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


He was in logic a great critic,
Profoundly skilled in analytic:
He could distinguish, and divide
A hair ’twixt south and south-west side;
On either which he would dispute,
Confute, change hands, and still confute.
Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto I. Line 65.

It is a piece of logic which will hardly pass on the world, that because one man has a sore nose all the town should put plasters upon theirs.
Swift.—Remarks upon a Book. (Roscoe’s Ed. Vol. 2, pa. 181.)