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


  • Self-defence is a virtue,
  • Sole bulwark of all right.
  • Byron.

  • To kill, I grant, is sin’s extremest gust;
  • But, in defence, by mercy, ’tis most just.
  • Shakespeare.

  • The smallest worm will turn, being trodden on;
  • And doves will peck in safeguard of their brood.
  • Shakespeare.