Welcome to the forumI am looking for a reference to this. Is it a verse from a poem, or is it a saying or a phrase? could it be connected to a known author? thanks in advance!
The well-known expression that lies behind this is "to the victor belong the spoils", which actually derives from American politics in the 19th C. The idea of the original statement was that when one party is in power, it can do what it likes (such as appointing its members or sympathizers to lucrative government jobs.) Whoever wrote this curious adaptation of the statement seems to be comparing a "lonely child" to a "victor" in a battle or an election, and the military or political "spoils" of wealth or power to "solitude". Frankly, I think that to adapt the original phrase in this way is a little ridiculous.
I think that the relationship of this sentence to the well-known phrase "to the victor belong the spoils" is not at all "minor", but is instead explicit and intentional; the whole point is to echo the construction of Senator Marcy's original comment. Notice the way the sentence runs: we do not see "the spoils of solitude are given to the lonely child", but instead we have the backwards phrasing of the political remark (and it should be noted that as "spoils" is plural, the verb should be"are given", not "is given".) It is also bizarre to suggest that solitude can be considered a spoils-producing victory for the lonely child; there are few lonely children who willingly choose to be lonely, and who do battle to be lonely so that they may gain the "spoils" produced by being alone. Under those circumstances, to try to make a parallel between a lonely child and a selfish and agressive victorious political party is hardly charming, and more than a little ridiculous.I find the "spoils of solitude" phrase quite effective. I think that any relationship to the phrase "to the victor belong the spoils" is probably minor and should not mar the use of the saying. Simply put, I find the whole thing innocuous and charming, rather than ridiculous.