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


It is to me surprising, that out of the multitudes who feel a pleasure in getting an estate, few or none should taste a satisfaction in bestowing it.
Fielding.—An Old Man Taught Wisdom, Act I. Scene 1.

Talk what you will of taste, my friend, you’ll find
Two of a face as soon as of a mind.
Pope.—Imitations of Horace, Book II. Epi. II. Line 268.

We taste the fragrance of the rose.
Akenside.—Pleasures of May, Book II. Line 76.

Through the verdant maze
Of sweet-brier hedges I pursue my walk,
Or taste the smell of dairy.

They never taste who always drink;
They always talk who never think.
Prior.—On a passage in the Scaligeriana.

Taste your legs, sir; put them to motion.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 1. (Sir Toby Belch to Viola.)

I have heard of some kind of men that put quarrels purposely on others, to taste their valour.
Shakespeare.—Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 4. (Viola to Sir Toby.)

Come, give us a taste of your quality.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Hamlet to the Players.)

Adieu, Mr. Gil Blas, I wish you all manner of prosperity with a little more taste.
Le Sage.—Gil Blas, Book VII. Chap. iv. Last Lines.