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

3041 John Wilmot

AUTHOR:John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1647–1680)
QUOTATION:It is a very good world to live in,
To lend, or to spend, or to give in;
But to beg or to borrow, or to get a man’s own,
It is the very worst world that ever was known. 1
Note 1.
These last four lines are attributed to Rochester. [back]