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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
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All may do what has by man been done.
        Dr. Young.—Night VI. Line 606, and ante 23. Ante 26, Title “Be.”
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Hast thou begun an act? ne’er then give o’er;
No man despairs to do what’s done before.
        Herrick.—Hesperides, Aphorism, No. 142.
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If it were done when ’tis done, then ’twere well
It were done quickly: If the assassination
Could trammel up the consequence, and catch,
With his surcease, success; that but this blow
Might be the be-all and the end-all, here,
But here, upon this bank and shoal of time,
We’d jump the life to come.—But in these cases,
We still have judgment here; that we but teach
Bloody instructions, which, being taught, return
To plague the inventor: This even-handed justice
Commends the ingredients of our poison’d chalice
To our own lips.—He’s here in double trust:
First, as I am his kinsman and his subject,
Strong both against the deed; then, as his host,
Who should against his murtherer shut the door,
Not bear the knife myself.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act I. Scene 7. (Solus.)
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Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
        Solomon.—Proverbs, Chap. iii. Ver. 29.
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