|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Samuel Johnson (17091784)|
|QUOTATION:||Words are mens daughters, but Gods sons are things. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Boulters Monument. (Supposed to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson, 1745.)|
Sir William Jones gives a similar saying in India: Words are the daughters of earth, and deeds are the sons of heaven.
See Herbert, Quotation 29. Sir Thomas Bodley: Letter to his Librarian, 1604. [back]