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


He that once is good, is always great.
Ben Jonson.—The Forest, to Lady Aubigny.

High stations tumults, but not bliss create;
None think the great unhappy, but the great.
Dr. Young.—Love of Fame, Sat. I. Line 237.

In the perfum’d chamber of the great.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act III. Scene 1. (Apostrophe to Sleep.)

In joys, in grief, in triumphs, in retreat,
Great always, without aiming to be great.
Roscommon.—(Dr. Chetwood to the Earl.)

He’s only great who can himself command.
Lansdown.—An Imitation, etc., Line 12.

’Tis phrase absurd to call a villain great.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. IV. Line 230.

“Here lies the great”—false marble! where?
Nothing but small and sordid dust lies there.
Cowley.—Life and Fame.