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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

2935 John Dryden 1631-1700 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:John Dryden (1631–1700)
QUOTATION:A man so various, that he seem’d to be
Not one, but all mankind’s epitome;
Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong,
Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
But in the course of one revolving moon
Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 545.
Note 1.
Grammaticus, rhetor, geometres, pictor, aliptes,
Augur, schœnobates, medicus, magus, omnia novit
(Grammarian, orator, geometrician; painter, gymnastic teacher, physician; fortune-teller, rope-dancer, conjurer,—he knew everything).—Juvenal: Satire iii. line 76. [back]