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

Alain Ren&eaute Le Sage 1668-1747 John Bartlett

    It may be said that his wit shines at the expense of his memory. 1
          Gil Blas. Book iii. Chap. xi.
    I wish you all sorts of prosperity with a little more taste.
          Gil Blas. Book vii. Chap. iv.
    Isocrates was in the right to insinuate, in his elegant Greek expression, that what is got over the Devil’s back is spent under his belly. 2
          Gil Blas. Book viii. Chap. ix.
    Facts are stubborn things. 3
          Gil Blas. Book x. Chap. i.
    Plain as a pike-staff. 4
          Gil Blas. Book xii. Chap. viii.
Note 1.
See Sheridan, Quotation 41. [back]
Note 2.
See Rabelais, Quotation 48. [back]
Note 3.
See Smollett, Quotation 3. [back]
Note 4.
See Middleton, Quotation 12. [back]