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

Richard Bentley

  • [An able critic and scholar; born in Yorkshire, England, Jan. 27, 1662; educated at Cambridge; keeper of the royal library, 1693; master of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1700; degraded for extortionate charges for degrees, but restored by the King’s Bench; died, July, 1742.]
  • No man was ever written down except by himself.

  • Of the literary conflicts in which he was engaged with Boyle, Atterbury, Pope, and Swift, caused by the publication of his “Dissertation on the Letters of Phalaris.” Napoleon said at St. Helena, April 6, 1817: “None but myself ever did me any harm.”—O’MEARA: Napoleon in Exile. “Nothing can work me damage,” remarks St. Bernard, “except myself: the harm that I sustain I carry about with me, and never am a real sufferer but by my own fault.”