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

Sir Robert Walpole 1676-1745 John Bartlett

    The balance of power.
          Speech, 1741.
    Flowery oratory he despised. He ascribed to the interested views of themselves or their relatives the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, “All those men have their price.” 1
          Coxe: Memoirs of Walpole. Vol. iv. p. 369.
    Anything but history, for history must be false.
          Walpoliana. No. 141.
    The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours. 2
Note 1.
”All men have their price” is commonly ascribed to Walpole. [back]
Note 2.
Hazlitt, in his “Wit and Humour,” says, “This is Walpole’s phrase.”

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.—Francis, Duc de La Rochefoucauld: Maxim 298. [back]