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


Make the men sit down.
St. John’s Gospel, Chap. vi. Ver. 10. (Jesus to Andrew.)

Let the men cross!
Sir Arthur Wellesley.

[A pithy command of Sir Arthur to Col. Waters on crossing the Douro with a boat and twenty-five men.—Sheerer’s Memoirs of Wellington, p. 210.]

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men.
Samuel, Book I. Chap. IV. Ver. 9. Homer’s Iliad, Book XV. Line 567.

Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people.
Samuel, Book II. Chap. x. Ver. 12.

Play the men.
Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act I. Scene 1. (Alonzo to the Boatswain.)

In an age
When men were men, and not ashamed of heaven.
Dr. Young.—Night VIII. Line 11.

Then men were men, but now the greater part
Beasts are in life, and women are in heart.
Hall.—Bishop of Norwich, Sat. VI.

Remember this, and shew yourselves men.
Isaiah, Chap. xlvi. Ver. viii.

These men are fortune’s jewels, moulded bright,
Brought forth with their own fire and light.
Cowley.—The Motto, Line 9.

Men are the sport of circumstances, when
The circumstances seem the sport of men.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto V. Stanza 17.

Men are but children of a larger growth.
Dryden.—All for Love, Act IV. Scene 1.—Dr. Watts, in his “Improvement of the Mind,” Part II. Chap. V.; and Robert Lloyd, in his “Epistle to Colman,” are identical with Seneca in the next quotation.

They are but children too, though they have grey hairs: they are indeed of a larger size.
Seneca.—On Anger, Chap. VIII.

To each his sufferings: all are men,
Condemn’d alike to groan;
The tender for another’s pain,
The unfeeling for his own.
Gray.—Prospect of Eton College, Stanza 10.

Of such materials wretched men were made.
Byron.—The Lament of Tasso, Stanza VI. Line 11.

Men must endure
Their going hence, even as their coming hither.
Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act V. Scene 2.

Let me have men about me that are fat;
Sleek-headed men, and such as sleep o’ nights;
Yond’ Cassius has a lean and hungry look,
He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act I. Scene 2.

Are masters to their females, and their lords;
Then let your will attend on their awards.
Shakespeare.—Comedy of Errors, Act II. Scene 1. (Luciana to Adriana.)