- On Jun 28, 1945, it was quoted in the Parliament of Australia by C. A. A. Morgan.
- On Jan 26, 1954, it was quoted in the British House of Commons by Henry Norman Smith (it also appears in his 1944 book).
- On Mar 20, 1967, it was quoted in the House of Commons of Canada.
PARAPHRASING OF A GENUINE QUOTE, BUT COMPLETELY MISATTRIBUTED
PARAPHRASING OF GENUINE QUOTE
— Mark Twain (1835 — 1910)
Scottish writer and politician Andrew Fletcher really did write in 1703:
"I said, I knew a very wise man so much of Sir Christopher's sentiment, that he believed if a man were permitted to make all the ballads, he need not care who should make the laws of a nation."
I've found literally dozens of publications, both newspapers and books, from c.1835 to the present (Google books is your friend), that either misquote (paraphrase is perhaps more accurate) Fletcher, or misattribute a paraphrasing of the quote to Sidney—who did actually write ballads. Several publications describe the quote (whilst paraphrasing it) as a "maxim" or an "aphorism", and although I'd not previously heard the quote before I begun to do some research for this post, it's clear that the quote (although usually paraphrased) was once very famous, probably still is amongst more well-read folk, and understandably so; it's very amusing.
A barstardised version of Fletcher's quote was at some point attributed to Mayer Amschel Rothschild, and very likely in jest. As the original quote was so famous, surely no-one with even half-a-brain would take it seriously. But tellingly, for at least the last 71 years, this joke-quote has been propagated as authentic, and that'll probably continue.