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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Seek
 
’Tis a truth well known to most,
That whatsoever thing is lost;
We seek it, ere it come to light,
In every cranny but the right.
        Cowper.—The Retired Cat, Line 95.
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He that diligently seeketh good, procureth favour; but he that seeketh mischief, it shall come unto him.
        Proverbs, Chap. xi. Ver. 27.
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’Tis time enough to bear a misfortune when it comes, without anticipating it.
        Seneca.—Of a Happy Life, Ch. 13.
  3
That man’s unwise will search for ill,
Who may prevent it sitting still.
        Herrick.—Hesp. To his Muse, No. IX.
  4
When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness.
        Shakespeare.—King John, Act IV. Scene 2. (Pembroke to Salisbury.)
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How far your eyes may pierce I cannot tell,
Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well.
        Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act I. Scene 4. (Albany to Goneril.)
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