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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.


Ignorance shuts its eyes and believes it is right.

It is with ideas as with pieces of money; those of least value generally circulate the best.

Never ask a favour of a man until he has had his dinner.

No one knows when he is well off.

Scandal, like the Nile, is fed by innumerable streams, and it is extremely difficult to trace it to its source.

Superstitions would soon die out if so many old women would not act as nurses to keep them alive.