[Ads-l] Saying: The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 6 16:54:12 UTC 2018

Laurence Horn wrote:
> cf. “The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog”—
> —attributed, no doubt incorrectly, to Mark Twain

Here is an instance of the quip in French in 1822. If you have a
suggestion to improve the translation below please let me know.

[ref] 1822 November 13, Tablettes Historiques et Littéraires: Journal
de l'industrie, des mœurs, des théâtres et des beaux arts, Supplément,
Mélanges, Start Page 37, Quote Page 38, Lyons, France. (Google Books
Full View) link [/ref]


[Begin excerpt]
Nous venons de recevoir le Miroir de la Somme, il contient les
niaiseries suivantes:
Une dame disait l'autre jour: plus je connais les hommes, mieux j'aime
les chiens.
[End excerpt]

[Begin translation]
We just received the Mirror of the Somme, it contains the following nonsense:
A lady said the other day: the more I know men, the better I love dogs.
[End translation]


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