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


  • Who dares
  • To say that he alone has found the truth?
  • Longfellow.

  • Presume to lay their hand upon the ark
  • Of her magnificent and awful cause.
  • Cowper.

  • How dare the plants look up to heaven, from whence
  • They have their nourishment?
  • Shakespeare.

  • It is not so with Him that all things knows
  • As ’tis with us that square our guess by shows:
  • But most it is presumption in us when
  • The help of heaven we count the act of men.
  • Shakespeare.

    He will steal himself into a man’s favor and for a week escape a great deal of discoveries; but when you find him out, you have him ever after.