"My complexion is florid—my face without a seam," quoth Jack.
“Shoot him with pistol,” quoth the big negro,—grinning horribly.
The plague be in his fingers, quoth old John to himself, gin he haena smeared crocks an fat sheep, an a that has come in his way.
“Oh, let be till daylight,” quoth she, as she turned on her pillow.
Then he called me Jew, quoth she, and you could take it so calmly.
“Why, you should have to strive a very lifetime for that,” quoth Dame Hilda.
"I'll bear what you say in mind," quoth Boswell, and he made a note of my injunction.
"Now we shall have fighting worth the telling of," quoth Ketel the viking.
quoth I to myself, "This is the first proof to swear by of his lack of wit."
By the position of the sun,” quoth Evelyn, “it ought to be about six thirty.
Old English cwæð, third person singular past tense of cweðan "to say, speak; name, call; declare, proclaim" (Middle English quethan), from Proto-Germanic *kwithan (cf. Old Saxon quethan, Old Norse kveða, Old Frisian quetha, Old High German quedan, Gothic qiþan), from PIE root *gwet- "to say, speak" (see bequeath). Cf. also archaic quotha "said he" (1510s) for Old English cwæðe ge "think you?"