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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Shadow and Substance
 
We lose what is certain while we are seeking what is uncertain.
        Riley’s Plautus.—The Pseudolus, Act II. Scene 3.
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The dog and the shadow.
        Æsop’s Fables.
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No, no! I am but shadow of myself:
You are deceived, my substance is not here.
        Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part I. Act II. Scene 3. (Talbot to the Countess.)
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Love like a shadow flies, when substance love pursues;
Pursuing that that flies, and flying what pursues.
        Shakespeare.—Merry Wives of Windsor, Act II. Scene 2. (Ford to Falstaff.)
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If once, the shadow to pursue,
We let the substance out of view.
        Churchill.—The Ghost, Book III.
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Grasping at shadows, let the substance slip.
        Dedication to Churchill’s Sermons and Farewell.
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