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- If I had twenty, or a hundred thousand pounds, not one farthing would I give to the redeeming of that fatal millstone, which cannot be raised, but will infallibly drag everything tied to it down to the level of its own destruction. - "Records of a Girlhood", Frances Ann Kemble.
- To the upper one was a lever by which the dog with his nose turned the top millstone as if grinding flour. - "The Chinese Boy and Girl", Isaac Taylor Headland.
- Now, he suddenly felt old, all the buoyancy had gone out of his life, and he was left worn and weary, with a millstone of shattered illusions hung around his neck. - "The Tangled Skein", Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy.