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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:8
AUTHOR:Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 1340–1400)
QUOTATION:For him was lever han at his beddes hed
A twenty bokes, clothed in black or red,
Of Aristotle, and his philosophie,
Than robes riche, or fidel, or sautrie.
But all be that he was a philosophre,
Yet hadde he but litel gold in cofre.
ATTRIBUTION:Canterbury Tales. Prologue. Line 295.
 

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