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I hare gathered a porta of other men's flowers, and nothing but the thread that binds them is mine own. —Montaigne.
BEING AN ATTEMPT
TO TRACE TO THEIR SOURCE
PASSAGES AND PHRASES
IN COMMON USE:
LITTLE, BROWN AND COMPANY.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1863, by John Bartlett, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.
The favor shown to former editions has encouraged the compiler of this collection to go on with the work and make it more worthy.
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 orators 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.
Owing to the great number of Quotations added in this edition, it has been necessary to make an entire reconstruction of the book.
It is hoped the lovers of this agreeable subsidiary literature may find an increased usefulness in the Collection corresponding with its present enlargement.
Cambridge, December, 1863.