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


An honest man, close-buttoned to the chin,
Broad cloth without, and a warm heart within.
Cowper.—Epistle to Joseph Hill.

If an honest man, Nature has forgot to labour it upon your countenance.
Scott.—Peveril of the Peak, Chap. XL.

If he were
To be made honest by an act of parliament,
I should not alter in my faith of him.
Ben Jonson.—The Devil is an Ass, Act IV. Scene 1.

Take note, take note, O world!
To be direct and honest is not safe.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act III. Scene 8. (Iago to the Moor.)

An honest man’s the noblest work of God.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epistle IV. Line 247.

Auld Ayr, wham ne’er a town surpasses
For honest men and bonnie lassies.
Burns.—Tam O’Shanter.

Athol’s honest men,
And Athol’s bonnie lassies.
Burns.—Petition of Bruar Water.