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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4422
AUTHOR:Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
QUOTATION:Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 335.
 
Note 1.
This expression was tortured to mean that he actually thought the people no better than swine; and the phrase “the swinish multitude” was bruited about in every form of speech and writing, in order to excite popular indignation. [back]
 

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