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


One fairer than my love! the all-seeing sun
Ne’er saw her match, since first the world begun.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 2. (Romeo to Benvolio.)

Compare her face with some that I shall show,
And it will make thee think thy swan a crow.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act I. Scene 2. (Benvolio to Romeo.)

To seek through the regions of the earth
For one his like, there would be something failing
In him that should compare.
Shakespeare.—Cymbeline, Act I. Scene 1.

To me he seems like diamond to glass.
Shakespeare.—Pericles, Act II. Scene 3. (Thaisa to Pericles.)

Thou are an eagle to a wren.
Wolcot.—Ode I., To the Academicians, Verse 8, 1782.

No caparisons, miss, if you please,
Caparisons don’t become a young woman.
Sheridan.—The Rivals, Act IV. Scene 2.

Comparisons are odorous.
Shakespeare.—Much Ado About Nothing, Act III. Scene 5. (Dogberry.)

1.By heavens, a most edible coparisó.
2.Odious thou would’st say; for coparisós are odious.
Anonymous.—Sir Giles Goosecappe, an old Comedy of 1606.

Leave her, and I will leave comparing thus;
She and comparisons are odious.
Dr. Donne.—The Comparison.

Comparisons are odious.
Burton.—Anat. of Mel., Part III. Section III. Mem. 1. sub. 2; George Herbert.—Jacula Prudentum. Heywood.—A Woman Kill’d with Kindness, Act I. Scene 1.

To liken them to your auld-warld squad,
I must needs say comparisons are odd.
Burns.—Brigs of Ayr.