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


Ill fortune seldom comes alone.
Dryden.—Cymon and Iphigenia.

One woe doth tread upon another’s heel,
So fast they follow.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 7.

When one is past, another care we have;
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.
Herrick.—Hesp. Aphorisms, No. 287.

One sorrow never comes but brings an heir,
That may succeed as his inheritor.
Shakespeare.—Pericles, Act I. Scene 4.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
But in battalions.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 5.

Experience teaches another lesson, that earthly losses are remedies for covetousness, while increase in worldly goods rouses and provokes it.
Dr. Trench.—The Rich Fool, 322, Notes on the Parables, Ed. IX.

A wretch’s life—broken on misfortune’s wheel.

One writ with me in sour misfortune’s book.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act V. Scene 3. (Romeo at the tomb, having just slain Paris.)