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


A little nonsense now and then,
Is relish’d by the best of men.

Nonsense and noise will oft prevail,
When honour and affection fail.
Lloyd.—Letter on Rhymes, near the end.

To varnish nonsense with the charms of sound.
Churchill.—The Apology, Line 219.

To make nonsense more pompous, and furbelow bad poetry with good printing.
Prior.—To Swift, May 1, 1718.

And blushes on her injured stage to see
Nonsense well tuned, and sweet stupidity.
Tickell.—To Mr. Addison.