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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8777
AUTHOR:Plutarch (A.D. 46?–A.D. c. 120)
QUOTATION:It is a difficult task, O citizens, to make speeches to the belly, which has no ears. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Life of Marcus Cato.
 
Note 1.
The belly has no ears, nor is it to be filled with fair words.—Francis Rabelais: book iv. chap. lxvii. [back]
 

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