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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2141
AUTHOR:Robert Burton (1577–1640)
QUOTATION:We can make majors and officers every year, but not scholars; kings can invest knights and barons, as Sigismund the emperor confessed. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Anatomy of Melancholy. Part i. Sect. 2, Memb. 3, Subsect. 15.
 
Note 1.
When Abraham Lincoln heard of the death of a private, he said he was sorry it was not a general: “I could make more of them.” [back]
 

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