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


  • When any great design thou dost intend,
  • Think on the means, the manner, and the end.
  • Denham.

  • Honest designs
  • Justly resemble our devotions,
  • Which we must pay and wait for the reward.
  • Sir Robert Howard.

  • He that intends well, yet deprives himself
  • Of means to put his good thoughts into deed,
  • Deceives his purpose of the due reward.
  • Beaumont and Fletcher.

  • When men’s intents are wicked, their guilt haunts them,
  • But when they are just they’re arm’d, and nothing daunts them.
  • Middleton.