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John Lothrop Motley

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Give us the luxuries of life, and we will dispense with its necessaries.
Quoted from Motley's conversation by his friend Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., in The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (Boston: Phillips, Sampson, 1858), ch. 6, p. 143.

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