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S.A. Bent, comp.  Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men.  1887.
        [Hadrianus Publius Ælius, Roman emperor; born in Rome, A.D. 76; won the favor of Trajan, whom he accompanied in his campaign against the Dacians, and on whose death he was proclaimed emperor, 117; spent most of his reign in journeys through the empire, building walls, as in Britain, and founding cities; died July, 138.]
Scrape on, gentlemen; but you will not scrape acquaintance with me.
          To some soldiers in a bath, who were scraping themselves with a potsherd, in imitation of a man to whom the emperor had, the day before, given some money to buy a brush.

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