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I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold stone echoed his ardent thought!

Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the dream of his inmost heart portrayed! JAMES C. HARVEY-Incompleteness.


I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes. Hosea. XII. 10.


Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)
Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,
And saw, within the moonlight in his room,
Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,
An angel, writing in a book of gold;
Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,
And to the presence in the room he said-
"What writest thou?" The Vision raised its

And, with a look made all of sweet accord,
Answered, "The names of those who love the

LEIGH HUNT-Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel.

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Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme,
The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame,
And poet's vision of eternal fame.

POPE-Dunciad. Bk. III. L. 9.


Where there is no vision, the people perish. Proverbs. XXIX. 18.


Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence! HORACE AND JAMES SMITH-Rejected Addresses. An Address without a Phoenix. By "S. T. P." (Not an imitation. Initials used to puzzle critics.)

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Nature's, not honour's, law we must obey: This made me cast my useless shield away. Another version of ARCHILOCHUS.


Instead of breaking that bridge, we should, if possible, provide another, that he may retire the sooner out of Europe.

ARISTIDES Referring to the proposal to destroy XERXES' bridge of ships over the Hellespont. ("A bridge for a retreating army.") See PLUTARCH-Life of Demosthenes. (See also RABELAIS)


If I am asked what we are fighting for, I can reply in two sentences. In the first place, to fulfil a solemn international obligation. an obligation of honor which no self-respecting man could possibly have repudiated. I say, secondly, we are fighting to vindicate the principle that small nationalities are not to be crushed in defiance of international good faith at the arbitrary will of a strong and overmastering Power.

PREMIER ASQUITH-Statement, to House of Commons, Declaration of War with Germany, August 4, 1914.


They shall not pass till the stars be darkened:
Two swords crossed in front of the Hun;
Never a groan but God has harkened,
Counting their cruelties one by one.


O great corrector of enormous times,
Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider
Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood
The earth when it is sick, and curest the world
O' the pleurisy of people.

Kinsmen. Act V. Sc. 1.

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She is a wall of brass;

You shall not pass! You shall not pass!
Spring up like Summer grass,

Surge at her, mass on mass,

Still shall you break like glass,

Splinter and break like shivered glass,
But pass?

You shall not pass!

Germans, you shall not, shall not pass!

God's hand has written on the wall of brass-
You shall not pass! You shall not pass!

HAROLD BEGBIE-You Shall Not Pass. In
N. Y. Tribune, July 2, 1916.


(See also BATES)

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L'affaire Herzegovinienne ne vaut pas les os d'un fusilier poméranien.

The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian fusileer.

BISMARCK, (1875) during the struggle between the Christian provinces and Turkey, which led to the Russo-Turkish war. Another version is "The Eastern Question is not worth," etc. See also variation of same by BISMARCK under ART.


Lieber Spitzkugeln als Spitzreden.

Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. BISMARCK-Speech, (1850), relative to MANTEUFFEL'S dealings with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse-Cassel. (See also GASCOIGNE)


Ich sehe in unserm Bundesverhältnisse ein Gebrechen Preussens, welches wir früher oder später ferro et igne werden heilen müssen.

I see in our relations with our alliance a fault of Prussia's, which we must cure sooner or later ferro et igne.



[The great questions of the day] are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron.

BISMARCK-Declaration to the Prussian House of Delegates. Sept. 30, 1862. Same idea in SCHENKENDORF-Das Eiserne Kreuz. (See also QUINTILIAN, SWINBURNE, also ARNDT under BRAVERY)


What a place to plunder!

FIELD MARSHAL VON BLÜCHER'S Comment on viewing London from St. Paul's, after the Peace Banquet at Oxford, 1814. Same idea in MALCOLM-Sketches of Persia. P. 232. THACKERAY-Four Georges. George I, says: "The bold old Reiter looked down from St. Paul's and sighed out, 'Was für Plunder!' The German women plundered; the German secretaries plundered; the German cooks and intendants plundered; even Mustapha and Mahomet, the German negroes, had a share of the booty." The German quoted would be correctly translated "what rubbish!" Blücher, therefore, has been either misquoted or mistranslated.


It is magnificent, but it is not war.
of the Light Brigade. Attributed also to


He who did well in war just earns the right
To begin doing well in peace.

ROBERT BROWNING-Luria. Act II. L. 354.


The Government of the United States would be constrained to hold the Imperial German government to a strict accountability for such acts of their naval authorities. W. J. BRYAN-To the German government, when Secretary of State. European War Series of Depart. of State. No. I. P. 54,


Lay down the axe; fling by the spade; Leave in its track the toiling plough; The rifle and the bayonet-blade

For arms like yours were fitter now; And let the hands that ply the pen

Quit the light task, and learn to wield The horseman's crooked brand, and rein The charger on the battle-field.

BRYANT Our Country's Call.


None of our soldiers would understand not being asked to do whatever is necessary to reestablish a situation which is humiliating to us and unacceptable to our country's honor.-We are going to counter-attack.

Credited to MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, also to MAJOR-GEN. OMAR BUNDY, in reply to the French command to retire in the second battle of the Marne, 1918.


The American flag has been forced to retire. This is intolerable.

MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, on leaving the Conference of French Generals, July 15, 1918. Expressing regret that he could not obey orders. He is called "The General of No Retreat." See N. Y. Herald, Nov. 3, 1919. (Editorial)

You are there, stay there.

MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD. Citation to American unit which captured Fay's Wood. See N. Y. Herald, Nov. 3, 1919. (Editorial)


If it were possible for members of different nationalities, with different language and customs, and an intellectual life of a different kind, to live side by side in one and the same state, without succumbing to the temptation of each trying to force his own nationality on the other, things would look a good deal more peaceful. But it is a law of life and development in history that where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. In the struggle between nationalities, one nation is the hammer and the other the anvil: one is the victor and the other the vanquished.

BERNHARD VON BÜLOW-Imperial Germany.

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For he who fights and runs away
May live to fight another day;
But he who is in battle slain
Can never rise and fight again.

BUTLER'S lines misquoted by GOLDSMITH in a publication of NEWBERY, the publisher, The Art of Poetry on a New Plan. Vol. II. P. 147. The first lines appear in Musarum Delicia. Collection by SIR JOHN MENNIS and DR. JAMES SMITH. (1656) Accredited by some authorities to SUCKLING, but not confirmed by MENNIS.


Oft he that doth abide

Is cause of his own paine,

But he that flieth in good tide

Perhaps may fight again.

A Pleasant Satyre or Poesie. From the French. (About 1595)


Bloody wars at first began,

The artificial plague of man,
That from his own invention rise,
To scourge his own iniquities.

BUTLER Satire. Upon the Weakness and
Misery of Man. L. 105.


O proud was our army that morning
That stood where the pine darkly towers,
When Sherman said "Boys, you are weary,
This day fair Savannah is ours."

Then sang we a song for our chieftain
That echoed o'er river and lea,

And the stars on our banner shone brighter
When Sherman marched down to the sea.
S. H. M. BYERS-Sherman's March to the Sea.
Last stanza.


War, war is still the cry, "War even to the knife!" BYRON Childe Harold. Canto I St. 86.

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