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


It is certain that either wise bearing, or ignorant carriage, is caught as men take diseases, one of another; therefore, let men take heed of their company.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act V. Scene 1. (Falstaff solus.)

Get thee gone;
I see thou art not for my company.
Shakespeare.—Titus Andronicus, Act III. Scene 2. (Titus to Marcus.)

Is all our company here?
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act I. Scene 2. (Quince to Bottom.)

I thank you for your company; but, good faith, I had as lief have been myself alone.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act III. Scene 2. (Jaques to Orlando.)

Catius is ever moral, ever grave,
Thinks who endures a knave, is next a knave,
Save just at dinner—then prefers, no doubt,
A rogue with venison, to a saint without.
Pope.—Moral Essays, Epi. I. To Temple, Line 77.

Preferring, with a soul as black as soot,
A rogue on horseback to a saint on foot.
Wolcot.—The Lousiad, Canto I.

A pleasant companion is as good as a coach.
Swift.—The Tripos, Act III. (Jucundus comes est pro vehiculo.)

Company, villanous company, hath been the spoil of me.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 3. (Falstaff to Bardolph.)