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


I have completed a monument more lasting than brass, and more sublime than the regal elevation of pyramids, which neither the wasting shower, the unavailing north-wind, nor an innumerable succession of years, and the flight of seasons, shall be able to demolish.
Horace.—Book III. Ode 30, Lines 1–5.

I have now completed a work which neither the anger of Jove, nor fire, nor steel, nor consuming time, will be able to destroy!
Ovid.—Meta. Book XV. Line 873.

It deserves with characters of brass
A forted residence, ’gainst the tooth of time,
And rasure of oblivion.
Shakespeare.—Measure for Measure, Act V. Scene 1. (The Duke to Angelo.)

I made my life my monument.
Ben Jonson.—On Sir Charles Cavendish.

Like the Monument.
Dr. Johnson.—His answer on being asked how he felt upon the ill success of his tragedy “Irene.” (Croker’s Boswell, Page 61.)

When old Time shall lead him to his end,
Goodness and he fill up one monument.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VIII., Act II. Scene 1.

If you seek for his monument, look around, Si monumentum requiris, circumspice.
Robert Mylne.—Epitaph on Sir Christopher Wren, in St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Wouldst thou behold his monument? look around!
Rogers.—Italy (Florence), Page 103, Ed. 1830.