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


Nothing is new; we walk where others went;
There’s no vice now but has its precedent.
Herrick.—Hesperides, Aphorism 213.

For out of the old fields as men saith,
Cometh all this new corn from year to year,
And out of old books, in good faith,
Cometh all this new science that we lere.
Chaucer.—Assembly of Fooles, Line 22.

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Pope.—On Criticism, Line 335.

New subjects are not easily explain’d,
And you had better choose a well-known theme
Than trust to an invention of your own.
Roscommon.—Horace’s Art of Poetry.