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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:4430
AUTHOR:Edmund Burke (1729–1797)
QUOTATION:And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. 1
ATTRIBUTION:Thoughts and Details on Scarcity. Vol. v. p. 156.
 
Note 1.
We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.—Cause of the Present Discontents, vol. i. p. 439. [back]
 

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