Great Men — Little men who wear high heeled boots.
Political Greatness — Moral littleness and inconsistency.
— The Olio, Vol. 3, 1829
On the Contrary
Luttrell telling of Sir F. Gould on some one saying to him, “I am told you eat three eggs every day at breakfast,” — “No,” answered Gould, “on the contrary.” Some of those present asked, “What was the contrary of eating three eggs?” “Laying three eggs, I suppose,” said Luttrell.
— Thomas Moore, Memoirs, Journal and Correspondence, 1857
There was an old witch of Malacca,
Who smoked such atrocious tobacca,
When tigers came near,
They trembled with fear,
And didn’t attempt to attacca.
— Walter Parke, Songs of Singularity, 1874