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


Yet, if he has sense but to balance a straw,
He will sure take the hint from the picture I draw.
Smollett.—A Song, Verse 4.

You are an annihilator of sense.
Congreve.—The Way of the World, Act I. Scene 9.

For a long time past he could not converse in the language of common sense. Ask him a trivial question, he gave you a cramp answer out of some of his plays.
Murphy.—The Apprentice, Act I.

Whatsoever contradicts my sense,
I hate to see, and never can believe.
Roscommon.—Horace’s Art of Poetry.

You cram these words into mine ears, against the stomach of my sense.
Shakespeare.—The Tempest, Act II. Scene 1. (Alonzo to Gonzalo.)

Obscurely stiff, shall press poor sense to death,
Or in long periods run her out of breath.
Churchill.—The Candidate, Line 731.

The hand of little employment hath the daintier sense.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (The Prince to Horatio at the grave side.)