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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:79
AUTHOR:John Heywood (1497?–1580?)
QUOTATION:He that will not when he may,
When he would he shall have nay. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.
 
Note 1.
He that will not when he may,
When he will he shall have nay.
Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. iii. sec. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5.

He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wolda.
The Baffled Knight. Thomas Percy: Reliques. [back]
 

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