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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4605
AUTHOR:Edward Gibbon (1737–1794)
QUOTATION:The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776). Chap. lxviii.
 
Note 1.
On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons (It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions).—Francis M. Voltaire: Letter to M. le Riche. 1770.

J’ai toujours vu Dieu du coté des gros bataillons (I have always noticed that God is on the side of the heaviest battalions).—De la Ferté to Anne of Austria. [back]
 

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