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63 Sir John Fortesue 1394-1476 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Sir John Fortescue (c. 1394–1476)
QUOTATION:Comparisons are odious. 1
ATTRIBUTION:De Laudibus Leg. Angliæ. Chap. xix.
Note 1.
Cervantes: Don Quixote (Lockhart’s ed.), part ii. chap. i. John Lyly: Euphues, 1580. Christopher Marlowe: Lust’s Dominion, act iii. sc. 4. Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, part iii. sec. 3. Thomas Heywood: A Woman killed with Kindness (first ed. in l607), act i. sc. 1. Dr. John Donne: Elegy, viii. George Herbert: Jacula Prudentum. Grange: Golden Aphrodite.

Comparisons are odorous.—William Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing, act iii. sc. 5. [back]