Ability is a poor man’s wealth.

Matthew Wren (1585-1667) English clergyman, bishop, scholar
(Attributed)

First found in Day's Collacon (1884).
Added on 11-Sep-17 | Last updated 11-Sep-17
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  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    Found a earlier unsourced attribution in Tryon Edwards’ The New Dictionary of Thoughts (1877), p. 1, col. 2 (http://bit.ly/2wqyQGP).

  2. Dave says:

    That one’s inconclusive — though the metadata on that link indicates it’s the 1877 Dictionary of Thoughts, it’s actually the 1934 edition of the New Dictionary of Thoughts, “Revised and Enlarged by C N Cartrevas and Jonathan Edwards”. It does have the quotation (https://archive.org/stream/in.ernet.dli.2015.94281/2015.94281.The-New-Dictionary-Of-Thoughts#page/n35/mode/2up/search/wren), but if you look at at the 1908 version of Edwards’ Dictionary, Wren is not mentioned in the authors, and the “Ability” page does not have the quote (https://books.google.com/books?id=zlMxAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA1#v=onepage&q&f=false).

    My guess at this point is that Caretrevas and J Edwards, in expanding T Edwards’ work, included the Wren quotation from another source.

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