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

4876 Sydney Smith 1771-1845 John Bartlett

AUTHOR:Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
QUOTATION:The schoolboy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse with a taxed bridle on a taxed road; and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent, into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent, flings himself back upon his chintz bed which has paid twenty-two per cent, and expires in the arms of an apothecary who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death.
ATTRIBUTION:Review of Seybert’s Annals of the United States, 1820.