Lacon, Or Many Things in Few Words: Addressed to Those who Think

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William Gowans, 1855 - 493 pages
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Page 120 - He was," replied the merchants. " Had he not lost a front tooth ?" said the dervise. " He had," rejoined the merchants. " And was he not loaded with honey on one "side, and wheat on the other ?"
Page 78 - Men are born with two eyes, but with one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say...
Page 213 - And the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
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