I was analysis a publication that used the phrase in a issue that made that seem together if it were a common saying. I looked it increase to uncover out where it originated, and also Google called me it to be from Willy Wonka. However, the publication I was analysis was indigenous 1887, long before the works of Roald Dahl, much less the Gene Wilder film. Walk anyone know where it's from?


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According to wilhelm S. Walsh's "Handy publication of literary Curiosities" page 808

A well recognize couplet of unsure date and paternity asserts that

A tiny nonsense now and also then,Is relished by the wisest men.

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It appears to have been well-known to Horace Walpole, who, in a letter come Horace Mann (1774) , gives a side glance at it : "A careless track with a tiny nonsense in it now and then, does no misbecome a monarch."

The note in this book and this publication both support an cotton author and a date prior come 1774.


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The earliest example of the complete quote i can discover is in a theatrical evaluation in the New York Mirror from 1823:

ho has not knowledgeable the truth of that an excellent old couplet, that

"A small nonsense, now and also then,

Is relished through the wisest men!"

 

A partial earlier quote is found in a letter indigenous Elizabeth Montagu dated (presumably) 1757:

if the loves a tiny nonsense now and then for his recreation, why I very own it a not authorised thing

 

Finally, ns can't stand up to quoting this rather risqué example of "a little nonsense" in the play The Courtesan (1765) through Edward Thompson:

Thee Lucy thee, who meagre smutty charms,

Diverted first the Soldier under arms,

Or if the wanted when his guard to be out,

A small nonsense on the quiet flute,


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Edward Thompson (Royal navy officer)

Edward Thompson (c. 1738–1786) was an English imperial Navy officer who increased to the location of commodore, known likewise as a literary figure with the nickname "Poet Thompson".

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i found a use from1807 that states it's a renowned quote


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The title web page for that periodical mirrors that it's actually from 1896.

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