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

Josiah Gilbert Holland 1819-1881 John Bartlett

    Heaven is not reached at a single bound;
  But we build the ladder by which we rise
  From the lowly earth to the vaulted skies,
And we mount to its summit round by round.
    He could see naught but vanity in beauty
  And naught but weakness in a fond caress
And pitied men whose views of Christian duty
  Allowed indulgence in such foolishness.
          Daniel Gray.
    God give us men. The time demands
  Strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and willing hands;
Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
  Men whom the spoils of office cannot buy;
Men who possess opinions and a will;
  Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
Men who can stand before a demagogue
  And dam his treacherous flatteries without winking;
Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
  In public duty and in private thinking.