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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Smollett
 
        And hearts resolved and hands prepared
The blessings they enjoy to guard.
  1
        Nature I’ll court in her sequester’d haunts,
  By mountain, meadow, streamlet, grove or cell;
Where the poised lark his evening ditty chaunts,
  And health, and peace, and contemplation dwell.
  2
        Not to the ensanguin’d field of death alone
Is valor limited: she sits serene
In the deliberate council, sagely scans
The source of action: weighs, prevents, provides,
And scorns to count her glories, from the feats
Of brutal force alone.
  3
  A man’s opinion of danger varies at different times, in consequence of an irregular tide of animal spirits; and he is actuated by considerations which he dares not avow.  4
  Facts are stubborn things.  5
  False as the fowler’s artful snare.  6
  Glory is the fair child of peril.  7
  Nature and wisdom are not, but should be, companions.  8
  One wit, like a knuckle of ham in soup, gives a zest and flavor to the dish; but more than one serves only to spoil the pottage.  9
  Opposition is the very spur of love.  10
  Ridiculous modes, invented by ignorance, and adopted by folly.  11
  To the valiant actions speak alone.  12
  True courage scorns to vent her prowess in a storm of words; and to the valiant action speaks alone.  13
  Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.  14
 
 
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