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


  • No two on earth in all things can agree;
  • All have some darling singularity:
  • Women and men, as well as girls and boys,
  • In gewgaws take delight, and sigh for toys,
  • Your sceptres and your crowns, and such like things,
  • Are but a better kind of toys for kings.
  • In things indifferent reason bids us choose,
  • Whether the whim’s a monkey or a muse.
  • Churchill.

    He who would be singular in his apparel had need have something superlative to balance that affectation.


    Let those who would affect singularity with success first determine to be very virtuous, and they will be sure to be very singular.