(Muhammad Ali (b. 1942), U.S. boxer. Quoted in The Story of Cassius Clay, ch. 8, George Edward Sullivan (1964).
Muhammad Ali's catchphrase was said to have originated with his aide Drew "Bundini" Brown.)
Madam, or sir, would you visit on the butterfly the sins of the caterpillar?
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. The Confidence-Man (1857), ch. 22, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 10, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1984).
Spoken by the bachelor.)
(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.)