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


This is the state of man: To-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes, to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act III. Scene 2. (Wolsey’s Soliloquy on his fall.)

Honours don’t always change the man.
Le Sage.—Gil Blas, Book IV. Chap. 6.

[Manners first Lord of Rutland, said to Sir Thomas More on his being made Chancellor, “Honores mutant Mores;” “No my Lord,” said Sir Thomas, “The pun will do much better in English, “Honours change Manners.”]