|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Ah! who can tell how hard it is to climb|
The steep where Fames proud temple shines afar!
Beattie.The Minstrel, Verse 1. Line 1.
|Fain would I climb, but that I fear to fall.|
[A line written by Sir Walter Raleigh, with a diamond ring, on the glass of a window in a pavilion of Queen Elizabeth, who, on being informed of it, wrote underneath it:]
If thy mind fail thee, do not climb at all.
Scott.Kenilworth, Chap. XVII.
| 1. I am lost in thought.|
2. Thought of the Queen, perhaps?
1. Why, if it were,
Heaven may be thought on, though too high to climb.
2. Oh! now I find where your ambition drives.
Dryden.Spanish Friar, Act I. Scene 1.
|He either fears his fate too much,|
Or his deserts are small,
Who dares not put it to the touch,
To win or lose it all.
Scott.Intro. to Chron. of the Canongate, Vol. XIX.
|He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit;|
He that leaps the wide gulf should prevail in his suit.
Scott.The Talisman, Chap. XXVI.
|The lower still you crawl, youll climb the higher.|
Smollett.Advice, Line 64.
|Downward to climb, and backward to advance.|
Pope.The Dunciad, Book II. Line 320.