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Re^5: O'Brian on the power of novels


On Wed Mar 29, Max wrote
>I make no claim as to the TRUE origin of the quote.
>On a Forum with The OED being referred to daily I wouldn't dare.

The OED is unhelpful but wikipedia offers:

‘ . . Of children as of procreation— the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable . . ’
Letter to Nancy Mitford, May 5, 1954, cited from Mark Amory (ed.) The Letters of Evelyn Waugh (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1982) p. 423

"The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable" is sometimes attributed to Lord Chesterfield (British statesman, diplomat and wit, 1694-1773), but has not been found in his works.

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