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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
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        A story should, to please, at least seem true,
Be apropos, well told, concise, and new:
And whenso’er it deviates from these rules,
The wise will sleep, and leave applause to fools.
  1
        Spite of all the fools that pride has made,
’Tis not on man a useless burthen laid;
Pride has ennobled some, and some disgraced;
It hurts not in itself, but as ’tis placed;
When right, its views know none but virtue’s bound;
When wrong, it scarcely looks one inch around.
  2
        ’Tis good nature only wins the heart;
It moulds the body to an easy grace
And brightens every feature of the face;
It smoothes th’ unpolish’d tongue with eloquence
And adds persuasion to the finest sense.
  3
  Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.  4
  Error is but the shadow of the truth.  5
  Kircher lays it down as a certain principle, that there never was any people so rude which did not acknowledge and worship one supreme Deity.  6
  Nothing enlarges the gulf of atheism more than the wide passage that lies between the faith and lives of men pretending to teach Christianity.  7
  Peace and wickedness are far asunder.  8
  Philosophers and common heathen believed one God, to whom all things were referred; but under this God they worshipped many inferior and subservient gods.  9
  Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for.  10
  See how the skilful lover spreads his toils.  11
 
 
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