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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Flint
 
The fire i’ the flint
Shows not till it be struck.
        Shakespeare.—Timon of Athens, Act I. Scene 1. (Poet.)
  1
O, Cassius, you are yoked to a lamb
That carries anger as the flint bears fire;
Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,
And straight is cold again.
        Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act IV. Scene 3. (Brutus to Cassius.)
  2
So stubborn flints their inward heat conceal,
Till art and force th’ unwilling sparks reveal.
        Congreve.—To Dryden on his Poems, last lines but two.
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