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


None but the brave deserves the fair.
Dryden.—Alexander’s Feast, Verse 1.

Is she not passing fair?
Shakespeare.—Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act IV. Scene 4. (Silvia to Julia.)

Oh! what perfections must that virgin share,
Who fairest is esteem’d, where all are fair!
Prior.—Henry and Emma, Line 72. Tom Moore.—Sovereign Woman, Vol. IX. Page 413.

Oh, you paragon!—Angels must paint to look as fair as you.
Reynolds.—The Dramatist, Act IV. Scene 1.

Is not she more than mortal can desire?
As Venus lovely, and as Dian chaste?
Lee.—Alexander the Great, Act I. Scene 1.

What is so fair, so exquisitely good?
Is she not more than painting can express,
Or youthful poets fancy when they love?
Rowe.—The Fair Penitent, Act III. Scene 1.

He loved her foul, that he might make her fair.
Augustine.—On Christ’s Love to his Church.