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

Theodore Edward Hook

  • [A witty journalist and author; born in London, 1788; appointed by the prince regent secretary of the Mauritius; on his return edited newspapers; died 1841.]
  • You appear to have emptied your wine-cellar into your bookseller.

  • To a man who made his publisher drunk at dinner.
  • When some one spoke of a three-hours’ monologue of Coleridge, occasioned by seeing two soldiers seated by the wayside, “Thank Heaven,” said Hook, “that he did not see a regiment! as in that case he never would have stopped.”
  • W. J. Thoms wrote in “The Nineteenth Century,” December, 1881, that, asking Hook what sort of a looking man the dramatist and author Planché was, “Short and bald,” he replied: “he used to cut his hair, but now his hair has cut him.”