|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Edmund Burke (17291797)|
|QUOTATION:||The wisdom of our ancestors. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Ibid. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill, 1793.|
Lord Brougham says of Bacon, He it was who first employed the well-known phrase of the wisdom of our ancestor.
Sydney Smith: Plymleys Letters, letter v. Lord Eldon: On Sir Samuel Romillys Bill, 1815. Cicero: De Legibus, ii. 2, 3. [back]