Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. BaconEssays. Of Boldness.
When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to taste a little brandy and throwing half his goods on the counter,thinks I, that man has an axe to grind. Charles MinerWholl turn Grindstones? Essays from the Desk of Poor Robert the Scribe. In Wilkesbarre Gleaner. (1811).