No—is a term very frequently employed by the fair, when they mean everything else but a negative. Their yes is always yes; but their no is not always no.
(Anonymous, U.S. women's magazine contributor. M, Weekly Visitor or Ladies Miscellany, p. 203 (April 1803).)
Where liberty dwells there is my country.
(Anonymous. Latin phrase. Adopted as a motto by U.S. patriot and orator James Otis (1725-1783), and before him by Algernon Sydney (c. 1640).)
If anybody comes to I,
I physics, bleeds, and sweats'em;
If, after that, they like to die,
Why, what care I, I lets 'em.
(Anonymous. "On Dr. Lettsom," from Geoffrey Grigson's Faber Book of Epigrams and Epitaphs (1977). J. O. Lettsom (1744-1815) was an eminent Quaker physician in London.)
Most Gracious Queen, we thee implore
To go away and sin no more,
But if that effort be too great,
To go away at any rate.
(Anonymous. "On Queen Caroline," in Diary and Correspondence of Lord Colchester (1861). On George IV's queen (1768-1821).)
Here lies the body of W. W.,
Who never more will trouble you, trouble you.
(Anonymous. "On William Wilson, Tailor," from H. J. Loaring's Curious Records (1872).)
Fifty million Frenchmen can't be wrong.
(Anonymous. Popular saying. Dating from World War I—when it was used by U.S. soldiers—or before, the saying was associated with nightclub hostess Texas Quinan in the 1920s. It was the title of a song recorded by Sophie Tucker in 1927, and of a Cole Porter musical in 1929.)
In ancient times—'twas no great loss—
They hung the thief upon the cross:
But now, alas!—I say't with grief—
They hang the cross upon the thief.
(Anonymous. "On a Nomination to the Legion of Honour," from Aubrey Stewart's English Epigrams and Epitaphs (1897).)
Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one.
(Anonymous. Late 19th century ballad. The quatrain refers to the famous case of Lizzie Borden, tried for the murder of her father and stepmother on Aug. 4, 1892, in Fall River, Massachusetts. Though she was found innocent, there were many who contested the verdict, occasioning a prodigious output of articles and books, including, most recently, Frank Spiering's Lizzie (1985), which points the finger at Lizzie's elder sister, Emma.)
Everyman, I will go with thee, and be thy guide,
In thy most need to go by thy side.
(Anonymous. Knowledge, in Everyman, act 1, l. 522 (c. 1509-1519).)
Wha lies here?
I, Johnny Doo.
Hoo, Johnny, is that you?
Ay, man, but a'm dead noo.
(Anonymous. "Johnny Doo," from Geoffrey Grigson's Faber Book of Epigrams and Epitaphs, Faber & Faber (1977).)