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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.

John Dennis

  • [An English critic and dramatist; born in London, 1657; made many enemies by his satirical attacks upon public functionaries and authors, as Pope, who revenged himself in “The Dunciad;” died 1734.]
  • They won’t act my tragedy, but they steal my thunder.

  • Finding that the manager of Drury Lane Theatre was using in “Macbeth” some artificial thunder which Dennis had invented for a play of his own the manager had rejected.