|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||John Heywood (1497?1580?)|
|QUOTATION:||He that will not when he may,|
When he would he shall have nay. 1
|ATTRIBUTION:||Proverbes. Part i. Chap. iii.|
He that will not when he may,
When he will he shall have nay.
Robert Burton: Anatomy of Melancholy, pt. iii. sec. 2, mem. 5, subs. 5.
He that wold not when he might,
He shall not when he wolda.
The Baffled Knight. Thomas Percy: Reliques. [back]