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Old 08-02-2005, 04:27 PM
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It may be that it's just been around as a common phrase, without anyone having first "said" it.

Consider, for instance, this from Charles Dickens in Tale of Two Cities (about Barsad the spy):

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I admit that I am a spy, and that it is considered a discreditable station -- though it must be filled by somebody.
Different words, but basically the same thought in the same form.