When told that a four and two noughts would put a needy acquaintance on his feet again.
To some one who said that the name of a certain Scotch writer would be handed down to posterity, I quite agree with you, said Jerrold, that he should have an itch in the temple of fame. Thackeray said to him on one occasion, I hear you said was the worst book I ever wrote. I said it was the worst book anybody ever wrote, was the candid reply. Meeting a prosy old fellow in Regent Street, who struck an attitude, and said, Jerrold, my dear boy, what is going on?I am, replied the latter, and instantly shot past him.
When Dibdin asked him if he had sufficient confidence in him to lend him a guinea, Oh, yes! he replied, I have the confidence, but I have not the guinea.
Some men can never relish the full moon out of respect for that venerable institution, the old one.
His definition of dogmatism was puppyism full grown.
The good effect, as figures in the landscape, of passengers over a footpath in his grounds, was observed: I have no objection to passengers, he replied, provided they pass. Sir Boyle Roche was on more hospitable thought intent, when he said to a friend, with characteristic infelicity, If you ever come within a mile of my place, I heartily hope youll stop there.
When an actor asked him if he called a man kind who remitted nothing to his family when away, Unremitting kindness, was the answer.
On passing in a graveyard the extremely laudatory epitaph of a cook upon his wife, Mock turtle, was Jerrolds comment.
When a clergyman expressed the opinion that the real evil of modern times was the surplus population, Or the surplice population, Jerrold added.