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Grocott & Ward, comps.  Grocott’s Familiar Quotations, 6th ed.  189-?.
 
Brain
 
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 Banquo’s ghost.)
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        O rare
The headpiece, if but brains were there.
        Phædrus.—Book I. Fable 7.
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Thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix’d with baser matter.
        Shakespeare.—Hamlet, Act I. Scene 5. (Hamlet, obedient to his father’s command.)
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An excellent scholar: One that hath a head fill’d
  with calves’ brains without any sage in them.
        Webster.—The White Devil, Act I. Scene 1.
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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.)
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