John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Daniel Defoe. (1660?1731) 3098
Wherever God erects a house of prayer, The Devil always builds a chapel there; 1 And t will be found, upon examination, The latter has the largest congregation.
The True-Born Englishman. Part i. Line 1. 3099
Great families of yesterday we show, And lords, whose parents were the Lord knows who.
The True-Born Englishman. Part i. Line 1.
Tom Brown. (16631704) 3100
I do not love thee, Doctor Fell, The reason why I cannot tell; But this alone I know full well, I do not love thee, Doctor Fell. 2
To treat a poor wretch with a bottle of Burgundy, and fill his snuff-box, is like giving a pair of laced ruffles to a man that has never a shirt on his back. 3
Laconics. 3102 In the reign of Charles II. a certain worthy divine at Whitehall thus addressed himself to the auditory at the conclusion of his sermon: In short, if you dont live up to the precepts of the Gospel, but abandon yourselves to
Note 1. See Burton, Quotation 80. [ back] Note 2. A slightly different version is found in Browns Works collected and published after his death: Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare; Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te (I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; this only I can say, I do not love thee). Martial: Epigram i. 33. Je ne vous aime pas, Hylas; Je nen saurois dire la cause, Je sais seulement une chose; Cest que je ne vous aime pas. Bussy: Comte de Rabutin. (16181693.) [ back]
Note 3. Like sending them ruffles, when wanting a shirt.Sorbienne (16101670). Oliver Goldsmith: The Haunch of Venison. [ back]