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


Nor peace nor ease the heart can know,
Which, like the needle true,
Turns at the touch of joy or woe,
But, turning, trembles too.
Mrs. Greville.—A Prayer for Indifference, Verses 5, 6.

And the touch’d needle trembles to the pole.
Pope.—Temple of Fame, Line 431.

True as the needle to the pole,
Or as the dial to the sun.
Barton Booth.—Song.

True as the dial to the sun,
Although it be not shined upon.
Butler.—Hudibras, Canto II. Part III. Line 175.