Comes from being so widely read (oh, that it were well instead of widely!), I suppose. Does the following sound familiar to anyone? I said it recently, but as I did I kept feeling like I was quoting or paraphrasing someone.
“My friends are neither so dear nor so rare that I will tolerate their
impugning my integrity. Should you mistreat me, you shall be astonished
by the swiftness with which I replace you, oh false friend!”
Sounds almost classical like, don’t it? And we all know I ain’t that lyrical!