|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Each window like a pillry appears,|
With heads thrust through naild by the ears.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. 391.
|I loathe that low vicecuriosity.|
ByronDon Juan. Canto I. St. 23.
|The poorest of the sex have still an itch|
To know their fortunes, equal to the rich.
The dairy-maid inquires, if she shall take
The trusty tailor, and the cook forsake.
DrydenSixth Satire of Juvenal. L. 762.
|Ask me no questions, and Ill tell you no fibs.|
GoldsmithShe Stoops to Conquer. Act III.
|Percunctatorem fugito, nam garrulus idem est.|
Shun the inquisitive person, for he is also a talker.
HoraceEpistles. I. 18. 69.
|Rise up, rise up, Xarifa! lay your golden cushion down;|
Rise up! come to the window, and gaze with all the town!
John G. LockhartThe Bridal of Andella.
| I saw and heard, for we sometimes,|
Who dwell this wild, constrained by want, come forth
To town or village nigh, nighest is far,
Where aught we hear, and curious are to hear,
What happens new; fame also finds us out.
MiltonParadise Regained. Bk. I. L. 330.
|Platon estime quil y ait quelque vice dimpiété à trop curieusement senquerir de Dieu et du monde.|
Plato holds that there is some vice of impiety in enquiring too curiously about God and the world.
MontaigneEssays. Bk. II. Ch. XII.
Did climb the tree,
His Lord to see.
New England Primer. 1814.
|Incitantur enim homines ad agnoscenda quæ differuntur.|
Our inquisitive disposition is excited by having its gratification deferred.
Pliny the YoungerEpistles. IX. 27.
|Twere to consider too curiously, to consider so.|
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1.
| I have perceived a most faint neglect of late, which I have rather blamed as mine own jealous curiosity than as a very pretence and purpose of unkindness.|
King Lear. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 73.
|They mocked thee for too much curiosity.|
Timom of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 302.