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


I do not set my life at a pin’s fee.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 4.

Himself I hold at a hair’s worth.
Homer.—The Iliad, Bk. 9. Line 446. (Lord Derby.) Achilles scorning the offer of Agamemnon.

See, a pin is there,
A pin a-day will fetch a groat a-year.
King.—Art of Cookery, Line 404.

Pin a dishclout to his tail.
Swift.—Mary’s Letter to Dr. Sheridan.