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

Lord Lyttelton

  • [George, first Baron Lyttelton, an English author and statesman; born 1709; entered Parliament, 1730; lord of the treasury, 1744; chancellor of the exchequer, 1756; died 1773.]
  • I am in the wrong box.

  • He was of so melancholy a disposition, that, whenever he went to the theatre, he said he was always in the wrong box to be happy. It is, however, an old proverb.
  • “That man,” said Dr. Johnson of Lord Lyttelton, “sat down to write a book [“Dialogues of the Dead”], to tell the world what the world had all his life been telling him.”