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


An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.


  • This act is an ancient tale new told;
  • And, in the last repeating, troublesome,
  • Being urged at a time unseasonable.
  • Shakespeare.

  • Who gather round, and wonder at the tale
  • Of horrid apparition, tall and ghastly,
  • That walks at dead of night, or takes his stand
  • O’er some new-open’d grave, and, strange to tell,
  • Evanishes at crowing of the cock.
  • Blair.