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


As merry as the day is long.


I had rather have a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad.


Nothing is more hopeless than a scheme of merriment.


  • As ’tis ever common
  • That men are merriest when they are from home.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Jog on, jog on, the foot-path way,
  • And merrily bent the stile-a:
  • A merry heart goes all the day,
  • Your sad tires in a mile-a.
  • Shakespeare.

  • And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,
  • Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.
  • Shakespeare.

    Hostess, clap to the doors; watch to-night, pray to-morrow. Gallants, lads, boys, hearts of gold, all the titles of good fellowship come to you! What, shall we be merry? Shall we have a play extempore?


  • Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
  • Jest, and youthful Jollity,
  • Quips, and Cranks, and wanton Wiles,
  • Nods, and Becks, and wreathed Smiles,
  • Such as hang on Hebe’s cheek,
  • And love to live in dimple sleek;
  • Sport that wrinkled Care derides,
  • And Laughter holding both his sides.
  • Milton.