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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

Bidpai John Bartlett

    We ought to do our neighbour all the good we can. If you do good, good will be done to you; but if you do evil, the same will be measured back to you again. 1
          Dabschelim and Pilpay. Chap. i.
    It has been the providence of Nature to give this creature [the cat] nine lives instead of one. 2
          The Greedy and Ambitious Cat. Fable iii.
    There is no gathering the rose without being pricked by the thorns. 3
          The Two Travellers. Chap. ii. Fable vi.
    Wise men say that there are three sorts of persons who are wholly deprived of judgment,—they who are ambitious of preferments in the courts of princes; they who make use of poison to show their skill in curing it; and they who intrust women with their secrets.
          The Two Travellers. Chap. ii. Fable vi.
    Men are used as they use others.
          The King who became Just. Fable ix.
    What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh. 4
          The Two Fishermen. Fable xiv.
    Guilty consciences always make people cowards. 5
          The Prince and his Minister. Chap. iii. Fable iii.
    Whoever … prefers the service of princes before his duty to his Creator, will be sure, early or late, to repent in vain.
    There are some who bear a grudge even to those that do them good.
          A Religious Doctor. Fable vi.
    There was once, in a remote part of the East, a man who was altogether void of knowledge and experience, yet presumed to call himself a physician.
          The Ignorant Physician. Fable viii.
    He that plants thorns must never expect to gather roses. 6
          The Ignorant Physician. Fable viii.
    Honest men esteem and value nothing so much in this world as a real friend. Such a one is as it were another self, to whom we impart our most secret thoughts, who partakes of our joy, and comforts us in our affliction; add to this, that his company is an everlasting pleasure to us.
          Choice of Friends. Chap. iv.
    That possession was the strongest tenure of the law. 7
          The Cat and the two Birds. Chap. v. Fable iv.
Note 1.
And with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.—Matthew vii. 2. [back]
Note 2.
See Heywood, Quotation 91. [back]
Note 3.
See Herrick, Quotation 17. [back]
Note 4.
See Heywood, Quotation 122. [back]
Note 5.
See Shakespeare, Hamlet, Quotation 109. [back]
Note 6.
See Butler, Quotation 53. [back]
Note 7.
See Cibber, Quotation 13. [back]