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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

10417 Appendix John Bartlett

QUOTATION:Better to wear out than to rust out.
ATTRIBUTION:When a friend told Bishop Cumberland (1632–1718) he would wear himself out by his incessant application, “It is better,” replied the Bishop, “to wear out than to rust out.”—Horne: Sermon on the Duty of Contending for the Truth.

Boswell: Tour to the Hebrides, p. 18, note.