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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:5872
AUTHOR:Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)
QUOTATION:Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton.
ATTRIBUTION:Queen Mab. iii.
WORKS:Percy Bysshe Shelley Collection.
 

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