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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Levity
 
  Quick wits be in desire new-fangled; in purpose, unconstant; light to promise anything, ready to forget everything, both benefit and injury, and thereby neither fast to friend nor fearful to foe.
Roger Ascham: Schoolmaster.    
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  I have seen so many woeful examples of the effect of levity, both that which arises from temper and that which is owing to interest, that a small degree of obstinacy is a quality not very odious in my eyes, whether it be complexioned, or from principle.
Edmund Burke: To the Duke of Richmond, Nov. 17, 1772.    
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  The levity that is fatigued and disgusted with everything of which it is in possession.
Edmund Burke.    
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  Whatever raises a levity of mind, a trifling spirit, renders the soul incapable of seeing, apprehending, and relishing the doctrines of piety.
William Law.    
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  Most people in the world are acted by levity and humour, by strange and irrational changes.
Robert South.    
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