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


Oft have I wonder’d that on Irish ground
No poisonous reptiles ever yet were found:
Reveal’d the secret stands of Nature’s work;
She saved her venom to create a BURKE.
Warren Hastings.—An epigram produced by him when writhing under the agony of a protracted prosecution. (Encycl. Brit. Vol. XI. p. 164; 7th edition.)

Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such,
We scarcely can praise it, or blame it, too much;
Who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
Goldsmith.—Retaliation, Line 29.

One large of soul, of genius unconfined,
Born to delight, instruct, and mend mankind;
Burke! in whose breast a Roman ardour glow’d;
Whose copious tone with Grecian richness flow’d;
Well hast thou found, if such thy country’s doom,
A timely refuge in the sheltering tomb.
Canning.—New Morality.

He was not for himself design’d,
But born to be of use to all mankind.
Lucan.—Rowe’s Transl. Book II. Line 592.

Born, not for himself, my Lord, but for mankind.
Beaumont and F.—The Honest Man’s Fortune, Act IV. Scene 2.

Though equal to all things, for all things unfit;
Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit;
For a patriot too cool: for a drudge disobedient;
And too fond of the right to pursue the expedient.
Goldsmith.—Retaliation, Line 37.