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

Thomas Southerne 1660-1746 John Bartlett

    Pity ’s akin to love. 1
          Oroonoka. Act ii. Sc. 1.
    Of the king’s creation you may be; but he who makes a count ne’er made a man. 2
          Sir Anthony Love. Act ii. Sc. 1.
Note 1.
See Beaumont and Fletcher, Quotation 24. [back]
Note 2.
I weigh the man, not his title; ’t is not the king’s stamp can make the metal better.—Wycherley: The Plaindealer, act i. sc. 1.

A prince can make a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, and a’ that;
But an honest man ’s aboon his might:
Guid faith, he maunna fa’ that.
Robert Burns: For a’ that and a’ that. [back]