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PREFACE TO THE TENTH EDITION.

“BARTLETT'S FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS” has long since been accepted as indispensable to every scholar and to every writer; it is a book for every library and every household. Embodying years of labor and research on the part of its author, “Familiar Quotations” passed through nine editions, each enlarged, and attained a sale of three hundred thousand copies before Mr. Bartlett's death in 1905 at the age of eighty-five. Unrevised for twenty-three years, it has still remained the best book of the kind, though a considerable body of apothegms have been knocking for admittance to its classic hall of fame.

In this new edition the main body of John Bartlett's compilation, up to the beginning of the nineteenth century, has been left practically unchanged; the chief purpose of the revision has been to incorporate in the work quotations from those writers whose place in literature has been achieved since the issue of the Ninth Edition in 1891. The selections from Poe, Whittier, Longfellow, Lowell, and other “best writers of their day” have been filled out extensively, and many new authors are represented by passages which have met with the seal of popular approval and are distinctly worthy of perpetuation. In this way the book has been greatly enriched. The attempt has been made not to admit anything which John Bartlett's impeccable judgment would have rejected. It is not always easy for Elisha to wear the mantle of Elijah; but it is Elisha's business to carry on his predecessor's work in the same spirit.

A collection of all possible quotations which would satisfy that multitudinous race of folk who apply to the almost omniscient editors of “Notes and Queries" columns for aid in tracing the origin of some favorite quotation, half forgotten, would have to be as big as the Encyclopedia. In the Tenth Edition of “Familiar Quotations” the aim has been to maintain the high literary standard set by its predecessors, and ephemeral quotations will not be found included in its pages. The present editor hopes that a book which has given so much pleasure and proved so useful in the past may still find favor with those interested in the best things in literature.

NATHAN HASKELL DOLE. Boston, July, 1914.

PREFACE TO THE NINTH EDITION.

“Out of the old fieldes cometh al this new corne fro yere to yere,"

And out of the fresh woodes cometh al these new flowres here.

The small thin volume, the first to bear the title of this collection, after passing through eight editions, each enlarged, now culminates in its ninth, — and with it, closes its tentative life.

This extract from the Preface of the fourth edition is applicable to the present one:

“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."

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 passages have been admitted without a claim to familiarity, but solely on the ground of coincidence of thought.

I am under great obligations to M. H. MORGAN, Ph. D., of Harvard University, for the translation of Marcus Aurelius, and for the translation and selections from the Greek tragic writers. I am indebted to the kindness of Mr. DANIEL W. WILDER, of Kansas, for the quotations from Pilpay, with contributions from Diogenes Laertius, Montaigne, Burton, and Pope's Homer; to Dr. WILLIAM J. ROLFE for quotations from Robert Browning; to Mr. JAMES W. MCINTYRE for quotations from Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Mrs. Browning, Robert Browning, and Tennyson. And I have incurred other obligations to friends for here a little and there a little.

It gives me pleasure to acknowledge the great assistance I have received from Mr. A. W. STEVENS, the accomplished reader of the University Press, as this work was passing through the press.

In withdrawing from this very agreeable pursuit, I beg to offer my sincere thanks to all who have assisted me either in the way of suggestions or by contributions; and especially to those lovers of this subsidiary literature for their kind appreciation of former editions.

Accepted by scholars as an authoritative book of reference, it has grown with its growth in public estimation with each reissue. Of the last two editions forty thousand copies were printed, apart from the English reprints. The present enlargement of text equals three hundred and fifty pages of the previous edition, and the index is increased with upwards of ten thousand lines.

JOHN BARTLETT.

CAMBRIDGE, March, 1891.

INDEX OF AUTHORS.

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ADAMS, CHARLES FOLLEN
ADAMS, CHARLES FRANCIS
ADAMS, JOHN

JOHN, note
ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY
ADAMS, SARAH FLOWER
ADDISON, JOSEPH
ADY, THOMAS
ÆSCHINES
AESCHYLUS
AGRICOLA, note
AIDË, CHARLES H.
AKENSIDE, MARK.
ALANUS DE INSULIS, note
ALDEN, HENRY M.
ALEXANDER, CECIL F.
ALGER, W. R., note
ALDRICH, JAMES
ALDRICH, THOMAS B.
ALI BEN TALEB
ALLEN, ELIZABETH A.
ALLEN, WILLIAM
ALLINGHAM, WILLIAM
ALPHONSO THE WISE
AMELIA, PRINCESS
AMES, FISHER, note
AMIEL, HENRI F.
ARCHILOCHUS, note
ARIOSTO, note
ARISTIDES, note.
ARISTOPHANES, note
ARISTOTLE, note
ARKWRIGHT, PELEG
ARMSTRONG, JOHN
ARNIM AND BRENTANO, note
ARNOLD, GEORGE .
ARNOLD, SIR EDWIN
ARNOLD, MATTHEW
ARNOLD, SAMUEL J., note
ARRIANUS, note.
ATHENAEUS
AUSTIN, ALFRED
AVONMORE, LORD, note

PAGE

818 BAILEY, PHILIP JAMES .
648

PHILIP JAMES, note. 429 BAILLIE, JOANNA 529, 530 BALFOUR, ARTHUR J. 312, 458 BANCROFT, GEORGE, nole

630 BANGS, JOHN K.
297 | BARBAULD, MRS.
870 BARERE, BERTRAND
1002 BARHAM, R. H.
881 BARKER, THEODORE L.
872 BARLOW, GEORGE
777 BARNFIELD, RICHARD
391 BARR, MATTHIAS

5 BARRETT, EATON, S.
803 BARRINGTON, GEORGE.
726 BARROW, ISAAC, note
644 BARRY, MICHAEL J.
694 BASHFORD, HENRY H.
798 BASSE, WILLIAM, note
953 BAXTER, RICHARD
783 | BAYARD, CHEVALIER, note
865 BAYLE, PETER, note.
770 BAYLY, T. HAYNES
954 BEATTIE, JAMES
864 | BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER
283

note
994 | BEAUMONT, FRANCIS
216 BEAUMONT, JOHN, note
552 | BEE, BERNARD E.
438 | BEERS, ETHEL L.

917 BELL, ROBERT, note 267, 1045 BELLAMY, G. W.

818 BELLINGHAUSEN, VON MÜNCH
860 BENJAMIN, PARK
639 BENTHAM, JEREMY
786 BENTLEY, RICHARD
782 | BENTON, THOMAS H.
752 BERKELEY, BISHOP
388 BERNERS, JULIANA, note
890 BERRY, DOROTHY, note
952 BERTAUT, JEAN, note
797 BERTIN, MADEMOISELLE, note
531 BETTELHEIM, A. S., note

BICKERSTAFF, ISAAC
164 | BLACKER, COLONEL

7 BLACKMORE, RICHARD, note

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721 714 862

828 531, 598

845

433 990, 1050

864 869 823 175 356 864 445 299 716 853 179 858

21 621 588 428 197 638 196 478 1052 766 330 868 992 660 1048

284 1050 312 182 484

100 . 1003

170 427 598 871

BACON, FRANCIS
BACON, LADY ANNE, note

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