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


A smile that glow’d
Celestial rosy red, love’s proper hue.
Milton.—Paradise Lost, Book VIII. Line 618.

Struck blind with beauty!
Shot with a woman’s smile.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—Knight of Malta, Act II. Scene 3.

Seldom he smiles; and smiles in such a sort,
As if he mock’d himself, and scorn’d his spirit,
That could be moved to smile at any thing.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act I. Scene 2. (Cæsar to Antony, expressing his dislike of Cassius.)

She turn’d to him and smiled, but in that sort
Which makes not others smile.
Byron.—Don Juan, Canto IV. Stanza 23.

The smiler with the knife under his cloak.
Chaucer.—(Saunders.) Vol. I. Page 47.

I can smile, and murther while I smile.
Shakespeare.—King Henry VI., Part III. Act III. Scene 2. (Gloster soliloquising on the destruction of Edward and his Line.)

One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (Ruminating on what the Ghost has told him.)

A man I knew who lived upon a smile;
And well it fed him: he look’d plump and fair,
While rankest venom foam’d through every vein.
Dr. Young.—Night VIII. Line 336.

A villain with a smiling cheek.
Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 3. (Antonio aside to Bassanio.)

The harper smiled, well-pleased; for ne’er
Was flatt’ry lost on poet’s ear:
A simple race! they waste their toil
For the vain tribute of a smile.
Scott.—Lay of the Last Minstrel, near the end.

I in no soul-consumption wait
Whole years at levees of the great,
And hungry hopes regale the while
On the spare diet of a smile.
Green.—The Spleen, Line 440.

So wept Aurelia, till the destined youth
Stepp’d in, with his receipt for making smiles,
And blanching sables into bridal bloom.
Dr. Young.—Night V. Line 583.

Their smiles and censures are to me the same,
I care not what they praise or what they blame.
Dryden’s Persius.—Sat. I.