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I do not allow myself to suppose that either the convention or the League, have concluded to decide that I am either the greatest or the best man in America, but rather they have concluded it is not best to swap horses while crossing the river, and have further concluded that am not so poor a horse that they might not make a botch of it in trying to swap.

LINCOLN, to a delegation of the National Union League who congratulated him on his nomination as the Republican candidate for President, June 9, 1864. As given by J. F. RHODES Hist. of the U. S. from the Compromise of 1850. Vol. IV. P. 370. Same in NICOLAY AND HAY Lincoln's Complete Works. Vol. II. P. 532. Different version in Appleton's Cyclopedia. RAYMOND -Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln. Ch. XVIII. P. 500. (Ed. 1865) says Lincoln quotes an old Dutch farmer, "It was best not to swap horses when crossing a stream."

All things must change To something new, to something strange. LONGFELLOW-Kéramos. L. 32.


But the nearer the dawn the darker the night,
And by going wrong all things come right;
Things have been mended that were worse,
And the worse, the nearer they are to mend.
LONGFELLOW-Tales of a Wayside Inn. The
Baron of St. Castine. L. 265.


Omnia mortali mutantur lege creata,
Nec se cognoscunt terræ vertentibus annis,
Et mutant variam faciem per sæcula gentes.

Everything that is created is changed by the laws of man; the earth does not know itself in the revolution of years; even the races of man assume various forms in the course of ages.

MANILIUS-Astronomica. 515.


Do not think that years leave us and find us the same!

OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt. II. Canto II. St. 3.


Weary the cloud falleth out of the sky,
Dreary the leaf lieth low.

All things must come to the earth by and by,
Out of which all things grow.

OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-The Wanderer. Earth's Havings. Bk. III.


To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new. MILTON-Lycidas. L. 193.


In dim eclipse, disastrous twilight sheds
On half the nations, and with fear of change
Perplexes monarchs.

MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. I. L. 597.


Nous avons changé tout cela.

We have changed all that.

MOLIÈRE-Le Médecin Malgré lui. II. 6.


Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make him an ill general." MONTAIGNE Of Vanity. Bk. III. Ch. IX.


All that's bright must fade,

The brightest still the fleetest;
All that's sweet was made

But to be lost when sweetest.
MOORE-National Airs. All That's Bright
Must Fade.


Omnia mutantur, nihil interit.

All things change, nothing perishes. OVID-Metamorphoses. XV. 165.


My merry, merry, merry roundelay
Concludes with Cupid's curse,

They that do change old love for new,
Pray gods, they change for worse!

GEORGE PEELE Cupid's Curse; From the Arraignment of Paris.


Till Peter's keys some christen'd Jove adorn, And Pan to Moses lends his Pagan horn.

POPE-Dunciad. Bk. III. L. 109.


See dying vegetables life sustain,
See life dissolving vegetate again;
All forms that perish other forms supply;
(By turns we catch the vital breath and die.)
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 15.


Alas! in truth, the man but chang'd his mind, Perhaps was sick, in love, or had not dined. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. Pt. II.


Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with Climes,

Tenets with Books, and Principles with Times. POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. Pt. II.


Tournoit les truies au foin.

Turned the pigs into the grass. (Clover.) RABELAIS Gargantua. (Phrase meaning

to change the subject.)


Corporis et fortunæ bonorum ut initium finis est. Omnia orta occidunt, et orta senescunt.

As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.

SALLUST Jugurtha. II.


With every change his features play'd, As aspens show the light and shade.

SCOTT Rokeby. Canto III. St. 5.

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There is so much good in the worst of us,
And so much bad in the best of us,
That it ill behoves any of us

To find fault with the rest of us.

Sometimes quoted "To talk about the rest of



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(See also BULLEN, BURKE)

No, when the fight begins within himself,
A man's worth something.

ROBERT BROWNINGMen and Women. Bish-
op Blougram's Apology.

Your father used to come home to my mother, and why may not I be a chippe of the same block out of which you two were cutte? BULLEN'S Old Plays. II. 60. Dick of Devonshire. (See also BROWNE)

20 Author not found. Attributed to R. L. STEVENSON, not found. Lloyd Osborne, his literary executor, states he did not write it. Claimed for GOVERNOR HOCH of Kansas, in The Reader, Sept. 7, 1907, but authorship denied by him. Accredited to ELLEN THORNEYCROFT FOWLER, who denies writing it. Claimed also for ELBERT HUBBARD. (See also MILLER, STRINGER)

They love, they hate, but cannot do without him.

ARISTOPHANES. See PLUTARCH-Life of Alcibiades. LANGHORNE's trans.

(See also MARTIAL; also ADDISON, under LOVE)

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Are you a bromide?

GELETT BURGESS-Title of Essay. First pub. in Smart Set, April, 1906.


All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.

BURKE Letters. Letter I. On a Regicide Peace.


He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself.

BURKE About Wm. Pitt-Wraxall's Memoirs.
Vol. II. P. 342.
(See also BROWNE)


From their folded mates they wander far,

Their ways seem harsh and wild:

They follow the beck of a baleful star,
Their paths are dream-beguiled.

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I know their tricks and their manners. DICKENS-Mutual Friend. Bk. II. Ch. I.


A demd damp, moist, unpleasant body. DICKENS-Nicholas Nickleby. Ch. XXXIV.


Men of light and leading.

BENJ. DISRAELI-Sybil. Bk. V. Ch. I. Also in BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France. P. 419. (Ed. 1834)

A man so various, that he seem'd to be
Not one, but all mankind's epitome;
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong,
Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
But in the course of one revolving moon,
Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.
DRYDEN-Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L.

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