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


He that hath a trade hath an estate; and he that hath a calling hath a place of profit and honor. A ploughman on his legs is higher than a gentleman on his knees.


  • But times are alter’d; trade’s unfeeling train
  • Usurp the land, and dispossess the swain;
  • Along the lawn, where scatter’d hamlets rose,
  • Unwieldy wealth and cumbrous pomp repose.
  • Goldsmith.

  • Some men make gain a fountain, whence proceeds
  • A stream of liberal and heroic deeds;
  • The swell of pity, not to be confined
  • Within the scanty limits of the mind.
  • Cowper.

    There is a Spanish proverb, that a lapidary who would grow rich must buy of those who go to be executed, as not caring how cheap they sell; and sell to those who go to be married, as not caring how dear they buy.


    There is nothing so useful to man in general, nor so beneficial to particular societies and individuals, as trade. This is that alma mater, at whose plentiful breast all mankind are nourished.