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

3869 Philip Dormer Stanhope

AUTHOR:Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield (1694–1773)
QUOTATION:He adorned whatever subject he either spoke or wrote upon, by the most splendid eloquence. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Character of Bolingbroke.
Note 1.
Who left scarcely any style of writing untouched,
And touched nothing that he did not adorn.
Samuel Johnson: Epitaph on Goldsmith.

Il embellit tout ce qu’il touche (He adorned whatever he touched).—Fénelon: Lettre sur les Occupations de l’ Académie Française, sect. iv. [back]