C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • Nations and empires flourish and decay,
  • By turns command, and in their turns obey.
  • Ovid.

  • Extended empire, like expanded gold
  • Exchanges solid strength for feeble splendor.
  • Johnson.

  • Westward the course of empire takes its way,
  • The four first acts already past,
  • A fifth shall close the drama with the day;
  • Time’s noblest offspring is the last.
  • Bishop Berkeley.