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


Romans, countrymen, and lovers.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act III. Scene 2. (Brutus’ Address to the Citizens after Cæsar’s death.)

The last of all the Romans, fare thee well!
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act V. Scene 3. (Brutus on seeing Cassius dead.)

This was the noblest Roman of them all.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act V. Scene 5. (Antony on seeing Brutus dead.)

It is the finest piece that has been composed, as some pedant has said, since the Romans died.
Horace Walpole.—Letter to Mason, 2nd March, 1773. (With reference to Sir Thomas Wyat’s Oration.)