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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Nothing
 
When I told you
My state was nothing, I should then have told you
That I was worse than nothing.
        Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act III. Scene 2. (Bassanio to Portia.)
  1
Gratiano speaks an infinite deal of nothing.
        Shakespeare.—Merchant of Venice, Act I. Scene 1. (Bassanio to Antonio.)
  2
Narcissus is the glory of his race:
For who does nothing with a better grace?
        Dr. Young.—Love of Fame, Sat. IV. Line 85.
  3
Nothing! thou elder brother e’en to shade.
        Rochester.—Poem on Nothing.
  4
He answered nothing.
        St. Matthew, Chap. xxvii. Ver. 12.
  5
O mighty nothing! unto thee,
Nothing, we owe all things that be;
God spake once when he all things made,
He saved all when he nothing said,
The world was made of nothing then;
’Tis made by nothing now again.
        Crashaw.—Steps to the Temple.
  6
Nothing but a night not to be seen,
Was seen by us.
        Habington.—The Queen of Arragon, Act V. Scene 1.
  7
The covering sky is nothing; Bohemia nothing;
My wife is nothing; nor nothing have these nothings,
If this be nothing.
        Shakespeare.—Winter’s Tale, Act I. Scene 2. (Leontes to Camillo.)
  8
        Nothing in his life
Became him like the leaving it.
        Shakespeare.—Macbeth, Act I. Scene 4. (Malcolm to Duncan.)
  9
Thus synods oft concern for faith conceal,
And for important nothings shew a zeal.
        Garth.—Dispensary, Canto I. Line 71.
  10
Who nothing has to lose, the war bewails;
And he who nothing pays, at taxes rails.
        Congreve.—Poem on Pleasing.
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