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

2832 Edward Hyde

AUTHOR:Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon (1609–1674)
QUOTATION:He [Hampden] had a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute any mischief. 1
ATTRIBUTION:History of the Rebellion. Vol. iii. Book vii. Section 84.
Note 1.
In every deed of mischief he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.—Edward Gibbon: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, chap. xlviii.

Heart to conceive the understanding to direct, or the hand to execute. —From Junius, letter xxxvii. Feb. 14, 1770. [back]