Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


On you, my lord, with anxious fear I wait,
And from your judgment must expect my fate.
Addison—A Poem to His Majesty. L. 21.

Cruel and cold is the judgment of man,
Cruel as winter, and cold as the snow;
But by-and-by will the deed and the plan
Be judged by the motive that lieth below.
Lewis J. Bates—By-and-By.

Meanwhile “Black sheep, black sheep!” we cry,
Safe in the inner fold;
And maybe they hear, and wonder why,
And marvel, out in the cold.
Richard Burton—Black Sheep.

My friend, judge not me,
Thou seest I judge not thee;
Betwixt the stirrop and the ground,
Mercy I askt, mercy I found.
Camden—Remaines Concerning Britaine. 1637. P. 392. Quoted by Dr. Hill on epitaph to a man killed by a fall from his horse.

Woe to him,***who has no court of appeal against the world’s judgment.
Carlyle—Essays. Mirabeau.

Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Daniel. V. 27.

We judge others according to results; how else?—not knowing the process by which results are arrived at.
George Eliot—The Mill on the Floss. Bk. VII. Ch. II.

In other men we faults can spy,
And blame the mote that dims their eye;
Each little speck and blemish find,
To our own stronger errors blind.
Gay—The Turkey and the Ant. Pt. I. L. 1.

So comes a reck’ning when the banquet’s o’er,
The dreadful reck’ning, and men smile no more.
Gay—The What D’ye Call It. Act II. Sc. 9.

I know of no way of judging the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry—Speech in the Virginia Convention. (1775).

Judicio vulgi, sanus fortasse tuo.
Mad in the judgment of the mob, sane, perhaps, in yours.
Horace—Satires. Bk. I. 6. 97.

Verso pollice.
With thumb turned.
Juvenal—Satires. III. 36. “Vertere” or “convertere pollicem” was the sign of condemnation; “premere” or “comprimere pollicem” (to press or press down the thumb) signified popular favour. To press down both thumbs (utroque pollice compresso) signified a desire to caress one who had fought well. See Horace. Ep. I. 18. 66. Prudentius—Ado. Sym. 1098, gives it “Converso pollice.”

Quid tam dextro pede concipis ut te conatus non pœniteat votique peracti?
What is there that you enter upon so favorably as not to repent of the undertaking and the accomplishment of your wish?
Juvenal—Satires. X. 5.

On est quelquefois un sot avec de l’esprit; mais on ne l’est jamais avec du jugement.
We sometimes see a fool possessed of talent, but never of judgment.
La Rochefoucauld—Maximes. 456.

He that judges without informing himself to the utmost that he is capable, cannot acquit himself of judging amiss.
Locke—Human Understanding. Bk. II. Ch. XXI.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
Longfellow—Kavanagh. Ch. I.

Give your decisions, never your reasons; your decisions may be right, your reasons are sure to be wrong.
Lord Mansfield’s Advice.

When thou attended gloriously from heaven,
Shalt in the sky appear, and from thee send
Thy summoning archangels to proclaim
Thy dread tribunal.
Milton—Paradise Lost. Bk. III. L. 323.

There written all
Black as the damning drops that fall
From the denouncing Angel’s pen,
Ere Mercy weeps them out again.
Moore—Lalla Rookh. Paradise and the Peri. St. 28.

’Tis with our judgments as our watches, none
Go just alike, yet each believes his own.
Pope—Essay on Criticism. L. 9.

Denn aller Ausgang ist ein Gottesurtheil.
For every event is a judgment of God.
Schiller—Wallenstein’s Tod. I. 7. 32.

Commonly we say a Judgment falls upon a Man for something in him we cannot abide.
John Selden—Table Talk. Judgments.

For I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.
Seneca—On a Happy Life. Ch. I.

We shall be judged, not by what we might have been, but what we have been.
Sewell—Passing Thoughts on Religion. Sympathy in Gladness.

He that of greatest works is finisher
Oft does them by the weakest minister:
So holy writ in babes hath judgment shown,
When judges have been babes.
All’s Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 139.

I see men’s judgments are
A parcel of their fortunes; and things outward
Do draw the inward quality after them,
To suffer all alike.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act III. Sc. 13. L. 31.

Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 68.

Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 31.

What we oft do best,
By sick interpreters, once weak ones, is
Not ours, or not allow’d; what worst, as oft,
Hitting a grosser quality, is cried up
For our best act.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 81.

O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason!
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 109.

The jury, passing on the prisoner’s life,
May in the sworn twelve have a thief or two
Guiltier than him they try.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 19.

How would you be,
If He, which is the top of judgment, should
But judge you as you are?
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 76.

I stand for judgment: answer: shall I have it?
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 108.

A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel,
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 223.

I charge you by the law,
Whereof you are a well deserving pillar,
Proceed to judgment.
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 238.

The urging of that word, judgment, hath bred a kind of remorse in me.
Richard III. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 109.

But as when an authentic watch is shown,
Each man winds up and rectifies his own,
So in our very judgments.
Sir John Suckling—Aglaura. Epilogue.

Though our works
Find righteous or unrighteous judgment, this
At least is ours, to make them righteous.
Swinburne—Marino Faliero. Act III. Sc. 1.

Where blind and naked Ignorance
Delivers brawling judgments, unashamed,
On all things all day long.
Tennyson—Idyls of the King. Merlin and Vivien. L. 662.

Ita comparatam esse naturam omnium, aliena ut melius videant et dijudicent, quam sua.
The nature of all men is so formed that they see and discriminate in the affairs of others, much better than in their own.
Terence—Heauton timoroumenos. III. 1. 94.

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty councils. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat. At any rate, if it is heat it ought to be white heat and not sputter, because sputtering heat is apt to spread the fire. There ought, if there is any heat at all, to be that warmth of the heart which makes every man thrust aside his own personal feeling, his own personal interest, and take thought of the welfare and benefit of others.
Woodrow Wilson—Speech at Pittsburgh, Jan. 29, 1916.