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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:3994
AUTHOR:Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
QUOTATION:This mournful truth is ev’rywhere confess’d,—
Slow rises worth by poverty depress’d. 1
ATTRIBUTION:London. Line 176.
 
Note 1.
Three years later Johnson wrote, “Mere unassisted merit advances slowly, if—what is not very common—it advances at all.” [back]
 

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