Dictionary of Quotations Essay

A’ are guid lasses, but where do a’ the ill wives come frae? Sc. Pr.

A’ are no freens that speak us fair. Sc. Pr.

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A aucun les biens viennent en dormant—Good things come to some while asleep. Fr. Pr.

Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequentia—The abuse of a thing is no argument against its use. L. Max.

Ab actu ad posse valet illatio—From what has 5happened we may infer what may happen.

A bad beginning has a bad, or makes a worse, ending. Pr.

A bad dog never sees the wolf. Pr.

A bad thing is dear at any price. Pr.

Ab alio expectes, alteri quod feceris—As you do to others, you may expect another to do to you. Laber.

A barren sow was never good to pigs. Pr.10

A bas—Down! down with! Fr.

A beast that wants discourse of reason. Ham., i. 2.

A beau is everything of a woman but the sex, and nothing of a man beside it. Fielding.

A beau jeu beau retour—One good turn deserves another. Fr. Pr.

A beautiful form is better than a beautiful 15face, and a beautiful behaviour than a beautiful form. Emerson.

A beautiful object doth so much attract the sight of all men, that it is in no man’s power not to be pleased with it. Clarendon.

A beautiful woman is the “hell” of the soul, the “purgatory” of the purse, and the “paradise” of the eyes. Fontenelle.

A beggarly account of empty boxes. Rom. and Jul., v. 1.

A beggar’s purse is always empty. Pr.

A belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep meditation, 20has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found it a capital safely invested, and richly productive of interest. Goethe.

Abends wird der Faule fleissig—Towards evening the lazy man begins to be busy. Ger. Pr.

A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth and spreading fertility. Epicurus.

Aberrare a scopo—To miss the mark.

Abeunt studia in mores—Pursuits assiduously prosecuted become habits.

Ab extra—From without.25

Abgründe liegen im Gemüthe, die tiefer als die Hölle sind—There are abysses in the mind that are deeper than hell. Platen.

Ab honesto virum bonum nihil deterret—Nothing deters a good man from what honour requires of him. Sen.

A big head and little wit. Pr.

Ab igne ignem—Fire from fire.

Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit—He has left, gone 30off, escaped, broken away. Cic. of Catiline’s flight.

Ability to discern that what is true is true, and that what is false is false, is the characteristic of intelligence. Swedenborg.

Ab incunabilis—From the cradle.

Ab initio—From the beginning.

Ab inopia ad virtutem obsepta est via—The way from poverty to virtue is an obstructed one. Pr.

Ab intra—From within.35

Ab irato—In a fit of passion.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Pr.

A bis et à blanc—By fits and starts. Fr.

A bitter and perplex’d “What shall I do?” is worse to man than worst necessity. Schiller.

A black hen will lay a white egg. Pr.40

A blind man should not judge of colours. Pr.

A blockhead can find more faults than a wise man can mend. Gael. Pr.

A blue-stocking despises her duties as a woman, and always begins by making herself a man. Rousseau.

Abnormis sapiens—Wise without learning. Hor.

A bon chat bon rat—A good rat to match a good 45cat. Tit for tat. Pr.

A bon chien il ne vient jamais un bon os—A good bone never falls to a good dog. Fr. Pr.

A bon droit—Justly; according to reason. Fr.

A bon marché—Cheap. Fr.

A book may be as great a thing as a battle. Disraeli.

A book should be luminous, but not voluminous. 50Bovee.

Ab origine—From the beginning.

About Jesus we must believe no one but himself. Amiel.{pg 2}

Above all Greek, above all Roman fame. Pope.

Above all things reverence thyself. Pythagoras.

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Victor Hugo.

Ab ovo—From the beginning (lit. from the egg).

Ab ovo usque ad mala—From the beginning to 5the end (lit. from the egg to the apples).

A bras ouverts—With open arms. Fr.

A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps close to truth. Arist.

A brave spirit struggling with adversity is a spectacle for the gods. Sen.

A breath can make them, as a breath has made. Goldsmith.

Abrégé—Abridgment. Fr.10

Absence lessens weak, and intensifies violent, passions, as wind extinguishes a taper and lights up a fire. La Roche.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Bayly.

Absence of occupation is not rest; / A mind quite vacant is a mind distress’d. Cowper.

Absens hæres non erit—The absent one will not be the heir. Pr.

Absent in body, but present in spirit. St. 15Paul.

Absit invidia—Envy apart.

Absit omen—May the omen augur no evil.

Absolute fiends are as rare as angels, perhaps rarer. J. S. Mill.

Absolute freedom is inhuman. Rahel.

Absolute individualism is an absurdity. Amiel.20

Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the contradictions of the world. Jonathan Edwards.

Absque argento omnia vana—Without money all is vain.

Abstineto a fabis—Having nothing to do with elections (lit. Abstain from beans, the ballot at Athens having been by beans).

Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum regere nescit—It is absurd that he should govern others, who knows not how to govern himself. L. Max.

Abundat dulcibus vitiis—He abounds in charming 25faults of style. Quint.

Ab uno ad omnes—From one to all. M.

Ab uno disce omnes—From a single instance you may infer the whole.

Ab urbe condita (A.U.C.)—From the building of the city, i.e., of Rome.

A bureaucracy always tends to become a pedantocracy. J. S. Mill.

A burnt child dreads the fire. Pr.30

Abusus non tollit usum—Abuse is no argument against use. Pr.

Academical years ought by rights to give occupation to the whole mind. It is this time which, well or ill employed, affects a man’s whole after-life. Goethe.

A cader va chi troppo in alto sale—He who climbs too high is near a fall. It. Pr.

A capite ad calcem—From head to heel.

A careless master makes a negligent servant. 35Pr.

A carper will cavil at anything. Pr.

A carrion kite will never make a good hawk. Pr.

“A cat may look at a king,” but can it see a king when it looks at him? Ruskin.

A causa perduta parole assai—Plenty of words when the cause is lost. It. Pr.

Accasca in un punto quel che non accasca in 40cento anni—That may happen in a moment which may not occur again in a hundred years. It. Pr.

Accedas ad curiam—You may go to the court. A writ to remove a case to a higher court. L. Term.

Accensa domo proximi, tua quoque periclitatur—When the house of your neighbour is on fire, your own is in danger. Pr.

Accent is the soul of speech; it gives it feeling and truth. Rousseau.

Acceptissima semper / Munera sunt, auctor quæ pretiosa facit—Those presents are always the most acceptable which owe their value to the giver. Ovid.

Accident ever varies; substance can never 45suffer change or decay. Wm. Blake.

Accidents rule men, not men accidents. Herodotus.

Accipe nunc, victus tenuis quid quantaque secum afferat. In primis valeas bene—Now learn what and how great benefits a moderate diet brings with it. Before all, you will enjoy good health. Hor.

Accipere quam facere præstat injuriam—It is better to receive than to do an injury. Cic.

Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat—The mind attracted by what is false has no relish for better things. Hor.

Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo—No 50man is bound to accuse himself unless it be before God. L. Max.

Accuse not Nature; she hath done her part; / Do thou thine. Milton.

Acer et vehemens bonus orator—A good orator is pointed and impassioned. Cic.

Acerrima proximorum odia—The hatred of those most closely connected with us is the bitterest. Tac.

Acerrimus ex omnibus nostris sensibus est sensus videndi—The keenest of all our senses is the sense of sight. Cic.

A certain degree of soul is indispensable to 55save us the expense of salt. Ben Jonson.

A certain tendency to insanity has always attended the opening of the religious sense in men, as if they had been “blasted with excess of light.” Emerson.

A chacun selon sa capacité, à chaque capacité selon ses œuvres—Every one according to his talent, and every talent according to its works. Fr. Pr.

A chacun son fardeau pèse—Every one thinks his own burden heavy. Fr. Pr.

A change came o’er the spirit of my dream. Byron.

A chaque fou plaît sa marotte—Every fool is 60pleased with his own hobby. Fr. Pr.

A character is a completely-fashioned will. Novalis.

Ach! aus dem Glück entwickelt sich Schmerz—Alas! that from happiness there so often springs pain. Goethe.

A cheerful life is what the Muses love; / A soaring spirit is their prime delight. Wordsworth.{pg 3}

Acheruntis pabulum—Food for Acheron. Plaut.

Ach! es geschehen keine Wunder mehr—Alas! there are no more any miracles. Schiller.

A child is a Cupid become visible. Novalis.

A child may have too much of its mother’s blessing. Pr.

A chill air surrounds those who are down in 5the world. George Eliot.

A chip of the old block.

A Christian is God Almighty’s gentleman. Hare.

Ach! unsre Thaten selbst, so gut als unsre Leiden / Sie hemmen unsers Lebens Gang—We are hampered, alas! in our course of life quite as much by what we do as by what we suffer. Goethe.

Ach! vielleicht indem wir hoffen / Hat uns Unheil getroffen—Ah! perhaps while we are hoping, mischief has already overtaken us. Schiller.

Ach wie glücklich sind die Todten!—Ah! how 10happy the dead are! Schiller.

Ach! zu des Geistes Flügeln, wird so leicht kein körperlicher Flügel sich gesellen—Alas! no fleshly pinion will so easily keep pace with the wings of the spirit. Goethe.

A circulating library in a town is an ever-green tree of diabolical knowledge. Sheridan.

A circumnavigator of the globe is less influenced by all the nations he has seen than by his nurse. Jean Paul.

A clear conscience is a sure card. Pr.

A cock aye craws crousest (boldest) on his ain 15midden-head. Sc. Pr.

A cœur ouvert—With open heart; with candour. Fr.

A cœur vaillant rien d’impossible—To a valiant heart nothing is impossible. Fr. Pr.

A cold hand, a warm heart. Pr.

A combination, and a form, indeed / Where every god did seem to set his seal / To give the world assurance of a man. Ham., iii. 4.

A’ complain o’ want o’ siller; nane o’ want o’ 20sense. Sc. Pr.

A compte—In part payment (lit. on account). Fr.

A confesseurs, médecins, avocats, la vérité ne cèle de ton cas—Do not conceal the truth from confessors, doctors, and lawyers. Fr. Pr.

A conscience without God is a tribunal without a judge. Lamartine.

A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance. Disraeli.

A constant fidelity in small things is a great 25and heroic virtue. Bonaventura.

A constant friend is a thing hard and rare to find. Plutarch.

A contre cœur—Against the grain. Fr.

A corps perdu—With might and main. Fr.

A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. Ham., i. 2.

A courage to endure and to obey. Tennyson.30

A couvert—Under cover. Fr.

Acqua lontana non spegne fuoco vicino—Water afar won’t quench a fire at hand. It. Pr.

A crafty knave needs no broker. Pr. quoted in Hen. VI.

A craw’s nae whiter for being washed. Sc. Pr.

A creation of importance can be produced only 35when its author isolates himself; it is ever a child of solitude. Goethe.

Acribus initiis, incurioso fine—Full of ardour at the beginning, careless at the end. Tac.

A critic should be a pair of snuffers. He is often an extinguisher, and not seldom a thief. Hare.

A crowd is not company. Bacon.

A crown / Golden in show, is but a wreath of thorns. Milton.

A crown is no cure for the headache. Pr.40

A cruce salus—Salvation from the cross. M.

A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run. Ouida.

A crust of bread and liberty. Pope.

Acta exteriora indicant interiora secreta—Outward acts betray the secret intention. L. Max.

Act always so that the immediate motive of 45thy will may become a universal rule for all intelligent beings. Kant.

Acti labores jucundi—The remembrance of past labours is pleasant.

Action can be understood and again represented by the spirit alone. Goethe.

Action is but coarsened thought. Amiel.

Action is the right outlet of emotion. Ward Beecher.

Actions speak louder than words. Pr.50

Actis ævum implet, non segnibus annis—His lifetime is full of deeds, not of indolent years. Ovid.

Activity is the presence, and character the record, of function. Greenough.

Actum est de republicâ—It is all over with the republic.

Actum ne agas—What has been done don’t do over again. Cic.

Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam—The act of 55God does wrong to no man. L. Max.

Actus legis nulli facit injuriam—The act of the law does wrong to no man. L. Max.

Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus—An act I do against my will is not my act. L. Max.

Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea—The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind be guilty. L. Max.

Act well your part; there all the honour lies. Pope.

A cuspide corona—From the spear a crown, i.e., 60honour for military exploits. M.

A custom / More honoured in the breach than the observance. Ham., i. 4.

Adam muss eine Eve haben, die er zeiht was er gethan—Adam must have an Eve, to blame for what he has done. Ger. Pr.

Ad amussim—Made exactly by rule.

A danger foreseen is half avoided. Pr.

Adaptiveness is the peculiarity of human 65nature. Emerson.

Ad aperturam—Wherever a book may be opened.

Ad arbitrium—At pleasure.

Ad astra per ardua—To the stars by steep paths. M.

A Daniel come to judgment. Mer. of Ven., iv. 1.

Ad avizandum—Into consideration. Scots Law.70

{pg 4}A day may sink or save a realm. Tennyson.

A day of grace (Gunst) is as a day in harvest; one must be diligent as soon as it is ripe. Goethe.

A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self. Dickens.

Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet—When a disaster happens, every report confirming it obtains ready credence.

Ad captandum vulgus—To catch the rabble.

Addere legi justitiam decus—It is to one’s honour 5to combine justice with law. M.

A death-bed repentance seldom reaches to restitution. Junius.

A deep meaning resides in old customs. Schiller.

A democracy is a state in which the government rests directly with the majority of the citizens. Ruskin.

A Deo et rege—From God and the king. M.

Adeo in teneris consuescere multum est—So 10much depends on habit in the tender years of youth. Virg.

Ad eundem—To the same degree. Said of a graduate passing from one university to another.

Ad extremum—At last.

Ad finem—To the end.

Ad Græcas kalendas—At the Greek calends, i.e., never.

Ad gustum—To one’s taste.15

Adhibenda est in jocando moderatio—Moderation should be used in joking. Cic.

Ad hoc—For this purpose.

Ad hominem—Personal (lit. to the man).

Adhuc sub judice lis est—The affair is not yet decided.

Adhuc tua messis in herba est—Your crop is 20still in grass. Ovid.

A die—From that day.

Adieu la voiture, adieu la boutique—Adieu to the carriage, adieu to the shop, i.e., to the business. Fr. Pr.

Adieu, paniers! vendanges sont faites—Farewell, baskets! vintage is over. Fr.

Ad infinitum—To infinity.

Ad interim—Meanwhile.25

Ad internecionem—To extermination.

A Dio spiacente ed a’ nemici sui—Hateful to God and the enemies of God. Dante.

A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando—Praying to God and smiting with the hammer. Sp. Pr.

A discrétion—Without any restriction (lit. at discretion). Fr.

Ad libitum—At pleasure.30

Ad majorem Dei gloriam—To the greater glory of God (M. of the Jesuits).

Ad mala quisque animum referat sua—Let each recall his own woes. Ovid.

Admiration praises; love is dumb. Börne.

Ad modum—In the manner.

Ad nauseam—To disgust; sickening.35

Ad ogni santo la sua torcia—To every saint his own torch, i.e., his place of honour. It. Pr.

Ad ogni nocello suo nido è bello—Every bird thinks its own nest beautiful. It. Pr.

Ad ognuno par più grave la croce sua—Every one thinks his own cross the hardest to bear. It. Pr.

A dog’s life—hunger and ease.

A dog winna yowl if you fell him wi’ a bane. 40Sc. Pr.

Adolescentem verecundum esse decet—A young man ought to be modest. Plaut.

Ad omnem libidinem projectus homo—A man addicted to every lust.

Adó sacan y non pon, presto llegan al hondon—By ever taking out and never putting in, one soon reaches the bottom. Sp. Pr.

Ad patres—Dead; to death (lit. to the fathers).

A downright contradiction is equally mysterious 45to wise men as to fools. Goethe.

Ad perditam securim manubrium adjicere—To throw the helve after the hatchet, i.e., to give up in despair.

Ad perniciem solet agi sinceritas—Honesty is often goaded to ruin. Phædr.

Ad pœnitendum properat, cito qui judicat—He who decides in haste repents in haste. Pub. Syr.

Ad populum phaleras, ego te intus et in cute novi—To the vulgar herd with your trappings; for me, I know you both inside and out. Pers.

Ad quæstionem legis respondent judices, ad 50quæstionem facti respondent juratores—It is the judge’s business to answer to the question of law, the jury’s to answer to the question of fact. L.

Ad quod damnum—To what damage. L.

Ad referendum—For further consideration.

Ad rem—To the point (lit. to the thing).

A droit—To the right. Fr.

A drop of honey catches more flies than a 55hogshead of vinegar. Pr.

A drop of water has all the properties of water, but it cannot exhibit a storm. Emerson.

A drowning man will catch at a straw. Pr.

Adscriptus glebæ—Attached to the soil.

Adsit regula, peccatis quæ pœnas irroget æquas—Have a rule apportioning to each offence its appropriate penalty. Hor.

Adstrictus necessitate—Bound by necessity. Cic.60

Ad summum—To the highest point.

Ad tristem partem strenua est suspicio—One is quick to suspect where one has suffered harm before. Pub. Syr.

Ad unguem—To a nicety (lit. to the nail).

Ad unum omnes—All to a (lit. one) man.

A dur âne dur aiguillon—A hard goad for a stubborn 65ass. Fr. Pr.

Ad utrumque paratus—Prepared for either case.

Ad valorem—According to the value.

Advantage is a better soldier than rashness. Hen. V., iii. 6.

Adversa virtute repello—I repel adversity by valour. M.

Adversity is a great schoolmistress, as many 70a poor fellow knows that has whimpered over his lesson before her awful chair. Thackeray.

Adversity’s sweet milk—philosophy. Rom. and Jul., iii. 3.

Adversus solem ne loquitor—Speak not against the sun, i.e., don’t argue against what is sun-clear. Pr.

Ad vitam aut culpam—Till some misconduct be proved (lit. for life or fault).

Ad vivum—To the life.

A dwarf sees farther than the giant when he 75has the giant’s shoulders to mount on. Coleridge.{pg 5}

Ægis fortissima virtus—Virtue is the strongest shield. M.

Ægrescit medendo—The remedy is worse than the disease (lit. the disorder increases with the remedy).

Ægri somnia vana—The delusive dreams of a sick man. Hor.

Ægroto, dum anima est, spes est—While a sick man has life, there is hope. Pr.

Ae half o’ the world doesna ken how the ither 5half lives. Sc. Pr.

Ae man may tak’ a horse to the water, but twenty winna gar (make) him drink. Sc. Pr.

Ae man’s meat is anither man’s poison. Sc. Pr.

Æmulatio æmulationem parit—Emulation begets emulation. Pr.

Æmulus atque imitator studiorum ac laborum—A rival and imitator of his studies and labours. Cic.

Aendern und bessern sind zwei—To change, and 10to change for the better, are two different things. Ger. Pr.

Æquabiliter et diligenter—By equity and diligence. M.

Æquâ lege necessitas / Sortitur insignes et imos—Necessity apportions impartially to high and low alike. Hor.

Æquam memento rebus in arduis / Servare mentem, non secus in bonis / Ab insolenti temperatam / Lætitiâ—Be sure to preserve an unruffled mind in adversity, as well as one restrained from immoderate joy in prosperity. Hor.

Æquam servare mentem—To preserve an even temper. M.

Æquanimiter—With equanimity. M.15

Æqua tellus / Pauperi recluditur / Regumque pueris—The impartial earth opens alike for the child of the pauper and of the king. Hor.

Æquo animo—With an even or equable mind. M.

Æquum est / Peccatis veniam poscentem reddere rursus—It is fair that he who begs to be forgiven should in turn forgive. Hor.

Ære perennius—More enduring than brass. Hor.

Ærugo animi, rubigo ingenii—Rust, viz., idleness, 20of mind is the blight of genius, i.e., natural capability of every kind.

Æs debitorem leve, gravius inimicum facit—A slight debt makes a man your debtor; a heavier one, your enemy. Laber.

Ætatem non tegunt tempora—Our temples do not conceal our age.

Æternum inter se discordant—They are eternally at variance with each other. Ter.

Ævo rarissima nostro simplicitas—Simplicity a very rare thing now-a-days. Ovid.

A fact is a great thing: a sentence printed, 25if not by God, then at least by the Devil. Carlyle.

A fact in our lives is valuable, not so far as it is true, but as it is significant. Goethe.

A facto ad jus non datur consequentia—Inference from the fact to the law is not legitimate. L. Max.

“A fair day’s wages for a fair day’s work,” is as just a demand as governed men ever made of governing; yet in what corner of this planet was that ever realised?Carlyle.

A fair face may hide a foul heart. Pr.

A faithful friend is a true image of the Deity. 30Napoleon.

A fault confessed is half redressed. Pr.

A favour does not consist in the service done, but in the spirit of the man who confers it. Sen.

A fellow-feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick.

A fellow who speculates is like an animal on a barren heath, driven round and round by an evil spirit, while there extends on all sides of him a beautiful green meadow-pasture. Goethe.

“A few strong instincts and a few plain rules” 35suffice us. Emerson, from Wordsworth.

Affaire d’amour—A love affair. Fr.

Affaire d’honneur—An affair of honour; a duel. Fr.

Affaire du cœur—An affair of the heart. Fr.

Affairs that depend on many rarely succeed. Guicciardini.

Affection lights a brighter flame / Than ever 40blazed by art. Cowper.

Affirmatim—In the affirmative.

Afflavit Deus et dissipantur—God sent forth his breath, and they are scattered. Inscription on medal struck to commemorate the destruction of the Spanish Armada.

Afflictions are blessings in disguise. Pr.

A fiery soul, which, working out its way / Fretted the pigmy body to decay. Dryden.

A fin—To the end.45

A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool. J. Roux.

A fixed idea ends in madness or heroism. Victor Hugo.

A flute lay side by side with Frederick the Great’s baton of command. Jean Paul.

A fly is as untamable as a hyena. Emerson.

A fog cannot be dispelled with a fan. Japan. Pr.50

A fond—Thoroughly (lit. to the bottom).

A fonte puro pura defluit aqua—From a pure spring pure water flows. Pr.

A fortiori—With stronger reason.

A fool always accuses other people; a partially wise man, himself; a wholly wise man, neither himself nor others. Herder.

A fool always finds a greater fool to admire 55him. Boileau.

A fool and his money are soon parted. Pr.

A fool flatters himself, a wise man flatters the fool. Bulwer.

A fool is often as dangerous to deal with as a knave, and always more incorrigible. Colton.

A fool is wise in his own conceit. Pr.

A fool knows more in his own house than a 60wise man in another’s. Pr.

A fool may give a wise man counsel. Pr.

A fool may make money, but it takes a wise man to spend it. Pr.

A fool may sometimes have talent, but he never has judgment. La Roche.

A fool may speer (ask) mair questions than a wise man can answer. Sc. Pr.

A fool resents good counsel, but a wise man 65lays it to heart. Confucius.

A fool’s bolt is soon shot. Hen. V., iii. 7.

A fool’s bolt may sometimes hit the mark. Pr.

A fool when he is silent is counted wise. Pr.{pg 6}

A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like a hack-horse setting out to gallop. Chamfort.

A fop is the mercer’s friend, the tailor’s fool, and his own foe. Lavater.

A force de mal aller tout ira bien—By dint of going wrong all will go right. Fr. Pr.

A force de peindre le diable sur les murs, il finit par apparaître en personne—If you keep painting the devil on the walls, he will by and by appear to you in person. Fr. Pr.

A friend in court makes the process short. Pr.5

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Emerson.

A friend is never known till needed. Pr.

A friend loveth at all times. Bible.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature. Emerson.

A friend’s eye is a good looking-glass. Gael. Pr.10

A friendship will be young at the end of a century, a passion old at the end of three months. Nigu.

A friend to everybody is a friend to nobody. Pr.

A fronte præcipitium, a tergo lupus—A precipice before, a wolf behind. Pr.

After dinner rest awhile; after supper walk a mile. Pr.

After life’s fitful fever he sleeps well. Macb., 15iii. 2.

After meat mustard, i.e., too late.

After the spirit of discernment, the next rarest things in the world are diamonds and pearls. La Bruyère.

After-wit is everybody’s wit. Pr.

A full cup is hard to carry. Pr.

A ganging fit (foot) is aye getting. Sc. Pr.20

A gauche—To the left. Fr.

Age does not make us childish, as people say; it only finds us still true children. Goethe.

Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. G. W. Curtis.

Age without cheerfulness is a Lapland winter without a sun. Colton.

A genius is one who is endowed with an excess 25of nervous energy and sensibility. Schopenhauer.

Agent de change—A stockbroker. Fr.

A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene. Emerson.

A gentleman’s first characteristic is fineness of nature. Ruskin.

A gentleman that will speak more in a minute than he will stand to in a month. Rom. and Jul., ii. 4.

Age quod agis—Attend to (lit. do) what you are 30doing.

Agere considerate pluris est quam cogitare prudenter—It is of more consequence to act considerately than to think sagely. Cic.

Agiotage—Stockbroking. Fr.

A giving hand, though foul, shall have fair praise. Love’s L. Lost, iv. 1.

Agnosco veteris vestigia flammæ—I own I feel traces of an old passion. Virg.

A God all mercy is a God unjust. Young.35

A God speaks softly in our breast; softly, yet distinctly, shows us what to hold by and what to shun. Goethe.

A gold key opens every door. Pr.

A good bargain is a pick-purse. Pr.

A good beginning makes a good ending. Pr.

A good book is the precious life-blood of a 40master-spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life. Milton.

A good friend is my nearest relation. Pr.

A good horse should be seldom spurred. Pr.

A good inclination is only the first rude draught of virtue, but the finishing strokes are from the will. South.

A good king is a public servant. Ben Jonson.

A good laugh is sunshine in a house. Thackeray.45

A good law is one that holds, whether you recognise it or not; a bad law is one that cannot, however much you ordain it. Ruskin.

A good man in his dark striving is, I should say, conscious of the right way. Goethe.

A good man shall be satisfied from himself. Bible.

A good marksman may miss. Pr.

A good name is sooner lost than won. Pr.50

A good presence is a letter of recommendation. Pr.

A good reader is nearly as rare as a good writer. Willmott.

A good rider on a good horse is as much above himself and others as the world can make him. Lord Herbert of Cherbury.

A good road and a wise traveller are two different things. Pr.

A good solid bit of work lasts. George Eliot.55

A good surgeon must have an eagle’s eye, a lion’s heart, and a lady’s hand. Pr.

A good thought is a great boon. Bovee.

A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth. Pr.

A gorge déployée—With full throat. Fr.

A government for protecting business and 60bread only is but a carcase, and soon falls by its own corruption to decay. A. B. Alcott.

A government may not waver; once it has chosen its course, it must, without looking to right or left, thenceforth go forward. Bismarck.

A grands frais—At great expense. Fr.

A grave and a majestic exterior is the palace of the soul. Chinese Pr.

A great anguish may do the work of years, and we may come out from that baptism of fire with a soul full of new awe and new pity. George Eliot.

A great deal may and must be done which we 65dare not acknowledge in words. Goethe.

A great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but less by assimilation than by friction. Heine.

A great licentiousness treads on the heels of a reformation. Emerson.

A great man is he who can call together the most select company when it pleases him. Landor.

A great man is one who affects the mind of his generation. Disraeli.

A great man living for high ends is the 70divinest thing that can be seen on earth. G. S. Hillard.{pg 7}

A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word as good. Emerson.

A great master always appropriates what is good in his predecessors, and it is this which makes him great. Goethe.

A great observer, and he looks / Quite through the deeds of men. Jul. Cæs., i. 2.

A great reputation is a great noise; the more there is made, the farther off it is heard. Napoleon.

A great revolution is never the fault of the 5people, but of the government. Goethe.

A great scholar is seldom a great philosopher. Goethe.

A great spirit errs as well as a little one, the former because it knows no bounds, the latter because it confounds its own horizon with that of the universe. Goethe.

A great thing can only be done by a great man, and he does it without effort. Ruskin.

A great thing is a great book, but greater than all is the talk of a great man. Disraeli.

A great writer does not reveal himself here 10and there, but everywhere. Lowell.

Agree, for the law is costly. Pr.


Be commonplace and cringing, and everything is within your reach. Beaumarchais.

Bedenkt, der Teufel der ist alt, / So werdet alt ihn zu verstehen—Consider, the devil is old; therefore grow old to understand him. Goethe.

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any. Wellington.

Be England what she will, / With all her faults 55she is my country still. Churchill.

Bees will not work except in darkness; thought will not work except in silence; neither will virtue work except in secrecy. Carlyle.

Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Emerson.

Before every one stands an image (Bild) of what he ought to be; so long as he is not that, his peace is not complete. Rückert.

Before honour is humility. Bible.

Before man made us citizens, great Nature 60made us men. Lowell.

Before the curing of a strong disease, / Even in the instant of repair and health, / The fit is strongest; evils that take leave, / On their departure most of all show evil.King John, iii. 4.

Before the immense possibilities of man, all mere experience, all past biography, however spotless and sainted, shrinks away. Emerson.

Before the revelations of the soul, Time, Space, and Nature shrink away. Emerson.

Before you trust a man, eat a peck of salt with him. Pr.{pg 27}

Beggars, mounted, run their horse to death. 3 Hen. VI., i. 4.

Beggars must not be choosers. Pr.

Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks. Ham., ii. 2.

Begnügt euch doch ein Mensch zu sein—Let it content thee that thou art a man. Lessing.

Begun is half done. Pr.5

Behaupten ist nicht beweisen—Assertion is no proof. Ger. Pr.

Behaviour is a mirror in which each one shows his image. Goethe.

Behind a frowning providence / God hides a shining face. Cowper.

Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do afar off. Emerson.

Behind every individual closes organisation; 10before him opens liberty. Emerson.

Behind every mountain lies a vale. Dut. Pr.

Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth. St. James.

Beholding heaven and feeling hell. Moore.

Behold now is the accepted time. St. Paul.

Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law, / 15Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw. Pope.

Bei den meisten Menschen gründet sich der Unglaube in einer Sache auf blinden Glauben in einer andern—With most men unbelief in one thing is founded on blind belief in another. Lichtenberg.

Bei Geldsachen hört die Gemütlichkeit auf—When money is in question, good day to friendly feeling. D. Hansemann.

Beinahe bringt keine Mücke um—Almost never killed a fly. Ger. Pr.

Being alone when one’s belief is firm, is not to be alone. Auerbach.

Being done, / There is no pause. Othello, 20v. 2.

Being without well-being is a curse; and the greater being, the greater curse. Bacon.

Be in possession, and thou hast the right, and sacred will the many guard it for thee. Schiller.

Be it never so humble, there’s no place like home. J. H. Payne.

Bei wahrer Liebe ist Vertrauen—With true love there is trust. Ph. Reger.

Be just and fear not; / Let all the ends thou 25aim’st at be thy country’s, / Thy God’s, and truth’s. Henry VIII., iii. 2.

Be just before you be generous. Pr.

Beleidigst du einen Mönch, so knappen alle Kuttenzipfel bis nach Rom—Offend but one monk, and the lappets of all cowls will flutter as far as Rome. Ger. Pr.

Bel esprit—A person of genius; a brilliant mind. Fr.

Belief and love,—a believing love, will relieve us of a vast load of care. Emerson.

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of 30the soul; unbelief, in denying them. Emerson.

Believe not each accusing tongue, / As most weak persons do; / But still believe that story wrong / Which ought not to be true. Sheridan.

Believe not every spirit. St. John.

Bella! horrida bella!—War! horrid war! Virg.

Bella femmina che ride, vuol dire borsa che piange—The smiles of a pretty woman are the tears of the purse. It. Pr.

Bella matronis detestata—Wars detested by 35mothers. Hor.

Belle, bonne, riche, et sage, est une femme en quatre étages—A woman who is beautiful, good, rich, and wise, is four stories high. Fr. Pr.

Belle chose est tôt ravie—A fine thing is soon snapt up. Fr. Pr.

Bellet ein alter Hund, so soll man aufschauen—When an old dog barks, one must look out. Ger. Pr.

Bellicæ virtutis præmium—The reward of valour in war. M.

Bellua multorum capitum—The many-headed 40monster, i.e., the mob.

Bellum internecinum—A war of extermination.

Bellum ita suscipiatur, ut nihil aliud nisi pax quæsita videatur—War should be so undertaken that nothing but peace may seem to be aimed at. Cic.

Bellum nec timendum nec provocandum—War ought neither to be dreaded nor provoked. Plin. the Younger.

Bellum omnium in omnes—A war of all against all.

Bellum, pax rursus—A war, and again a peace. 45Ter.

[Greek: beltion thanein hapax ê dia bion tremein]—Better die outright than be all one’s life long in terror. Æsop.

Bemerke, höre, schweige. Urteile wenig, frage viel—Take note of what you see, give heed to what you hear, and be silent. Judge little, inquire much. Platen.

Be modest without diffidence, proud without presumption. Goethe.

Benchè la bugia sia veloce, la verità l’arriva—Though a lie may be swift, truth overtakes it. It. Pr.

Beneath the loveliest dream there coils a fear. 50T. Watts.

Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword. Bulwer Lytton.

Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, / Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, / Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, / The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep. Gray.

Ben è cieco chi non vede il sole—He is very blind who does not see the sun. It. Pr.

Benedetto è quel male che vien solo—Blessed is the misfortune that comes alone. It. Pr.

Bene est cui Deus obtulit / Parca quod satis 55est manu—Well for him to whom God has given enough with a sparing hand. Hor.

Benefacta male locata, malefacta arbitror—Favours injudiciously conferred I reckon evils. Cic.

Benefacta sua verbis adornant—They enhance their favours by their words. Plin.

Beneficia dare qui nescit injuste petit—He who knows not how to bestow a benefit is unreasonable if he expects one. Pub. Syr.

Beneficia plura recipit qui scit reddere—He receives most favours who knows how to return them. Pub. Syr.

Beneficium accipere libertatem vendere est—To 60accept a favour is to forfeit liberty. Laber.{pg 28}

Beneficium dignis ubi des, omnes obliges—Where you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favour on all. Pub. Syr.

Beneficium invito non datur—There is no conferring a favour (involving obligation) on a man against his will. L. Max.

Beneficus est qui non sua, sed alterius causa benigne facit—He is beneficent who acts kindly, not for his own benefit, but for another’s. Cic.

Bene merenti bene profuerit, male merenti par erit—To a well-deserving man God will show favour, to an ill-deserving He will be simply just. Plaut.

Bene merentibus—To the well-deserving. M.5

Bene nummatum decorat Suedela Venusque—The goddesses of persuasion and of love adorn the train of the well-moneyed man. Hor.

Bene orasse est bene studuisse—To have prayed well is to have striven well.

Bene qui latuit, bene vixit—Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity. Ovid.

Benevolence is the distinguishing characteristic of man. Mencues.

Benigno numine—By the favour of Providence. 10M.

Benignus etiam dandi causam cogitat—The benevolent man even weighs the grounds of his liberality. Pr.

Be no one like another, yet every one like the Highest; to this end let each one be perfect in himself. Goethe.

Be not angry that you cannot make others what you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be. Thomas à Kempis.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. St. Paul.

Be not righteous overmuch. Bible.15

Be not the first by whom the new is tried, / Nor yet the last to lay the old aside. Pope.

Ben trovato—Well invented. It.

Be our joy three-parts pain! Strive, and hold cheap the strain; / Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe! Browning.

Berretta in mano non fece mai danno—Cap in hand never harmed any one. It. Pr.

Bescheiden freue dich des Ruhms, / So bist du 20wert des Heiligthums—If thou modestly enjoy thy fame, thou art not unworthy to rank with the holy. Goethe.

Bescheidenheit ist eine Zier, / Doch weiter kommt man ohne ihr—Modesty is an ornament, yet people get on better without it. Ger. Pr.

Beseht die Gönner in der Nähe! Halb sind sie kalt, halb sind sie roh—Look closely at those who patronise you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught. Goethe.

Besiegt von einem, ist besiegt von allen—Overpowered by one is overpowered by all. Schiller.

Be silent, or say something better than silence. Sp. Pr.

Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in 25changing him. Sc. Pr.

Be sober, be vigilant. St. Peter.

Besser ein Flick als ein Loch—Better a patch than a hole. Ger. Pr.

Besser ein magrer Vergleich als ein fetter Prozess—Better is a lean agreement than a fat lawsuit. Ger. Pr.

Besser frei in der Fremde als Knecht daheim—Better free in a strange land than a slave at home. Ger. Pr.

Besser freundlich versagen als unwillig gewähren—Better 30a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent (lit. pledge). Ger. Pr.

Besser Rat kommt über Nacht—Better counsel comes over-night. Lessing.

Besser was als gar nichts—Better something than nothing at all. Ger. Pr.

Besser zweimal fragen dann einmal irre gehn—Better ask twice than go wrong once. Ger. Pr.

Be still and have thy will. Tyndal.

Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire; / 35Threaten the threatner, and outface the brow / Of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes, / That borrow their behaviours from the great, / Grow great by your example, and put on / The dauntless spirit of resolution. King John, v. 1.

Best men are moulded out of faults. Meas. for Meas., v. 1.

Be strong, and quit yourselves like men. Bible.

Best time is present time. Pr.

Be substantially great in thyself, and more than thou appearest unto others. Sir Thomas Browne.

Be sure you can obey good laws before you 40seek to alter bad ones. Ruskin.

Be sure your sin will find you out. Bible.

Be swift to hear, slow to speak. Pr.

Bête noir—An eyesore; a bugbear (lit. a black beast). Fr.

Beter eens in den hemel dan tienmaal aan de deur—Better once in heaven than ten times at the door. Dut. Pr.

Be thankful for your ennui; it is your last 45mark of manhood. Carlyle.

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Ham., iii. 1.

Be thou assured, if words be made of breath, / And breath of life, I have no life to breathe / What thou hast said to me. Ham., iii. 4.

Be thou faithful unto death. St. John.

Bêtise—Folly; piece of folly. Fr.

Be to her virtues very kind; / Be to her faults 50a little blind. Prior.

Betrogene Betrüger—The deceiver deceived. Lessing.

Betrügen und betrogen werden, / Nichts ist gewöhnlicher auf Erden—Nothing is more common on earth than to deceive and be deceived. Seume.

Betrug war Alles, Lug, und Schein—All was deception, a lie, and illusion. Goethe.

Bettelsack ist bodenlos—The beggar’s bag has no bottom. Ger. Pr.

Better a blush in the face than a blot in the 55heart. Cervantes.

Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie. Ruskin.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without one. Chinese Pr.{pg 29}

Better a fortune in a wife than with a wife. Pr.

Better a fremit freend than a freend fremit, i.e., a stranger for a friend than a friend turned stranger. Sc. Pr.

Better a living dog than a dead lion. Pr.

Better an egg to-day than a hen to-morrow. Pr.

Better an end with terror than a terror without 5end. Schill.

Better a toom (empty) house than an ill tenant. Sc. Pr.

Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. Twelfth Night, i. 5.

Better bairns greet (weep) than bearded men. Sc. Pr.

Better be at the end o’ a feast than the beginning o’ a fray. Sc. Pr.

Better be a nettle in the side of your friend 10than his echo. Emerson.

Better be a poor fisherman than have to do with the governing of men. Danton.

Better be disagreeable in a sort than altogether insipid. Goethe.

Better be idle than ill employed. Sc. Pr.

Better bend than break. Pr.

Better be persecuted than shunned. Ebers.15

Better be poor than wicked. Pr.

Better be unborn than untaught. Gael. Pr.

Better buy than borrow. Pr.

Better deny at once than promise long. Pr.

Better far off, than—near, be ne’er the near’. 20Rich. II., v. 1.

Better far to die in the old harness than to try to put on another. J. G. Holland.

Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay. Tennyson.

Better go back than go wrong. Pr.

Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt. Sc. Pr.

Better haud (hold on) wi’ the hound than rin 25wi’ the hare. Sc. Pr.

Better is an ass that carries us than a horse that throws us. J. G. Holland.

Better it is to be envied than pitied. Pr.

Better keep the deil oot than hae to turn him oot. Sc. Pr.

Better keep weel than mak’ weel. Sc. Pr.

Better knot straws than do nothing. Gael. Pr.30

Better lose a jest than a friend. Pr.

Better mad with all the world than wise all alone. Fr. Pr.

Better my freen’s think me fremit as fasheous, i.e., strange rather than troublesome. Sc. Pr.

Better never begin than never make an end. Pr.

Better not be at all / Than not be noble. 35Tennyson.

Better not read books in which you make the acquaintance of the devil. Niebuhr.

Better one-eyed than stone-blind. Pr.

Better one living word than a hundred dead ones. Ger. Pr.

Better rue sit than rue flit, i.e., regret remaining than regret removing. Sc. Pr.

Better say nothing than nothing to the purpose. 40Pr.

Better sit still than rise and fa’. Sc. Pr.

Better sma’ fish than nane. Sc. Pr.

Better suffer for truth than prosper by falsehood. Dan. Pr.

Better ten guilty escape than one innocent man suffer. Pr.

Better that people should laugh at one while 45they instruct, than that they should praise without benefiting. Goethe.

Better the ill ken’d than the ill unken’d, i.e., the ill we know than the ill we don’t know. Sc. Pr.

Better the world know you as a sinner than God as a hypocrite. Dan. Pr.

Better to ask than go astray. Pr.

Better to get wisdom than gold. Bible.

Better to hunt in fields for health unbought, / 50Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught. / The wise for cure on exercise depend; / God never made his work for man to mend. Dryden.

Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. Milton.

Better to say “Here it is” than “Here it was.” Pr.

Better understand the world than condemn it. Gael. Pr.

Better untaught than ill taught. Pr.

Better wear out than rust out. Bishop Cumberland.55

Better wear shoon (shoes) than sheets. Sc. Pr.

Better wrong with the many than right with the few. Port. Pr.

Between a woman’s “Yes” and “No” you may insert the point of a needle. Ger. Pr.

Between saying and doing there’s a long road. Pr.

Between the acting of a dreadful thing / And 60the first motion, all the interim is / Like a phantasma or a hideous dream. Jul. Cæs., ii. 1.

Between the deil and the deep sea. Sc. Pr.

Between us and hell or heaven there is nothing but life, which of all things is the frailest. Pascal.

Beware, my lord, of jealousy; / It is the green-eyed monster that doth mock / The meat it feeds on. Othello, iii. 3.

Beware of a silent dog and still water. Pr.

Beware of a silent man and a dog that does 65not bark. Pr.

Beware of a talent which you cannot hope to cultivate to perfection. Goethe.

Beware / Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in, / Bear ‘t that the opposed may beware of thee. Ham., i. 3.

Beware of false prophets. Jesus.

Beware of “Had I wist.” Pr.

Beware of one who has nothing to lose. It. 70Pr.

Beware of too much good staying in your hand. Emerson.

Beware the fury of a patient man. Dryden.

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Emerson.

Be warned by thy good angel and not ensnared by thy bad one. Bürger.

Be wisely worldly; be not worldly wise. 75Quarles.{pg 30}

Be wise to-day; ’tis madness to defer. Young.

Be wise with speed; / A fool at forty is a fool indeed. Young.

Bewunderung verdient ein Wunder wohl, / Doch scheint ein Weib kein echtes Weib zu sein, / So bald es nur Bewunderung verdient—What is admirable justly calls forth our admiration, yet a woman seems to be no true woman who calls forth nothing else. Platen.


Hardship is the native soil of manhood and self-reliance. John Neal.

Harm watch, harm catch. Pr.

Hart kann die Tugend sein, doch grausam nie, / unmenschlich nie—Virtue may be stern, though never cruel, never inhuman. Schiller.

Harvests are Nature’s bank dividends. Haliburton.

Has any man, or any society of men, a truth 40to speak, a piece of spiritual work to do; they can nowise proceed at once and with the mere natural organs, but must first call a public meeting, appoint committees, issue prospectuses, eat a public dinner; in a word, construct or borrow machinery, wherewith to speak it and do it. Without machinery they were hopeless, helpless; a colony of Hindoo weavers squatting in the heart of Lancashire. Carlyle.

Has patitur pœnas peccandi sola voluntas. / Nam scelus intra se tacitum qui cogitat ullum, / Facti crimen habet—Such penalties does the mere intention to sin suffer; for he who meditates any secret wickedness within himself incurs the guilt of the deed. Juv.{pg 141}

Has pœnas garrula lingua dedit—This punishment a prating tongue brought on him. Ovid.

Has vaticinationes eventus comprobavit—The event has verified these predictions. Cic.

Hassen und Neiden / Muss der Biedre leiden. / Es erhöht des Mannes Wert, / Wenn der Hass sich auf ihn kehrt—The upright must suffer hatred and envy. It enhances the worth of a man if hatred pursues him. Gottfried von Strassburg.

Hast du im Thal ein sichres Haus, / Dann wolle nie zu hoch hinaus—Hast thou a secure house in the valley? Then set not thy heart on a higher beyond. Förster.

Haste and rashness are storms and tempests, 5breaking and wrecking business; but nimbleness is a full, fair wind, blowing it with speed to the haven. Fuller.

Haste is of the devil. Koran.

Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the gudeman and the gudewife. Sc. Pr.

Haste trips up its own heels, fetters and stops itself. Sen.

Haste turns usually on a matter of ten minutes too late. Bovee.

Hasty resolutions seldom speed well. Pr.10

Hat man die Liebe durchgeliebt / Fängt man die Freundschaft an—After love friendship (lit. when we have lived through love we begin friendship). Heine.

Hate injures no one; it is contempt that casts men down. Goethe.

Hate makes us vehement partisans, but love still more so. Goethe.

Hâtez-vous lentement, et sans perdre courage—Leisurely, and don’t lose heart. Fr.

Hath fortune dealt thee ill cards? Let wisdom 15make thee a good gamester. Quarles.

Hath not a Jew eyes? hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall not we revenge? Mer. of Venice, iii. 1.

Hatred does not cease by hatred at any time; hatred ceases by love. Buddha.

Hatred is a heavy burden. It sinks the heart deep in the breast, and lies like a tombstone on all joys. Goethe.

Hatred is active, and envy passive, disgust; there is but one step from envy to hate. Goethe.

Hatred is but an inverse love. Carlyle.20

Hatred is keener than friendship, less keen than love. Vauvenargues.

Hatred is like fire; it makes even light rubbish deadly. George Eliot.

“Hätte ich gewusst,” ist ein armer Mann—”If I had known,” is a poor man. Ger. Pr.

Haud æquum facit, / Qui quod didicit, id dediscit—He does not do right who unlearns what he has learnt. Plaut.

Haud facile emergunt quorum virtutibus obstat 25/ Res angusta domi—Not easily do those attain to distinction whose abilities are cramped by domestic poverty. Juv.

Haud ignara ac non incauta futuri—Neither ignorant nor inconsiderate of the future. Hor.

Haud ignara mali miseris succurrere disco—Not unfamiliar with misfortune myself, I have learned to succour the wretched. Virg.

Haud passibus æquis—With unequal steps. Virg.

Haut et bon—Great and good. M.

Haut goût—High flavour. Fr.30

Have a care o’ the main chance. Butler.

Have a spécialité, a work in which you are at home. Spurgeon.

Have any deepest scientific individuals yet dived down to the foundations of the universe and gauged everything there? Did the Maker take them into His counsel, that they read His ground-plan of the incomprehensible All, and can say, This stands marked therein, and no more than this? Alas! not in any wise. Carlyle.

Have I a religion, have I a country, have I a love, that I am ready to die for? are the first trial questions to itself of a true soul. Ruskin.

Have I in conquest stretched mine arm so far / 35To be afeard to tell gray-beards the truth? Jul. Cæs., ii. 2.

Have I not earn’d my cake in baking of it? Tennyson.

Have more than thou showest; / Speak less than thou knowest; / Lend less than thou owest; / Learn more than thou trowest; / Set less than thou throwest. King Lear, i. 4.

Have not all nations conceived their God as omnipresent and eternal, as existing in a universal Here, an everlasting Now? Carlyle.

Have not thy cloak to make when it begins to rain. Pr.

Have the French for friends, but not for neighbours. 40Pr.

Have you found your life distasteful? / My life did, and does, smack sweet. / Was your youth of pleasure wasteful? / Mine I saved and hold complete. / Do your joys with age diminish? / When mine fail me, I’ll complain. / Must in death your daylight finish? / My sun sets to rise again. Browning.

Have you known how to compose your manners, you have achieved a great deal more than he who has composed books. Have you known how to attain repose, you have achieved more than he who has taken cities and subdued empires. Montaigne.

Have you not heard it said full oft, / A woman’s nay doth stand for nought? Shakespeare.

Have you prayed to-night, Desdemona? Othello, v. 2.

Having food and raiment, let us be therewith 45content. St. Paul.

Having is having, come whence it may. Ger. Pr.

Having is in no case the fruit of lusting, but of living. Ed.

Having sown the seed of secrecy, it should be properly guarded and not in the least broken; for being broken, it will not prosper. Hitopadesa.

Having waste ground enough, / Shall we desire to raze the sanctuary / And pitch our evils there? Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.{pg 142}

Hay buena cuenta, y no paresca blanca—The account is all right, but the money-bags are empty. Sp. Pr.

He alone has energy that cannot be deprived of it. Lavater.

He alone is happy, and he is truly so, who can say, “Welcome life, whatever it brings! welcome death, whatever it is!” Bolingbroke.

He alone is worthy of respect who knows what is of use to himself and others, and who labours to control his self-will. Goethe.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother 5to him that is a great waster. Bible.

He always wins who sides with God. Faber.

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand; but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. Bible.

He behoves to have meat enou’ that sal stop ilka man’s mou’. Sc. Pr.

He best restrains anger who remembers God’s eye is upon him. Plato.

He buys very dear who begs. Port. Pr.10

He by whom the geese were formed white, parrots stained green, and peacocks painted of various hues—even He will provide for their support. Hitopadesa.

He can ill run that canna gang (walk). Sc. Pr.

He cannot lay eggs, but he can cackle. Dut. Pr.

He cannot see the wood for the trees. Ger. Pr.

He cast off his friends, as a huntsman his 15pack, / For he knew, when he pleased, he could whistle them back. Goldsmith.

He cometh unto you with a tale which holdeth children from play and old men from the chimney-corner. Sir P. Sidney.

He conquers grief who can take a firm resolution. Goethe.

He could distinguish and divide / A hair ‘twixt south and south-west side. Butler.

He cries out before he is hurt. It. Pr.

He dances well to whom fortune pipes. Pr.20

He doesna aye flee when he claps his wings. Sc. Pr.

He does not deserve wine who drinks it as water. Bodenstedt.

He does nothing who endeavours to do more than is allowed to humanity. Johnson.

He doeth much that doeth a thing well. Thomas à Kempis.

He doeth well that serveth the common 25good rather than his own will. Thomas à Kempis.

He doth bestride the narrow world / Like a Colossus; and we petty men / Walk under his huge legs, and peep about / To find ourselves dishonourable graves. Jul. Cæs., i. 2.

He doubts nothing who knows nothing. Port. Pr.

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity finer than the staple of his argument. Love’s L. Lost, v. 1.

He draws nothing well who thirsts not to draw everything. Ruskin.

He either fears his fate too much, / Or his 30deserts are small, / Who dares not put it to the touch / To win or lose it all. Marquis of Montrose.

He frieth in his own grease. Pr.

He gave his honours to the world again, / His blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace. Hen. VIII., iv. 2.

He giveth His beloved sleep. Bible.

He goeth back that continueth not. St. Augustine.

He goeth better that creepeth in his way 35than he that runneth out of his way. St. Augustine.

He had a face like a benediction. Cervantes.

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement seasons. Swift.

He had never kindly heart / Nor ever cared to better his own kind, / Who first wrote satire with no pity in it. Tennyson.

He has a bee in his bonnet, i.e., is hare-brained. Sc. Pr.

He has a head, and so has a pin. Port. 40Pr.

He has a killing tongue and a quiet sword, by the means whereof ‘a breaks words and keeps whole weapons. Hen. V., iii. 2.

He has faut (need) o’ a wife wha marries mam’s pet. Sc. Pr.

He has hard work who has nothing to do. Pr.

He has no religion who has no humanity. Arab. Pr.

He has not learned the lesson of life who 45does not every day surmount a fear. Emerson.

He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle. Ben. Franklin.

He has seen a wolf. Pr. of one who suddenly curbs his tongue.

He has verily touched our hearts as with a live coal from the altar who in any way brings home to our heart the noble doings, feelings, darings, and endurances of a brother man. Carlyle.

He has wit at will that, when angry, can sit him still. Sc. Pr.

He hath a heart as sound as a bell, and his 50tongue is the clapper; for what his heart thinks his tongue speaks. Much Ado, iii. 2.

He hath a tear for pity, and a hand / Open as day for melting charity. 2 Hen. IV., iv. 4.

He hath ill repented whose sins are repeated. St. Augustine.

He hath never fed of the dainties that are bred in a book. Love’s L. Lost, iv. 2.

He honours God that imitates Him. Sir T. Browne.

He in whom there is much to be developed will 55be later than others in acquiring true perceptions of himself and the world. Goethe.

He is a fool who empties his purse, or store, to fill another’s. Sp. Pr.

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill / To turn the current of a woman’s will. S. Tuke.

He is a great and a good man from whom the needy, or those who come for protection, go not away with disappointed hopes and discontented countenances.Hitopadesa.{pg 143}

He is a great man who inhabits a higher sphere of thought, into which other men rise with labour and difficulty: he has but to open his eyes to see things in a true light and in large relations, while they must make painful corrections, and keep a vigilant eye on many sources of error. Emerson.

He is a happy man that hath a true friend at his need, but he is more truly happy that hath no need of his friend. Arthur Warwick.

He is a hard man who is only just, and he a sad man who is only wise. Voltaire.

He is a little chimney, and heated hot in a moment! Longfellow.

He is a little man; let him go and work with 5the women! Longfellow.

He is a madman (Rasender) who does not embrace and hold fast the good fortune which a god (ein Gott) has given into his hand. Schiller.

He is a man who doth not suffer his members and faculties to cause him uneasiness. Hitopadesa.

He is a minister who doth not behave with insolence and pride. Hitopadesa.

He is a poor smith who cannot bear smoke. Pr.

He is a strong man who can hold down his 10opinion. Emerson.

He is a true sage who learns from all the world. Eastern Pr.

He is a very valiant trencherman; he hath an excellent stomach. Much Ado, i. 1.

He is a wise child that knows his own father. Pr.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus.

He is a wise man who knoweth that his words 15should be suited to the occasion, his love to the worthiness of the object, and his anger according to his strength.Hitopadesa.

He is a wise man who knows what is wise. Xenophon.

He is a worthy person who is much respected by good men. Hitopadesa.

He is all there when the bell rings. Pr.

He is an eloquent man who can speak of low things acutely, and of great things with dignity, and of moderate things with temper. Cic.

He is an unfortunate and on the way to ruin 20who will not do what he can, but is ambitious to do what he cannot. Goethe.

He is below himself who is not above an injury. Quarles.

He is best served who has no need to put the hands of others at the end of his arms. Rousseau.

He is but a bastard to the time / That doth not smack of observation. King John, i. 1.

He is but the counterfeit of a man who hath not the life of a man. Shakespeare.

He is gentil that doth gentil dedes. Chaucer.25

He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others. Emerson.

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his own home. Goethe.

He is happy who is forsaken by his passions. Hitopadesa.

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. Hare.

He is just as truly running counter to God’s 30will by being intentionally wretched as by intentionally doing wrong. W. R. Greg.

He is kind who guardeth another from misfortune. Hitopadesa.

He is lifeless that is faultless. Pr.

He is my friend that grinds at my mill. Pr.

He is my friend that helps me, and not he that pities me. Pr.

He is nearest to God who has the fewest wants. 35Dan. Pr.

He is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring. Pr.

He is no wise man that will quit a certainty for an uncertainty. Johnson.

He is noble who feels and acts nobly. Heine.

He is not a bad driver who knows how to turn. Dan. Pr.

He is not a true man of science who does not 40bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behaviour as well as application. Thoreau.

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed. Socrates.

He is not the best carpenter who makes the most chips. Pr.

He is not yet born who can please everybody. Dan. Pr.

He is oft the wisest man / Who is not wise at all. Wordsworth.

He is richest that has fewest wants. Pr.45

He is the best dressed gentleman whose dress no one observes. Trollope.

He is the best gentleman that is the son of his own deserts, and not the degenerated heir of another’s virtue. Victor Hugo.

He is the free man whom the truth makes free, / And all are slaves besides. Cowper.

He is the greatest artist who has embodied in the sum of his works the greatest number of the greatest ideas. Ruskin.

He is the greatest conqueror who has conquered 50himself. Pr.

He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. Ward Beecher.

He is the half part of a blessèd man, / Left to be finishèd by such as she; / And she a fair divided excellence, / Whose fulness of perfection lies in him. King John, ii. 2.

He is the rich man in whom the people are rich, and he is the poor man in whom the people are poor; and how to give access to the masterpieces of art and nature is the problem of civilisation. Emerson.

He is the rich man who can avail himself of all men’s faculties. Emerson.

He is the world’s master who despises it, its 55slave who prizes it. It. Pr.

He is truly great who is great in charity. Thomas à Kempis.

He is ungrateful who denies a benefit; he is ungrateful who hides it; he is ungrateful who does not return it; he, most of all, who {pg 144}has forgotten it. Sen.

He is well paid that is well satisfied. Mer. of Ven., iv. 1.

He is wise that is wise to himself. Euripides.

He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of daily virtuous living; he who trains us to see old truth under academic formularies may be wise or not, as it chances, but we love to see wisdom in unpretending forms, to recognise her royal features under a week-day vesture. Carlyle.

He is wit’s pedlar, and retails his wares / At wakes and wassails, meetings, markets, fairs; / And we that sell by gross, the Lord doth know, / Have not the grace to grace it with such show. Love’s L. Lost, v. 2.

He is wrong who thinks that authority based 5on force is more weighty and more lasting than that which rests on kindness. Ter.

He jests at scars that never felt a wound. Rom. and Jul., ii. 2.

He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? saith the Lord. Bible.

He kens muckle wha kens when to speak, but far mair wha kens when to haud (hold) his tongue. Sc. Pr.

He knew what’s what, and that’s as high / As metaphysic wit can fly. Butler.

He knocks boldly at the door who brings good 10news. Pr.

He knows best what good is that has endured evil. Pr.

He knows little who will tell his wife all he knows. Fuller.



Now, good digestion wait on appetite, / And health on both. Macb., iii. 4.

Now is now, and Yule’s in winter. Sc. Pr.

“Now” is the watchword of the wise. Pr.

Now! it is gone. Our brief hours travel post, / Each with its thought or deed, its Why or How; / But know, each parting hour gives up a ghost / To dwell within thee—an eternal Now! Coleridge.

Now join your hands, and with your hands 35your hearts, / That no dissension hinder government. 3 Hen. VI., iv. 6.

Now morn her rosy steps in th’ eastern clime, / Advancing, sowed the earth with orient pearl. Milton.

Now our fates from unmomentous things / May rise like rivers out of little springs. Campbell.

Now see that noble and most sovereign reason, / Like sweet bells jangled, out of tune, and harsh; / That unmatch’d form and feature of blown youth / Blasted with ecstacy: O, woe is me, / To have seen what I have seen, see what I see. Ham., iii. 2.

Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it; / We are happy now, because God wills it. Lowell.

Now ’tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; 40/ Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden, / And choke the herbs for want of husbandry. 2 Hen. VI., iii. 1.

Now you have feathered your nest. Congreve.

Nowadays compromise and indifference rule supreme, and instead of solid grit we have putty or wax. Spurgeon.

Nowadays truth is news. Sc. Pr.

Nowhere can a man get real root-room, and spread out his branches till they touch the morning and the evening, but in his own house. Ward Beecher.{pg 318}

Nox atra cava circumvolat—Black night envelopes them with her hollow shade. Virg.

Noxiæ pœna par esto—Let the punishment be proportionate to the offence. Cic.

Nuda veritas—Undisguised truth. Hor.

Nudum pactum—A mere agreement. L.

Nugæ canoræ—Melodious trifles; agreeable nonsense. 5Hor.

Nugis addere pondus—To add weight to trifles. Hor.

Nul n’aura de l’esprit, / Hors nous et nos amis—No one shall have wit except ourselves and our friends. Molière.

Nul n’est content de sa fortune, ni mécontent de son esprit—No one is content with his lot or discontented with his wit. Mme. Deshoulières.

Nulla ætas ad perdiscendum est—There is no time of life past learning something. St. Ambrose.

Nulla dies sine linea—Let no day pass without its 10line. Pr.

Nulla falsa doctrina est, quæ non permisceat aliquid veritatis—There is no false doctrine which contains not a mixture of truth.

Nulla fere causa est, in qua non fœmina litem moverit—There’s hardly a strife in which a woman has not been a prime mover. Juv.

Nulla fides regni sociis, omnisque potestas / Impatiens consortis erit—There is no faith among colleagues in power, and all power will be impatient of a colleague. Lucan.

Nulla pallescere culpa—Not to grow pale at imputation of guilt. M.

Nulla placere diu, vel vivere carmina possunt / 15Quæ scribuntur aquæ potoribus—No poems written by water-drinkers can be long popular or live long. Hor.

Nulla res tantum ad discendum profuit quantum scriptio—Nothing so much assists learning, as writing down what we wish to remember.

Nulla unquam de vita hominis cunctatio longa est—No delay is too long when the life of a man is at stake. Juv.

Nulli jactantius mœrent, quam qui maxime lætantur—None mourn so demonstratively as those who are in reality rejoicing most. Tac.

Nulli secundus—Second to none.

Nulli te facias nimis sodalem, / Gaudebis 20minus et minus dolebis—Be on too intimate terms with no one; if your joy be less, so will your grief. Mart.

Nullius addictus jurare in verba magistri, / Quo me cunque rapit tempestas, deferor hospes—Bound to swear by the opinions of no master, I present myself a guest wherever the storm drives me. Hor.

Nullius boni sine socio jucunda possessio—Without a friend to share it, no good we possess is truly enjoyable. Sen.

Nullius in verba—At no man’s dictation. M.

Nullum est jam dictum quod non dictum sit prius—Nothing is said now that has not been said before. Ter.

Nullum est malum majus, quam non posse 25ferre malum—There is no greater misfortune than not to be able to endure misfortune.

Nullum est sine nomine saxum—Not a stone but has a tale to tell. Lucan.

Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ fuit—No great genius is ever without some tincture of madness. Sen.

Nullum magnum malum quod extremum est—No evil is great which is the last. Corn. Nep.

Nullum numen abest si sit prudentia—Where there is prudence, a protecting divinity is not far away. Pr.

Nullum numen habes si sit prudentia; nos te / 30Nos facimus, Fortuna, deam cœloque locamus—Thou hast no divine power, O Fortune, where there is prudence; it is we who make a goddess of thee, and place thee in heaven. Juv.

Nullum quod tetigit non ornavit—There was nothing he touched that he did not adorn. Epitaph by Johnson on Goldsmith.

Nullum simile quatuor pedibus currit—No simile runs on all fours, i.e., holds in every respect. Pr.

Nullum tempus occurrit regi—No lapse of time bars the rights of the crown. L.

Nullus argento color est, / Nisi temperato / Splendeat usu—Money has no splendour of its own, unless it shines by temperate use. Hor.

Nullus commodum capere potest de injuria sua 35propria—No one can take advantage of wrong committed by himself. L.

Nullus dolor est quem non longinquitas temporis minuat ac molliat—There is no sorrow which length of time will not diminish and soothe. Cic.

Nullus est liber tam malus, ut non aliqua parte prosit—There is no book so bad that it may not be useful in some way or other. Pliny.

Numbers err in this: / Ten censure wrong for one who writes amiss. Pope.

Numerical inquiries will give you entertainment in solitude by the practice, and reputation in public by the effect. Johnson.

Nunc animis opus, Ænea, nunc pectore firmo—Now, 40Æneas, you have need of courage, now a resolute heart. Virg.

Nunc aut nunquam—Now or never. M.

Nunc dimittis—Now let me depart in peace. See Luke i. 29.

Nunc est bibendum, nunc pede libero, / Pulsanda tellus!—Now let us drink; now let us beat the ground with merry foot. Hor.

Nunc patimur longæ pacis mala; sævior armis / Luxuria incubuit, victumque ulciscitur orbem—Now we suffer the evils of long peace; luxury more cruel than war broods over us and avenges a conquered world. Juv.

Nunc positis novus exuviis nitidusque juventa—Now, 45all new, his slough cast off, and shining in youth. Virg.

Nunc vino pellite curas!—Now drive off your cares with wine. Hor.

Nunquam aliud natura, aliud sapientia dicit—Nature never says one thing and wisdom another. Juv.

Nunquam erit alienis gravis, qui suis se concinnat levem—He will never be disagreeable to others who makes himself agreeable to his own relations. Plaut.

Nunquam est fidelis cum potente societas—An alliance with a powerful man is never safe. Phædr.

Nunquam libertas gratior extat / Quam sub 50rege pio—Liberty is never more enjoyable than under a pious king. Claud.

Nunquam nimis dicitur, quod nunquam satis discitur—That is never too often repeated which is never sufficiently learned. Sen.

Nunquam non paratus—Never unprepared. M.

Nunquam retrorsum—Never go back. M.{pg 319}

Nunquam se plus agere, quam nihil quum ageret; nunquam minus solum esse, quam quum solus esset—He said he never had more to do than when he had nothing to do, and never was less alone than when alone. Cic. quoting Scipio Africanus.

Nunquam vir æquus dives evasit cito—No just man ever became quickly rich. Menander.

Nuptial love maketh mankind; friendly love perfecteth it; but wanton love corrupteth and embaseth it. Bacon.

Nur aus vollendeter Kraft blicket die Anmuth hervor—Only out of perfected faculty does grace look forth. Goethe.

Nur das Gemeine / Verkennt man selten. Und 5das Seltene / Vergisst man schwerlich—Only what is common we rarely mistake, and what is rare we with difficulty forget. Lessing.

Nur das Leben hasst, der Tod versöhnt—In life alone is hatred; in death is reconciliation. Tiedge.

Nur das zu thun, was alle wollen, / Ist das Geheimniss jeder Macht—The secret of all power is only to do that which all would fain do. Kinkel.

Nur dem Fröhlichen blüht der Baum des Lebens, / Dem Unschuldigen rinnt der Born der Jugend / Auch noch im Alter—Only for the cheerful does the tree of life blossom, for the innocent the well-spring of youth keeps still flowing even in old age. Arndt.

Nur dem vertrau’ ich völlig, nur der imponirt nachhaltig, der über sich zu lächeln fähig ist—I trust only him perfectly, only he makes a lasting impression on me, who is capable of laughing at himself. Feuchtersleben.

Nur der Freundschaft Harmonie / Mildert die 10Beschwerden; / Ohne ihre Sympathie / Ist kein Glück auf Erden—Nothing but the harmony of friendship soothes our sorrows; without its sympathy there is no happiness on earth. Mozart.

Nur der Glaube aller stärkt den Glauben, / Wo Tausende anbeten und verehren, / Da wird die Glut zur Flamme, und beflügelt / Schwingt sich der Geist in alle Himmel auf—Only the faith of all strengthens faith; where thousands worship and reverence, there the glow becomes flame, and the spirit soar upwards on wings into all heavens. Schiller.

Nur der Irrthum ist das Leben, / Und das Wissen ist der Tod—Only error is life, and knowledge is death. Schiller.

Nur der Irrthum ist unser Teil, und Wahn ist unsre Wissenschaft—Only error is our portion, and illusion our knowledge. Lessing.

Nur der ist wahrhaft arm, der weder Geist noch Kraft hat—Only he is truly poor who is without soul and without faculty. Benzel-Sternan.

Nur der Starke wird das Schicksal zwingen, / 15Wenn der Schwächling untersinkt—Only the strong man will coerce destiny if the weakling surrenders. Schiller.

Nur die Hoffenden leben—Only the hoping live. Halm.

Nur die Lumpe sind bescheiden, / Brave freuen sich der That—Only low-born fellows are modest; men of spirit rejoice over their feats. Goethe.

Nur eine Mutter weiss allein, / Was lieben heisst und glücklich sein—A mother alone knows what it is to love and be happy. Chamisso.

Nur eine Schmach weiss ich auf dieser Erde. / Und die heisst: Unrecht thun—Only one disgrace know I in this world, and that is doing wrong. Grillparzer.

Nur eine Weisheit führt zum Ziele, / Doch 20ihrer Sprüche giebt es viele—Only one wisdom leads to the goal, though the proverbs of it are many. Bodenstedt.

Nur Helios vermag’s zu sagen, / Der alles Irdische bescheint—Only Helios (the sun-god) can tell, he sheds light on every earthly thing. Schiller.

Nur immer zu! wir wollen es ergründen, / In deinem Nichts hoff’ ich das All zu finden—Only let us still go on! we will yet fathom it. In thy nothing hope I to find the all. Goethe.

Nur in der eignen Kraft ruht das Schicksal jeder Nation—Only in its own power rests the destiny of every nation. Count v. Moltke, in 1880.

Nur in der Schule selbst ist die eigentliche Vorschule—The true preparatory school is only the school itself. Goethe.

Nur in schwülen Prüfungsstunden / Sprosst 25die Palme, die den Sieger krönt—Only in the stifling hours of trial does the palm shoot forth which decks the brow of the victor. Salis-Seewis.

Nur in Träumen wohnt das Glück der Erde—Only in dreams does the happiness of the earth dwell. Rückert.

Nur Liebe darf der Liebe Blume brechen—Only love may break the flower of love. Schiller.

Nur stets zu sprechen, ohne was zu sagen, / Das war von je der Redner grösste Gabe—To but speak on without saying anything has ever been the greatest gift of the orator. Platen.

Nur vom Edeln kann das Edle stammen—Only from the noble soul can what is noble come. Schiller.

Nur vom Nutzen wird die Welt regiert—It is 30only by show of advantage that the world is governed. Schiller.

Nur was wir selber glauben, glaubt man uns—People give us credit only for what we ourselves believe. Gutzkow.

Nur wer die Last wirklich selbst trägt, kennt ihr Gewicht—Only he who really bears the burden knows its weight. Klinger.

Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt / Weiss, was ich leide!—Only he who knows what yearning is knows what I suffer. Goethe.

Nur wer sich recht des Lebens freut, / Trägt leichter, was es Schlimmes beut—Only he who enjoys life aright finds it easier to bear the evils of it. Bodenstedt.

Nur wer vor Gott sich fühlet klein / Kann vor 35den Menschen mächtig sein—He only who feels himself little in the eye of God can hope to be mighty in the eyes of men. Arndt.

Nur zwei Tugenden giebt’s. O, wären sie immer vereinigt, / Immer die Güte auch gross, immer die Grösse auch gut!—There are only two virtues, were they but always united: goodness always also great, and greatness always also good. Schiller.

Nursing her wrath to keep it warm. Burns.

Nusquam tuta fides—There is nowhere any true honour. Virg.

Nutrimentum spiritus—Nourishment for the Spirit! Inscription on the Royal Library at Berlin.{pg 320}

Nutritur vento, vento restinguitur ignis: / Lenis alit flammas, grandior aura necat!—Fire is fed by the wind and extinguished by the wind: a gentle current feeds it, too strong a one puts it out! Ovid.

Nuts are given us, but we must crack them ourselves. Pr.

Nymph, in thy orisons / Be all my sins remembered. Ham., iii. 1.


O was sind wir Grossen auf der Woge der Menschheit? Wir glauben sie zu beherrschen, und sie treibt uns auf und nieder, hin und her—Ah! what are we great ones on the wave of humanity? We fancy we rule over it, and it sways us up and down, hither and thither. Goethe.

O well for him whose will is strong! / He suffers, but he will not suffer long; / He suffers, but he cannot suffer wrong. Tennyson.

O wer weiss, / Was in der Zeiten Hintergrunde 30schlummert?—Oh, who knows what slumbers in the background of the times? Schiller.

O what a goodly outside falsehood hath! Mer. of Ven., i. 3.

O what a noble mind is here o’erthrown! / The courtier’s, soldier’s, scholar’s eye, tongue, sword; / The expectancy and rose of the fair state, / The glass of fashion, and the mould of form, / The observed of all observers, quite, quite down! Ham., iii. 1.

O what a tangled web we weave / When first we practise to deceive. Scott.

O what a world is this, when what is comely / Envenoms him that bears it! As You Like It, ii. 3.

O what a world of vile ill-favoured faults / 35Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a-year! Merry Wives, iii. 4.

O what men dare do! what men may do! / What men daily do, not knowing what they do! Much Ado, iv. 1.{pg 323}

O woman! in our hours of ease / Uncertain, coy, and hard to please, / And variable as the shade / By the light of quivering aspen made; / When pain and anguish wring the brow, / A ministering angel thou. Scott.

O ye loved ones, that already sleep in the noiseless Bed of Rest, whom in life I could only weep for and never help; and ye who, wide-scattered, still toil lonely in the monster-bearing desert, dyeing the flinty ground with your blood,—yet a little while, and we shall all meet There, and our Mother’s bosom will screen us all; and Oppression’s harness, and Sorrow’s fire-whip, and all the Gehenna bailiffs that patrol and inhabit ever-vexed Time, cannot thenceforth harm us any more. Carlyle.

O yet we trust that somehow good / Will be the final goal of ill. Tennyson.

Oaks fall when reeds stand. Pr.

Oars alone can ne’er prevail / To reach the 5distant coast; / The breath of heav’n must swell the sail, / Or all the toil is lost. Cowper.

Oaths are straws, … and holdfast is the only dog. Hen. V., ii. 3.

Ob es vom Herzen kommt, das magst du leicht verstehen: / Denn was vom Herzen kommt, muss dir zum Herzen gehen—Easily may’st thou know whether it comes from the heart; for what comes from the heart goes straight to thine. Körner.

Obedience alone gives the right to command. Emerson.

Obedience is better than sacrifice. Pr. from Bible.

Obedience is our universal duty and destiny; 10wherein whoso will not bend must break. Carlyle.

Obedience is the bond of rule. Tennyson.

Obedience is woman’s duty on earth; hard endurance is her heavy lot; by severe service she must be purified; but she who has served here is great up yonder. Schiller.

Obey something, and you will have a chance of finding out what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying Beelzebub and all his seven invited friends. Ruskin.

Obey thy parents; keep thy word justly; swear not; set not thy sweet heart on proud array. King Lear, iii. 4.

Obiter cantare—To sing as one goes along; to 15sing by the way.

Obiter dicta—Remarks by the way; passing remarks.

Obiter dictum—A thing said in passing.

Objects close to the eye shut out much larger objects on the horizon; and splendours born only of the earth eclipse the stars. So a man sometimes covers up the entire disc of eternity with a dollar, and quenches transcendent glories with a little shining dust. Chapin.

Objects imperfectly discerned take forms from the hope or fear of the beholder. Johnson.

Objects in pictures should be so arranged as 20by their very position to tell their own story. Goethe.

Oblatam occasionem tene—Seize the opportunity that is offered.

Obligation is thraldom, and thraldom is hateful. Hobbes.

Oblivion is the dark page whereon memory writes her light-beam characters and makes them legible; were it all light, nothing could be read there, any more than if it were all darkness. Carlyle.

Oblivion is the rule, and fame the exception, of humanity. Rivarol.

Oblivion is the second death, which great 25minds dread more than the first. De Boufflers.

Obreros a no ver dineros a perder—Not to watch your workmen is to lose your money. Sp. Pr.

Obruat illud male partum, male retentum, male gestum imperium—Let that power fall which has been wrongfully acquired, wrongfully retained, and wrongfully administered. Cic.

Obscuris vera involvens—Shrouding, or concealing, truth in obscurity or darkness. Virg.

Obscurity and affectation are the two great faults of style. Macaulay.

Obscurity and Innocence, twin-sisters, escape 30temptations which would pierce their gossamer armour in contact with the world. Chamfort.

Obscurum per obscurius—Explaining something obscure by what is more obscure.

Obsequium amicos, veritas odium parit—Obsequiousness procures us friends; speaking the truth, enemies. Ter.

Observe this short but certain aphorism, “Forsake all, and thou shalt find all.” Thomas à Kempis.

Observe thyself as thy greatest enemy would do; so shalt thou be thy greatest friend. Jeremy Taylor.

Observation is an old man’s memory. Swift.35

Observation may trip now and then without throwing you, for her gait is a walk; but inference always gallops, and if she stumbles, you are gone. Holmes.

Observation more than books, experience rather than persons, are the prime educators. A. B. Alcott.

Obstinacy and heat in argument are surest proofs of folly. Montaigne.

Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong. Mme. Necker.

Obstinacy is the result of the will’s forcing 40itself into the place of the intellect. Schopenhauer.

Obstinacy is the strength of the weak. Lavater.

Obstupui, steteruntque comæ, et vox faucibus hæsit—I was astounded; my hair stood on end, and my voice stuck fast in my throat. Virg.

Obtuseness is sometimes a virtue. Rivarol.

Occasio facit furem—Opportunity makes the thief. Pr.

Occasion reins the motions of the stirring 45mind. Owen Feltham.

Occasionem cognosce—Know your opportunity.

Occasions do not make a man frail, but they show what he is. Thomas à Kempis.

Occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros—Cabbage repeated is the death of the wretched masters. Juv.

Occupation is the scythe of Time. Napoleon.

Occupet extremum scabies!—Murrain take the 50hindmost! Hor.

{pg 324}Ocean is a mighty harmonist. Wordsworth.

Oculi tanquam speculatores altissimum locum obtinent—The eyes, like sentinels, occupy the highest place in the body. Cic.

Oculis magis habenda fides quam auribus—It is better to trust to our eyes than our ears.

Oculus domini saginat equum—The master’s eye makes the horse fat. Pr.

Oderint dum metuant—Let them show hate, provided they fear. Cic.

Oderunt hilarem tristes, tristemque jocosi, / 5Sedatum celeres, agilem gnavumque remissi—Sad men dislike a gay spirit, and the jocular a sad; the quick-witted dislike the sedate, and the careless the busy and industrious. Hor.

Oderunt peccare boni virtutis amore—Good men shrink from wrong out of love for virtue. Hor.

Odi profanum vulgus et arceo—I hate the profane rabble, and keep them far from me. Hor.

Odi puerulos præcoci ingenio—I hate boys of precocious talent. Cic.

Odi, vedi, e taci, se vuoi viver in pace—Listen, see, and say nothing, if you wish to live in peace. It. Pr.

Odia qui nimium timet, regnare nescit—He who 10dreads hostility too much is unfit to bear rule. Sen.

Odimus accipitrem quia semper vivit in armis—I hate the hawk because he always lives in arms. Ovid.

Odium theologicum—Theological hatred; the animosity engendered by differences of theological opinion.

Odora canum vis—The sharp scent of the hounds. Virg.

O’ercome thyself, and thou may’st share / With Christ His Father’s throne, and wear / The world’s imperial wreath. Keble.

Of a life of luxury the fruit is luxury. Thoreau.15

Of a thoroughly crazy and defective artist we may indeed say he has everything from himself; but of an excellent one, never. Goethe.

Of all actions of a man’s life, his marriage does least concern other people; yet of all actions of our life, ’tis most meddled with by other people. John Selden.

Of all attainable liberties, be sure first to strive for leave to be useful. Ruskin. (?)

Of all blinds that shut up men’s vision the worst is self. (?)

Of all days, the one that is most wasted is that 20on which one has not laughed. Chamfort.

Of all earthly music, that which reaches the farthest into heaven is the beating of a loving heart. Ward Beecher.

Of all evils in story-telling, the humour of telling tales one after another in great numbers is the least supportable. Steele.

Of all God’s gifts to the sight of man, colour is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn. Ruskin.

Of all great poems Love is the absolute and the essential foundation. C. Fitzhugh.

Of all man’s work of art, a cathedral is greatest. 25A vast and majestic tree is greater than that. Ward Beecher.

Of all men, a philosopher should be no swearer; for an oath, which is the end of controversies in law, cannot determine any here, where reason only must induce. Sir Thomas Browne.

Of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, / Save, save, O save me from the candid friend! Canning.

Of all pleasures, the fruit of labour is the sweetest. Vauvenargues.


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