- Play me no plays.
- The Knights (1748, published 1754), act ii.
- Born in a cellar, and living in a garret.
- The Author (1757), Act ii. Compare: "Born in the garret, in the kitchen bred", Lord Byron, A Sketch; "I came up stairs into the world, for I was born in a cellar" William Congreve, Love for Love, Act ii, Scene 7.
- He made him a hut, wherein he did put
The carcass of Robinson Crusoe.
O poor Robinson Crusoe!
- The Mayor of Garratt (1763, published 1764), Act i, Scene 1.
- "Foote," (said lord Sandwich) "I have often wondered what catastrophe would bring you to your end; but I think, that you must either die of the p-x, or the halter."
"My lord," (replied Foote instantaneously) "that will depend upon one of two contingencies; — whether I embrace your lordship's mistress, or your lordship's principles."
- Percival Stockdale, The Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Percival Stockdale (1809), quoted in The Yale Book of Quotations, ed. Fred R. Shapiro, 2006, Yale University Press.