John Wolcot

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John Wolcot, by John Opie

John Wolcot (May 9, 1738January 14, 1819) was an English satirist who wrote under the nom-de-plume of "Peter Pindar".

Quotes[edit]

  • What rage for fame attends both great and small!
    Better be damned than mentioned not at all.
    • To the Royal Academicians; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • No, let the monarch’s bags and others hold
    The flattering, mighty, nay, al-mighty gold.
    • To Kien Long; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Ode iv. Compare: "Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold,
      And almost every vice,—almighty gold", Ben Jonson, Epistle to Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland.
  • Care to our coffin adds a nail, no doubt,
    And every grin so merry draws one out.
    • Expostulatory Odes, Ode xv; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • A fellow in a market town,
    Most musical, cried razors up and down.
    • Farewell Odes, Ode iii; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • People may have too much of a good thing:
    Full as an egg of wisdom thus I sing.
    • Subjects for Painters, The Gentleman and his Wife; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 617.

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