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

Dentistry (Toothache)

One said a tooth-drawer was a kind of unconscionable trade, because his trade was nothing else but to take away those things whereby every man gets his living.


  • For there was never yet philosopher
  • That could endure the toothache patiently.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Those cherries fairly do enclose
  • Of orient pearl a double row,
  • Which, when her lovely laughter shows,
  • They look like rosebuds fill’d with snow.
  • Howe.

  • My curse upon thy venom’d stang,
  • That shoots my tortured gums alang;
  • And through my lugs gies monie a twang,
  • Wi’ gnawing vengeance,
  • Tearing my nerves wi’ bitter pang,
  • Like racking engines!
  • Burns.