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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun.
        Solomon.—Ecclesiastes, Chap. i. Ver. 9.
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What has been, may be; and what may be, may be supposed to be.
        Swift.—A Further Search, etc. (See Appendix, Page 832, in Roscoe’s Life of Swift, Vol. II.)
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Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be.
        Bishop Butler.—Sermon 7 at the Rolls.
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Every thing is what it is, and not another thing.
        Bishop Butler.—Pref. to the Rolls Sermons, p. 16.
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To be, or not to be, that is the question;
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind, to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And, by opposing, end them?
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 1. (His Soliloquy on life and death.)
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To be, contents his natural desire,
He asks no angel’s wing, no seraph’s fire;
But thinks admitted to that equal sky,
His faithful dog shall bear him company.
        Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. I. Line 109.
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