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


Quiet days, fair issue, and long life.


  • Drink to me only with thine eyes,
  • And I will pledge with mine.
  • Ben Jonson.

  • And he that will this health deny,
  • Down among the dead men let him lie.
  • Dyer.

  • To the old, long life and treasure;
  • To the young, all health and pleasure.
  • Ben Jonson.

  • The cannons to the heavens, the heavens to earth,
  • “Now the king drinks to Hamlet.”
  • Shakespeare.

  • Here’s a health to the lass with the merry black eyes!
  • Here’s a health to the lad with the blue ones!
  • Wm. Winter.

  • First pledge our Queen this solemn night,
  • Then drink to England, every guest;
  • That man’s the best Cosmopolite
  • Who loves his native country best.
  • Tennyson.

  • My boat is on the shore,
  • And my bark is on the sea:
  • But, before I go, Tom Moore,
  • Here’s a double health to thee!
  • Byron.

  • Were ’t the last drop in the well,
  • As I gasp’d upon the brink,
  • Ere my fainting spirit fell,
  • ’Tis to thee that I would drink.
  • Byron.