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


He knew what’s what, and that’s as high
As metaphysic wit can fly.
Butler.—Hudibras, Part I. Canto 1. Line 149.

Let ev’ry man enjoy his whim;
What’s he to me, or I to him?
Churchill.—The Ghost, Book IV.

What will Mrs. Grundy say?
Morton.—Speed the Plough, Act I. Scene 1.

What’s done cannot be undone.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act V. Scene 1. (Lady Macbeth walking and talking in her sleep.)

Things without all remedy
Should be without regard; what’s done is done.
Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act III. Scene 2. (Lady Macbeth to her husband.)

What’s done cannot be now amended.
Shakespeare.—King Richard III., Act IV. Scene 4. (To Queen Elizabeth.)

An evil done is past all cure.
Homer.—The Iliad, Book IX, Line 294. (Earl Derby.)

What’s Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba?
Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (After his interview with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.)

What’s there in a name;
Propensity to vice in both the same.
Churchill.—The Farewell.

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose,
By any other name would smell as sweet.
Shakespeare.—Romeo and Juliet, Act II. Scene 2. (Juliet to Romeo.)

Who hath not own’d with rapture-smitten frame,
The power of grace, the magic of a name?
Campbell.—The Pleasures of Hope, Part II.

She was—but words would fail to tell thee what:
Think what a woman should be, and she was that.

But wouldst thou know what’s heav’n? I’ll tell thee what:
Think what thou canst not think, and Heaven is that.
Quarles.—Book V. Epig. XIV.