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

3898 James Thomson 1700-1748 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:James Thomson (1700–1748)
Needs not the foreign aid of ornament,
But is when unadorn’d, adorn’d the most. 1
ATTRIBUTION:The Seasons. Autumn. Line 204.
Note 1.
See Milton, Quotation 114.

Nam ut mulieres esse dicuntur nonnullæ inornatæ, quas id ipsum diceat, sic hæc subtilis oratio etiam incompta delectat (For as lack of adornment is said to become some women; so this subtle oration, though without embellishment, gives delight)—Cicero: Orator, 23, 78. [back]