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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4894
AUTHOR:George Canning (1770–1827)
QUOTATION:Give me the avowed, the erect, the manly foe,
Bold I can meet,—perhaps may turn his blow!
But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send,
Save, save, oh save me from the candid friend! 1
ATTRIBUTION:New Morality.
 
Note 1.
”Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.” The French Ana assign to Maréchal Villars this aphorism when taking leave of Louis XIV. [back]
 

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