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


Because, sister, your words are knocking out the brains of unfortunate me; you are speaking stones. So Shakespeare says, (above) “I will speak daggers to her, but use none;” and Aristophanes says in one of his plays, “You have spoken roses to me.”
Riley’s Plautus.—The Aulularia, Act II. Scene 1.

Lys.He hath rid his prologue like a rough colt; he knows not the stop. It is not enough to speak, but to speak true.
Hip.Indeed he hath played on his prologue like a child on a recorder; a sound, but not in government.
The.His speech was like a tangled chain; nothing impaired but all disordered.
Shakespeare.—Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act V. Sc. 1.

Speaking thick, which nature made his blemish.
Shakespeare.—King Henry IV., Part II. Act II. Scene 3. (Lady Percy to Northumberland.)