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

6959 Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)
QUOTATION:  There is that glorious epicurean paradox uttered by my friend the historian, 1 in one of his flashing moments: “Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.” To this must certainly be added that other saying of one of the wittiest of men: 2 “Good Americans when they die go to Paris.”
ATTRIBUTION:The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. vi.
Note 1.
John Lothrop Motley.
  Said Scopas of Thessaly, “We rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and not in those necessary things.”—Plutarch: On the Love of Wealth. [back]
Note 2.
Thomas Gold Appleton (1812–1884). [back]