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


Imagination fondly stoops to trace
The parlour-splendours of that festive place;
The white-wash’d wall, the nicely sanded floor,
The varnish’d clock that click’d behind the door:
The chest contriv’d a double debt to pay—
A bed by night, a chest of drawers by day.
Goldsmith.—Deserted Village, Line 225.

You are oblig’d to your imagination for more than three-fourths of your importance.

The right honourable gentleman is indebted to his memory for his jests, and to his imagination for his facts.
Sheridan.—Speech in reply to Dundas.

His wit shines at the expense of his memory.
Le Sage.—Gil Blas, Book III. Chap. XI.