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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
Fools, not to know that half exceeds the whole!
        Addison from Hesiod, Book I. Verse 40; Spectator No. 195; and Valpy’s edition, translated by Elton.
  [A maxim often used by the ancients to recommend moderation. Hesiod advised his brother to prefer a friendly accommodation to an expensive lawsuit. “Agree with thine adversary quickly,” says St. Matthew, Chapter v. 25; see also Banks’s Translation of Hesiod, 76.]  2
Nothing is more true in political arithmetic, than that the same people with half a country is more valuable than the whole.
        Spectator, No. CC.
        He was no fool
Who said the half is better than the whole.
        Armstrong.—A Day, Line 177.
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