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


Ancestral voices prophesying war.


  • O my prophetic soul!
  • My uncle!
  • Shakespeare.

    I shall always consider the best guesser the best prophet.


  • The prophet’s mantle, ere his flight began,
  • Dropt on the world—a sacred gift to man.
  • Campbell.

  • Thy voice sounds like a prophet’s word;
  • And in its hollow tones are heard
  • The thanks of millions yet to be.
  • Fitz-Greene Halleck.

  • Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe,
  • Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast;
  • Is that portentous phrase, “I told you so.”
  • Byron.

  • There is a history in all men’s lives,
  • Figuring the nature of the times deceas’d,
  • The which observed, a man may prophesy
  • With a near aim, of the main chance of things
  • As yet not come to life, which in their seeds
  • And weak beginnings lie intreasured.
  • Shakespeare.