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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2079
AUTHOR: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865–1946)
QUOTATION: Fine writers should split hairs together, and sit side by side, like friendly apes, to pick the fleas from each other’s fur.
ATTRIBUTION: LOGAN PEARSALL SMITH, “Afterthoughts,” All Trivia: Trivia, More Trivia, After-thoughts, Last Words, p. 150 (1933).
SUBJECTS: Writers and writing