Reference > Quotations > John Bartlett, comp. > Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. > 6327. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD · AUTHOR INDEX · CONCORDANCE INDEX
John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:6327
AUTHOR:Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)
QUOTATION:  Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. 1 
ATTRIBUTION:Letters and Social Aims. Quotation and Originality.
 
Note 1.
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. Cardinal du Perron has been heard to say that the happy application of a verse of Virgil has deserved a talent.—Bayle: vol. ii. p. 779.
  Though old the thought and oft exprest,
  ’T is his at last who says it best.
    Lowell: For an Autograph. [back]
 

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD · AUTHOR INDEX · CONCORDANCE INDEX
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors