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


  • Where nature’s end of language is declined,
  • And men talk only to conceal the mind.
  • Young.

  • Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
  • And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer;
  • Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
  • Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike.
  • Pope.

    I, I, I myself, sometimes, leaving the fear of heaven on the left hand, and hiding mine honor in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge, and to lurch.


  • O, what may man within him hide,
  • Though angel on the outward side.
  • Shakespeare.

    One dupe is as impossible as one twin.

    John Sterling.