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


I will answer you by quoting what I have read, somewhere or other, in Dionysius Halicarnassensis. I think that history is philosophy teaching by examples.
Bolingbroke.—On the Study and Use of History. Letter II. Vol. III. Page 323.

Read their history in a nation’s eyes.
Gray.—Elegy in a Churchyard, Verse 16.

There is a history in all men’s lives,
Figuring the nature of the time deceas’d;
The which observ’d, a man may prophesy,
With a near aim, of the main chance of things
As yet not come to life; which in their seeds,
And weak beginnings, lie intreasured.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act III. Scene 1. (Warwick to King Henry.)

1.And what’s her History?
2.A blank, my lord.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act II. Scene 4. (The Duke and Viola.)

Where shall I hide my forehead and my eyes!
For now I see the true old times are dead.
Tennyson.—Morte D’Arthur.