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


There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries;
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
Shakespeare.—Julius Cæsar, Act IV. Scene 3. (Brutus to Cassius just before the battle at Philippi.)

In haste alights and scuds away,
But tide and time for no man stay.
Somerville.—The Scented Miser.

Nae man can tether time or tide;
The hour approaches, Tam maun ride.
Burns.—Tam O’Shanter.

There is an hour in fortune
That must be still observed.
Beaumont and Fletcher.—The Little French Lawyer, Act II. Scene 3.