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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Thinking
 
Who can hold a fire in his hand
By thinking on the frosty Caucasus?
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite
By bare imagination of a feast?
Or wallow naked in December snow
By thinking on fantastic summer’s heat?
        Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act I. Scene 3. (Bolingbroke to Gaunt.) The wife of Bath’s tale. Prol. Line 6721.
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Thinking is but an idle waste of thought;
For nought is every thing, and every thing is nought.
        Smith.—Rejected Addresses; imitation of Lord Byron.
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So in this way of writing without thinking,
Thou hast a strange alacrity in sinking.
        Dorset.—Sat. on Edward Howard.
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I have a kind of alacrity in sinking.
        Shakespeare.—Merry Wives of Windsor, Act III. Scene 5. (Falstaff.)
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