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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4021
AUTHOR:Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
QUOTATION:Words are men’s daughters, but God’s sons are things. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Boulter’s Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)
 
Note 1.
Sir William Jones gives a similar saying in India: “Words are the daughters of earth, and deeds are the sons of heaven.”

See Herbert, Quotation 29. Sir Thomas Bodley: Letter to his Librarian, 1604. [back]
 

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