„But far more numerous was the herd of such,
Who think too little, and who talk too much.“

—  John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Pt. I, lines 532–533. Compare Matthew Prior, Upon a Passage in the Scaligerana, "They always talk who never think".
Origine: Absalom and Achitophel (1681)

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poeta, drammaturgo e critico letterario inglese 1631 - 1700

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