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


  • Oh, see thee old and formal, fitted to thy petty part,
  • With a little hoard of maxims preaching dawn a daughter’s heart!
  • Tennyson.

  • Lord Angelo is precise;
  • Stands at a guard with envy; scarce confesses
  • That his blood flows, or that his appetite
  • Is more to bread than stone.
  • Shakespeare.

  • There are a sort of men, whose visages
  • Do cream and mantle, like a standing pond;
  • And do a willful stillness entertain,
  • With purpose to be dressed in an opinion
  • Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit;
  • As who should say, I am sir Oracle,
  • And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark!
  • Shakespeare.