Sometimes closely related material doesn't wind up all that close together in reference books. I found a good example of that this week while browsing through Bartlett's again.
I looked up "birds of a feather" and found two citations in the index -- one on page 107 and one on page 223. That happened because the authors of the quotations are several decades apart in time, which is the organizing principle for the quotations in Bartlett's (at least in my edition).
The first citation has the words I expected, but from an unexpected source -- "Don Quixote," part II, by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616):
"Birds of a feather flock together."
The other citation comes from Robert Burton (1577-1640), in his "Anatomy of Melancholy," part II:
"Birds of a feather will gather together."
Oddly, it's this slightly later reference in Bartlett's which gets a footnote from Aristotle (384-322 B.C.). In "Rhetoric" Book I, Chapter II, says Bartlett's, he wrote:
"Beast knows beast; birds of a feather flock together."
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