Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.


I was born, sir, when the crab was ascending, and all my affairs go backward.
Congreve.—Love for Love, Act II. Scene 1.

Born in a cellar, and living in a garret.
Foote.—The Author, Act II.

Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred,
Promoted thence to deck her mistress’ head.
Byron.—A Sketch, Line 1.

Born in thy house, and in thy service bred,
Nurs’d in thy arms, and at thy table fed.
Churchill.—The Candidate.

Born not for ourselves, but for our friends,
Our country, and our glory.
Randolph.—The Muses’ Looking-glass, Act III. Scene 1.

I was born to other things.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam. CXIX. v. 3.

Born of one mother in one happy mould,
Born at one burden in one happy morn.
Spenser.—Faerie Queen, Book IV. Canto II. Stanza 41.