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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6151
AUTHOR:Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay (1800–1859)
QUOTATION:  We hardly know an instance of the strength and weakness of human nature so striking and so grotesque as the character of this haughty, vigilant, resolute, sagacious blue-stocking, half Mithridates and half Trissotin, bearing up against a world in arms, with an ounce of poison in one pocket and a quire of bad verses in the other.
ATTRIBUTION:On Frederic the Great. 1842.
 

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