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


All’s not offence that indiscretion finds.
Shakespeare.—King Lear, Act II. Scene 4. (Goneril to her Father.)

At every trifle scorn to take offence,
That always shews great pride or little sense.
Pope.—On Criticism, Line 386.

Every offence is not a hate at first.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act IV. Scene 1.

Oh, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven!
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act III. Scene 3. (The King’s soliloquy.)

What dire offence from amorous causes springs;
What mighty contests rise from trivial things!
Pope.—Rape of the Lock, Line 1.

Evil events from evil causes spring.
Aristophanes.—Ramage’s Thoughts from Greek Authors.