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


Servant of God, well done.


A pampered menial drove me from the door.

Thomas Moss.

  • Master, go on, and I will follow thee
  • To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.
  • Shakespeare.

    If thou hast a loitering servant, send him of thy errand just before his dinner.


  • From kings to cobblers ’tis the same;
  • Bad servants wound their masters’ fame.
  • Gay.

    Reward a good servant well; and rather get quit of a bad one than disquiet thyself with him.


    Be not too familiar with thy servants; at first it may beget love, but in the end ’twill breed contempt.


    Perfect servants would be the worst of all for certain masters, whose happiness consists in finding fault with them.

    J. Petit-Senn.

  • —From the king
  • To the beggar, by gradation, all are servants;
  • And you must grant, the slavery is less
  • To study to please one, than many.
  • Massinger.

    Be not served with kinsman, or friends, or men intreated to stay; for they expect much, and do little; nor with such as are amorous, for their heads are intoxicated; and keep rather too few, than one too many.

    Lord Burleigh.

  • Expect not more from servants than is just;
  • Reward them well, if they observe their trust,
  • Nor with them cruelty or pride invade;
  • Since God and nature them our brothers made.
  • Denham.

    Let thy servants be such as thou mayest command, and entertain none about thee but yeomen, to whom thou givest wages; for those that will serve thee without thy hire will cost thee treble as much as they that know thy fare.

    Sir Walter Raleigh.