A fly, Sir, may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) English writer, lexicographer, critic
Letter to Lord Chesterfield (1754)

In James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Note to entry for 20 Mar 1776.
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