|I care not twopence.|
Beaumont and FletcherCoxcomb. Act V. Sc. 1. Cupids Revenge. Act IV. Sc. 3.
|Tis virtue, wit, and worth, and all|
That men divine and sacred call;
For what is worth, in anything,
But so much money as t will bring?
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto I. L. 463.
|This was the pennworth of his thought.|
ButlerHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III.
|Le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle.|
The game is not worth the candle.
French Proverb quoted by Lord Chesterfield.
|Nihil vulgare te dignum videri potest.|
Nothing common can seem worthy of you.
Cicero to Cæsar.
| The two Great Unknowns, the two Illustrious Conjecturabilities! They are the best known unknown persons that have ever drawn breath upon the planet. (The Devil and Shakespeare.)|
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Shakespeare. Dead? Ch. III.
| You will always be fools! We shall never be gentlemen.|
Lord Fisher. In the London Times, June 16, 1919. Quoted by him as a classic and as the apposite words spoken by a German naval officer to his English confrère. Lord Fisher comments, On the whole I think I prefer to be the fooleven as a matter of business.
|Not worth twopence, (or I dont care twopence).|
Favorite expression of Marshal Foch. He is nicknamed General Deux Sous from this. Wellington used Not worth a twopenny dam. See WellingtonDispatches. Vol. I. Letter to his brother, the Governor-General. (The dam was a small Indian coin.)
|He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.|
Benj. FranklinThe Whistle.
| Too good for great things and too great for good.|
|In native worth and honour clad.|
Libretto of Haydns Creation. Adapted from Miltons Paradise Lost. IV. 289. God-like erect, with native honour-clad.
|Of whom the world was not worthy.|
Hebrews. XI. 38.
| Tis fortune gives us birth,|
But Jove alone endues the soul with worth.
HomerIliad. Bk. XX. L. 290. Popes trans.
|This mournful truth is everywhere confessd,|
Slow rises worth by poverty depressd.
Samuel JohnsonLondon. L. 175.
| Il est plus facile de paraître digne des emplois quon na pas que de ceux que lon exerce.|
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
La RochefoucauldMaximes. 164.
| An ounce of enterprise is worth a pound of privilege.|
Frederic R. MarvinCompanionship of Books. P. 318.
| Mon verre nest pas grand, mais je bois dans mon verre.|
My glass is not large, but I drink from my glass.
Alfred de Musset.
|Worth makes the man, and want of it the fellow;|
The rest is all but leather and prunello.
PopeEssay on Man. Epistle IV. 203.
|I would that I were low laid in my grave;|
I am not worth this coil thats made for me.
King John. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 164.
|I have been worth the whistle. O Goneril.|
You are not worth the dust which the rude wind
Blows in your face.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 27.
|Let there be some more test made of my metal,|
Before so noble and so great a figure
Be stamped upon it.
Measure for Measure. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 49.
|O, how thy worth with manners may I sing,|
When thou art all the better part of me?
What can mine own praise to mine own self bring?
And what ist but mine own when I praise thee?
|A pilots part in calms cannot be spyd,|
In dangerous times true worth is only trid.
StirlingDoomes-day. The Fifth Houre.
| It is a maxim, that those to whom everybody allows the second place have an undoubted title to the first.|
SwiftTale of a Tub. Dedication.
| All human things|
Of dearest value hang on slender strings.
Edmund WallerMiscellanies. I. L. 163.
|But though that place I never gain,|
Herein lies comfort for my pain:
I will be worthy of it.
Ella Wheeler WilcoxI Will be Worthy of It.
|It is easy enough to be prudent,|
When nothing tempts you to stray;
When without or within no voice of sin
Is luring your soul away;
But its only a negative virtue
Until it is tried by fire,
And the life that is worth the honor of earth,
Is the one that resists desire.
Ella Wheeler WilcoxWorth While.
|Siempre acostumbra hacer el vulgo necio,|
De le bueno y lo malo igual aprecio.
The foolish and vulgar are always accustomed to value equally the good and the bad.