„Thy fatal shafts unerring move,
I bow before thine altar, Love!“

—  Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random (1848), Chapter xl, reported in Bartlett's Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
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scrittore, storico e traduttore britannico 1721 - 1771
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