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- Where village statesmen talk'd with looks profound,
And news much older than their ale went round.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 223.
- Stay a little, and news will find you.
- George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum (1651).
- He's gone, and who knows how he may report
Thy words by adding fuel to the flame?
- Ram thou thy fruitful tidings in mine ears,
That long time have been barren.
- Prithee, friend,
Pour out the pack of matter to mine ear,
The good and bad together.
- Though it be honest, it is never good
To bring bad news; give to a gracious message
An host of tongues; but, let ill tidings tell
Themselves when they be felt.
- Here comes Monsieur le Beau
With his mouth full of news,
Which he will put on us, as pigeons feed their young.
Then shall we be news-crammed.
- If it be summer news,
Smile to 't before: if winterly, thou need'st
But keep that countenance still.
- There's villainous news abroad.
- Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
Hath but a losing office; and his tongue
Sounds ever after as a sullen bell,
Remember'd tolling a departed friend.
- And tidings do I bring, and lucky joys,
And golden times, and happy news of price
I pr'ythee now, deliver them like a man of the world.
- I drown'd these news in tears.
- News fitting to the night,
Black, fearful, comfortless and horrible.
- My heart hath one poor string to stay it by,
Which holds but till thy news be uttered.
- Master, master! news, old news, and such news as you never heard of!
- How goes it now, sir? this news which is called true is so like an old tale, that the verity of it is in strong suspicion.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 553-54.
- By evil report and good report
- II Corinthians, VI. 8.
- Ill news is wing'd with fate, and flies apace.
- John Dryden, Threnodia Augustalis, line 49.
- It is good news, worthy of all acceptation, and yet not too good to be true.
- Matthew Henry, Commentaries, I Timothy. I. 15.
- What, what, what,
What's the news from Swat?
Comes by the cable; led
Through the Indian Ocean's bed,
Through the Persian Gulf, the Red
Sea, and the Med-
The Akhoond is dead.
- George Thomas Lanigan, The Akhoond of Swat; written after seeing the item in the London papers (Jan. 22, 1878), "The Akhoond of Swat is dead".
- Who, or why, or which, or what,
Is the Akhond of Swat?
- Edward Lear, The Akhond of Swat.
- Ill news, madam,
Are swallow-winged, but what's good
Walks on crutches.
- Philip Massinger, Picture, Act II. 1.
- News, news, news, my gossiping friends,
I have wonderful news to tell,
A lady by me her compliments sends;
And this is the news from Hell!
- Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton), News.
- As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
- Proverbs, XXV. 25.
- Ce n'est pas un événement, c'est une nouvelle.
- It is not an event, it is a piece of news.
- Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, on hearing of Napoleon's death.