Alfred Cochrane

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Alfred Cochrane (26 January 1865-14 December 1948) was an accomplished cricketer, and subsequently made his name as a writer on sporting subjects and of light verse


  • Her reasoning is full of tricks
    And butterfly suggestions,
    I know no point to which she sticks;
    She begs the simplest questions,
    And, when her premises are strong
    She always draws her inference wrong.
    • Upon Lebia Arguing, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • I once admitted—to my shame—
    That football was a brutal game.
    Because She hates it.
    • To Anthea, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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