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


1.He never gives us nothing that’s low.
2.O d—n any thing that’s low, I cannot bear it.
3.The genteel thing is the genteel thing at any time.
If so that a gentleman bees in a concatenation accordingly.
2.I like the maxum of it Master Muggins.
What, though I am obligated to dance a bear,
A man may be a gentleman for all that.
May this be my poison, if my bear ever dances
But to the very genteelest of tunes!
“Walter Parted; or the Minuet in Ariadne.”
Goldsmith.—She Stoops to Conquer, Act I. Scene 2. (The Alehouse.)

It is the known talent of low and little spirits to have a great man’s name perpetually in their mouths.
Swift.—The Drapier’s 6th Letter.