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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Brackett Reed (1839–1902)
QUOTATION: They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
ATTRIBUTION: Representative THOMAS B. REED, referring to two of his colleagues in the House of Representatives.—Samuel W. McCall, The Life of Thomas Brackett Reed, chapter 21, p. 248 (1914).
SUBJECTS: Knowledge