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


Her pure and eloquent blood
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought,
That one would almost say her body thought.
Dr. Donne.—On his Mistress.

To dazzle let the vain design,
To raise the thought, and touch the heart, be thine!
Pope.—Moral Essays, Epi. II. Line 249.

Our thoughts are heard in heaven!
Dr. Young.—Night II. Line 95.

The power of thought—the magic of the mind.
Byron.—The Corsair, Canto I. Stanza 8.

The dome of thought, the palace of the soul.
Byron.—Childe Harold, Canto II. Stanza 6.

Who with tame cowardice familiar grown,
Would here my thoughts, but fear to speak their own.
Churchill.—Gotham, Book I. Line 491.

Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportion’d thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar.
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel:
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatch’d, unfledged comrade.
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 3. (Polonius to Laertes.)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue, keepeth his soul from troubles.
Proverbs of Solomon, Chap. xx. Ver. 23; And in her tongue is the law of kindness, Chap. xxxi. Ver. 26.

Restrain thy mind, and let mildness ever attend thy tongue.
Theognis.—Maxims, Line 368. (Banks.)

To many men well-fitting doors are not set on their tongues.
Theognis.—Maxims, Line 322. (Banks.)

Set a watch over my mouth, O Lord. Keep the door of my lips.
Psalm cxli. Ver. 38.

He thought on the days that were long since by,
When his limbs were strong, and his courage high.
Scott.—Last Minstrel, Canto II. Stanza 7.

Scatters from her pictured urn
Thoughts that breathe and words that burn.
Gray.—Progress of Poesy.

One word alone, in characters that burn.
Jocelyn.—Revds. Evans and Swift’s Translation of Lamartine’s Poem, Epoch 1st.

Words that weep and tears that speak.
Cowley.—The Prophet, Stanza II. Line 8.

Thoughts shut up want air,
And spoil like bales unopen’d to the sun.
Dr. Young.—Night II. Line 466.

Speech is like cloth of Arras opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs.
Plutarch.—Life of Themistocles, 28.

And thoughts that meet.
Ben Jonson.—The Fortunate Isles.

Still are the thoughts to memory dear.
Scott.—Rokeby, Canto I. Verse 33.

From this time forth
My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act IV. Scene 4. (Hamlet alone, after his interview with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.)

Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, its joys, and fears;
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.
Wordsworth.—Ode, Vol. V. Page 345, Last four Lines.

Too mad for thought, too pretty to be wise.
Cawthorne.—To Miss ———.

Fancy light from fancy caught,
And thought leapt out to wed with thought,
Ere thought could wed itself with speech.
Tennyson.—In Memoriam, 23, Verse 4.