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


Forgive me, sir, if I in this offend.
Congreve.—Mourning Bride, Act I. Scene 2.

Harsh words, though pertinent, uncouth appear;
None please the fancy who offend the ear.
Garth.—The Dispensary, Canto IV. Line 204.

Who fears t’ offend, takes the first step to please.
Cibber.—Love in a Riddle, Act I.