|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|When I told you|
My state was nothing, I should then have told you
That I was worse than nothing.
Shakespeare.Merchant of Venice, Act III. Scene 2. (Bassanio to Portia.)
|Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing.|
Shakespeare.Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 1. (Bassanio to Antonio.)
|Narcissus is the glory of his race:|
For who does nothing with a better grace?
Dr. Young.Love of Fame, Sat. IV. Line 85.
|Nothing! thou elder brother een to shade.|
Rochester.Poem on Nothing.
|He answered nothing.|
St. Matthew, Chap. xxvii. Ver. 12.
|O mighty nothing! unto thee,|
Nothing, we owe all things that be;
God spake once when he all things made,
He saved all when he nothing said,
The world was made of nothing then;
Tis made by nothing now again.
Crashaw.Steps to the Temple.
|Nothing but a night not to be seen,|
Was seen by us.
Habington.The Queen of Arragon, Act V. Scene 1.
|The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing;|
My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these nothings,
If this be nothing.
Shakespeare.Winters Tale, Act I. Scene 2. (Leontes to Camillo.)
| Nothing in his life|
Became him like the leaving it.
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act I. Scene 4. (Malcolm to Duncan.)
|Thus synods oft concern for faith conceal,|
And for important nothings shew a zeal.
Garth.Dispensary, Canto I. Line 71.
|Who nothing has to lose, the war bewails;|
And he who nothing pays, at taxes rails.
Congreve.Poem on Pleasing.