Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature (Classic Reprint)
Fb&c Limited, 29.10.2018 - 1178 Seiten
Excerpt from Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature
It is not easy to determine in all cases the degree of familiarity that may belong to phrases and sentences which present themselves for admission; for what is familiar to one class of readers may be quite new to another. Many maxims of the most famous writers of our language, and numberless curious and happy turns from enters and poets, have knocked at the door, and it was hard to deny them. But to admit these Simply on their own merits, without assurance that the general reader would readily recognize them as old friends, was aside from the purpose of this collection. Still, it has been thought better to incur the risk of erring on the side of fulness.
With the many additions to the English writers, the present edition contains selections from the French, and from the wit and wisdom of the ancients. A few pas sages have been admitted without a claim to familiarity, but solely on the ground of coincidence of thought.
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