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

8406 Misellaneous John Bartlett

QUOTATION:Private credit is wealth; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports its flight; strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.
ATTRIBUTION:Letters of Junius. Letter xlii. Affair of the Falkland Islands.