Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


My feet, they haul me Round the House,
They Hoist me up the Stairs;
I only have to steer them, and
They Ride me Everywheres.
Gelett Burgess—My Feet.

And the prettiest foot! Oh, if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet, as they steal in and out, and play at bo-peep under her petticoats!
Congreve—Love for Love. Act I. Sc. 1.

It is a suggestive idea to track those worn feet backward through all the paths they have trodden ever since they were the tender and rosy little feet of a baby, and (cold as they now are) were kept warm in his mother’s hand.
Hawthorne—The Marble Faun. Vol. I. Ch. XXI.

Better a barefoot than none.
Herbert—Jacula Prudentum.

Her pretty feet
Like snails did creep
A little out, and then,
As if they played at bo-peep
Did soon draw in agen.
Herrick—Upon her Feet.

Feet that run on willing errands!
Longfellow—Hiawatha. Pt. X. Hiawatha’s Wooing. L. 33.

’Tis all one as if they should make the Standard for the measure, we call a Foot, a Chancellor’s Foot; what an uncertain Measure would this be! one Chancellor has a long Foot, another a short Foot, a Third an indifferent Foot. ’Tis the same thing in the Chancellor’s Conscience.
John Selden—Table Talk. Equity.

Nay, her foot speaks.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 56.

O, so light a foot
Will ne’er wear out the everlasting flint.
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 16.

O happy earth,
Whereon thy innocent feet doe ever tread!
Spenser—Faerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto X. St. 9.

Her feet beneath her petticoat,
Like little mice, stole in and out,
As if they feared the light:
But oh! she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter day
Is half so fine a sight.
Sir John Suckling—Ballad Upon a Wedding. St. 8.

And feet like sunny gems on an English green.
Tennyson—Maud. Pt. V. St. 2.