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


But now our fates from unmomentous things
May rise like rivers out of little springs.

Alas! how light a cause may move
Dissension between hearts that love!
Hearts that the world in vain had tried,
And sorrow but more closely tied;
That stood the storm when waves were rough,
Yet in a sunny hour fall off.
Tom Moore.—The Light of the Harem, Vol. VII. Page 22.

Great floods have flown from simple sources.
Shakespeare.—All’s Well that Ends Well, Act II. Scene 1. (Helena to the King.)

Dissensions, like small streams, are first begun;
Scarce seen they rise, but gather as they run.
Garth.—The Dispensary, Canto III. Line 184.

Civil dissension is a viperous worm
That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part I. Act III. Scene 1. (The King to Gloster and Winchester.)

Could we forbear dispute, and practise love,
We should agree, as angels do above.
Waller.—Divine Love, Canto III.