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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1947
AUTHOR: Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
QUOTATION: For God’s sake, do not drag me into another war! I am worn down, and worn out, with crusading and defending Europe, and protecting mankind; I must think a little of myself.
ATTRIBUTION: SYDNEY SMITH, letter to the Countess Grey, February 19, 1823.—A Memoir of the Rev. Sydney Smith by His Daughter Lady Holland, p. 434 (1874).