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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4791
AUTHOR:Robert Burns (1759–1796)
QUOTATION:The rank is but the guinea’s stamp,
  The man ’s the gowd for a’ that. 1
ATTRIBUTION:For a’ that an a’ that.
 
Note 1.
I weigh the man, not his title; ’t is not the king’s stamp can make the metal better.—Wycherly: The Plaindealer, act i. sc. 1. [back]
 

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