|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Geoffrey Chaucer (c. 13401400)|
|QUOTATION:||I hold a mouses wit not worth a leke,|
That hath but on hole for to sterten to. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Prologue. Line 6154.|
Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts his life to one hole only.Plautus: Truculentus, act iv. sc. 4.
The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole
Can never be a mouse of any soul.
Alexander Pope: Paraphrase of the Prologue, line 298. [back]