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

Sir William Temple 1628-1699 John Bartlett

    Books, like proverbs, receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
          Ancient and Modern Learning.
    No clap of thunder in a fair frosty day could more astonish the world than our declaration of war against Holland in 1672.
          Memoirs. Vol. ii. p. 255.
    When all is done, human life is, at the greatest and the best, but like a froward child, that must be played with and humoured a little to keep it quiet till it falls asleep, and then the care is over.
          Miscellanea. Part ii. Of Poetry.