John Arbuthnot

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John Arbuthnot (baptised 29 April 1667, died 27 February 1735), often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered today for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the Scriblerus Club (where he inspired both Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels book III and Alexander Pope's Peri Bathos, Memoirs of Martin Scriblerus, and possibly The Dunciad), and for inventing the figure of John Bull.


  • All political parties die at last of swallowing their own lies.


  • Biography is one of the new terrors of death.
  • Law is a bottomless pit.
  • Law is a Bottomless-Pit, it is a Cormorant, a Harpy, that devours every thing.
  • [The writer] warns the heads of parties against believing their own lies.

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