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


What gain’st thou, brutal man, if I confess
Thy strength superior, when thy wit is less?
Mind is the man; I claim my whole desert
From the mind’s vigour, and the immortal part.
Ovid.—Meta. XIII., Dryden. (Reply of Ulysses to Ajax.)

The aristocracy of the mind was to supplant that of the sword.
Alison.—History of Europe, Chap. III. Pt. 34.

Were I so tall to reach the pole,
Or grasp the ocean with my span,
I must be measur’d by my soul;
The mind’s the standard of the man.
Watts.—False Greatness, Verse 3.

The mind is the proper judge of the man.
Seneca.—Happy Life, Chap. I.

John Gilpin kiss’d his loving wife;
O’erjoy’d was he to find
That, though on pleasure she was bent,
She had a frugal mind.
Cowper.—John Gilpin, Verse 8.

The mind, relaxing into needful sport,
Should turn to writers of an abler sort,
Whose wit well managed, and whose classic style,
Give truth a lustre, and make wisdom smile.
Cowper.—Retirement, Line 715.

It is the mind that maketh good or ill,
That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor.
Spenser.—Fairy Queen, Book VI. Canto 9.

’Tis the mind that makes the body rich.
Shakespeare.—Taming of the Shrew, Act IV. Scene 3. Seneca.—Happy Life, Chap. XV.

Strength of mind is exercise, not rest.
Pope.—Essay on Man, Epi. II. Line 104.

A good mind possesses a kingdom.
Proverb.—Motto of the Emperor Nerva; Riley’s Dictionary of Classical Quotations, 227.

The first sure symptom of a mind in health,
Is rest of heart, and pleasure felt at home.
Dr. Young.—Night VIII. Line 923.

The mind is in fault, which never escapes from itself.
Smart’s Horace.—Book I. Epi. XIV.

How fleet is the glance of the mind
Compared with the speed of its flight!
The tempest itself lags behind,
And the swift-winged arrows of light.
Cowper.—Alex. Selkirk, Verse 6.

A monarch clothed with majesty and awe,
His mind his kingdom, and his will his law.
Cowper.—Truth, Line 405.

A mind content both crown and kingdom is.
Greene.—Song, “Sweet are the Thoughts,” last Line.

My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such perfect joys therein I find,
As far exceeds all earthly bliss
That God or nature hath assign’d:
Though much I want that most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.
Sir Edward Dyer.

[See “Reliques of Ancient English Poetry,” by Thomas Percy, Lord Bishop of Dromore, Vol. I. Page 307; and Byrd’s Psalms, Sonnets, &c. The thought is said to be from Seneca; see the verse in the Thyestes: Mens regnum bona possidet. Gifford’s Ed. of Ben Jonson’s Plays, Page 28.]

My mind to me an empire is.
Southwell.—Look Home.

Man’s mind a mirror is.
Southwell.—Look Home.

Queen.Thou talk’st as if thou wert a king.
K. Henry.Why, so I am in mind.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part III. Act III. Scene 1.

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book I. Line 254.

Behold yon pair in strict embraces join’d;
How like in manners, and how like in mind!
Pope.—The Dunciad, Book III. Line 179.

A mind diseased no remedy can physic—
Here the ship gave a lurch, and he grew sea-sick.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto II. Verse 19.

He that has treasures of his own
May leave the cottage or the throne,
May quit the globe, and dwell alone
Within his spacious mind.
Locke hath a soul wide as the sea,
Calm as the night, bright as the day,
There may his vast ideas play,
Nor feel a thought confined.
Dr. Watts.—Lyric Poems, To John Locke, Esq. Verse 2.

When I view my spacious soul,
And survey myself a whole,
And enjoy myself alone,
I’m a kingdom of my own.
Dr. Watts.—Lyric Poems, True Riches.

The voyage of the mind.
Cowley.—To Colonel Tuke.

The garden of the mind.
Tennyson.—Ode to Memory, Verse 3.

Upon the threshold of the mind.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam III. Verse 4.

There is so little to redeem the dry mass of follies and errors from which the materials of life are composed, and anything to love or to reverence becomes, as it were, the sabbath for the mind.
E. Bulwer Lytton.—Devereux, Book I. Chap. VI.

In my mind’s eye, Horatio.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 2.