancy in common conversation. They require the stimulus and magnetism of an audience to render them forcible and eloquent.  6
  Old gossips are usually young flirts gone to seed.  7
  One who uses many periods is a philosopher; many interrogations, a student; many exclamations, a fanatic.  8
  Pray not too often for great favors, for we stand most in need of small ones.  9
  Resignation is the name of the angel who carries most of our soul’s burdens.  10
  Sordid desires are the children of indulgence.  11
  The divorced were never truly married.  12
  The man who never has money enough to pay his debts has too much of something else.  13
  There are men whose stomachs are the clamorous creditors that sooner or later throw them into bankruptcy.  14
  There is much proud humility and humble pride in the world.  15
  Usury is the land-shark and devil-fish of commerce.  16
  Wrinkles are beauty’s death-lines.  17
 
 
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