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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4864
AUTHOR:Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
QUOTATION:He has spent all his life in letting down empty buckets into empty wells; and he is frittering away his age in trying to draw them up again. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Lady Holland’s Memoir. Vol. i. p. 259.
 
Note 1.
See Cowper, Quotation 68. [back]
 

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