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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Merit
 
On their own merits modest men are dumb;
“Plaudite et valete”—Terence—Hum!
        Colman.—Epilogue to Heir-at-Law, last lines.
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View the whole scene, with critic judgment scan,
And then deny him merit if you can.
Where he falls short, ’tis nature’s fault alone:
Where he succeeds, the merit’s all his own.
        Churchill.—The Rosciad, Line 1023. (Critique on Sheridan.)
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Before such merit all objections fly;—
Prichard’s genteel, and Garrick’s six feet high.
        Churchill.—The Rosciad, Line 850. (Critique on Mrs. Prichard.)
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Amongst the sons of men how few are known
Who dare be just to merit not their own.
        Churchill.—Epi. to Hogarth. Line 1.
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