|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|A schoolboys tale, the wonder of an hour!|
ByronChilde Harold. Canto II. St. 2.
|A story, in which native humour reigns,|
Is often useful, always entertains;
A graver fact, enlisted on your side,
May furnish illustration, well applied;
But sedentary weavers of long tales
Give me the fidgets, and my patience fails.
CowperConversation. L. 203.
|In this spacious isle I think there is not one|
But he hath heard some talk of Hood and Little John,
Of Tuck, the merry friar, which many a sermon made
In praise of Robin Hood, his outlaws, and their trade.
|This story will never go down.|
Henry FieldingTumble-Down Dick. Air I.
|Ich weiss nicht was soll es bedeuten,|
Dass ich so traurig bin:
Ein Märchen aus alten Zeiten
Das kommt mir nicht aus dem Sinn.
In vain would I seek to discover
Why sad and mournful am I,
My thoughts without ceasing brood over
A tale of the times gone by.
HeineDie Lorelei. E. A. Bowrings trans.
|When thou dost tell anothers jest, therein|
Omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need;
Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin.
HerbertTemple. Church Porch. St. 11.
|Soft as some song divine, thy story flows.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XI. L. 458. Popes trans.
| I hate|
To tell again a tale once fully told.
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XII. L. 566. Bryants trans.
|And what so tedious as a twice-told tale.|
HomerOdyssey. Bk. XII. Last line. Popes trans.
Mutato nomine de te fabula narratur.
Why do you laugh? Change but the name, and the story is told of yourself.
HoraceSatires. I. 1. 69.
|But thats another story.|
KiplingMulvaney. Soldiers Three. FarquharRecruiting Officer. Last scene. SterneTristram Shandy. Ch. XVII.
| It is a foolish thing to make a long prologue, and to be short in the story itself.|
II Maccabees. II. 32.
|An all us other children, when the supper things is done,|
We set around the kitchen fire an has the mostest fun
A-listnin to the witch tales at Annie tells about
An the gobble-uns at gits you
James Whitcomb RileyLittle Orphant Annie.
|I cannot tell how the truth may be;|
I say the tale as twas said to me.
ScottLay of the Last Minstrel. Canto II. St. 22.
|I could a tale unfold whose lightest word|
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres,
Thy knotted and combined locks to part
And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porpentine.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 15.
|Which his fair tongueconceits expositor|
Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
That aged ears play truant at his tales,
And younger hearings are quite ravished.
Loves Labours Lost. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 72.
|And thereby hangs a tale.|
Taming of the Shrew. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 60. Also found in Othello. Act III. 1; Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I. 4; As You Like it. Act II. 7.
|For seldom shall she hear a tale|
So sad, so tender, yet so true.
ShenstoneJemmy Dawson. St. 20.
| With a tale forsooth he cometh unto you, with a tale which holdeth children from play, and old men from the chimney corner.|
Sir Philip SidneyThe Defense of Poesy.
| In after-dinner talk,|
Across the walnuts and the wine.
TennysonThe Millers Daughter.
|A tale in everything.|