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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

John Horne Tooke

  • [An English philologist and politician; born in London, 1736; educated at Cambridge; wrote the “Diversions of Purley;” was the friend of John Wilkes; acquitted of treason, 1794; member of Parliament, 1801; died 1812.]
  • You have risen by your gravity: I have sunk by my levity.

  • Saying to his more prosperous brother, that they had reversed the natural order of things.
  • “I am told, Mr. Tooke,” said O’Brien to him on the hustings at Westminster, “that you have all the blackguards in London with you.”—“I am happy to have it, sir,” was the reply, “on such good authority.”—ROGERS: Recollections.