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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:2029
AUTHOR:Sir Henry Wotton (1568–1639)
QUOTATION:The itch of disputing will prove the scab of churches. 1
ATTRIBUTION:A Panegyric to King Charles.
 
Note 1.
He directed the stone over his grave to be inscribed:—

Hic jacet hujus sententiæ primus author:

DISPUTANDI PRURITUS ECCLESIARUM SCABIES.

Nomen alias quære


(Here lies the author of this phrase: “The itch for disputing is the sore of churches.” Seek his name elsewhere).
Izaak Walton: Life of Wotton. [back]
 

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