S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
Earl of Angus
[Archibald Douglas, fifth earl, sometimes called the Great Earl of Angus, lord chancellor of Scotland about the end of the fifteenth century; a powerful, ambitious, and lawless subject; died about 1527.]
To the Scotch nobles in 1482, who were conspiring against Cochran, Earl of Mar, favorite of James III. An allusion to the fable of the mice who wished to put a bell on the cats neck to warn them of her approach: the plan was a good one, only no one was found willing to bell the cat.