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


I’ll give my jewels for a set of beads.


  • Full many a gem of purest ray serene
  • The dark unfathom’d caves of ocean bear.
  • Gray.

  • If that a pearl may in a toad’s head dwell,
  • And may be found too in an oyster shell.
  • Bunyan.

  • These gems have life in them: their colors speak,
  • Say what words fail of.
  • George Eliot.

  • Jewels five-words-long,
  • That on the stretch’d forefinger of all Time
  • Sparkle for ever.
  • Tennyson.

    There is many a rich stone laid up in the bowels of the earth, many a fair pearl laid up in the bosom of the sea, that never was seen nor never shall be.

    Bishop Hall.

  • The lively Diamond drinks thy purest rays,
  • Collected light, compact.
  • Thomson.

  • Some ask’d how pearls did grow, and where,
  • Then, spoke I to my girle,
  • To part her lips, and showed them there
  • The quarrelets of pearl.
  • Herrick.