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Hier aupres de Charenton Un serpent morait Jean Freron, Que croyez-vous qu'il arriva? Ce fut le serpent qui creva.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: imitation from the Greek, also found in Oeuvres Complets de Voltaire, III, p. 1002, 1817, printed as

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Un gros serpent mordit Aurele. Que croyez-vous qu'il arriva? Qu' Aurele en mourut? Bagatelle! Ce fut le serpent qui creva.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: in a manuscript commonplace book, probably written at the end of the 18th century, see "Notes and Qu

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What's one man's poison, signior, Is another's meat or drink.

Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher Quotes , Source: Love's Cure (act III, sc. 2)

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One man's strawberries are another man's hives.

Donald G. Cooley Quotes , Source: Eat and Get Slim (p. 65)

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A deadly echidna once bit a Cappadocian; she herself died, having tasted the Poison-flinging blood. [Lat., Vipera Cappadocem nocitura mormordit; at illa Gustato perit sanguine Cappadocis.]

Demodocus Quotes , Source: translation of his Greek Epigram

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The man recover'd of the bite, The dog it was that died.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog

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While Fell was reposing himself in the hay, A reptile concealed bit his leg as he lay; But, all venom himself, of the wound he made light, And got well, while the scorpion died of the bite.

Ephraim Gotthold Lessing Quotes , Source: Paraphrase of Demodocus

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All men carry about them that which is poyson to serpents: for if it be true that is reported, they will no better abide the touching with man's spittle than scalding water cast upon them: but if it happed to light within their chawes or mouth, especially if it come from a man that is fasting, it is present death.

Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus) Quotes , Source: Natural History (bk. VII, ch. II), (Holland's translation)

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To rankling poison hast thou turned in me the milk of human kindness. [Ger., In gahrend Drachengift hast du Die Milch der frommen Denkart mir verwandelt.]

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller Quotes , Source: Wilhelm Tell (IV, 3, 3)

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Poison is drunk out of gold. [Lat., Venenum in auro bibitur.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Thyestes (III, 453)

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Hold, there is forty ducats. Let me have A dram of poison, such soon-speeding gear As will disperse itself through all the veins That the life-weary taker may fall dead, And that the trunk may be discharged of breath As violently as hasty powder fired Doth hurry from the fatal cannon's womb.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Romeo and Juliet (Romeo at V, i)

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Talk no more of the lucky escape of the head From a flint so unhappily thrown; I think very different from thousands; indeed 'Twas a lucky escape for the stone.

Dr. John Wolcot (Wolcott) (used pseudonym Peter Pindar) Quotes , Source: on a stone thrown at King George III

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