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


Were I like thee, I’d throw myself away.
Shakespeare.—Timon of Athens, Act IV. Scene 3. (Timon to Apemantus.)

It was not my fault, Major Bridgenorth;
How could I help it? like will to like—
The boy would come—The girl would see him.
Scott.—Peveril of the Peak, Chap. XIV.

Like will to like; each creature loves his kind,
Chaste words proceed still from a bashful mind.
Herrick.—Hesperides, Aphorisms, 293.

There’s not a man among them but must please,
Since they are like each other as are peas.
Swift.—Horace, Book I. Epi. 5.

As like as milk is to milk.
Riley.—Plautus, The Bacchides, Act I. Scene 2.

As cherry is to cherry.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act V. Scene 1. (Lady to King Henry.)

Almost as like as eggs.
Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act I. Scene 2. (Leontes to Mamillius.)

F—— loves the senate, Hockleyhole his brother,
Like in all else as one egg to another.
Pope.—Satire to Fortescue, Book I. Line 49.

Like Niobe, all tears.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 2. (After his interview with the King, Queen, and Lords.)

No more like my father
Than I to Hercules.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 2. (The same Soliloquy.)

Very like a whale.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 2. (To Polonius.)

But simpering, mild, and innocent,
As angels on a monument.

All flesh consorteth according to kind, and a man will cleave to his like.
Ecclesiasticus.—Chap. xiii. Ver. 16.

The birds will resort unto their like.
Ecclesiasticus.—Chap. xxvii. Ver. 9.

Cicada is dear to cicada, and ant to ant, and hawks to hawks.
Banks’ Theocritus.—Idyll IX. Page 52.