- Leslie Stephen, who is always ready to plead the cause of the Philistine, remarks: " As a clergyman always calls every one from whom he differs an atheist, and a bargee has one or two favorite but unmentionable expressions for the same purpose, so a prig always calls his adversary a Philistine." - "Selections from the Prose Works of Matthew Arnold", Matthew Arnold.
- " Lucky bargee," smiled Van Drissel. - "With Haig on the Somme", D. H. Parry.
- His language, especially on moral questions, is generally as straight and solid as that of a bargee and far less ornate and symbolic than that of a hansom- cabman. - "George Bernard Shaw", Gilbert K. Chesterton.