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To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) British statesman.

When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

Your tale, sir, would cure deafness.

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

The history of a soldier's wound beguiles the pain of it.

Laurence Sterne (1713-1768) British writer.

Faith! he must make his stories shorter or change his comrades once a quarter.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.