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


I wish there was not a polemic divine, said Yorick, in the kingdom; one ounce of practical divinity is worth a painted ship-load of all their reverences have imported these fifty years.
Sterne.—Tristram Shandy, Vol. V. Chap. XXVIII.

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions.
Shakespeare.—The Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 2. (Portia to Nerissa.)

The virgins are soft as the roses they twine,
And all, save the spirit of man, is divine.
Byron.—The Bride of Abydos, Canto I. Stanza 1.