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


I had rather have a fool to make me merry, than experience to make me sad.
Shakespeare.—As You Like It, Act IV. Scene 1.

I am not merry; but I do beguile
The thing I am, by seeming otherwise.
Shakespeare.—Othello, Act II. Scene 1.

I am never merry when I hear sweet music.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act V. Scene 1.

Jog on, jog on, the footpath way,
And merrily hent the style—a;
A merry heart goes all the day,
Your sad tires in a mile—a.
Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act IV. Scene 2.

How oft, when men are at the point of death,
Have they been merry?
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act V. Scene 3. (Romeo at Juliet’s tomb.)

And if you can be merry then, I’ll say
A man may weep upon his wedding day.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Prologue, last lines.