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


Oh, Sir! the good die first,
And they whose hearts are dry as summer’s dust
Burn to the socket.
Wordsworth.—The Excursion, Book I. Page 21.

Are you good men and true?
Shakespeare.—Much Ado About Nothing, Act III. Scene 1. (Dogberry to his Men.)

Warm in the glorious interest you pursue,
And, in one word, a good man and a true.
Prior.—To Harley, and see Francis’ Horace, Book I. Epistle 9; Pope’s Odyssey, Book XIV. Line 392.

They led me to a good man and a wise.
Prior.—To Harley.

When Fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threat’ning eye.
Shakespeare.—King John, Act III. Scene 4. (Pandulph to Lewis.)

There is some soul of goodness in things evil,
Would men observingly distil it out.
Shakespeare.—Henry V., Act IV. Scene 1. (The King to Gloster.)

He has more goodness in his little finger
Than you have in your whole body.
Swift.—Mary’s Letter to Dr. Sheridan.

Do good by stealth, and blush to find it fame.
Pope.—Epilogue to Sat., Dialogue I. Line 136.

Pretending public good to serve their own.
Dryden.—Absalom and Achitophel, Part I. Line 497.

If the motive right were understood,
His daily pleasure is in doing good.
Gay.—Epistle IV.; Dr. Young, Sat. V. Line 353.

Hard was their lodging, homely was their food,
For all their luxury was doing good.
Garth.—Claremont, Line 148.

Now, at a certain time, in pleasant mood,
He tried the luxury of doing good.
Crabbe.—Tales of the Hall, Book III.; Goldsmith, The Traveller, Line 22.

Good, the more
Communicated, more abundant grows.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book V. Line 71.

Good-morrow to you both.
Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act II. Scene 4. (Lear to Cornwall and Regan.)

If they do, good-night to our good days.
Geo. Chapman.—The Widow’s Tears, Act I. Scene 1.

Good-morrow to your night-cap.
O’Keefe.—The Poor Soldier, Act I. Scene 1.

To all, to each, a fair good-night,
And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.
Scott.—Marmion, L’Envoy.