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

Of Unknown Authorship John Bartlett

    Love thyself, and many will hate thee.
          Frag. 146.
    Practice in time becomes second nature. 1
          Frag. 227.
    When God is planning ruin for a man, He first deprives him of his reason. 2
          Frag. 379.
    When I am dead let fire destroy the world;
It matters not to me, for I am safe.
          Frag. 430.
    Toil does not come to help the idle.
          Frag. 440.
Note 1.
Custom is almost a second nature.—Plutarch: Rule for the Preservation of Health, 18. [back]
Note 2.
See Dryden, Quotation 25.

This may have been the original of the well known (but probably post-classical) line, “Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat prius.” Publius Syrus has, “Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere.” [back]