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


The hungry wretch of a Greek would attempt heaven even were you to bid him.
Juvenal.—Quoted by Riley in his Clas. Dict. 137.

All things the hungry Greek exactly knows:
And bid him go to heaven, to heaven he goes.
Juvenal.—Sat. III. (Dryden’s Transl.)

And bid him go to hell, to hell he goes.
Dr. Johnson.—London, Line 116.

In hope to merit heaven by making earth a hell.
Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto I. Stanza XX. Line 9.

Hell’s court is built deep in a gloomy vale,
High walled with strong damnation, moated round
With flaming brimstone.
Dr. Joseph Beaumont.—Hell, Verse 1.

There is in hell a place stone-built throughout,
Called Malebolgë, of an iron hue,
Like to the wall that circles it about.
Dante.—Inferno. Canto XVIII. Line 1. (Wright’s Transl.)

Hell is empty,
And all the devils are here.
Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act I. Scene 2. (Ariel to Prospero.)

Hell is full of good meanings and wishings.
Herbert.—Jacula Prudentum.

Hell is paved with good intentions.
Boswell’s Johnson.—April, 1775.