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


… The world agrees
That he writes well who writes with ease.
Prior.—Epi. II. To F. Shephard.

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance,
As those move easiest who have learn’d to dance.
Pope.—On Criticism, Line 362.

Of all those arts in which the wise excel,
Nature’s chief masterpiece is writing well.
Buckingham.—Essay on Poetry.

’Tis hard to say, if greater want of skill
Appear in writing or in judging ill.
Pope.—On Criticism, Line 1.

Both to the virtue due, which could excel
As much in writing, as in living well.
Prior.—To Rev. Dr. Turner, Line 21.