|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|The fire i the flint|
Shows not till it be struck.
Shakespeare.Timon of Athens, Act I. Scene 1. (Poet.)
|O, Cassius, you are yoked to a lamb|
That carries anger as the flint bears fire;
Who, much enforced, shows a hasty spark,
And straight is cold again.
Shakespeare.Julius Cæsar, Act IV. Scene 3. (Brutus to Cassius.)
|So stubborn flints their inward heat conceal,|
Till art and force th unwilling sparks reveal.
Congreve.To Dryden on his Poems, last lines but two.