C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


  • I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,
  • Nor actions, nor utterance, nor the power of speech,
  • To stir men’s blood: I only speak right on.
  • Shakespeare.

  • This is some fellow,
  • Who having been prais’d for bluntness, doth affect
  • A saucy roughness, and constrains the garb,
  • Quite from his nature: he can’t flatter, he!
  • An honest mind and plain,—he must speak truth!
  • And they will take it so; if not he’s plain.
  • These kind of knaves I know, which in this plainness
  • Harbor more craft, and far corrupter ends,
  • Than twenty silly, ducking observants,
  • That stretch their duty nicely.
  • Shakespeare.