|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|The times have been,|
That when the brains were out the man would die,
And there an end.
Shakespeare.Macbeth, Act III. Scene 4. (Macbeth, at sight of Banquos ghost.)
| O rare|
The headpiece, if but brains were there.
Phædrus.Book I. Fable 7.
|Thy commandment all alone shall live|
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmixd with baser matter.
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (Hamlet, obedient to his fathers command.)
|An excellent scholar: One that hath a head filld|
with calves brains without any sage in them.
Webster.The White Devil, Act I. Scene 1.
|Cudgel thy brains no more about it; for your dull ass will not mend his pace with beating.|
Shakespeare.Hamlet, Act V. Scene 1. (First Clown to the second Clown.)