|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Who steals a bugle-horn, a ring, a steed,|
Or such like worthless thing, has some discretion;
Tis petty larceny: not such his deed
Who robs us of our fame, our best possession.
BerniOrlando Innamorata. Canto LV.
|To keep my hands from picking and stealing.|
Book of Common PrayerCatechism.
| To live|
On means not yoursbe brave in silks and laces,
Gallant in steeds; splendid in banquets; all
Not yours. Given, uninherited, unpaid for;
This is to be a trickster; and to filch
Mens art and labour, which to them is wealth,
Life, daily bread;quitting all scores with friend,
Youre troublesome! Why this, forgive me,
Is what, when done with a less dainty grace,
Plain folks call Theft.
Bulwer-LyttonRichelieu. Act I. Sc. 2.
|No Indian prince has to his palace|
More followers than a thief to the gallows.
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto I. L. 273.
|Kill a mans family, and he may brook it,|
But keep your hands out of his breeches pocket.
ByronDon Juan. Canto X. St. 79.
|Tis bad enough in man or woman|
To steal a goose from off a common;
But surely hes without excuse
Who steals a common from the goose.
Epigram in Careys Commonplace Book of Epigrams. (1872). Different versions of the same were prompted by the Enclosure Acts. One version given in Sabrinæ Corolla was written when Charles Pratt, first Earl of Camden, took a common strip of land in front of Camden House. Oct. 7, 1764.
|Stolen sweets are best.|
Colley CibberRival Fools. Act I.
| The Friar preached against stealing, and had a goose in his sleeve.|
In vain we call old notions fudge
And bend our conscience to our dealing.
The Ten Commandments will not budge
And stealing will continue stealing.
Motto of American Copyright League. Written Nov. 20, 1885.
| Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.|
Proverbs. IX. 17.
|Stolen sweets are always sweeter:|
Stolen kisses much completer;
Stolen looks are nice in chapels:
Stolen, stolen be your apples.
Thomas RandolphSong of Fairies.
|Thou hast stolen both mine office and my name;|
The one neer got me credit, the other mickle blame.
Comedy of Errors. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 44.
|A cutpurse of the empire and the rule,|
That from a shelf the precious diadem stole,
And put it in his pocket!
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 99.
| A plague upon it when thieves cannot be true one to another!|
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 29.
| Let me tell you, Cassius, you yourself|
Are much condemnd to have an itching palm.
Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 9.
|The robbd that smiles steals something from the thief:|
He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.
Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 208.
|He that is robbd, not wanting what is stoln,|
Let him not knowt, and hes not robbd at all.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 342.
|In limited professions theres boundless theft.|
Timon of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 430.
|The suns a thief, and with his great attraction|
Robs the vast sea; the moons an arrant thief,
And her pale fire she snatches from the sun:
The seas a thief, whose liquid surge resolves
The moon into salt tears: the earths a thief,
That feeds and breeds by a composture stolen
From general excrement: each things a thief;
The laws, your curb and whip, in their rough power
Have uncheckd theft.
Timon of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 439.
|Well, well, be it so, thou strongest thief of all,|
For thou hast stolen my will, and made it thine.
TennysonThe Foresters. Act III. Sc. 1.