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


A maxim in law has more weight in the world than an article of faith.
Swift.—On Bishops’ Leases. (Roscoe’s Life of Swift.)

The Americans have no faith—
They rely on the power of a dollar:
They are deaf to a sentiment.
Emerson.—Man a Reformer, 121.

Let none henceforth seek needless cause to approve
The faith they owe; when earnestly they seek
Such proof, conclude they then begin to fail.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book IX. Line 1140.

For modes of faith let graceless zealots fight,
His can’t be wrong whose life is in the right.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. III. Line 305.

Ever note, Lucilius,
When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony;
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act IV. Scene 2. (Brutus to Lucilius.)

There is no more faith in thee than in a stewed prune.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part I. Act III. Scene 3. (Falstaff to the Hostess.)

On argument alone my faith is built.
Dr. Young.—Night IV. Line 742.

Faith builds a bridge from this world to the next.
Dr. Young.—Night VIII. Line 717.