|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Knaverys plain face is never seen till used.|
Shakespeare.Othello, Act II. Scene 1. (Iago after Roderigo leaves him.)
|A man is not born a knave; there must be time to make him so, nor is he presently discovered after he becomes one.|
Holt.Chief Justice, Rex v. Swendsen, 14 Howells State Trials 596. (On Character Evid.)
|Well theres knavery int;|
I see that without spectacles.
Beaumont and F.The Coxcomb, Act V. Scene 1.
|Whip me such honest knaves.|
Shakespeare.Othello, Act I. Scene 1. (Iago to Roderigo.)
| 1. Theres neer a villain, dwelling in all Denmark,|
But hes an arrant knave.
2. There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave,
To tell us that.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (Hamlet and Horatio.)
|Thy beard and head are of a diffrent dye;|
Short of one foot, distorted in an eye;
With all those tokens of a knave complete,
Shouldst thou be honest, thourt a devlish cheat.
Martial.Epig. LIV. Line 12.
|A knaves a knave to me, in every state.|
Pope.Epi. to Arbuthnot, Line 361.
|Knaves starve not in the land of fools.|
Churchill.The Ghost, Book I. Line 374.
|Strip the gilding off a knave.|
Pope.Imit. of Horace, Satire I. To Fortescue. Line 115.