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

6134 Thomas Babington

AUTHOR:Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay (1800–1859)
QUOTATION:  Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonym for the Devil. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:On Niccolo dei Machiavelli. 1825.
Note 1.
I wish I were as sure of anything as Macaulay is of everything. William Windham (1750–1810). [back]