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


Shall I, wasting in dispaire,
Dye because a woman’s faire?
Or make pale my cheeks with care
Cause another’s rosie are?
Be shee fairer than the day,
Or the flow’ry meads in May;
If she be not so to me,
What care I how faire shee be?
Geo. Wither.—From the “Mistresse of Philarete,” 3 Percy Reliques, Page 245.

Die all! die nobody! die like demi-gods!
Reynolds.—The Dramatist, Act IV. Scene 2.

And they died as if overcome by sleep.
Hesiod.—Weeks and Days, Line 115. (Banks.)

Ay, but to die, and go we know not where;
To lie in cold obstruction, and to rot.
Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act III. Scene 1. (Claudio to Isabella.)

It is appointed once for all to die.
Lillo.—The Christian Hero, Act III.

To die,—to sleep,—
No more; and, by a sleep, to say we end
The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to,—’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 1. (His Soliloquy on Life and Death.)

To die,—to sleep,—
To sleep! perchance to dream;—ay, there’s the rub:
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 1. (The Soliloquy continued.) See “Whips.”

O God! it is a fearful thing
To see the human soul take wing.
Byron.—Prisoner of Chillon, Div. VIII.

’Tis a vile thing to die, my gracious lord,
When men are unprepar’d, and look not for it.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act III. Scene 2. (Catesby to Hastings.)

What pity is it
That we can die but once to serve our country!
Addison.—Cato, Act IV.

But shall die like men; and fall like one of the princes.
Psalm lxxxii. Ver. 7.

Acquit yourselves like men.
Lillo.—The Christian Hero, Act V.

It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other.
Bacon.—On Death, Essay II.

The slender debt to nature’s quickly paid,
Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.
Quarles.—Book II. No. XIII. Line 17.

He that dies, pays all debts.
Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act III. Scene 2. (Stephano.)