(W.C. Fields (1879-1946), U.S. actor. Poppy (film) (1936).
Fields is earlier reported to have uttered these words on stage in the musical Poppy (1923), though the phrase does not appear in the libretto. Fields made the film Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. The words have also been attributed to Edward Francis Albee.)
(Alexander Pope (1688-1744), British satirical poet. Lord Hervey, in Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, l. 308 (1735).
The line has passed into common usage, and achieved notoriety in the 1960s when it was used to head the London Times leader July 1, 1967, on Mick Jagger and Keith Richard's arrest on drugs chargesan article which was thought to have contributed to their acquittal.)
When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 20, "The prodigal son" (1766), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
Sterne's comment on the welcomed return of the prodigal.)