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


I had a thing to say;
But I will fit it with some better tune.
Shakespeare.—King John, Act III. Scene 3. (The King to Hubert.)

Thou thing of no bowels, thou!
Shakespeare.—Troilus and Cress., Act II. Scene 1. (Thersites to Ajax.)

Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 2. (Macbeth contemplating the murder of Banquo and his Son.)

A thing devised by the enemy.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act V. Scene 3. (Richard to Norfolk, after perusing the Note found in his tent.)