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


Seek not to know what must not be reveal’d;
Joys only flow where Fate is most conceal’d;
Too busie Man wou’d find his Sorrows more,
If future Fortunes he shou’d know before;
For by that knowledge of his Destiny
He would not live at all, but always die.
Dryden.—The Indian Queen, Act III. Scene 1.

Marriage is ever made by destiny.
Chapman.—All Fools, Act V. Scene 1.

Hanging and wiving goes by destiny.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act II. Scene 9. (Nerissa to Portia.) Farquhar.—The Recruiting Officer, Act III. Scene 2.

1.You remember who encouraged me to love, and promis’d me his assistance?
2.Ay, while there was Hope, Frank, while there was Hope; but there’s no contending with one’s destiny.
Dryden.—Evening’s Love, Act II. Scene 1.