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Good Americans when they die, go to Paris.Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Source: OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table, chapter 6, p. 143 , originally published 1858, attributing this remark to one of the wittiest of men.Later writers have attributed the saying to Thomas Gold Appleton, a friend of Holmess and a fellow member of the Saturday Club. In 1859, Ralph Waldo Emerson, also a member of that club, recorded in one of his journals, T. Appleton says, that he thinks all Bostonians, when they die, if they are good, go to Paris.Emerson in His Journals, ed. Joel Porte, p. 486 . Although neither sentence has been found in the published writings of Appleton, the remark was probably made in the presence of Holmes and Emerson.Oscar Wilde used Holmess version of the statement in two of his works, The Picture of Dorian Gray, p. 75 , originally published 1890, and A Woman of No Importance, p. 180 , originally published 1893. · This quote is about america · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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