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


Retired leisure,
That in trim gardens takes his pleasure.
Milton.—Il Penseroso.

I am never less at leisure than when at leisure, nor less alone than when I am alone.
Publius Scipio Africanus. [A saying written of him by Cato the censor, and quoted by Cicero at the commencement of the third book of his Offices. The same idea is to be found in Seneca, Epi. VI., and Rogers on Human Life, line 65 from the end, without acknowledgment.]

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
Sidney.—The Arcadia, Book I.