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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:10418
AUTHOR:Appendix
QUOTATION:Beware of a man of one book.
ATTRIBUTION:When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best become learned, he answered, “By reading one book.” The homo unius libri is indeed proverbially formidable to all conversational figurantes.—Robert Southey: The Doctor, p. 164.
 

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