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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Contentions
 
Contentions fierce,
Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause.
        Scott.—Peveril of the Peak, Chap. XL., quoting “Albion.”
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Contention bold, with iron lungs,
And Slander with her hundred tongues.
        Ed. Moore.—Selim the Persian.
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In this contention, it is difficult to say which party succeeded.
        Fielding.—Joseph Andrews.
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Contention is a hydra’s head; the more they strive the more they may: and as Praxiteles did by his glass, when he saw a scurvy face in it, brake it in pieces: but for that one he saw many more as bad in a moment.
        Burton.—Anat. of Mel., Part II. Sec. 3. Mem. 7.
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Even as a broken mirror, which the glass
In every fragment multiplies, and makes
A thousand images of one that was
The same, and still the more, the more it breaks.
        Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto III. Stanza 33, Page 61.
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