Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.
Quoth Sidrophel, If you suppose, Sir Knight, that I am one of those, I might suspect, and take th alarm, Your busness is but to inform; But if it be, tis neer the near, You have a wrong sow by the ear. ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. 575.
Multorum te etiam oculi et aures non sentientem, sicuti adhuc fecerunt, speculabuntur atque custodient. Without your knowledge, the eyes and ears of many will see and watch you, as they have done already. CiceroOrationes In Catilinam. I. 2.
Cautus enim metuit foveam lupus, accipiterque Suspectos laqueos, et opertum milvius hamum. The wolf dreads the pitfall, the hawk suspects the snare, and the kite the covered hook. HoraceEpistles. I. 16. 50.
Julius Cæsar divorced his wife Pompeia, but declared at the trial that he knew nothing of what was alleged against her and Clodius. When asked why, in that case, he had divorced her, he replied: Because I would have the chastity of my wife clear even of suspicion. PlutarchLife of Julius Cæsar. Same in SuetoniusLife of Cæsar.
As to Cæsar, when he was called upon, he gave no testimony against Clodius, nor did he affirm that he was certain of any injury done to his bed. He only said, He had divorced Pompeia because the wife of Cæsar ought not only to be clear of such a crime, but of the very suspicion of it. PlutarchLife of Cicero.
Omnes quibus res sunt minus secundæ magis sunt, nescio quomodo, Suspiciosi; ad contumeliam omnia accipiunt magis; Propter suam impotentiam se credunt negligi. All persons as they become less prosperous, are the more suspicious. They take everything as an affront; and from their conscious weakness, presume that they are neglected. TerenceAdelphi. IV. 3. 14.