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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Sir Robert Walpole. (1676–1745)
 
 
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    The balance of power.
          Speech, 1741.
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    Flowery oratory he despised. He ascribed to the interested views of themselves or their relatives the declarations of pretended patriots, of whom he said, “All those men have their price.” 1
          Coxe: Memoirs of Walpole. Vol. iv. p. 369.
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    Anything but history, for history must be false.
          Walpoliana. No. 141.
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    The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours. 2
 
Note 1.
”All men have their price” is commonly ascribed to Walpole. [back]
Note 2.
Hazlitt, in his “Wit and Humour,” says, “This is Walpole’s phrase.”

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.—Francis, Duc de La Rochefoucauld: Maxim 298. [back]
 

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