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


Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
Chapman.—All Fools, Act V. Scene 1.

Fools are apt to imitate only the defects of their betters.
Swift.—Sermon 9. (Roscoe’s Life of Swift.)

The world is grown so bad
That wrens may prey where eagles dare not perch.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act I. Scene 3.

While timorous knowledge stands considering,
Audacious ignorance hath done the deed.

Where men of judgment creep and feel their way,
The positive pronounce without dismay.
Cowper.—Conversation, Line 145.

No place so sacred from such fops is barr’d,
Nor is Paul’s church more safe than Paul’s churchyard:
Nay, fly to altars; there they’ll talk you dead:
For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
Pope.—Essay on Criticism, Part III. Line 623. (Taken from Boileau’s Art of Poetry.)

Where Mars might quake to tread.
Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto I. Stanza 54.

Men may live fools, but fools they cannot die.
Young.—Night IV. Line 842.