|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|1. Sir, if you spend word for word with me, I shall make your wit bankrupt.|
2. I know it well, sir: you have an exchequer of words.
Shakespeare.Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act II. Scene 4. (Thurio to Valentine.)
|With some laughing ladies, I presume, whose incessant concussion of words would not let you put in a syllable.|
Colley Cibber.The Ladys Last Stake, Act I. Scene 1.
|Words, words, words!|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act II. Scene 2. (Hamlet to Polonius.) Garrick.The Guardian, Act I.
|Words are grown so false I am loath to prove reason with them.|
Shakespeare.Twelfth Night, Act III. Scene 1. (Clown to Viola.)
|Her words but wind, and all her tears but water.|
Spenser.Fairy Queen, Book VI. Canto VI. Verse 42.
|Soft words, with nothing in them, make a song.|
Waller.To Mr. Creech, Line 10.
|Words are like leaves, and, where they most abound,|
Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found.
Pope.On Criticism, Line 309.
|Men ever had, and ever will have, leave|
To coin new words well suited to the age.
Words are like leaves, some wither every year,
And every year a younger race succeeds.
Roscommon.Horace, Art of Poetry.
|Be not the first by whom the new are tried,|
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Pope.On Criticism, Line 335.
|Use may revive the obsoletest words,|
And banish those that now are most in vogue;
Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.
Roscommon.Art of Poetry.
|My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:|
Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act III. Scene 3. (Hamlets Uncle, after rising from his knees.)
| Then shall our names,|
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememberd.
Shakespeare.King Henry V., Act IV. Scene 3. (The King to Westmoreland.)
|When I would pray and think, I think and pray,|
To several subjects: heaven hath my empty words.
Shakespeare.Measure for Measure, Act II. Scene 4. (Angelo.)
|He calld on Allabut the word|
Arose unheeded or unheard.
|1. Not a word?|
2. Not one to throw at a dog.
Shakespeare.As You Like It, Act I. Scene 3. (Celia and Rosalind.)
|And words came first, and after, blows.|
Lloyd.Spirit of Contradiction.
|Words beget anger; anger brings forth blows;|
Blows make of dearest friends immortal foes.
Herrick.Hesperides, Moral Essays, 485.
|What you keep by you, you may change and mend;|
But words once spoke can never be recalld.
Roscommon.Art of Poetry.