I Wish I’d Said That.

Dr. Boli’s Occasional Journal of Quotations.

Wiser than Our Fathers.

James K. Paulding

It tickles human vanity to tell us that we are wiser than our fathers; and it is one of those propositions which is likely to pass without contradiction, from the circumstance that all those most interested in denying it are dead and gone. But if the grave could speak, and the churchyards vote upon the question, we living boasters would be in a most pitiful minority.

——James K. Paulding, The Merry Tales of the Three Wise Men of Gotham.