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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2363
AUTHOR:Samuel Butler (1612–1680)
QUOTATION:The trenchant blade, Toledo trusty,
For want of fighting was grown rusty,
And ate into itself, for lack
Of somebody to hew and hack.
ATTRIBUTION:Hudibras. Part i. Canto i. Line 359.
 

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