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


Time elaborately thrown away.


More water glideth by the mill than wots the miller of.


What maintains one vice, would bring up two children. Remember, many a little makes a mickle; and farther, beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.


Waste cannot be accurately told, though we are sensible how destructive it is. Economy, on the one hand, by which a certain income is made to maintain a man genteelly; and waste, on the other, by which on the same income another man lives shabbily, cannot be defined. It is a very nice thing; as one man wears his coat out much sooner than another, we cannot tell how.

Dr. Johnson.

  • Oh! waste thou not the smallest thing,
  • Created by Divinity;
  • For grains of sand do mountains make,
  • And atomies infinity;
  • Waste thou not then, the smallest time,
  • ’Tis imbecile infirmity,
  • For well thou know’st, if aught thou know’st,
  • That seconds form eternity.
  • Edward Knight.