|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Joseph Addison (16721719)|
|QUOTATION:||When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,|
The post of honour is a private station. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Cato. Act iv. Sc. 4.|
Give me, kind Heaven, a private station,
A mind serene for contemplation!
Title and profit I resign;
The pot of honour shall be mine.
John Gay: Fables, Part ii. The Vulture, the Sparrow, and other Birds. [back]