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You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, usually referred to as Lord Melbourne, PC, FRS was a British Whig statesman who served as Home Secretary and Prime Minister.
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