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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8942
AUTHOR:Epictetus (A.D. c. 50–c. 138)
QUOTATION:Were I a nightingale, I would act the part of a nightingale; were I a swan, the part of a swan.
ATTRIBUTION:Discourses. Chap. xvi.
 

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