Better be killed than frightened to death.
More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
The only infallible rule we know is, that the man who is always talking about being a gentleman never is one.
'Humph' grunted Mr. Romford, seeing his worst fears about to be realized. He had dreamt that he had timbled over a poodle in the drawing-room, and squirted a bottle of porter right into a lady's face. 'Who's goin' besides ourselves' asked Romford, wishing to know the worst at once. 'Better be killed than frightened to death,' thought he.