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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Children
 
Unruly children make their sire stoop.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act III. Scene 4. (The Gardener to his Assistants.)
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The pleasure that some fathers feed upon
Is my strict fast,—I mean my children’s looks.
        Shakespeare.—King Richard II., Act II. Scene 1. (Old Gaunt to Richard.)
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As children gathering pebbles on the shore.
        Milton.—Paradise Regained, Book IV.
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  [“A remarkable anticipation,” says the Rev. Geo. Gilfillan, “of Newton’s famous saying, ‘I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.’”—Newton’s Life.]  4
Newton, (that proverb of the mind,) alas!
Declared, with all his grand discoveries recent,
That he himself felt only “like a youth
Picking up shells by the great ocean—Truth.”
        Byron.—Don Juan, Canto VII. Verse 5, Line 5.
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    When I look on my boys
    They renew all my joys,
Myself in my children I see;
    While the comforts I find
    In the kingdom my mind,
Pronounce that my kingdom is free.
        Lloyd.—Song in the Capricious Lovers, Air 2.
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By sports like these are all their cares beguil’d;
The sports of children satisfy the child.
        Goldsmith.—The Traveller.
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A little bench of heedless bishops here,
And there a chancellor in embryo.
        Shenstone.—The Schoolmistress, Stanza 28.
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