Thursday, May 14, 2009

Familiar Quotations - Part 16


A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.[823-9]

_Psalm cxix. 105._

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by

_Psalm cxxi. 6._

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity[824-2] within thy

_Psalm cxxii. 7._

He giveth his beloved sleep.

_Psalm cxxvii. 2._

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.

_Psalm cxxvii. 5._

Thy children like olive plants[824-3] round about thy table.

_Psalm cxxviii. 3._

I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine

_Psalm cxxxii. 4; Proverbs vi. 4._

Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren[824-5] to
dwell together in unity.

_Psalm cxxxiii. 1._

We hanged our harps upon the willows.[824-6]

_Psalm cxxxvii. 2._

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her

_Psalm cxxxvii. 5._

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell[824-7] in the
uttermost parts of the sea.

_Psalm cxxxix. 9._

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[824-8]

_Psalm cxxxix. 14._

Put not your trust in princes.

_Psalm cxlvi. 3._

My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.

_Proverbs i. 10._

Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street.

_Proverbs i. 20._

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches
and honour.

_Proverbs iii. 16._

Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

_Proverbs iii. 17._

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all
thy getting get understanding.

_Proverbs iv. 7._

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more
and more unto the perfect day.

_Proverbs iv. 18._

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

_Proverbs vi. 6._

Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the
hands to sleep.

_Proverbs vi. 10; xxiv. 33._

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as
an armed man.

_Proverbs vi. 11._

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

_Proverbs vi. 27._

As an ox goeth to the slaughter.

_Proverbs vii. 22; Jeremiah xi. 19._

Wisdom is better than rubies.

_Proverbs viii. 11._

Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

_Proverbs ix. 17._

He knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are
in the depths of hell.

_Proverbs ix. 18._

A wise son maketh a glad father.

_Proverbs x. 1._

The memory of the just is blessed.

_Proverbs x. 7._

The destruction of the poor is their poverty.

_Proverbs x. 15._

In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

_Proverbs xi. 14; xxiv. 6._

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.

_Proverbs xi. 15._

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which
is without discretion.

_Proverbs xi. 22._

The liberal soul shall be made fat.

_Proverbs xi. 25._

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender
mercies of the wicked are cruel.

_Proverbs xii. 10._

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

_Proverbs xiii. 12._

The way of transgressors is hard.

_Proverbs xiii. 15._

He that spareth his rod hateth his son.

_Proverbs xiii. 24._

Fools make a mock at sin.

_Proverbs xiv. 9._

The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not
intermeddle with his joy.

_Proverbs xiv. 10._

The prudent man looketh well to his going.

_Proverbs xiv. 15._

The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.

_Proverbs xiv. 23._

The righteous hath hope in his death.

_Proverbs xiv. 32._

Righteousness exalteth a nation.

_Proverbs xiv. 34._

A soft answer turneth away wrath.

_Proverbs xv. 1._

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.

_Proverbs xv. 13._

He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

_Proverbs xv. 15._

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and
hatred therewith.

_Proverbs xv. 17._

A word spoken in due season, how good is it!

_Proverbs xv. 23._

A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.

_Proverbs xvi. 9._

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a

_Proverbs xvi. 18._

The hoary head is a crown of glory.

_Proverbs xvi. 31._

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that
ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

_Proverbs xvi. 32._

The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is
of the Lord.

_Proverbs xvi. 33._

A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it.

_Proverbs xvii. 8._

He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

_Proverbs xvii. 9._

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.

_Proverbs xvii. 22._

The eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.

_Proverbs xvii. 24._

He that hath knowledge spareth his words.

_Proverbs xvii. 27._

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.

_Proverbs xvii. 28._

A wounded spirit who can bear?

_Proverbs xviii. 14._

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing.

_Proverbs xviii. 22._

A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is
a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

_Proverbs xviii. 24._

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.

_Proverbs xix. 17._

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.

_Proverbs xx. 1._

Every fool will be meddling.

_Proverbs xx. 3._

The hearing ear and the seeing eye.

_Proverbs xx. 12._

It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone
his way, then he boasteth.

_Proverbs xx. 14._

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a
brawling woman in a wide house.

_Proverbs xxi. 9._

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.

_Proverbs xxii. 1._

Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he
will not depart from it.

_Proverbs xxii. 6._

The borrower is servant to the lender.

_Proverbs xxii. 7._

Remove not the ancient landmark.

_Proverbs xxii. 28; xxiii. 10._

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before
kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

_Proverbs xxii. 29._

Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

_Proverbs xxiii. 2._

Riches certainly make themselves wings.

_Proverbs xxiii. 5._

As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

_Proverbs xxiii. 7._

Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.

_Proverbs xxiii. 21._

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his
colour in the cup; . . . at the last it biteth like a serpent,
and stingeth like an adder.

_Proverbs xxiii. 31, 32._

A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth

_Proverbs xxiv. 5._

If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small.

_Proverbs xxiv. 10._

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

_Proverbs xxv. 11._

Heap coals of fire upon his head.

_Proverbs xxv. 22._

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far

_Proverbs xxv. 25._

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse
causeless shall not come.

_Proverbs xxvi. 2._

Answer a fool according to his folly.

_Proverbs xxvi. 5._

Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a
fool than of him.

_Proverbs xxvi. 12._

There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.

_Proverbs xxvi. 13._

Wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

_Proverbs xxvi. 16._

Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.

_Proverbs xxvi. 27._

Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day
may bring forth.

_Proverbs xxvii. 1._

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

_Proverbs xxvii. 5._

Faithful are the wounds of a friend.

_Proverbs xxvii. 6._

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman
are alike.

_Proverbs xxvii. 15._

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his

_Proverbs xxvii. 17._

Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a
pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.

_Proverbs xxvii. 22._

The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold
as a lion.

_Proverbs xxviii. 1._

He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

_Proverbs xxviii. 20._

Where there is no vision, the people perish.

_Proverbs xxix. 18._

Give me neither poverty nor riches.

_Proverbs xxx. 8._

The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.

_Proverbs xxx. 15._

In her tongue is the law of kindness.

_Proverbs xxxi. 26._

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the
bread of idleness.

_Proverbs xxxi. 27._

Her children arise up and call her blessed.

_Proverbs xxxi. 28._

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

_Proverbs xxxi. 29._

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain.

_Proverbs xxxi. 30._

Vanity of vanities, . . . all is vanity.

_Ecclesiastes i. 2; xii. 8._

One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.

_Ecclesiastes i. 4._

The eye is not satisfied with seeing.

_Ecclesiastes i. 8._

There is no new thing under the sun.

_Ecclesiastes i. 9._

Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It
hath been already of old time, which was before us.[830-1]

_Ecclesiastes i. 10._

All is vanity and vexation of spirit.

_Ecclesiastes i. 14._

He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

_Ecclesiastes i. 18._

One event happeneth to them all.

_Ecclesiastes ii. 14._

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven.

_Ecclesiastes iii. 1._

A threefold cord is not quickly broken.

_Ecclesiastes iv. 12._

Let thy words be few.

_Ecclesiastes v. 2._

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou
shouldest vow and not pay.

_Ecclesiastes v. 5._

The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.

_Ecclesiastes v. 12._

A good name is better than precious ointment.

_Ecclesiastes vii. 1._

It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the
house of feasting.

_Ecclesiastes vii. 2._

As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a

_Ecclesiastes vii. 6._

In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity

_Ecclesiastes vii. 14._

Be not righteous overmuch.

_Ecclesiastes vii. 16._

One man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all
those have I not found.

_Ecclesiastes vii. 28._

God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many

_Ecclesiastes vii. 29._

There is no discharge in that war.

_Ecclesiastes viii. 8._

To eat, and to drink, and to be merry.

_Ecclesiastes viii. 15; Luke xii. 19._

A living dog is better than a dead lion.

_Ecclesiastes ix. 4._

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

_Ecclesiastes ix. 10._

The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.

_Ecclesiastes ix. 11._

A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath
wings shall tell the matter.

_Ecclesiastes ix. 20._

Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many

_Ecclesiastes xi. 1._

In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

_Ecclesiastes xi. 3._

He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth
the clouds shall not reap.

_Ecclesiastes xi. 4._

In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
thine hand.

_Ecclesiastes xi. 6._

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes
to behold the sun.

_Ecclesiastes xi. 7._

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth.

_Ecclesiastes xi. 9._

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 1._

The grinders cease because they are few.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 3._

The grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because
man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the

_Ecclesiastes xii. 5._

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken,
or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at
the cistern.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 6._

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit
shall return unto God who gave it.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 7._

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the
masters of assemblies.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 11._

Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a
weariness of the flesh.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 12._

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and
keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.

_Ecclesiastes xii. 13._

For, lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the
flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is
come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.

_The Song of Solomon ii. 11, 12._

The little foxes, that spoil the vines.

_The Song of Solomon ii. 15._

Terrible as an army with banners.

_The Song of Solomon vi. 4, 10._

Like the best wine, . . . that goeth down sweetly, causing the
lips of those that are asleep to speak.

_The Song of Solomon vii. 9._

Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave.

_The Song of Solomon viii. 6._

Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.

_The Song of Solomon viii. 7._

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib.

_Isaiah i. 3._

The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

_Isaiah i. 5._

As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers.

_Isaiah i. 8._

They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears
into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

_Isaiah ii. 4; Micah iv. 3._

In that day a man shall cast his idols . . . to the moles and to
the bats.

_Isaiah ii. 20._

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.

_Isaiah ii. 22._

The stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole
stay of water.

_Isaiah iii. 1._

Grind the faces of the poor.

_Isaiah iii. 15._

Walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and
mincing as they go.

_Isaiah iii. 16._

In that day seven women shall take hold of one man.

_Isaiah iv. 1._

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.

_Isaiah v. 20._

I am a man of unclean lips.

_Isaiah vi. 5._

The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost parts of
the rivers of Egypt.

_Isaiah vii. 18._

Wizards that peep and that mutter.

_Isaiah viii. 19._

To the law and to the testimony.

_Isaiah viii. 20._

The ancient and honorable.

_Isaiah ix. 15._

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom
and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of
knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.

_Isaiah xi. 2._

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall
lie down with the kid.

_Isaiah xi. 6._

Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming.

_Isaiah xiv. 9._

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

_Isaiah xiv. 12._

The burden of the desert of the sea.

_Isaiah xxi. 1._

Babylon is fallen, is fallen.

_Isaiah xxi. 9._

Watchman, what of the night?

_Isaiah xxi. 11._

Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we shall die.

_Isaiah xxii. 13._

Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.

_Isaiah xxii. 23._

Whose merchants are princes.

_Isaiah xxiii. 8._

A feast of fat things.

_Isaiah xxv. 6._

For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.

_Isaiah xxviii. 10._

We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at

_Isaiah xxviii. 15._

Their strength is to sit still.

_Isaiah xxx. 7._

Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book.

_Isaiah xxx. 8._

The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

_Isaiah xxxv. 1._

Thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed.

_Isaiah xxxvi. 6._

Set thine house in order.

_Isaiah xxxviii. 1._

All flesh is grass.

_Isaiah xl. 6._

The nations are as a drop of a bucket.

_Isaiah xl. 15._

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he
not quench.

_Isaiah xlii. 3._

There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.

_Isaiah xlviii. 22._

He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.

_Isaiah liii. 7._

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his

_Isaiah lv. 7._

A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong

_Isaiah lx. 22._

Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the
garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

_Isaiah lxi. 3._

I have trodden the wine-press alone.

_Isaiah lxiii. 3._

We all do fade as a leaf.

_Isaiah lxiv. 6._

Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

_Jeremiah vi. 14; viii. 11._

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where
is the good way, and walk therein.[835-1]

_Jeremiah vi. 16._

Amend your ways and your doings.

_Jeremiah vii. 3; xxvi. 13._

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?

_Jeremiah viii. 22._

Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!

_Jeremiah ix. 2._

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?

_Jeremiah xiii. 23._

A man of strife and a man of contention.

_Jeremiah xv. 10._

Written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.

_Jeremiah xvii. 1._

He shall be buried with the burial of an ass.

_Jeremiah xxii. 19._

As if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.

_Ezekiel x. 10._

The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are
set on edge.

_Ezekiel xviii. 2_; (_Jeremiah xxxi. 29._)

Stood at the parting of the way.

_Ezekiel xxi. 21._

Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

_Daniel v. 27._

According to the law of the Medes and Persians.

_Daniel vi. 12._

Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

_Daniel xii. 4._

They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.

_Hosea viii. 7._

I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.

_Hosea viii. 10._

Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see

_Joel ii. 28._

Multitudes in the valley of decision.

_Joel iii. 14._

They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree.

_Micah iv. 4._

Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run
that readeth it.

_Habakkuk ii. 2._

Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live

_Zechariah i. 5._

For who hath despised the day of small things?

_Zechariah iv. 10._

Prisoners of hope.

_Zechariah ix. 12._

I was wounded in the house of my friends.

_Zechariah xiii. 6._

But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness
arise with healing in his wings.

_Malachi iv. 2._

Great is truth, and mighty above all things.[836-1]

_1 Esdras iv. 41._

Unto you is paradise opened.

_2 Esdras viii. 52._

I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which
shall not be put out.

_2 Esdras xiv. 25._

So they [Azarias and Tobias] went forth both, and the young man's
dog went with them.

_Tobit v. 16._

So they went their way, and the dog went after them.

_Tobit xi. 4._

Our time is a very shadow that passeth away.

_Wisdom of Solomon ii. 5._

Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.

_Wisdom of Solomon ii. 8._

Wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old

_Wisdom of Solomon iv. 8._

When I was born I drew in the common air, and fell upon the
earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I
uttered was crying, as all others do.[837-1]

_Wisdom of Solomon vii. 3._

Observe the opportunity.

_Ecclesiasticus iv. 20._

Be not ignorant of anything in a great matter or a small.

_Ecclesiasticus v. 15._

Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt
never do amiss.

_Ecclesiasticus vii. 36._

Miss not the discourse of the elders.

_Ecclesiasticus viii. 9._

Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto
him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink
it with pleasure.

_Ecclesiasticus ix. 10._

He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.

_Ecclesiasticus xiii. 1._

He will laugh thee to scorn.

_Ecclesiasticus xiii. 7._

Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man
prolongeth his days.

_Ecclesiasticus xxx. 22._

Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them
that seek learning.

_Ecclesiasticus xxxiii. 17._

For of the most High cometh healing.

_Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 2._

Whose talk is of bullocks.

_Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 25._

These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of
the times.

_Ecclesiasticus xliv. 7._

There be of them that have left a name behind them.

_Ecclesiasticus xliv. 8._

Nicanor lay dead in his harness.

_2 Maccabees xv. 28._

If I have done well, and as is fitting, . . . it is that which I
desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could
attain unto.

_2 Maccabees xv. 38._


[815-1] See Cowper, page 421.

[816-1] The place thereof shall know it no more.--_Psalm ciii.

Usually quoted, "The place that has known him shall know him no

[818-1] Of very babes.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[818-2] Thou madest him lower than.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[818-3] The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground.--_Book of
Common Prayer._

[818-4] Apple of an eye.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[818-5] He rode upon the cherubim, and did fly; he came flying
upon the wings of the wind.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[819-1] One day telleth another; and one night certifieth
another.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[819-2] He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth
beside the waters of comfort.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[819-3] Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.--_Book of Common

[819-4] My cup shall be full.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[819-5] He fashioneth all the hearts of them.--_Book of Common

[819-6] And yet saw I never . . . begging their bread.--_Book of
Common Prayer._

[819-7] Flourishing.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[819-8] While I was thus musing the fire kindled.--_Book of Common

[820-1] Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days, that
I may be certified how long I have to live.--_Book of Common

[820-2] Every man living is altogether vanity.--_Book of Common

[820-3] And cannot tell.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[820-4] As the hart desireth the water-brooks.--_Book of Common

[820-5] One deep calleth another.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[820-6] God is our hope and strength.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[820-7] The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole
earth.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[820-8] Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour, seeing he may
be compared unto the beasts that perish.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[820-9] But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own
familiar friend.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-1] The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war
in his heart.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-2] Like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ears; which
refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so
wisely.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-3] As for the children of men, they are but vanity: the
children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are
altogether lighter than vanity itself.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-4] He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of
wool.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-5] Nor yet.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-6] One day in thy courts.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[821-7] Ungodliness.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-1] Seeing that is past.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-2] We bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is
told.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-3] The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and
though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is
their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it
away, and we are gone.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-4] Prosper thou the work of our hands upon us; oh prosper
thou our handiwork.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-5] I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope and my
stronghold; my God, in him will I trust.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-6] For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the
sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-7] Like a palm-tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar in
Libanus.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[822-8] The Lord is king; the earth may be glad thereof.--_Book of
Common Prayer._

[823-1] The days of man are but as grass; for he flourisheth as a
flower of the field.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-2] For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone.--_Book
of Common Prayer._

[823-3] To his work.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-4] And occupy their business.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-5] In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee
free-will-offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is
of the womb of the morning.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-6] Right dear.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-7] The same stone which the builders refused is become the
head stone in the corner.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-8] I have more understanding than my teachers: for thy
testimonies are my study.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[823-9] A lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my paths.--_Book
of Common Prayer._

[824-1] The sun shall not burn thee by day, neither the moon by
night.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[824-2] Plenteousness.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[824-3] Like the olive branches.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[824-4] I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyes to
slumber.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[824-5] How good and joyful a thing it is, brethren.--_Book of
Common Prayer._

[824-6] As for our harps, we hanged them up upon the trees.--_Book
of Common Prayer._

[824-7] And remain.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[824-8] Though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the
earth.--_Book of Common Prayer._

[830-1] See Terence, page 702.

[835-1] Stare super vias antiquas.--_The Vulgate._

[836-1] Magna est veritas et prævalet--_The Vulgate._

Usually quoted "Magna est veritas et prævalebit."

[837-1] See Pliny, page 717.


Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted,
because they are not.

_Matthew ii. 18; Jeremiah xxxi. 15_.

Man shall not live by bread alone.

_Matthew iv. 4; Deuteronomy viii. 3_.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his
savour, wherewith shall it be salted?

_Matthew v. 13._

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill
cannot be hid.

_Matthew v. 14._

Ye have heard that it have been said, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

_Matthew v. 43._

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of

_Matthew vi. 1._

When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right
hand doeth.

_Matthew vi. 3._

They think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

_Matthew vi. 7._

Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.

_Matthew vi. 20._

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

_Matthew vi. 21._

The light of the body is the eye.

_Matthew vi. 22._

Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

_Matthew vi. 24._

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye
shall drink.

_Matthew vi. 25._

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not,
neither do they spin.

_Matthew vi. 28._

Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is
the evil thereof.

_Matthew vi. 34._

Neither cast ye your pearls before swine.

_Matthew vii. 6._

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock,
and it shall be opened unto you.

_Matthew vii. 7._

Every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth.

_Matthew vii. 8._

Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he
give him a stone?

_Matthew vii. 9._

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to
you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

_Matthew vii. 12._

Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to

_Matthew vii. 13._

Strait is the gate and narrow is the way.

_Matthew vii. 14._

By their fruits ye shall know them.

_Matthew vii. 20._

It was founded upon a rock.

_Matthew vii. 25._

The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but
the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.

_Matthew viii. 20._

The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few.

_Matthew ix. 37._

Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

_Matthew x. 16._

The very hairs of your head are all numbered.

_Matthew x. 30._

Wisdom is justified of her children.

_Matthew xi. 19; Luke vii. 35_.

The tree is known by his fruit.

_Matthew xii. 33._

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

_Matthew xii. 34._

Pearl of great price.

_Matthew xiii. 46._

A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country and in
his own house.

_Matthew xiii. 57._

Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid.

_Matthew xiv. 27._

If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

_Matthew xv. 14._

The dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

_Matthew xv. 27._

When it is evening, ye say it will be fair weather: for the sky
is red.

_Matthew xvi. 2._

The signs of the times.

_Matthew xvi. 3._

Get thee behind me, Satan.

_Matthew xvi. 23._

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and
lose his own soul?

_Matthew xvi. 26._

It is good for us to be here.

_Matthew xvii. 4._

What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.

_Matthew xix. 6._

Love thy neighbour as thyself.

_Matthew xix. 19._

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than
for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

_Matthew xix. 24._

Borne the burden and heat of the day.

_Matthew xx. 12._

Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?

_Matthew xx. 15._

For many are called, but few are chosen.

_Matthew xxii. 14._

They made light of it.

_Matthew xxii. 5._

Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar's.

_Matthew xxii. 21._

Woe unto you, . . . for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and

_Matthew xxiii. 23._

Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

_Matthew xxiii. 24._

Whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are
within full of dead men's bones.

_Matthew xxiii. 27._

As a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings.

_Matthew xxiii. 37._

Wars and rumours of wars.

_Matthew xxiv. 6._

The end is not yet.

_Matthew xxiv. 6._

Wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered

_Matthew xxiv. 28._

Abomination of desolation.

_Matthew xxiv. 15; Mark xiii. 14_.

Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have
abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even
that which he hath.

_Matthew xxv. 29._

The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

_Matthew xxvi. 41._

The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

_Mark ii. 27._

If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

_Mark iii. 25._

He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

_Mark iv. 9._

My name is Legion.

_Mark v. 9._

My little daughter lieth at the point of death.

_Mark v. 23._

Clothed, and in his right mind.

_Mark v. 15; Luke viii. 35_.

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

_Mark ix. 44._

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward

_Luke ii. 14._

The axe is laid unto the root of the trees.

_Luke iii. 9._

Physician, heal thyself.

_Luke iv. 23._

Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you!

_Luke vi. 26._

Nothing is secret which shall not be made manifest.

_Luke viii. 17._

Peace be to this house.

_Luke x. 5._

The labourer is worthy of his hire.

_Luke x. 7; 1 Timothy v. 18_.

Go, and do thou likewise.

_Luke x. 37._

But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part
which shall not be taken away from her.

_Luke x. 42._

He that is not with me is against me.

_Luke xi. 23._

Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine
ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

_Luke xii. 19._

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.

_Luke xii. 35._

Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first,
and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it.

_Luke xiv. 28._

The children of this world are in their generation wiser than the
children of light.

_Luke xvi. 8._

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his
neck, and he cast into the sea.

_Luke xvii. 2._

Remember Lot's wife.

_Luke xvii. 32._

Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee.

_Luke xix. 22._

If they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in
the dry?

_Luke xxiii. 31._

He was a good man, and a just.

_Luke xxiii. 50._

Did not our heart burn within us while he talked with us?

_Luke xxiv. 32._

The true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the

_John i. 9._

Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?

_John i. 46._

The wind bloweth where it listeth.

_John iii. 8._

He was a burning and a shining light.

_John v. 35._

Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

_John vi. 12._

Judge not according to the appearance.

_John vii. 24._

The truth shall make you free.

_John viii. 32._

There is no truth in him.

_John viii. 44._

The night cometh when no man can work.

_John ix. 4._

The poor always ye have with you.

_John xii. 8._

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.

_John xii. 35._

Let not your heart be troubled.

_John xiv. 1._

In my Father's house are many mansions.

_John xiv. 2._

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life
for his friends.

_John xv. 13._

Thy money perish with thee.

_Acts viii. 20._

It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

_Acts ix. 5._

Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by
interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good
works and almsdeeds which she did.

_Acts ix. 36._

Lewd fellows of the baser sort.

_Acts xvii. 5._

Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

_Acts xix. 28._

The law is open.

_Acts xix. 38._

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

_Acts xx. 35._

Brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel.

_Acts xxii. 3._

When I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

_Acts xxiv. 25._

I appeal unto Cæsar.

_Acts xxx. 11._

Words of truth and soberness.

_Acts xxvi. 25._

For this thing was not done in a corner.

_Acts xxvi. 26._

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

_Acts xxvi. 28._

There is no respect of persons with God.

_Romans ii. 11._

Fear of God before their eyes.

_Romans ii. 18._

God forbid.

_Romans ii. 31._

Who against hope believed in hope.

_Romans iv. 18._

Speak after the manner of men.

_Romans vi. 19._

The wages of sin is death.

_Romans vi. 23._

For the good that I would I do not; but the evil which I would
not, that I do.

_Romans viii. 19._

All things work together for good to them that love God.

_Romans viii. 28._

Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make
one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

_Romans ix. 21._

A zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

_Romans x. 2._

Given to hospitality.

_Romans xii. 13._

Be not wise in your own conceits.

_Romans xii. 16._

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the
sight of all men.

_Romans xii. 17._

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
all men.

_Romans xii. 18._

If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink:
for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

_Romans xii. 20._

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

_Romans xii. 21._

The powers that be are ordained of God.

_Romans xiii. 1._

Render therefore to all their dues.

_Romans xiii. 7._

Owe no man anything, but to love one another.

_Romans xiii. 8._

Love is the fulfilling of the law.

_Romans xiii. 10._

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

_Romans xiv. 5._

God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the
wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things that are mighty.

_1 Corinthians i. 27._

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

_1 Corinthians iii. 6._

Every man's work shall be made manifest.

_1 Corinthians iii. 13._

Not to think of men above that which is written.[845-1]

_1 Corinthians iv. 6._

Absent in body, but present in spirit.

_1 Corinthians v. 3._

The fashion of this world passeth away.

_1 Corinthians vii. 31._

I am made all things to all men.

_1 Corinthians ix. 22._

Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

_1 Corinthians x. 12._

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have
not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 1._

Though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and
have not charity, I am nothing.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 2._

Charity suffereth long and is kind; charity envieth not; charity
vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 4._

We know in part, and we prophesy in part.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 9._

When I was a child, I spake as a child. . . . When I became a
man, I put away childish things.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 11._

Now we see through a glass, darkly.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 12._

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the
greatest of these is charity.

_1 Corinthians xiii. 13._

If the trumpet give an uncertain sound.

_1 Corinthians xiv. 8._

Let all things be done decently and in order.

_1 Corinthians xiv. 40._

Evil communications corrupt good manners.[846-1]

_1 Corinthians xv. 33._

The first man is of the earth, earthy.

_1 Corinthians xv. 47._

In the twinkling of an eye.

_1 Corinthians xv. 52._

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

_1 Corinthians xv. 55._

Not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but
the spirit giveth life.

_2 Corinthians iii. 6._

We have such hope, we use great plainness of speech.

_2 Corinthians iii. 12._

We walk by faith, not by sight.

_2 Corinthians v. 7._

Now is the accepted time.

_2 Corinthians vi. 2._

By evil report and good report.

_2 Corinthians vi. 8._

As having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

_2 Corinthians vi. 10._

Though I be rude in speech.

_2 Corinthians xi. 6._

Forty stripes save one.

_2 Corinthians xi. 24._

A thorn in the flesh.

_2 Corinthians xii. 7._

Strength is made perfect in weakness.

_2 Corinthians xii. 9._

The right hands of fellowship.

_Galatians ii. 9._

Weak and beggarly elements.

_Galatians iv. 9._

It is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.

_Galatians iv. 18._

Ye are fallen from grace.

_Galatians v. 4._

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

_Galatians v. 9._

Every man shall bear his own burden.

_Galatians vi. 5._

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

_Galatians vi. 7._

Middle wall of partition.

_Ephesians ii. 14._

Carried about with every wind of doctrine.

_Ephesians iv. 14._

Speak every man truth with his neighbour.

_Ephesians iv. 25._

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your

_Ephesians iv. 26._

To live is Christ, and to die is gain.

_Philippians i. 21._

Whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame.

_Philippians iii. 19._

The peace of God, which passeth all understanding.

_Philippians iv. 7._

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think
on these things.

_Philippians iv. 8._

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be

_Philippians iv. 11._

Touch not; taste not; handle not.

_Colossians ii. 21._

Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.

_Colossians iii. 2._

Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt.

_Colossians iv. 6._

Labour of love.

_1 Thessalonians i. 3._

Study to be quiet.

_1 Thessalonians iv. 11._

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

_1 Thessalonians v. 21._

The law is good, if a man use it lawfully.

_1 Timothy i. 8._

Not greedy of filthy lucre.

_1 Timothy iii. 3._

He hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

_1 Timothy v. 8._

Busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

_1 Timothy v. 13._

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's

_1 Timothy v. 23._

The love of money is the root of all evil.

_1 Timothy vi. 10._

Fight the good fight.

_1 Timothy vi. 12._

Rich in good works.

_1 Timothy vi. 18._

Science falsely so called.

_1 Timothy vi. 20._

A workman that needeth not to be ashamed.

_2 Timothy ii. 15._

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have
kept the faith.

_2 Timothy iv. 7._

Unto the pure all things are pure.

_Titus i. 15._

Such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

_Hebrews v. 12._

Every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.

_Hebrews v. 13._

Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.

_Hebrews v. 14._

If God be for us, who can be against us.

_Hebrews viii. 31._

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.

_Hebrews xi. 1._

Of whom the world was not worthy.

_Hebrews xi. 38._

A cloud of witnesses.

_Hebrews xii. 1._

Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.

_Hebrews xii. 6._

The spirits of just men made perfect.

_Hebrews xii. 23._

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.

_Hebrews xiii. 2._

Yesterday, and to-day, and forever.

_Hebrews xiii. 8._

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is
tried, he shall receive the crown of life.

_James i. 12._

Be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

_James i. 19._

How great a matter a little fire kindleth!

_James iii. 5._

The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil.[849-1]

_James iii. 8._

Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

_James iv. 7._

Hope to the end.

_1 Peter i. 13._

Fear God. Honour the king.

_1 Peter ii. 17._

Ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.

_1 Peter iii. 4._

Giving honour unto the wife as unto the weaker vessel.

_1 Peter iii. 7._

Be ye all of one mind.

_1 Peter iii. 8._

Charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

_1 Peter iv. 8._

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the Devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

_1 Peter v. 8._

And the day star arise in your hearts.

_2 Peter i. 19._

The dog is turned to his own vomit again.

_2 Peter ii. 22._

Bowels of compassion.

_1 John iii. 17._

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear.

_1 John iv. 18._

Be thou faithful unto death.

_Revelation ii. 10._

He shall rule them with a rod of iron.

_Revelation ii. 27._

All nations and kindreds and tongues.

_Revelation vii. 9._

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and
the last.

_Revelation xxii. 13._


[845-1] Usually quoted, "To be wise above that which is written."

[846-1] Phtheirousin êthê chrêsth' omiliai kakai.--MENANDER (341
B. C.). (Dübner's edition of his "Fragments," appended to
Aristophanes in Didot's Bibliotheca Græca, p. 102, line 101.)

[849-1] Usually quoted, "The tongue is an unruly member."


We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and
we have done those things which we ought not to have done.

_Morning Prayer._

The noble army of martyrs.

_Morning Prayer._

Afflicted, or distressed, in mind, body, or estate.

_Prayer for all Conditions of Men._

Have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

_The Litany._

From envy, hatred, and malice, and all uncharitableness.

_The Litany._

The world, the flesh, and the devil.

_The Litany._

The kindly fruits of the earth.

_The Litany._

Read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest.

_Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent._

Renounce the Devil and all his works.

_Baptism of Infants._

Grant that the old Adam in these persons may be so buried, that
the new man may be raised up in them.

_Baptism of those of Riper Years._

The pomps and vanity of this wicked world.


To keep my hands from picking and stealing.


To do my duty in that state of life unto which it shall please
God to call me.


An outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.


Let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.

_Solemnization of Matrimony._

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse,
for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to
cherish, till death us do part.

_Solemnization of Matrimony._

To love, cherish, and to obey.

_Solemnization of Matrimony._

With this ring I thee wed, with my body I thee worship, and with
all my worldly goods I thee endow.[851-1]

_Solemnization of Matrimony._

In the midst of life we are in death.[851-2]

_The Burial Service._

Earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, in sure and certain
hope of the resurrection.

_The Burial Service._

Whose service is perfect freedom.

_Collect for Peace._

Show thy servant the light of thy countenance.

_The Psalter. Psalm xxxi. 18._

But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own
familiar friend.

_The Psalter. Psalm lv. 14._

Men to be of one mind in an house.

_The Psalter. Psalm lxviii. 6._

The iron entered into his soul.

_The Psalter. Psalm cv. 18._

The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.

_The Psalter. Psalm cx. 3._


[851-1] With this ring I thee wed, and with all my worldly goods I
thee endow.--_Book of Common Prayer, according to the use of the
Protestant Episcopal Church in America._

[851-2] This is derived from a Latin antiphon, said to have been
composed by Notker, a monk of St. Gall, in 911, while watching
some workmen building a bridge at Martinsbrücke, in peril of their
lives. It forms the ground-work of Luther's antiphon "De Morte."


Untimely grave.

_Psalm vii._

And though he promise to his loss,
He makes his promise good.

_Psalm xv. 5._

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.

_Psalm cxii. 6._


[851-3] Nahum Tate, 1652-1715; Nicholas Brady, 1659-1726.


All the brothers were valiant, and all the sisters virtuous.

From the inscription on the tomb of the Duchess of Newcastle in
Westminster Abbey.

Am I not a man and a brother?

From a medallion by Wedgwood (1787), representing a negro in
chains, with one knee on the ground, and both hands lifted up to
heaven. This was adopted as a characteristic seal by the
Antislavery Society of London.

Anything for a quiet life.

Title of a play by Middleton.

Art and part.

A Scotch law-phrase,--an accessory before and after the fact. A
man is said to be _art and part_ of a crime when he contrives the
manner of the deed, and concurs with and encourages those who
commit the crime, although he does not put his own hand to the
actual execution of it.--SCOTT: _Tales of a Grandfather, chap.
xxii._ (_Execution of Morton._)

Art preservative of all arts.

From the inscription upon the façade of the house at Harlem
formerly occupied by Laurent Koster (or Coster), who is charged,
among others, with the invention of printing. Mention is first
made of this inscription about 1628:--


As gingerly.

CHAPMAN: _May Day._ SHAKESPEARE: _Two Gentlemen of Verona._

Be sure you are right, then go ahead.

The motto of David Crockett in the war of 1812.

Before you could say Jack Robinson.

This current phrase is said to be derived from a humorous song by
Hudson, a tobacconist in Shoe Lane, London. He was a professional
song-writer and vocalist, who used to be engaged to sing at
supper-rooms and theatrical houses.

A warke it ys as easie to be done
As tys to saye _Jacke! robys on_.

HALLIWELL: _Archæological Dictionary._ (Cited from an old Play.)

Begging the question.

This is a common logical fallacy, _petitio principii_; and the
first explanation of the phrase is to be found in Aristotle's
"Topica," viii. 13, where the five ways of begging the question
are set forth. The earliest English work in which the expression
is found is "The Arte of Logike plainlie set forth in our English
Tongue, &c." (1584.)

Better to wear out than to rust out.

When a friend told Bishop Cumberland (1632-1718) he would wear
himself out by his incessant application, "It is better," replied
the Bishop, "to wear out than to rust out."--HORNE: _Sermon on
the Duty of Contending for the Truth._

BOSWELL: _Tour to the Hebrides, p. 18, note._

Beware of a man of one book.

When St. Thomas Aquinas was asked in what manner a man might best
become learned, he answered, "By reading one book." The _homo
unius libri_ is indeed proverbially formidable to all
conversational figurantes.--SOUTHEY: _The Doctor, p. 164._

Bitter end.

This phrase is nearly without meaning as it is used. The true
phrase, "better end," is used properly to designate a crisis, or
the moment of an extremity. When in a gale a vessel has paid out
all her cable, her cable has run out to the "better end,"--the
end which is secured within the vessel and little used. Robinson
Crusoe in describing the terrible storm in Yarmouth Roads says,
"We rode with two anchors ahead, and the cables veered out to the
better end."

Cockles of the heart.

Latham says the most probable explanation of this phrase lies (1)
in the likeness of a heart to a cockleshell,--the base of the
former being compared to the hinge of the latter; (2) in the
zoölogical name for the cockle and its congeners being
_Cardium_, from kardia (heart).

Castles in the air.

This is a proverbial phrase found throughout English literature,
the first instance noted being in Sir Philip Sidney's "Defence of

Consistency, thou art a jewel.

This is one of those popular sayings--like "Be good, and you will
be happy," or "Virtue is its own reward"--that, like Topsy,
"never _was_ born, only jist growed." From the earliest times it
has been the popular tendency to call this or that cardinal
virtue, or bright and shining excellence, a jewel, by way of
emphasis. For example, Iago says,--

"_Good name_, in man or woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate _jewel_ of their souls."

Shakespeare elsewhere calls _experience_ a "jewel." Miranda says
her _modesty_ is the "jewel" in her dower; and in "All 's Well
that ends Well," Diana terms her _chastity_ the "jewel" of her
house.--R. A. WIGHT.

O discretion, thou art a jewel!--_The Skylark, a Collection of
well-chosen English Songs._ (London, 1772.)

The origin of this expression is unknown. Some wag of the day
allayed public curiosity in regard to its source with the
information that it is from the ballad of Robin Roughhead in
Murtagh's "Collection of Ballads (1754)." It is needless to say
that Murtagh is a verbal phantom, and the ballad of Robin
Roughhead first appeared in an American newspaper in 1867.

Cotton is King; or, Slavery in the Light of Political Economy.

This is the title of a book by David Christy (1855).

The expression "Cotton is king" was used by James Henry Hammond
in the United States Senate, March, 1858.

Dead as Chelsea.

To get Chelsea: to obtain the benefit of that hospital. "Dead as
Chelsea, by God!" an exclamation uttered by a grenadier at
Fontenoy, on having his leg carried away by a
cannon-ball.--_Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue_, 1758 (quoted by
Brady, "Varieties of Literature," 1826).

Die in the last ditch.

To William of Orange may be ascribed this saying. When Buckingham
urged the inevitable destruction which hung over the United
Provinces, and asked him whether he did not see that the
commonwealth was ruined, "There is one certain means," replied
the Prince, "by which I can be sure never to see my country's
ruin,--I will die in the last ditch."--HUME: _History of
England._ (1622.)

Drive a coach and six through an Act of Parliament.

Macaulay ("History of England," chap. xii.) gives a saying "often
in the mouth of Stephen Rice [afterward Chief Baron of the
Exchequer], 'I will drive a coach and six through the Act of

During good behaviour.

That after the said limitation shall take effect, . . . judge's
commissions be made _quando se bene gesserit_.--_Statutes 12 and
13 William III. c. 2, sect. 3._

Eclipse first, the rest nowhere.

Declared by Captain O'Kelley at Epsom, May 3, 1769.--_Annals of
Sporting, vol. ii. p. 271._

Emerald Isle.

Dr. William Drennan (1754-1820) says this expression was first
used in a party song called "Erin, to her own Tune," written in
1795. The song appears to have been anonymous.

Era of good feeling.

The title of an article in the "Boston Centinel," July 12, 1817.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become
a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given
liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break,
servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the
punishment of his guilt.--JOHN PHILPOT CURRAN: _Speech upon the
Right of Election, 1790._ (_Speeches. Dublin, 1808._)

There is one safeguard known generally to the wise, which is an
advantage and security to all, but especially to democracies as
against despots. What is it? Distrust.--DEMOSTHENES: _Philippic
2, sect. 24._

Fiat justitia ruat coelum.

WILLIAM WATSON: _Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions_
(1602). PRYNNE: _Fresh Discovery of Prodigious New
Wandering-Blazing Stars_ (second edition, London, 1646). WARD:
_Simple Cobbler of Aggawam in America_ (1647).

Fiat Justitia et ruat Mundus.--_Egerton Papers_ (1552, p. 25).
_Camden Society_ (1840). AIKIN: _Court and Times of James I.,
vol. ii. p. 500_ (1625).

January 31, 1642, the Duke of Richmond in a speech before the
House of Lords used these words: _Regnet Justitia et ruat
Coelum._ (Old Parliamentary History, vol. x. p. 28.)

Free soil, free men, free speech, Frémont.

The Republican Party rallying cry in 1856.

Gentle craft.

According to Brady ("Clavis Calendaria"), this designation arose
from the fact that in an old romance a prince of the name of
Crispin is made to exercise, in honour of his namesake, Saint
Crispin, the trade of shoemaking. There is a tradition that King
Edward IV., in one of his disguises, once drank with a party of
shoemakers, and pledged them. The story is alluded to in the old
play of "George a-Greene" (1599):--

Marry, because you have drank with the King,
And the King hath so graciously pledged you,
You shall no more be called shoemakers;
But you and yours, to the world's end,
Shall be called the trade of the gentle craft.

Gentlemen of the French guard, fire first.

Lord C. Hay at the battle of Fontenoy, 1745. To which the Comte
d'Auteroches replied, "Sir, we never fire first; please to fire
yourselves."--FOURNIER: _L'Esprit dans l'histoire._

Good as a play.

An exclamation of Charles II. when in Parliament attending the
discussion of Lord Ross's Divorce Bill.

The king remained in the House of Peers while his speech was
taken into consideration,--a common practice with him; for the
debates amused his sated mind, and were sometimes, he used to
say, as good as a comedy.--MACAULAY: _Review of the Life and
Writings of Sir William Temple._

Nullos his mallem ludos spectasse.--HORACE: _Satires, ii. 8, 79._

Greatest happiness of the greatest number.

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the
greatest numbers.--HUTCHESON: _Inquiry concerning Moral Good and
Evil, sect. 3._ (1720.)

Priestley was the first (unless it was Beccaria) who taught my
lips to pronounce this sacred truth,--that the greatest happiness
of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and
legislation.--BENTHAM: _Works, vol. x. p. 142._

The expression is used by Beccaria in the introduction to his
"Essay on Crimes and Punishments." (1764.)

Hanging of his cat on Monday
For killing of a mouse on Sunday.

_Drunken Barnaby's Four Journeys_ (edition of 1805, p. 5).

Hobson's choice.

Tobias Hobson (died 1630) was the first man in England that let
out hackney horses. When a man came for a horse he was led into
the stable, where there was a great choice, but he obliged him to
take the horse which stood next to the stable-door; so that every
customer was alike well served according to his chance,--from
whence it became a proverb when what ought to be your election
was forced upon you, to say, "Hobson's choice."--_Spectator, No.

Where to elect there is but one,
'T is Hobson's choice,--take that or none.

THOMAS WARD (1577-1639): _England's Reformation, chap. iv. p. 326._

Intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.

Lord Coleridge remarked that Maule told him what he said in the
"black beetle" matter: "Creswell, who had been his pupil, was on
the other side in a case where he was counsel, and was very lofty
in his manner. Maule appealed to the court: 'My lords, we are
vertebrate animals, we are mammalia! My learned friend's manner
would be intolerable in Almighty God to a black beetle.'"
(Repeated to a member of the legal profession in the United

It is a far cry to Lochow.

Lochow and the adjacent districts formed the original seat of the
Campbells. The expression of "a far cry to Lochow" was
proverbial. (Note to Scott's "Rob Roy," chap. xxix.)

Lucid interval.

BACON: _Henry VII._ SIDNEY: _On Government, vol. i. chap. ii.
sect. 24._ FULLER: _A Pisgah Sight of Palestine, book iv. chap.
ii._ SOUTH: _Sermon, vol. viii. p. 403._ DRYDEN: _MacFlecknoe._
MATHEW HENRY: _Commentaries, Psalm lxxxviii._ JOHNSON: _Life of
Lyttelton._ BURKE: _On the French Revolution._

Nisi suadeat intervallis.

BRACTON: _Folio 1243 and folio 420 b. Register Original, 267 a._

Mince the matter.

CERVANTES: _Don Quixote, Author's Preface._ SHAKESPEARE:
_Othello, act ii. sc. 3._ WILLIAM KING: _Ulysses and Teresias._

Months without an R.

It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an
_R_ in their name to eat an oyster.--BUTLER: _Dyet's Dry Dinner._

Nation of shopkeepers.

From an oration purporting to have been delivered by Samuel Adams
at the State House in Philadelphia, Aug. 1, 1776. (Philadelphia,
printed; London, reprinted for E. Johnson, No. 4 Ludgate Hill,
1776.) W. V. Wells, in his Life of Adams, says: "No such American
edition has ever been seen, but at least four copies are known of
the London issue. A German translation of this oration was
printed in 1778, perhaps at Berne; the place of publication is
not given."

To found a great empire for the sole purpose of raising up a
people of customers may at first sight appear a project fit only
for a nation of shopkeepers.--ADAM SMITH: _Wealth of Nations,
vol. ii. book iv. chap. vii. part 3._ (1775.)

And what is true of a shopkeeper is true of a shopkeeping
nation.--TUCKER (Dean of Gloucester): _Tract._ (1766.)

Let Pitt then boast of his victory to his nation of
shopkeepers.--BERTRAND BARÈRE. (June 11, 1794.)

New departure.

This new page opened in the book of our public expenditures, and
this new departure taken, which leads into the bottomless gulf of
civil pensions and family gratuities.--T. H. BENTON: _Speech in
the U. S. Senate against a grant to President Harrison's widow,
April, 1841._

Nothing succeeds like success.

(Rien ne réussit comme le succès.--DUMAS: _Ange Pitou, vol. i. p.
72. 1854._) A French proverb.

Orthodoxy is my doxy; Heterodoxy is another man's doxy.

"I have heard frequent use," said the late Lord Sandwich, in a
debate on the Test Laws, "of the words 'orthodoxy' and
'heterodoxy;' but I confess myself at a loss to know precisely
what they mean." "Orthodoxy, my Lord," said Bishop Warburton, in
a whisper,--"orthodoxy is my doxy; heterodoxy is another man's
doxy."--PRIESTLEY: _Memoirs, vol. i. p. 572._

Paradise of fools; Fool's paradise.

The earliest instance of this expression is found in William
Bullein's "Dialogue," p. 28 (1573). It is used by Shakespeare,
Middleton, Milton, Pope, Fielding, Crabbe, and others.

Paying through the nose.

Grimm says that Odin had a poll-tax which was called in Sweden a
nose-tax; it was a penny per nose, or poll.--_Deutsche Rechts

Public trusts.

It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of
any till they are first proved, and found fit for the business
they are to be intrusted with.--MATHEW HENRY: _Commentaries,
Timothy iii._

To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be
a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely
such, is a great trust.--BURKE: _On the French Revolution._

When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as
public property.--THOMAS JEFFERSON ("Winter in Washington,
1807"), in a conversation with Baron Humboldt. See Rayner's "Life
of Jefferson," p. 356 (Boston, 1834).

The very essence of a free government consists in considering
offices as public trusts, bestowed for the good of the country,
and not for the benefit of an individual or a party.--JOHN C.
CALHOUN: _Speech, July 13, 1835._

The phrase, "public office is a public trust," has of late become
common property.--CHARLES SUMNER (May 31, 1872).

The appointing power of the pope is treated as a public
trust.--W. W. CRAPO (1881).

The public offices are a public trust.--DORMAN B. EATON (1881).

Public office is a public trust.--ABRAM S. HEWITT (1883).

He who regards office as a public trust.--DANIEL S. LAMONT

Rather your room as your company.

_Marriage of Wit and Wisdom_ (_circa_ 1570).

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

From an inscription on the cannon near which the ashes of
President John Bradshaw were lodged, on the top of a high hill
near Martha Bay in Jamaica.--STILES: _History of the Three Judges
of King Charles I._

This supposititious epitaph was found among the papers of Mr.
Jefferson, and in his handwriting. It was supposed to be one of
Dr. Franklin's spirit-stirring inspirations.--RANDALL: _Life of
Jefferson, vol. iii. p. 585._

Rest and be thankful.

An inscription on a stone seat on the top of one of the Highlands
in Scotland. It is also the title of one of Wordsworth's poems.

Rowland for an Oliver.

These were two of the most famous in the list of Charlemagne's
twelve peers; and their exploits are rendered so ridiculously and
equally extravagant by the old romancers, that from thence arose
that saying amongst our plain and sensible ancestors of giving
one a "Rowland for his Oliver," to signify the matching one
incredible lie with another.--THOMAS WARBURTON.

Sardonic smile.

The island of Sardinia, consisting chiefly of marshes and
mountains, has from the earliest period to the present been
cursed with a noxious air, an ill-cultivated soil, and a scanty
population. The convulsions produced by its poisonous plants gave
rise to the expression of sardonic smile, which is as old as
Homer (Odyssey, xx. 302).--MAHON: _History of England, vol. i. p.

The explanation given by Mahon of the meaning of "sardonic smile"
is to be sure the traditional one, and was believed in by the
late classical writers. But in the Homeric passage referred to,
the word is "sard_a_nion" (sardanion), not "sard_o_nion." There
is no evidence that Sardinia was known to the composers of what
we call Homer. It looks as though the word was to be connected
with the verb sairô, "show the teeth;" "grin like a dog;" hence
that the "sardonic smile" was a "grim laugh."--M. H. MORGAN.

Sister Anne, do you see any one coming?

The anxious question of one of the wives of Bluebeard.

Stone-wall Jackson.

This saying took its rise from the battle of Bull Run, July 21,
1861. Said General Bernard E. Bee, "See, there is Jackson,
standing like a stone-wall."

The King is dead! Long live the King!

The death of Louis XIV. was announced by the captain of the
bodyguard from a window of the state apartment. Raising his
truncheon above his head, he broke it in the centre, and throwing
the pieces among the crowd, exclaimed in a loud voice, "Le Roi
est mort!" Then seizing another staff, he flourished it in the
air as he shouted, "Vive le Roi!"--PARDOE: _Life of Louis XIV.,
vol. iii. p. 457._

The woods are full of them!

Alexander Wilson, in the Preface to his "American Ornithology"
(1808), quotes these words, and relates the story of a boy who
had been gathering flowers. On bringing them to his mother, he
said: "Look, my dear ma! What beautiful flowers I have found
growing in our place! Why, all the woods are full of them!"

Thin red line.

The Russians dashed on towards that thin red-line streak tipped
with a line of steel.--RUSSELL: _The British Expedition to the
Crimea_ (revised edition), _p. 187_.

Soon the men of the column began to see that though the scarlet
line was slender, it was very rigid and exact.--KINGLAKE:
_Invasion of the Crimea, vol. iii. p. 455._

The spruce beauty of the slender red line.--_Ibid._ (sixth
edition), _vol. iii. p. 248_.

What you are pleased to call your mind.

A solicitor, after hearing Lord Westbury's opinion, ventured to
say that he had turned the matter over in his mind, and thought
that something might be said on the other side; to which he
replied, "Then, sir, you will turn it over once more in what you
are _pleased to call your mind_."--NASH: _Life of Lord Westbury,
vol. ii. 292._

When in doubt, win the trick.

HOYLE: _Twenty-four Rules for Learners, Rule 12._

Wisdom of many and the wit of one.

A definition of a proverb which Lord John Russell gave one
morning at breakfast at Mardock's,--"One man's wit, and all men's
wisdom."--_Memoirs of Mackintosh, vol. ii. p. 473._

Wooden walls of England.

The credite of the Realme, by defending the same with our Wodden
Walles, as Themistocles called the Ship of Athens.--_Preface to
the English translation of Linschoten_ (London).

* * * * *

But me no buts.

FIELDING: _Rape upon Rape, act ii. sc. 2._ AARON HILL: _Snake in
the Grass, sc. 1._

Cause me no causes.

MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act i. sc. 3._

Clerk me no clerks.

SCOTT: _Ivanhoe, chap. xx._

Diamond me no diamonds! prize me no prizes!

TENNYSON: _Idylls of the King. Elaine._

End me no ends.

MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act v. sc. 1._

Fool me no fools.

BULWER: _Last Days of Pompeii, book iii. chap. vi._

Front me no fronts.

FORD: _The Lady's Trial, act ii. sc. 1._

Grace me no grace, nor uncle me no uncle.

SHAKESPEARE: _Richard II., act ii. sc. 3._

Madam me no madam.

DRYDEN: _The Wild Gallant, act ii. sc. 2._

Map me no maps.

FIELDING: _Rape upon Rape, act i. sc. 5._

Midas me no Midas.

DRYDEN: _The Wild Gallant, act ii. sc. 1._

O me no O's.

BEN JONSON: _The Case is Altered, act v. sc. 1._

Parish me no parishes.

PEELE: _The Old Wives' Tale._

Petition me no petitions.

FIELDING: _Tom Thumb, act i. sc. 2._

Play me no plays.

FOOTE: _The Knight, act ii._

Plot me no plots.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: _The Knight of the Burning Pestle, act ii.
sc. 5._

Thank me no thanks, nor proud me no prouds.

SHAKESPEARE: _Romeo and Juliet, act iii. sc. 5._

Virgin me no virgins.

MASSINGER: _A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act iii. sc. 2._

Vow me no vows.

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER: _Wit without Money, act iv. sc. 4._

Familiar Quotations - Part 15

Stanza xlviii._

Heav'n but the Vision of fulfill'd Desire,
And Hell the Shadow of a Soul on fire.

_Rubáiyát. Stanza lxvii._

The Moving Finger writes; and having writ,
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.

_Rubáiyát. Stanza lxxi._

And this I know: whether the one True Light
Kindle to Love, or Wrath-consume me quite,
One Flash of It within the Tavern caught
Better than in the Temple lost outright.

_Rubáiyát. Stanza lxxvii._

And when like her, O Sáki, you shall pass
Among the Guests Star-scatter'd on the Grass,
And in your blissful errand reach the spot
Where I made One--turn down an empty Glass.

_Rubáiyát. Stanza ci._


Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some
useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.[768-1]


[768-1] Carlyle says, in his "History of Frederick the Great,"
book ii. chap. vii. that this saying of Alphonso about Ptolemy's
astronomy, "that it seemed a crank machine; that it was pity the
Creator had not taken advice," is still remembered by
mankind,--this and no other of his many sayings.

DANTE. 1265-1321.

(_Cary's Translation._)

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.

_Hell. Canto iii. Line 9._

The wretched souls of those who lived
Without or praise or blame.

_Hell. Canto iii. Line 34._

No greater grief than to remember days
Of joy when misery is at hand.[769-1]

_Hell. Canto v. Line 121._


[769-1] See Longfellow, page 618.

FRANÇOIS VILLON. _Circa_ 1430-1484.

Where are the snows of last year?[769-2]

_Des Dames du Temps jadis. i._

I know everything except myself.

_Autre Ballade. i._

Good talkers are only found in Paris.

_Des Femmes de Paris. ii._


[769-2] But where is last year's snow? This was the greatest care
that Villon, the Parisian poet, took.--RABELAIS: _book ii. chap.

MICHELANGELO. 1474-1564.

(_Translation by Mrs. Henry Roscoe._)

As when, O lady mine!
With chiselled touch
The stone unhewn and cold
Becomes a living mould.
The more the marble wastes,
The more the statue grows.


MARTIN LUTHER. 1483-1546.

A mighty fortress is our God,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.

_Psalm. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott_ (trans. by Frederic H. Hedge).

Tell your master that if there were as many devils at Worms as
tiles on its roofs, I would enter.[770-1]

Here I stand; I can do no otherwise. God help me. Amen!

_Speech at the Diet of Worms._

For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a

_Table-Talk. lxvii._

A faithful and good servant is a real godsend; but truly 't is a
rare bird in the land.

_Table-Talk. clvi._


[770-1] On the 16th of April, 1521, Luther entered the imperial
city [of Worms]. . . . On his approach . . . the Elector's
chancellor entreated him, in the name of his master, not to enter
a town where his death was decided. The answer which Luther
returned was simply this.--BUNSEN: _Life of Luther._

I will go, though as many devils aim at me as there are tiles on
the roofs of the houses.--RANKE: _History of the Reformation, vol.
i. p. 533_ (Mrs. Austin's translation).

[770-2] See Burton, page 192.


I am just going to leap into the dark.[770-3]

_Motteux's Life._

Let down the curtain: the farce is done.

_Motteux's Life._

He left a paper sealed up, wherein were found three articles as
his last will: "I owe much; I have nothing; I give the rest to
the poor."

_Motteux's Life._

One inch of joy surmounts of grief a span,
Because to laugh is proper to the man.

_To the Reader._

To return to our wethers.[771-1]

_Works. Book i. Chap. i. n. 2._

I drink no more than a sponge.

_Works. Book i. Chap. v._

Appetite comes with eating, says Angeston.[771-2]

_Works. Book i. Chap. v._

Thought the moon was made of green cheese.

_Works. Book i. Chap. xi._

He always looked a given horse in the mouth.[771-3]

_Works. Book i. Chap. xi._

By robbing Peter he paid Paul,[771-4] . . . and hoped to catch
larks if ever the heavens should fall.[771-5]

_Works. Book i. Chap. xi._

He laid him squat as a flounder.

_Works. Book i. Chap. xxvii._

Send them home as merry as crickets.

_Works. Book i. Chap. xxix._

Corn is the sinews of war.[771-6]

_Works. Book i. Chap. xlvi._

How shall I be able to rule over others, that have not full power
and command of myself?

_Works. Book i. Chap. lii._

Subject to a kind of disease, which at that time they called lack
of money.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xvi._

He did not care a button for it.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xvi._

How well I feathered my nest.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xvii._

So much is a man worth as he esteems himself.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xxix._

A good crier of green sauce.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xxxi._

Then I began to think that it is very true which is commonly
said, that the one half of the world knoweth not how the other
half liveth.

_Works. Book ii. Chap. xxxii._

This flea which I have in mine ear.

_Works. Book iii. Chap. xxxi._

You have there hit the nail on the head.[771-7]

_Works. Book iii. Chap. xxxiv._

Above the pitch, out of tune, and off the hinges.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xix._

I 'll go his halves.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xxiii._

The Devil was sick,--the Devil a monk would be;
The Devil was well,--the devil a monk was he.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xxiv._

Do not believe what I tell you here any more than if it were some
tale of a tub.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xxxviii._

I would have you call to mind the strength of the ancient giants,
that undertook to lay the high mountain Pelion on the top of
Ossa, and set among those the shady Olympus.[772-1]

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xxxviii._

Which was performed to a T.[772-2]

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xli._

He that has patience may compass anything.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xlviii._

We will take the good will for the deed.[772-3]

_Works. Book iv. Chap. xlix._

You are Christians of the best edition, all picked and culled.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. l._

Would you damn your precious soul?

_Works. Book iv. Chap. liv._

Let us fly and save our bacon.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. lv._

Needs must when the Devil drives.[772-4]

_Works. Book iv. Chap. lvii._

Scampering as if the Devil drove them.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. lxii._

He freshly and cheerfully asked him how a man should kill time.

_Works. Book iv. Chap. lxii._

The belly has no ears, nor is it to be filled with fair

_Works. Book iv. Chap. lxii._

Whose cockloft is unfurnished.[772-6]

_Works. The Author's Prologue to the Fifth Book._

Speak the truth and shame the Devil.[772-7]

_Works. The Author's Prologue to the Fifth Book._

Plain as a nose in a man's face.[772-8]

_Works. The Author's Prologue to the Fifth Book._

Like hearts of oak.[773-1]

_Works. Prologue to the Fifth Book._

You shall never want rope enough.

_Works. Prologue to the Fifth Book._

Looking as like . . . as one pea does like another.[773-2]

_Works. Book v. Chapter ii._

Nothing is so dear and precious as time.[773-3]

_Works. Book v. Chapter v._

And thereby hangs a tale.[773-4]

_Works. Book v. Chapter iv._

It is meat, drink,[773-5] and cloth to us.

_Works. Book v. Chapter vii._

And so on to the end of the chapter.

_Works. Book v. Chapter x._

What is got over the Devil's back is spent under the

_Works. Book v. Chapter xi._

We have here other fish to fry.[773-7]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xii._

What cannot be cured must be endured.[773-8]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xv._

Thought I to myself, we shall never come off scot-free.

_Works. Book v. Chapter xv._

It is enough to fright you out of your seven senses.[773-9]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xv._

Necessity has no law.[773-10]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xv._

Panurge had no sooner heard this, but he was upon the high-rope.

_Works. Book v. Chapter xviii._

We saw a knot of others, about a baker's dozen.

_Works. Book v. Chapter xxii._

Others made a virtue of necessity.[773-11]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xxii._

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.[773-12]

_Works. Book v. Chapter xxviii._

I believe he would make three bites of a cherry.

_Works. Book v. Chapter xxviii._


[770-3] Je m'en vay chercher un grand peut-estre.

[771-1] "Revenons à nos moutons,"--a proverb taken from the French
farce of "Pierre Patelin," edition of 1762, p. 90.

[771-2] My appetite comes to me while eating.--MONTAIGNE: _Book
iii. chap. ix. Of Vanity._

[771-3] See Heywood, page 11.

[771-4] See Heywood, page 14.

[771-5] See Heywood, page 11.

[771-6] See page 810.

[771-7] See Heywood, page 20.

[772-1] See Ovid, page 707.

[772-2] See Johnson, page 375.

[772-3] See Swift, page 292.

[772-4] See Heywood, page 18.

[772-5] See Plutarch, page 725.

[772-6] See Bacon, page 170.

[772-7] See Shakespeare, page 85.

[772-8] See Shakespeare, page 44.

[773-1] See Garrick, page 388.

[773-2] See Lyly, page 33.

[773-3] See Franklin, page 361. Also Diogenes Laertius, page 762.

[773-4] See Shakespeare, page 68.

[773-5] See Shakespeare, page 71.

[773-6] Isocrates was in the right to insinuate that what is got
over the Devil's back is spent under his belly.--LE SAGE: _Gil
Blas, book viii. chap. ix._

[773-7] I have other fish to fry.--CERVANTES: _Don Quixote, part
ii. chap. xxxv._

[773-8] See Burton, page 190.

[773-9] See Scott, page 493.

[773-10] See Shakespeare, page 115.

[773-11] See Chaucer, page 3.

[773-12] See Plutarch, page 738.


(_Works._[774-1] _Cotton's translation, revised by Hazlitt and Wight._)

Man in sooth is a marvellous, vain, fickle, and unstable

_Book i. Chap. i. That Men by various Ways arrive at the same End._

All passions that suffer themselves to be relished and digested
are but moderate.[774-3]

_Book i. Chap. ii. Of Sorrow._

It is not without good reason said, that he who has not a good
memory should never take upon him the trade of lying.[774-4]

_Book i. Chap. ix. Of Liars._

He who should teach men to die would at the same time teach them
to live.[774-5]

_Book i. Chap. xviii. That Men are not to judge of our Happiness till
after Death._

The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from
nature, proceed from custom.

_Book i. Chap. xxii. Of Custom._

Accustom him to everything, that he may not be a Sir Paris, a
carpet-knight,[774-6] but a sinewy, hardy, and vigorous young

_Book i. Chap. xxv. Of the Education of Children._

We were halves throughout, and to that degree that methinks by
outliving him I defraud him of his part.

_Book i. Chap. xxvii. Of Friendship._

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.[774-7]

_Book i. Chap. xxx. Of Cannibals._

Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.

_Book i. Chap. xxxi. Of Divine Ordinances._

A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.

_Book i. Chap. xxxviii. Of Solitude._

Even opinion is of force enough to make itself to be espoused at
the expense of life.

_Book i. Chap. xl. Of Good and Evil._

Plato says, "'T is to no purpose for a sober man to knock at the
door of the Muses;" and Aristotle says "that no excellent soul is
exempt from a mixture of folly."[775-1]

_Book ii. Chap. ii. Of Drunkenness._

For a desperate disease a desperate cure.[775-2]

_Book ii. Chap. iii. The Custom of the Isle of Cea._

And not to serve for a table-talk.[775-3]

_Book ii. Chap. iii. The Custom of the Isle of Cea._

To which we may add this other Aristotelian consideration, that
he who confers a benefit on any one loves him better than he is
beloved by him again.[775-4]

_Book ii. Chap. viii. Of the Affection of Fathers._

The middle sort of historians (of which the most part are) spoil
all; they will chew our meat for us.

_Book ii. Chap. x. Of Books._

The only good histories are those that have been written by the
persons themselves who commanded in the affairs whereof they

_Book ii. Chap. x. Of Books._

She [virtue] requires a rough and stormy passage; she will have
either outward difficulties to wrestle with,[775-5] . . . or
internal difficulties.

_Book ii. Chap. xi. Of Cruelty._

There is, nevertheless, a certain respect and a general duty of
humanity that ties us, not only to beasts that have life and
sense, but even to trees and plants.

_Book ii. Chap. xi. Of Cruelty._

Some impose upon the world that they believe that which they do
not; others, more in number, make themselves believe that they
believe, not being able to penetrate into what it is to believe.

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more
sport than she makes me?

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

'T is one and the same Nature that rolls on her course, and
whoever has sufficiently considered the present state of things
might certainly conclude as to both the future and the

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mould. .
. . The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes
a war betwixt princes.

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he
will be making gods by dozens.

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

Why may not a goose say thus: "All the parts of the universe I
have an interest in: the earth serves me to walk upon, the sun to
light me; the stars have their influence upon me; I have such an
advantage by the winds and such by the waters; there is nothing
that yon heavenly roof looks upon so favourably as me. I am the
darling of Nature! Is it not man that keeps and serves

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are formed and
perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears
leisurely lick their cubs into form.[776-3]

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

He that I am reading seems always to have the most force.

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

Apollo said that every one's true worship was that which he found
in use in the place where he chanced to be.[777-1]

_Book ii. Chap. xii. Apology for Raimond Sebond._

How many worthy men have we seen survive their own

_Book ii. Chap. xvi. Of Glory._

The mariner of old said to Neptune in a great tempest, "O God!
thou mayest save me if thou wilt, and if thou wilt thou mayest
destroy me; but whether or no, I will steer my rudder

_Book ii. Chap. xvi. Of Glory._

One may be humble out of pride.

_Book ii. Chap. xvii. Of Presumption._

I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of

_Book ii. Chap. xx. That we taste nothing pure._

Saying is one thing, doing another.

_Book ii. Chap. xxxi. Of Anger._

Is it not a noble farce, wherein kings, republics, and emperors
have for so many ages played their parts, and to which the whole
vast universe serves for a theatre?[777-4]

_Book ii. Chap. xxxvi. Of the most Excellent Men._

Nature forms us for ourselves, not for others; to be, not to

_Book ii. Chap. xxxvii. Of the Resemblance of Children to their

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two
hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is

_Book ii. Chap. xxxvii. Of the Resemblance of Children to their Fathers._

The public weal requires that men should betray and lie and

_Book iii. Chap. i. Of Profit and Honesty._

Like rowers, who advance backward.[777-6]

_Book iii. Chap. i. Of Profit and Honesty._

I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and
I dare a little the more as I grow older.

_Book iii. Chap ii. Of Repentance._

Few men have been admired by their own domestics.[778-1]

_Book iii. Chap. ii. Of Repentance._

It happens as with cages: the birds without despair to get in,
and those within despair of getting out.[778-2]

_Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil._

And to bring in a new word by the head and shoulders, they leave
out the old one.

_Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil._

All the world knows me in my book, and my book in me.

_Book iii. Chap. v. Upon some Verses of Virgil._

'T is so much to be a king, that he only is so by being so. The
strange lustre that surrounds him conceals and shrouds him from
us; our sight is there broken and dissipated, being stopped and
filled by the prevailing light.[778-3]

_Book iii. Chap. vii. Of the Inconveniences of Greatness._

We are born to inquire after truth; it belongs to a greater power
to possess it. It is not, as Democritus said, hid in the bottom
of the deeps, but rather elevated to an infinite height in the
divine knowledge.[778-4]

_Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation._

I moreover affirm that our wisdom itself, and wisest
consultations, for the most part commit themselves to the conduct
of chance.[778-5]

_Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation._

What if he has borrowed the matter and spoiled the form, as it
oft falls out?[778-6]

_Book iii. Chap. viii. Of the Art of Conversation._

The oldest and best known evil was ever more supportable than one
that was new and untried.[778-7]

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

Not because Socrates said so, . . . I look upon all men as my

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

My appetite comes to me while eating.[779-1]

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts
and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in
his life.

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

Saturninus said, "Comrades, you have lost a good captain to make
him an ill general."

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

A little folly is desirable in him that will not be guilty of

_Book iii. Chap. ix. Of Vanity._

Habit is a second nature.[779-3]

_Book iii. Chap. x._

We seek and offer ourselves to be gulled.

_Book iii. Chap. xi. Of Cripples._

I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than

_Book iii. Chap. xi. Of Cripples._

Men are most apt to believe what they least understand.

_Book iii. Chap. xi. Of Cripples._

I have here only made a nosegay of culled flowers, and have
brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.

_Book iii. Chap. xii. Of Physiognomy._

Amongst so many borrowed things, I am glad if I can steal one,
disguising and altering it for some new service.[779-4]

_Book iii. Chap. xii. Of Physiognomy._

I am further of opinion that it would be better for us to have
[no laws] at all than to have them in so prodigious numbers as we

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

There is more ado to interpret interpretations than to interpret
the things, and more books upon books than upon all other
subjects; we do nothing but comment upon one another.

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

For truth itself has not the privilege to be spoken at all times
and in all sorts.

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

The diversity of physical arguments and opinions embraces all
sorts of methods.

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better
understands her own affairs than we.

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

I have ever loved to repose myself, whether sitting or lying,
with my heels as high or higher than my head.

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._

I, who have so much and so universally adored this ariston
metron, "excellent mediocrity,"[780-1] of ancient times, and who
have concluded the most moderate measure the most perfect, shall
I pretend to an unreasonable and prodigious old age?

_Book iii. Chap. xiii. Of Experience._


[774-1] This book of Montaigne the world has indorsed by
translating it into all tongues, and printing seventy-five
editions of it in Europe.--EMERSON: _Representative Men.

[774-2] See Plutarch, page 730.

[774-3] See Raleigh, page 25.

Curae leves loquuntur ingentes stupent (Light griefs are
loquacious, but the great are dumb).--SENECA: _Hippolytus, ii. 3,

[774-4] See Sidney, page 264.

Mendacem memorem esse oportere (To be a liar, memory is
necessary).--QUINTILIAN: _iv. 2, 91._

[774-5] See Tickell, page 313.

[774-6] See Burton, page 187.

[774-7] See Bacon, page 171.

[775-1] See Dryden, page 267.

[775-2] See Shakespeare, page 141.

[775-3] See Shakespeare, page 64.

[775-4] ARISTOTLE: _Ethics, ix. 7._

[775-5] See Milton, page 255.

[776-1] See Plutarch, page 726.

[776-2] See Pope, page 318.

[776-3] See Burton, page 186.

[777-1] XENOPHON: _Mem. Socratis, i. 3, 1._

[777-2] See Bentley, page 284.

[777-3] SENECA: _Epistle 85._

[777-4] See Shakespeare, page 69.

[777-5] See Browne, page 218.

[777-6] See Burton, page 186.

[778-1] See Plutarch, page 740.

[778-2] See Davies, page 176.

[778-3] See Tennyson, page 629.

[778-4] LACTANTIUS: _Divin. Instit. iii. 28._

[778-5] Although men flatter themselves with their great actions,
they are not so often the result of great design as of
chance.--ROCHEFOUCAULD: _Maxim 57._

[778-6] See Churchill, page 413.

[778-7] LIVY, _xxiii. 3._

[779-1] See Rabelais, page 771.

[779-2] See Walpole, page 389.

[779-3] See Shakespeare, page 44.

[779-4] See Churchill, page 413.

[780-1] See Cowper, page 424.

DU BARTAS. 1544-1590.

(_From his "Divine Weekes and Workes," translated by J. Sylvester._)

The world 's a stage[780-2] where God's omnipotence,
His justice, knowledge, love, and providence
Do act the parts.

_First Week, First Day._

And reads, though running,[780-3] all these needful motions.

_First Week, First Day._

Mercy and justice, marching cheek by joule.

_First Week, First Day._

Not unlike the bear which bringeth forth
In the end of thirty dayes a shapeless birth;
But after licking, it in shape she drawes,
And by degrees she fashions out the pawes,
The head, and neck, and finally doth bring
To a perfect beast that first deformed thing.[780-4]

_First Week, First Day._

What is well done is done soon enough.

_First Week, First Day._

And swans seem whiter if swart crowes be by.

_First Week, First Day._

Night's black mantle covers all alike.[781-1]

_First Week, First Day._

Hot and cold, and moist and dry.[781-2]

_First Week, Second Day._

Much like the French (or like ourselves, their apes),
Who with strange habit do disguise their shapes;
Who loving novels, full of affectation,
Receive the manners of each other nation.[781-3]

_First Week, Second Day._

With tooth and nail.

_First Week, Second Day._

From the foure corners of the worlde doe haste.[781-4]

_First Week, Second Day._

Oft seen in forehead of the frowning skies.[781-5]

_First Week, Second Day._

From north to south, from east to west.[781-6]

_First Week, Second Day._

Bright-flaming, heat-full fire,
The source of motion.[781-7]

_First Week, Second Day._

Not that the earth doth yield
In hill or dale, in forest or in field,
A rarer plant.[781-8]

_First Week, Third Day._

'T is what you will,--or will be what you would.

_First Week, Third Day._

Or savage beasts upon a thousand hils.[781-9]

_First Week, Third Day._

To man the earth seems altogether
No more a mother, but a step-dame rather.[782-1]

_First Week, Third Day._

For where 's the state beneath the firmament
That doth excel the bees for government?[782-2]

_First Week, Fifth Day, Part i._

A good turn at need,
At first or last, shall be assur'd of meed.

_First Week, Sixth Day._

There is no theam more plentifull to scan
Than is the glorious goodly frame of man.[782-3]

_First Week, Sixth Day._

These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul.[782-4]

_First Week, Sixth Day._

Or almost like a spider, who, confin'd
In her web's centre, shakt with every winde,
Moves in an instant if the buzzing flie
Stir but a string of her lawn canapie.[782-5]

_First Week, Sixth Day._

Even as a surgeon, minding off to cut
Some cureless limb,--before in ure he put
His violent engins on the vicious member,
Bringeth his patient in a senseless slumber,
And grief-less then (guided by use and art),
To save the whole, sawes off th' infested part.

_First Week, Sixth Day._

Two souls in one, two hearts into one heart.[782-6]

_First Week, Sixth Day._

Which serves for cynosure[782-7]
To all that sail upon the sea obscure.

_First Week, Seventh Day._

Yielding more wholesome food than all the messes
That now taste-curious wanton plenty dresses.[783-1]

_Second Week, First Day, Part i._

Turning our seed-wheat-kennel tares,
To burn-grain thistle, and to vaporie darnel,
Cockle, wild oats, rough burs, corn-cumbring

_Second Week, First Day, Part iii._

In every hedge and ditch both day and night
We fear our death, of every leafe affright.[783-3]

_Second Week, First Day, Part iii._

Dog, ounce, bear, and bull,
Wolfe, lion, horse.[783-4]

_Second Week, First Day, Part iii._

Apoplexie and lethargie,
As forlorn hope, assault the enemy.

_Second Week, First Day, Part iii._

Living from hand to mouth.

_Second Week, First Day, Part iv._

In the jaws of death.[783-5]

_Second Week, First Day, Part iv._

Did thrust as now in others' corn his sickle.[783-6]

_Second Week, Second Day, Part ii._

Will change the pebbles of our puddly thought
To orient pearls.[783-7]

_Second Week, Third Day, Part i._

Soft carpet-knights, all scenting musk and amber.[783-8]

_Second Week, Third Day, Part i._

The will for deed I doe accept.[783-9]

_Second Week, Third Day, Part ii._

Only that he may conform
To tyrant custom.[784-1]

_Second Week, Third Day, Part ii._

Sweet grave aspect.[784-2]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book i._

Who breaks his faith, no faith is held with him.

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii._

Who well lives, long lives; for this age of ours
Should not be numbered by years, daies, and hours.[784-3]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii._

My lovely living boy,
My hope, my hap, my love, my life, my joy.[784-4]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii._

Out of the book of Natur's learned brest.[784-5]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii._

Flesh of thy flesh, nor yet bone of thy bone.

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book ii._

Through thick and thin, both over hill and plain.[784-6]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book iv._

Weakened and wasted to skin and bone.[784-7]

_Second Week, Fourth Day, Book iv._

I take the world to be but as a stage,
Where net-maskt men do play their personage.[784-8]

_Dialogue, between Heraclitus and Democritus._

Made no more bones.

_The Maiden Blush._


[780-2] See Shakespeare, page 69.

[780-3] See Cowper, page 422.

[780-4] See Burton, page 186.

[781-1] Come, civil night, . . . with thy black
mantle.--SHAKESPEARE: _Romeo and Juliet, act iii. sc. 2._

[781-2] See Milton, page 229.

Report of fashions in proud Italy,
Whose manners still our apish nation
Limps after in base imitation.

SHAKESPEARE: _Richard II. act ii. sc. 1._

[781-4] See Shakespeare, page 80.

[781-5] See Milton, page 248.

[781-6] From north to south, from east to west.--SHAKESPEARE:
_Winter's Tale, act i. sc. 2._

[781-7] Heat considered as a Mode of Motion (title of a treatise,

[781-8] See Marlowe, page 40.

[781-9] The cattle upon a thousand hills.--_Psalm i. 10._

[782-1] See Pliny, page 717.

So work the honey-bees,
Creatures that by a rule in Nature teach
The act of order to a peopled kingdom.

SHAKESPEARE: _Henry V. act i. sc. 3._

[782-3] See Pope, page 314.

[782-4] Ere I let fall the windows of mine eyes.--SHAKESPEARE:
_Richard III. act v. sc. 3._

[782-5] See Davies, page 176.

[782-6] See Pope, page 340.

[782-7] See Milton, page 248.

[783-1] See Milton, page 248.

Crown'd with rank fumiter and furrow-weeds,
With burdocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers,
Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow
In our sustaining corn.

SHAKESPEARE: _Lear, act iv. sc. 4._

[783-3] See Shakespeare, page 48.

[783-4] Lion, bear, or wolf, or bull.--SHAKESPEARE: _A Midsummer
Night's Dream, act ii. sc. 1._

[783-5] See Shakespeare, page 77.

[783-6] See Publius Syrus, page 711.

[783-7] See Milton, page 234.

Orient pearls.--SHAKESPEARE: _A Midsummer Night's Dream, act iv.
sc. 1._

[783-8] See Burton, page 187.

[783-9] See Swift, page 292.

[784-1] See Shakespeare, page 151.

[784-2] See Shakespeare, page 99. Also Milton, page 227.

[784-3] See Sheridan, page 443.

My fair son!
My life, my joy, my food, my all the world.

SHAKESPEARE: _King John, act iii. sc. 4._

[784-5] The book of Nature is that which the physician must read;
and to do so he must walk over the leaves.--PARACELSUS, 1490-1541.
(From the Encyclopædia Britannica, ninth edition, vol. xviii. p.

[784-6] See Spenser, page 28.

[784-7] See Byrom, page 351.

[784-8] See Shakespeare, page 69.


Don Quixote. (_Lockhart's Translation._)

I was so free with him as not to mince the matter.

_Don Quixote. The Author's Preface._

They can expect nothing but their labour for their pains.[784-9]

_Don Quixote. The Author's Preface._

As ill-luck would have it.[785-1]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book i. Chap. ii._

The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the son of
his own works.[785-2]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book i. Chap. iv._

Which I have earned with the sweat of my brows.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book i. Chap. iv._

Can we ever have too much of a good thing?[785-3]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book i. Chap. vi._

The charging of his enemy was but the work of a moment.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book i. Chap. viii._

And had a face like a blessing.[785-4]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book ii. Chap. iv._

It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his
friend before he knows him.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. i._

Fortune leaves always some door open to come at a remedy.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. i._

Fair and softly goes far.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ii._

Plain as the nose on a man's face.[785-5]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. iv._

Let me leap out of the frying-pan into the fire;[785-6] or, out
of God's blessing into the warm sun.[785-7]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. iv._

You are taking the wrong sow by the ear.[785-8]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. iv._

Bell, book, and candle.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. iv._

Let the worst come to the worst.[785-9]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. v._

You are come off now with a whole skin.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. v._

Fear is sharp-sighted, and can see things under ground, and much
more in the skies.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

Ill-luck, you know, seldom comes alone.[785-10]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

Why do you lead me a wild-goose chase?

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

I find my familiarity with thee has bred contempt.[786-1]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

The more thou stir it, the worse it will be.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

Now had Aurora displayed her mantle over the blushing skies, and
dark night withdrawn her sable veil.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vi._

I tell thee, that is Mambrino's helmet.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vii._

Give me but that, and let the world rub; there I 'll stick.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vii._

Sure as a gun.[786-2]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. vii._

Sing away sorrow, cast away care.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Thank you for nothing.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

After meat comes mustard; or, like money to a starving man at
sea, when there are no victuals to be bought with it.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Of good natural parts and of a liberal education.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Would puzzle a convocation of casuists to resolve their degrees
of consanguinity.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Let every man mind his own business.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Murder will out.[786-3]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

Thou art a cat, and a rat, and a coward.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. viii._

It is the part of a wise man to keep himself to-day for
to-morrow, and not to venture all his eggs in one basket.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ix._

I know what 's what, and have always taken care of the main

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ix._

The ease of my burdens, the staff of my life.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ix._

I am almost frighted out of my seven senses.[787-1]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ix._

Within a stone's throw of it.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. ix._

Let us make hay while the sun shines.[787-2]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

I never thrust my nose into other men's porridge. It is no bread
and butter of mine; every man for himself, and God for us

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

Little said is soonest mended.[787-4]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

A close mouth catches no flies.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

She may guess what I should perform in the wet, if I do so much
in the dry.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

You are a devil at everything, and there is no kind of thing in
the 'versal world but what you can turn your hand to.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

It will grieve me so to the heart, that I shall cry my eyes out.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iii. Chap. xi._

Delay always breeds danger.[787-5]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. ii._

They must needs go whom the Devil drives.[787-6]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. iv._

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.[787-7]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. iv._

More knave than fool.[787-8]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. iv._

I can tell where my own shoe pinches me; and you must not think,
sir, to catch old birds with chaff.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. v._

I never saw a more dreadful battle in my born days.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. viii._

Here is the devil-and-all to pay.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. x._

I begin to smell a rat.[787-9]

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. x._

I will take my corporal oath on it.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. x._

It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought
to be, most valued.

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. xi._

I would have nobody to control me; I would be absolute: and who
but I? Now, he that is absolute can do what he likes; he that can
do what he likes can take his pleasure; he that can take his
pleasure can be content; and he that can be content has no more
to desire. So the matter's over; and come what will come, I am

_Don Quixote. Part i. Book iv. Chap. xxiii._

When the head aches, all the members partake of the pain.[788-2]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. ii._

He has done like Orbaneja, the painter of Ubeda, who, being asked
what he painted, answered, "As it may hit;" and when he had
scrawled out a misshapen cock, was forced to write underneath, in
Gothic letters, "This is a cock."[788-3]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii._

There are men that will make you books, and turn them loose into
the world, with as much dispatch as they would do a dish of

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii._

"There is no book so bad," said the bachelor, "but something good
may be found in it."[788-4]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iii._

Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. iv._

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.[789-1]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. v._

A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. vii._

Remember the old saying, "Faint heart never won fair

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. x._

There is a remedy for all things but death, which will be sure to
lay us out flat some time or other.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. x._

Are we to mark this day with a white or a black stone?

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. x._

Let every man look before he leaps.[789-3]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xiv._

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xvi._

There were but two families in the world, Have-much and

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xx._

He has an oar in every man's boat, and a finger in every pie.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxii._

Patience, and shuffle the cards.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxiii._

Comparisons are odious.[789-4]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxiii._

Tell me thy company, and I will tell thee what thou art.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxiii._

The proof of the pudding is the eating.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxiv._

He is as like one, as one egg is like another.[789-5]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxvii._

You can see farther into a millstone than he.[789-6]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxviii._

Sancho Panza by name, is my own self, if I was not changed in my

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxx._

"Sit there, clod-pate!" cried he; "for let me sit wherever I
will, that will still be the upper end, and the place of worship
to thee."[790-1]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxi._

Building castles in the air,[790-2] and making yourself a

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxi._

It is good to live and learn.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxii._

He is as mad as a March hare.[790-3]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

I must follow him through thick and thin.[790-4]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

There is no love lost between us.[790-5]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

In the night all cats are gray.[790-6]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

All is not gold that glisters.[790-7]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

I can look sharp as well as another, and let me alone to keep the
cobwebs out of my eyes.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

Honesty is the best policy.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

Time ripens all things. No man is born wise.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

A good name is better than riches.[790-8]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

An honest man's word is as good as his bond.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiii._

Heaven's help is better than early rising.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxiv._

I have other fish to fry.[790-9]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxv._

There is a time for some things, and a time for all things; a
time for great things, and a time for small things.[791-1]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxv._

But all in good time.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxvi._

Matters will go swimmingly.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxvi._

Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxvii._

They had best not stir the rice, though it sticks to the pot.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxvii._

Good wits jump;[791-2] a word to the wise is enough.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xxxvii._

You may as well expect pears from an elm.[791-3]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xl._

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult
lesson in the world.[791-4]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xlii._

You cannot eat your cake and have your cake;[791-5] and store 's
no sore.[791-6]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xliii._

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xliii._

What a man has, so much he is sure of.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xliii._

When a man says, "Get out of my house! what would you have with
my wife?" there is no answer to be made.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xliii._

The pot calls the kettle black.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. xliii._

This peck of troubles.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. liii._

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.[791-7]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. liv._

Many count their chickens before they are hatched; and where they
expect bacon, meet with broken bones.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lv._

My thoughts ran a wool-gathering; and I did like the countryman
who looked for his ass while he was mounted on his back.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lvii._

Liberty . . . is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven
has bestowed upon mankind.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lviii._

As they use to say, spick and span new.[792-1]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lviii._

I think it a very happy accident.[792-2]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lviii._

I shall be as secret as the grave.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxii._

Now, blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep!
It covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; it is
meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold,
and cold for the hot. It is the current coin that purchases all
the pleasures of the world cheap, and the balance that sets the
king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise man, even.[792-3]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxviii._

Rome was not built in a day.[792-4]

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxxi._

The ass will carry his load, but not a double load; ride not a
free horse to death.

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxxi._

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the

_Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxxiv._

Don't put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get

_The Little Gypsy_ (_La Gitanilla_).

My heart is wax moulded as she pleases, but enduring as marble to

_The Little Gypsy_ (_La Gitanilla_).


[784-9] See Shakespeare, page 101.

[785-1] See Shakespeare, page 46.

[785-2] See Bacon, page 167.

[785-3] See Shakespeare, page 71.

[785-4] He had a face like a benediction.--_Jarvis's translation._

[785-5] See Shakespeare, page 44.

[785-6] See Heywood, page 18.

[785-7] See Heywood, page 17.

[785-8] See Heywood, page 19.

[785-9] See Middleton, page 172.

[785-10] See Shakespeare, page 143.

[786-1] See Shakespeare, page 45.

[786-2] See Butler, page 211.

[786-3] See Chaucer, page 5.

[786-4] See Lyly, page 33.

[787-1] See Scott, page 493.

[787-2] See Heywood, page 10.

[787-3] See Heywood, page 20.

[787-4] See Wither, page 200.

[787-5] See Shakespeare, page 93.

[787-6] See Heywood, page 18.

[787-7] See Heywood, page 15. Also Plutarch, page 740.

[787-8] See Marlowe, page 41.

[787-9] See Middleton, page 172.

[788-1] I would do what I pleased; and doing what I pleased, I
should have my will; and having my will, I should be contented;
and when one is contented, there is no more to be desired; and
when there is no more to be desired, there is an end of
it.--_Jarvis's translation._

For let our finger ache, and it endues
Our other healthful members even to that sense
Of pain.--_Othello, act iii. sc. 4._

[788-3] The painter Orbaneja of Ubeda, if he chanced to draw a
cock, he wrote under it, "This is a cock," lest the people should
take it for a fox.--_Jarvis's translation._

[788-4] See Pliny the Younger, page 748.

[789-1] See Rabelais, page 773.

[789-2] SPENSER: _Britain's Ida, canto v. stanza 1._ ELLERTON:
_George a-Greene_ (a Ballad). WHETSTONE: _Rocke of Regard._ BURNS:
_To Dr. Blacklock._ COLMAN: _Love Laughs at Locksmiths, act i._

[789-3] See Heywood, page 9.

[789-4] See Fortescue, page 7.

[789-5] See Rabelais, page 773. Also Shakespeare, page 77.

[789-6] See Heywood, page 13.

[790-1] Sit thee down, chaff-threshing churl! for let me sit where
I will, that is the upper end to thee.--_Jarvis's translation._

This is generally placed in the mouth of Macgregor: "Where
Macgregor sits, there is the head of the table." Emerson quotes
it, in his "American Scholar," as the saying of Macdonald, and
Theodore Parker as the saying of the Highlander.

[790-2] See Burton, page 187.

[790-3] See Heywood, page 18.

[790-4] See Spenser, page 28.

[790-5] See Middleton, page 173.

[790-6] See Heywood, page 11.

[790-7] See Chaucer, page 5.

[790-8] See Publius Syrus, page 708.

[790-9] See Rabelais, page 773.

[791-1] To everything there is a season, and a time to every
purpose.--_Ecclesiastes iii. 1._

[791-2] See Sterne, page 378.

[791-3] See Publius Syrus, page 712.

[791-4] See Chaucer, page 4.

[791-5] See Heywood, page 20.

[791-6] See Heywood, page 11.

[791-7] See Burton, page 193.

[792-1] See Middleton, page 172.

[792-2] See Middleton, page 174.

[792-3] Blessing on him who invented sleep,--the mantle that
covers all human thoughts, the food that appeases hunger, the
drink that quenches thirst, the fire that warms cold, the cold
that moderates heat, and, lastly, the general coin that purchases
all things, the balance and weight that equals the shepherd with
the king, and the simple with the wise.--_Jarvis's translation._

[792-4] See Heywood, page 15.

[792-5] See Longfellow, page 613.

[792-6] See Byron, page 554.


I, too, was born in Arcadia.[793-1]


[793-1] Goethe adopted this motto for his "Travels in Italy."

JOHN SIRMOND. 1589(?)-1649.

If on my theme I rightly think,
There are five reasons why men drink,--
Good wine, a friend, because I 'm dry,
Or lest I should be by and by,
Or any other reason why.[793-2]

_Causæ Bibendi._


[793-2] These lines are a translation of a Latin epigram
(erroneously ascribed to Henry Aldrich in the "Biographia
Britannica," second edition, vol. i. p. 131), which Menage and De
la Monnoye attribute to Père Sirmond:

Si bene commemini, causæ sunt quinque bibendi:
Hospitis adventus; præsens sitis atque futura;
Et vini bonitas, et quælibet altera causa.

_Menagiana, vol. i. p. 172._


Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small;[793-3]
Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.

_Retribution._ (_Sinngedichte._)

Man-like is it to fall into sin,
Fiend-like is it to dwell therein;
Christ-like is it for sin to grieve,
God-like is it all sin to leave.

_Sin._ (_Sinngedichte._)


[793-3] See Herbert, page 206.

Opse theou myloi aleousi to lepton aleuron.--_Oracula Sibylliana,
liber viii. line 14._

Opse theôn aleousi myloi, aleousi de lepta.--LEUTSCH AND
SCHNEIDEWIN: _Corpus Paroemiographorum Græcorum, vol. i. p. 444._

Sextus Empiricus is the first writer who has presented the whole
of the adage cited by Plutarch in his treatise "Concerning such
whom God is slow to punish."


In bed we laugh, in bed we cry;
And, born in bed, in bed we die.
The near approach a bed may show
Of human bliss to human woe.[794-1]


[794-1] Translated by Samuel Johnson.


(_Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims._)

Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.[794-2]

We have all sufficient strength to endure the misfortunes of

_Maxim 19._

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but
present evils triumph over it.[794-3]

_Maxim 22._

We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune.

_Maxim 25._

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.

_Maxim 26._

Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of
parts, even that of disinterestedness.

_Maxim 39._

We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.

_Maxim 49._

There are few people who would not be ashamed of being loved when
they love no longer.

_Maxim 71._

True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few
have seen.

_Maxim 76._

The love of justice is simply, in the majority of men, the fear
of suffering injustice.

_Maxim 78._

Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself.

_Maxim 79._

Friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests, and an
exchange of good offices; it is a species of commerce out of
which self-love always expects to gain something.

_Maxim 83._

A man who is ungrateful is often less to blame than his

_Maxim 96._

The understanding is always the dupe of the heart.

_Maxim 102._

Nothing is given so profusely as advice.

_Maxim 110._

The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than

_Maxim 127._

Usually we praise only to be praised.

_Maxim 146._

Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as
fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.

_Maxim 180._

Most people judge men only by success or by fortune.

_Maxim 212._

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

_Maxim 218._

Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.

_Maxim 226._

There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability.

_Maxim 245._

The pleasure of love is in loving. We are happier in the passion
we feel than in that we inspire.[795-1]

_Maxim 259._

We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those
whom we admire.

_Maxim 294._

The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving
greater benefits.[796-1]

_Maxim 298._

Lovers are never tired of each other, though they always speak of

_Maxim 312._

We pardon in the degree that we love.

_Maxim 330._

We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree
with us.[796-2]

_Maxim 347._

The greatest fault of a penetrating wit is to go beyond the mark.

_Maxim 377._

We may give advice, but we cannot inspire the conduct.

_Maxim 378._

The veracity which increases with old age is not far from folly.

_Maxim 416._

In their first passion women love their lovers, in all the others
they love love.[796-3]

_Maxim 471._

Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.

_Maxim 496._

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that
is not exactly displeasing.[796-4]


[794-2] This epigraph, which is the key to the system of La
Rochefoucauld, is found in another form as No. 179 of the Maxims
of the first edition, 1665; it is omitted from the second and
third, and reappears for the first time in the fourth edition at
the head of the Reflections.--AIME MARTIN.

[794-3] See Goldsmith, page 401.

[795-1] See Shelley, page 566.

[796-1] See Walpole, page 304.

[796-2] "That was excellently observed," say I when I read a
passage in another where his opinion agrees with mine. When we
differ, then I pronounce him to be mistaken.--SWIFT: _Thoughts on
Various Subjects._

[796-3] See Byron, page 557.

[796-4] This reflection, No. 99 in the edition of 1665, the author
suppressed in the third edition.

In all distresses of our friends
We first consult our private ends;
While Nature, kindly bent to ease us,
Points out some circumstance to please us.

DEAN SWIFT: _A Paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's Maxim._

J. DE LA FONTAINE. 1621-1695.

The opinion of the strongest is always the best.

_The Wolf and the Lamb. Book i. Fable 10._

By the work one knows the workman.

_The Hornets and the Bees. Fable 21._

It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.

_The Cock and the Fox. Book ii. Fable 15._

It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.

_Book iii. Fable 1._

In everything one must consider the end.[797-1]

_The Fox and the Gnat. Fable 5._

"They are too green," he said, "and only good for fools."[797-2]

_The Fox and the Grapes. Fable 11._

Help thyself, and God will help thee.[797-3]

_Book vi. Fable 18._

The fly of the coach.

_Book vii. Fable 9._

The sign brings customers.

_The Fortune-Tellers. Fable 15._

Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.

_The Use of Knowledge. Book viii. Fable 19._

No path of flowers leads to glory.

_Book x. Fable 14._


[797-1] Remember the end, and thou shalt never do
amiss.--_Ecclesiasticus iii. 36._

[797-2] Sour grapes.

[797-3] See Herbert, page 206.


The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.

_L'École des Femmes. Act ii. Sc. 6._

There are fagots and fagots.

_Le Médecin malgré lui. Act i. Sc. 6._

We have changed all that.

_Le Médecin malgré lui. Act ii. Sc. 6._

Although I am a pious man, I am not the less a man.

_Le Tartuffe. Act iii. Sc. 3._

The real Amphitryon is the Amphitryon who gives dinners.[798-1]

_Amphitryon. Act iii. Sc. 5._

Ah that I-- You would have it so, you would have it so; George
Dandin, you would have it so! This suits you very nicely, and you
are served right; you have precisely what you deserve.

_George Dandin. Act i. Sc. 19._

Tell me to whom you are addressing yourself when you say that.

I am addressing myself--I am addressing myself to my cap.

_L'Avare. Act i. Sc. 3._

The beautiful eyes of my cash-box.

_L'Avare. Act v. Sc. 3._

You are speaking before a man to whom all Naples is known.

_L'Avare. Act v. Sc. 5._

My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship.[798-2]

_Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act iv. Sc. 1._

I will maintain it before the whole world.

_Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act iv. Sc. 5._

What the devil did he want in that galley?[798-3]

_Les Fourberies de Scapin. Act ii. Sc. 11._

Grammar, which knows how to control even kings.[798-4]

_Les Femmes savantes. Act ii. Sc. 6._

Ah, there are no longer any children!

_Le Malade Imaginaire. Act ii. Sc. 11._


[798-1] See Dryden, page 277.

[798-2] See Frere, page 462.

[798-3] Borrowed from Cyrano de Bergerac's "Pédant joué," act ii.
sc. 4.

[798-4] Sigismund I. at the Council of Constance, 1414, said to a
prelate who had objected to his Majesty's grammar, "Ego sum rex
Romanus, et supra grammaticam" (I am the Roman emperor, and am
above grammar).

BLAISE PASCAL. 1623-1662.

(_Translated by O. W. Wight._)

Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking

_Thoughts. Chap. ii. 10._

It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in
his own cause.

_Thoughts. Chap. iv. 1._

Montaigne[799-1] is wrong in declaring that custom ought to be
followed simply because it is custom, and not because it is
reasonable or just.

_Thoughts. Chap. iv. 6._

Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing
ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become

_Thoughts. Chap. v. 2._

If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the
earth would have been changed.

_Thoughts. Chap. viii. 29._

The last thing that we find in making a book is to know what we
must put first.

_Thoughts. Chap. ix. 30._

Rivers are highways that move on, and bear us whither we wish to

_Thoughts. Chap. ix. 38._

What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster,
what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A
judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the
truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame
of the universe![799-3]

_Thoughts. Chap. x. 1._

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.

_Thoughts. Chap. x. 1._

For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy,
who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to
be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most
remote from it?[799-4]

_Preface to the Treatise on Vacuum._


[799-1] Book i. chap. xxii.

[799-2] See Pope, page 315.

[799-3] See Pope, page 317.

[799-4] See Bacon, page 169.


Happy who in his verse can gently steer
From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.[799-5]

_The Art of Poetry. Canto i. Line 75._

Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.

_The Art of Poetry. Canto iii. Line 374._

He [Molière] pleases all the world, but cannot please himself.

_Satire 2._

"There, take," says Justice, "take ye each a shell;
We thrive at Westminster on fools like you.
'T was a fat oyster! live in peace,--adieu."[800-1]

_Epître ii._


[799-5] See Dryden, page 273.

[800-1] See Pope, page 334.

ALAIN RENÉ LE SAGE. 1668-1747.

It may be said that his wit shines at the expense of his

_Gil Blas. Book iii. Chap. xi._

I wish you all sorts of prosperity with a little more taste.

_Gil Blas. Book vii. Chap. iv._

Isocrates was in the right to insinuate, in his elegant Greek
expression, that what is got over the Devil's back is spent under
his belly.[800-3]

_Gil Blas. Book viii. Chap. ix._

Facts are stubborn things.[800-4]

_Gil Blas. Book x. Chap. i._

Plain as a pike-staff.[800-5]

_Gil Blas. Book xii. Chap. viii._


[800-2] See Sheridan, page 443.

[800-3] See Rabelais, page 773.

[800-4] See Smollett, page 392.

[800-5] See Middleton, page 172.


If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.[800-6]

_Epître à l'Auteur du Livre des Trois Imposteurs. cxi._

The king [Frederic] has sent me some of his dirty linen to wash;
I will wash yours another time.[800-7]

_Reply to General Manstein._

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ
speech only to conceal their thoughts.[800-8]

_Dialogue xiv. Le Chapon et la Poularde_ (1763).

History is little else than a picture of human crimes and

_L'Ingénu. Chap. x._ (1767.)

The first who was king was a fortunate soldier:
Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors.[801-2]

_Merope. Act i. Sc. 3._

In the best of possible worlds the château of monseigneur the
baron was the most beautiful of châteaux, and madame the best of
possible baronesses.

_Candide. Chap. i._

In this country [England] it is well to kill from time to time an
admiral to encourage the others.

_Candide. Chap. xxiii._

The superfluous, a very necessary thing.

_Le Mondain. Line 21._

Crush the infamous thing.

_Letter to d'Alembert, June 23, 1760._

There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times.

_Letter to Cardinal de Bernis, April 23, 1761._

The proper mean.[801-3]

_Letter to Count d'Argental, Nov. 28, 1765._

It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest

_Letter to M. le Riche, Feb. 6, 1770._

Love truth, but pardon error.

_Discours sur l'Homme. Discours 3._


[800-6] See Tillotson, page 266.

[800-7] Voltaire writes to his niece Dennis, July 24, 1752, "Voilà
le roi qui m'envoie son linge à blanchir."

[800-8] See Young, page 310.

[801-1] See Gibbon, page 430.

[801-2] See Scott, page 494.

Borrowed from Lefranc de Pompignan's "Didon."

[801-3] See Cowper, page 424.

[801-4] See Gibbon, page 430.

BUSSY RABUTIN: _Lettres, iv. 91._ SÉVIGNÉ: _Lettre à sa Fille, p.
202._ TACITUS: _Historia, iv. 17._ TERENCE: _Phormio, i. 4. 26._


He [Voltaire] has invented history.[801-5]

It is only the first step which costs.[801-6]

_In reply to the Cardinal de Polignac._


[801-5] FOURNIER: _L'Esprit dans l'Histoire, p. 191._

[801-6] Voltaire writes to Madame du Deffand, January, 1764, that
one of her bon-mots is quoted in the notes of "La Pucelle," canto
1: "Il n'y a que le premier pas qui coûte."


Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array,--
Days of absence, I am weary:
She I love is far away.

_Days of Absence._


We read of a certain Roman emperor who built a magnificent
palace. In digging the foundation, the workmen discovered a
golden sarcophagus ornamented with three circlets, on which were
inscribed, "I have expended; I have given; I have kept; I have
possessed; I do possess; I have lost; I am punished. What I
formerly expended, I have; what I gave away, I have."[802-2]

_Tale xvi._

See how the world rewards its votaries.[802-3]

_Tale xxxvi._

If the end be well, all is well.[802-4]

_Tale lxvii._

Whatever you do, do wisely, and think of the consequences.

_Tale ciii._


[802-1] The "Gesta Romanorum" is a collection of one hundred and
eighty-one stories, first printed about 1473. The first English
version appeared in 1824, translated by the Rev. C. Swan. (Bohn's
Standard Library.)

[802-2] Richard Gough, in the "Sepulchral Monuments of Great
Britain," gives this epitaph of Robert Byrkes, which is to be
found in Doncaster Church, "new cut" upon his tomb in Roman

Howe: Howe: who is heare:
I, Robin of Doncaster, and Margaret my feare.
That I spent, that I had;
That I gave, that I have;
That I left, that I lost.
A. D. 1579.

The following is the epitaph of Edward Courtenay, Earl of
Devonshire, according to Cleaveland's "Genealogical History of the
Family of Courtenay," p. 142:--

What we gave, we have;
What we spent, we had;
What we left, we lost.

[802-3] Ecce quomodo mundus suis servitoribus reddit mercedem (See
how the world its veterans rewards).--POPE: _Moral Essays, epistle
1, line 243._

[802-4] Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit.--Probably the origin
of the proverb, "All 's well that ends well."


Great thoughts come from the heart.[803-1]

_Maxim cxxvii._


[803-1] See Sidney, page 34.


O Richard! O my king!
The universe forsakes thee!

_Sung at the Dinner given to the French Soldiers in the Opera Salon at
Versailles, Oct. 1, 1789._

PRINCE DE LIGNE. 1735-1814.

The congress of Vienna does not walk, but it dances.[803-2]


[803-2] On of the Prince de Ligne's speeches that will last
forever.--_Edinburgh Review, July 1890, p. 244._

GOETHE. 1749-1832.

Who never ate his bread in sorrow,
Who never spent the darksome hours
Weeping, and watching for the morrow,--
He knows ye not, ye gloomy Powers.

_Wilhelm Meister. Book ii. Chap. xiii._

Know'st thou the land where the lemon-trees bloom,
Where the gold orange glows in the deep thicket's gloom,
Where a wind ever soft from the blue heaven blows,
And the groves of laurel and myrtle and rose?[803-3]

_Wilhelm Meister. Book iii. Chap. i._

Art is long, life short;[803-4] judgment difficult, opportunity

_Wilhelm Meister. Book vii. Chap. ix._

The sagacious reader who is capable of reading between these
lines what does not stand written in them, but is nevertheless
implied, will be able to form some conception.

_Autobiography. Book xviii. Truth and Beauty._


[803-3] See Byron, page 549.

[803-4] See Chaucer, page 6.

MADAME ROLAND. 1754-1793.

O Liberty! Liberty! how many crimes are committed in thy


[804-1] MACAULAY: _Essay on Mirabeau._


The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of

_Speech in the Convention Nationale, 1792._

It is only the dead who do not return.

_Speech, 1794._

SCHILLER. 1759-1805.

Against stupidity the very gods
Themselves contend in vain.

_The Maid of Orleans. Act iii. Sc. 6._

The richest monarch in the Christian world;
The sun in my own dominions never sets.[804-2]

_Don Carlos. Act i. Sc. 6._


[804-2] See Scott, page 495.


Ye sons of France, awake to glory!
Hark! hark! what myriads bid you rise!
Your children, wives, and grandsires hoary,
Behold their tears and hear their cries!

_The Marseilles Hymn._

To arms! to arms! ye brave!
The avenging sword unsheathe!
March on! march on! all hearts resolved
On victory or death!

_The Marseilles Hymn._

A. F. F. VON KOTZEBUE. 1761-1819.

There is another and a better world.[805-1]

_The Stranger. Act i. Sc. 1._


[805-1] Translated by N. Schink, London, 1799.

J. G. VON SALIS. 1762-1834.

Into the silent land!
Ah, who shall lead us thither?

_The Silent Land._

Who in life's battle firm doth stand
Shall bear hope's tender blossoms
Into the silent land!

_The Silent Land._

JOSEPH FOUCHÉ. 1763-1820.

"It is more than a crime; it is a political fault,"[805-2]--words
which I record, because they have been repeated and attributed to

_Memoirs of Fouché._

Death is an eternal sleep.

_Inscription placed by his orders on the Gates of the Cemeteries in


[805-2] Commonly quoted, "It is worse than a crime,--it is a
blunder," and attributed to Talleyrand.

J. M. USTERI. 1763-1827.

Life let us cherish, while yet the taper glows,
And the fresh flow'ret pluck ere it close;
Why are we fond of toil and care?
Why choose the rankling thorn to wear?

_Life let us cherish._

H. B. CONSTANT. 1767-1830.

I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose.[806-1]


[806-1] This saying, "Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j'ai vécu avec
elle," is assigned to Constant by A. Hayward in his Introduction
to the "Autobiography and Letters" of Mrs. Piozzi.


I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor.[806-2]

(When asked as to his ancestry.)


[806-2] See Plutarch, page 733.

Curtius Rufus seems to me to be descended from himself. (A saying
of Tiberius).--TACITUS: _Annals, book xi. c. xxi. 16._

JOHANN L. UHLAND. 1787-1862.

Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee,--
Take, I give it willingly;
For, invisible to thee,
Spirits twain have crossed with me.

_The Passage. Edinburgh Review, October, 1832._


Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.[806-3]

_Ingomar the Barbarian._[806-4] _Act ii._


[806-3] See Pope, page 340.

Zwei Seelen und ein Gedanke,
Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag.

[806-4] Translated by Maria Lovell.


Absolutism tempered by assassination.[807-1]

A Cadmean victory.[807-2]

After us the deluge.[807-3]

All is lost save honour.[807-4]

Appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.[807-5]

Architecture is frozen music.[807-6]

Beginning of the end.[808-1]

Boldness, again boldness, and ever boldness.[808-2]

Dead on the field of honour.[808-3]

Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my

Extremes meet.[808-5]

Hell is full of good intentions.[808-6]

History repeats itself.[808-7]

I am here: I shall remain here.[808-8]

I am the state.[808-9]

It is magnificent, but it is not war.[808-10]

Leave no stone unturned.[809-1]

Let it be. Let it pass.[809-2]

Medicine for the soul.[809-3]

Nothing is changed in France; there is only one Frenchman

Order reigns in Warsaw.[809-5]

Ossa on Pelion.[809-6]

Scylla and Charybdis.[810-1]

Sinews of war.[810-2]

Talk of nothing but business, and despatch that business

The empire is peace.[810-4]

The guard dies, but never surrenders.[810-5]

The king reigns, but does not govern.[810-6]

The style is the man himself.[811-1]

"There is no other royal path which leads to geometry," said
Euclid to Ptolemy I.[811-2]

There is nothing new except what is forgotten.[811-3]

They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.[811-4]

We are dancing on a volcano.[811-5]

Who does not love wine, women, and song
Remains a fool his whole life long.[811-6]

God is on the side of the strongest battalions.[811-7]

Terrible he rode alone,
With his Yemen sword for aid;
Ornament it carried none
But the notches on the blade.

_The Death Feud. An Arab War-song._[811-8]


[807-1] Count Münster, Hanoverian envoy at St. Petersburg,
discovered that Russian civilization is "merely artificial," and
first published to Europe the short description of the Russian
Constitution,--that it is "absolutism tempered by assassination."

[807-2] A Greek proverb. A Cadmean victory was one in which the
victors suffered as much as their enemies.

Symmisgontôn de tê naumachiê, Kadmeiê tis nikê toisi Phôkaieusi
egeneto.--HERODOTUS: _i. 166._

Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.

EURIPIDES: _Fragment 656. Protesilaus._

[807-3] On the authority of Madame de Hausset ("Mémoires," p. 19),
this phrase is ascribed to Madame de Pompadour. Larouse ("Fleurs
Historiques") attributes it to Louis XV.

[807-4] It was from the imperial camp near Pavia that Francis I.,
before leaving for Pizzighettone, wrote to his mother the
memorable letter which, thanks to tradition, has become altered to
the form of this sublime laconism: "Madame, tout est perdu fors

The true expression is, "Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se
porte le reste de mon infortune, de toutes choses ne m'est demeuré
que l'honneur et la vie qui est sauvé."--MARTIN: _Histoire de
France, tome viii._

The correction of this expression was first made by Sismondi, vol.
xvi. pp. 241, 242. The letter itself is printed entire in
Dulaure's "Histoire de Paris": "Pour vous avertir comment se porte
le ressort de mon infortune, de toutes choses ne m'est demeuré que
l'honneur et la vie,--qui est sauvé."

[807-5] Inserit se tantis viris mulier alienigeni sanguinis: quæ a
Philippo rege temulento immerenter damnata, Provocarem ad
Philippum, inquit, sed sobrium.--VALERIUS MAXIMUS: _Lib. vi. c.

[807-6] Since it [architecture] is music in space, as it were a
frozen music. . . . If architecture in general is frozen
music.--SCHELLING: _Philosophie der Kunst, pp. 576, 593._

La vue d'un tel monument est comme une musique continuelle et
fixée.--MADAME DE STAËL: _Corinne, livre iv. chap. 3._

[808-1] Fournier asserts, on the written authority of Talleyrand's
brother, that the only breviary used by the ex-bishop was
"L'Improvisateur Français," a compilation of anecdotes and
_bon-mots_, in twenty-one duo-decimo volumes. Whenever a good
thing was wandering about in search of a parent, he adopted it;
amongst others, "C'est le commencement de la fin."

See Shakespeare, page 59.

[808-2] De l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de
l'audace-DANTON: _Speech in the Legislative Assembly, 1792._

See Spenser, page 28.

[808-3] This was the answer given in the roll-call of La Tour
d'Auvergne's regiment after his death.

[808-4] See Canning, page 464.

[808-5] Les extrêmes se touchent.--MERCIER: _Tableaux de Paris_
(1782), _vol. iv. title of chap. 348._

[808-6] See Johnson, page 372.

[808-7] See Plutarch, page 726.

[808-8] The reply of Marshal MacMahon, in the trenches before the
Malakoff, in the siege of Sebastopol, September, 1855, to the
commander-in-chief, who had sent him word to beware of an
explosion which might follow the retreat of the Russians.

[808-9] Dulaure (History of Paris, 1863, p. 387) asserts that
Louis XIV. interrupted a judge who used the expression, "The king
and the state," by saying, "I am the state."

[808-10] Said by General Pierre Bosquet of the charge of the Light
Brigade at the battle of Balaklava.

[809-1] EURIPIDES: _Heracleidæ, 1002._

This may be traced to a response of the Delphic oracle given to
Polycrates, as the best means of finding a treasure buried by
Xerxes' general, Mardonius, on the field of Platæa. The oracle
replied, Panta lithon kinei, "Turn every stone."--LEUTSCH AND
SCHNEIDEWIN: _Corpus Paræmiographorum Græcorum, vol. i. p. 146._

[809-2] This phrase, "Laissez faire, laissez passer!" is
attributed to Gournay, Minister of Commerce at Paris, 1751; also
to Quesnay, the writer on political economy. It is quoted by Adam
Smith in the "Wealth of Nations."

[809-3] Inscription over the door of the Library at
Thebes.--DIODORUS SICULUS: _i. 49, 3._

[809-4] According to the "Contemporary Review," February, 1854,
this phrase formed the opening of an address composed in the name
of Comte d'Artois by Count Beugnot, and published in the
"Moniteur," April 12, 1814.

[809-5] General Sebastiani announced the fall of Warsaw in the
Chamber of Deputies, Sept. 16, 1831: "Des lettres que je reçois de
Pologne m'annoncent que la tranquillité règne à Varsovie."--DUMAS:
_Mémoires, Second Series, vol. iv. chap. iii._

[809-6] See Ovid, page 707.

They were setting on
Ossa upon Olympus, and upon
Steep Ossa leavy Pelius.

CHAPMAN: _Homer's Odyssey, book xi. 426._

Heav'd on Olympus tott'ring Ossa stood;
On Ossa Pelion nods with all his wood.

POPE: _Odyssey, book xi. 387._

Ossa on Olympus heave, on Ossa roll
Pelion with all his woods; so scale the starry pole.

SOTHEBY: _Odyssey, book xi. 315._

To the Olympian summit they essay'd
To heave up Ossa, and to Ossa's crown
Branch-waving Pelion.

COWPER: _Odyssey, book xi. 379._

They on Olympus Ossa fain would roll;
On Ossa Pelion's leaf-quivering hill.

WORSLEY: _Odyssey, book xi. 414._

To fling
Ossa upon Olympus, and to pile
Pelion with all its growth of leafy woods
On Ossa.

BRYANT: _Odyssey, book xi. 390._

Ossa they pressed down with Pelion's weight,
And on them both impos'd Olympus' hill.

FITZ-GEFFREY: _The Life and Death of Sir Francis Drake, stanza 99_

Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio Ossam.--VIRGIL: _Georgics, i. 281._

[810-1] See Shakespeare, page 64.

[810-2] See Rabelais, page 771.

Æschines (Adv. Ctesiphon, c. 53) ascribes to Demosthenes the
expression ypotetmêtai ta neura tôn pragmatôn, "The sinews of
affairs are cut." Diogenes Laertius, in his Life of Bion (lib. iv.
c. 7, sect. 3), represents that philosopher as saying, ton plouton
einai neura pragmatôn,--"Riches were the sinews of business," or,
as the phrase may mean, "of the state." Referring perhaps to this
maxim of Bion, Plutarch says in his Life of Cleomenes (c. 27), "He
who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said
this with special reference to war." Accordingly we find money
called expressly ta neura tou polemou, "the sinews of war," in
Libanius, Orat. xlvi. (vol. ii. p. 477, ed. Reiske), and by the
scholiast on Pindar, Olymp. i. 4 (compare Photius, Lex. _s. v._
Meganoros plouton). So Cicero, Philipp. v. 2, "nervos belli,
infinitam pecuniam."

[810-3] A placard of Aldus on the door of his
printing-office.--DIBDIN: _Introduction, vol. i. p. 436._

[810-4] This saying occurs in Louis Napoleon's speech to the
Chamber of Commerce in Bordeaux, Oct. 9, 1852.

[810-5] Words engraved upon the monument erected to Cambronne at

This phrase, attributed to Cambronne, who was made prisoner at
Waterloo, was vehemently denied by him. It was invented by
Rougemont, a prolific author of _mots_, two days after the battle,
in the "Indépendant."--FOURNIER: _L' Esprit dans l' Histoire._

[810-6] A motto adopted by Thiers for the "Nationale," July 1,
1803. In the beginning of the seventeenth century Jan Zamoyski in
the Polish parliament said, "The king reigns, but does not

[811-1] BUFFON: _Discours de Réception_ (Recueil de l'Académie,
1753). See Burton, page 186.

[811-2] PROCLUS: _Commentary on Euclid's Elements, book ii. chap.

[811-3] Attributed to Mademoiselle Bertin, milliner to Marie

"There is nothing new except that which has become
antiquated,"--motto of the "Revue Rétrospective."

[811-4] This saying is attributed to Talleyrand. In a letter of
the Chevalier de Panat to Mallet du Pan, January, 1796, it occurs
almost literally,--"No one is right; no one could forget anything,
nor learn anything."

[811-5] Words uttered by Comte de Salvandy (1796-1856) at a fete
given by the Duke of Orleans to the King of Naples, 1830.

[811-6] Attributed to Luther, but more probably a saying of J. H.
Voss (1751-1826), according to Redlich, "Die poetischen Beiträge
zum Waudsbecker Bothen," Hamburg, 1871, p. 67.--KING: _Classical
and Foreign Quotations_ (1887).

[811-7] See Gibbon, page 430.

Napoleon said, "Providence is always on the side of the last

[811-8] Anonymous translation from "Tait's Magazine," July, 1850.
The poem is of an age earlier than that of Mahomet.



And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

_Genesis i. 3._

It is not good that the man should be alone.

_Genesis ii. 18._

Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.

_Genesis ii. 23._

They sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons.

_Genesis iii. 7._

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.

_Genesis iii. 19._

For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

_Genesis iii. 19._

The mother of all living.

_Genesis iii. 20._

Am I my brother's keeper?

_Genesis iv. 9._

My punishment is greater than I can bear.

_Genesis iv. 13._

There were giants in the earth in those days.

_Genesis vi. 4._

And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

_Genesis vii. 12._

The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot.

_Genesis viii. 9._

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.

_Genesis ix. 6._

Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and me.

_Genesis xiii. 8._

In a good old age.

_Genesis xv. 15._

His hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against

_Genesis xvi. 12._

Old and well stricken in age.

_Genesis xviii. 11._

His wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of

_Genesis xix. 26._

The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.

_Genesis xxvii. 22._

They stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours.

_Genesis xxxvii. 23._

Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.

_Genesis xlii. 38._

Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.

_Genesis xlix. 4._

I have been a stranger in a strange land.

_Exodus ii. 22._

A land flowing with milk and honey.

_Exodus iii. 8; Jeremiah xxxii. 22._

Darkness which may be felt.

_Exodus x. 21._

The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead
them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.

_Exodus xiii. 21._

When we sat by the fleshpots.

_Exodus xvi. 3._

Love thy neighbour as thyself.

_Leviticus xix. 18._

The Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam,
What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three

_Numbers xxii. 28._

Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be
like his!

_Numbers xxiii. 10._

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!

_Numbers xxiv. 5._

Man doth not live by bread only.

_Deuteronomy viii. 3._

The wife of thy bosom.

_Deuteronomy xiii. 6._

Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.

_Deuteronomy xix. 21._

Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.

_Deuteronomy xxviii. 5._

The secret things belong unto the Lord.

_Deuteronomy xxix. 29._

He kept him as the apple of his eye.

_Deuteronomy xxxii. 10._

Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.

_Deuteronomy xxxii. 15._

As thy days, so shall thy strength be.

_Deuteronomy xxxiii. 25._

His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.

_Deuteronomy xxxiv. 7._

I am going the way of all the earth.

_Joshua xxiii. 14._

I arose a mother in Israel.

_Judges v. 7._

The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.

_Judges v. 20._

She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

_Judges v. 25._

At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed,
he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

_Judges v. 27._

Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the
vintage of Abi-ezer?

_Judges viii. 2._

He smote them hip and thigh.

_Judges xv. 8._

The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.

_Judges xvi. 9._

From Dan even to Beer-sheba.

_Judges xx. 1._

The people arose as one man.

_Judges xx. 8._

Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will
lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.

_Ruth i. 16._

Quit yourselves like men.

_1 Samuel iv. 9._

Is Saul also among the prophets?

_1 Samuel x. 11._

A man after his own heart.

_1 Samuel xiii. 14._

David therefore departed thence and escaped to the cave Adullam.

_1 Samuel xxii. 1._

Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.

_2 Samuel i. 20._

Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in
their death they were not divided.

_2 Samuel i. 23._

How are the mighty fallen!

_2 Samuel i. 25._

Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.

_2 Samuel i. 26._

Abner . . . smote him under the fifth rib.

_2 Samuel ii. 23._

Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown.

_2 Samuel x. 5._

Thou art the man.

_2 Samuel xii. 7._

As water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.

_2 Samuel xiv. 14._

They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely
ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.

_2 Samuel xx. 18._

The sweet psalmist of Israel.

_2 Samuel xxiii. 1._

So that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron
heard in the house, while it was in building.[815-1]

_1 Kings vi. 7._

A proverb and a byword.

_1 Kings ix. 7._

I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

_1 Kings xvii. 9._

An handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse.

_1 Kings xvii. 12._

And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil

_1 Kings xvii. 16._

How long halt ye between two opinions?

_1 Kings xviii. 21._

There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man's hand.

_1 Kings xviii. 44._

A still, small voice.

_1 Kings xix. 12._

Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that
putteth it off.

_1 Kings xx. 11._

Death in the pot.

_2 Kings iv. 40._

Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?

_2 Kings viii. 13._

Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth

_2 Kings ix. 20._

One that feared God and eschewed evil.

_Job i. 1._

Satan came also.

_Job i. 6._

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name
of the Lord.

_Job i. 21._

All that a man hath will he give for his life.

_Job ii. 4._

There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at

_Job iii. 17._

Night, when deep sleep falleth on men.

_Job iv. 13; xxxiii. 15._

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.

_Job v. 7._

He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

_Job v. 13._

Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of
corn cometh in in his season.

_Job v. 26._

How forcible are right words!

_Job vi. 25._

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.

_Job vii. 6._

He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place
know him any more.[816-1]

_Job vii. 10_; cf. _xvi. 22._

I would not live alway.

_Job vii. 16._

The land of darkness and the shadow of death.

_Job x. 21._

Clearer than the noonday.

_Job xi. 17._

Wisdom shall die with you.

_Job xii. 2._

Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.

_Job xii. 8._

Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

_Job xvi. 1._

Miserable comforters are ye all.

_Job xvi. 2._

The king of terrors.

_Job xviii. 14._

I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

_Job xix. 20._

Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a

_Job xix. 23._

Seeing the root of the matter is found in me.

_Job xix. 28._

Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under
his tongue.

_Job xx. 12._

The land of the living.

_Job xxviii. 13._

The price of wisdom is above rubies.

_Job xxviii. 18._

When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw
me, it gave witness to me.

_Job xxix. 11._

I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy.

_Job xxix. 13._

I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

_Job xxix. 15._

The house appointed for all living.

_Job xxx. 23._

My desire is . . . that mine adversary had written a book.

_Job xxxi. 35._

Great men are not always wise.

_Job xxxii. 9._

He multiplieth words without knowledge.

_Job xxxv. 16._

Fair weather cometh out of the north.

_Job xxxvii. 22._

Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?

_Job xxxviii. 2._

The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted
for joy.

_Job xxxviii. 7._

Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy
proud waves be stayed.

_Job xxxviii. 11._

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the
bands of Orion?

_Job xxxviii. 31._

Canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

_Job xxxviii. 32._

He smelleth the battle afar off.

_Job xxxix. 25._

Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?

_Job xli. 1._

Hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

_Job xli. 24._

He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.

_Job xli. 31._

I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye
seeth thee.

_Job xlii. 5._

His leaf also shall not wither.

_Psalm i. 3._

Lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

_Psalm iv. 6._

Out of the mouth of babes[818-1] and sucklings.

_Psalm viii. 2._

Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.[818-2]

_Psalm viii. 5._

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.

_Psalm xiv. 1; liii. 1._

He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

_Psalm xv. 4._

The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places;[818-3] yea, I
have a goodly heritage.

_Psalm xvi. 6._

Keep me as the apple of the eye,[818-4] hide me under the shadow
of thy wings.

_Psalm xvii. 8._

The sorrows of death compassed me.

_Psalm xviii. 4._

He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the
wings of the wind.[818-5]

_Psalm xviii. 10._

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth
his handiwork.

_Psalm xix. 1._

Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth

_Psalm xix. 2._

And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

_Psalm xix. 6._

Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

_Psalm xix. 10._

I may tell all my bones.

_Psalm xxii. 17._

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside
the still waters.[819-2]

_Psalm xxiii. 2._

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.[819-3]

_Psalm xxiii. 4._

My cup runneth over.[819-4]

_Psalm xxiii. 5._

From the strife of tongues.

_Psalm xxxi. 20._

He fashioneth their hearts alike.[819-5]

_Psalm xxxiii. 15._

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

_Psalm xxxiv. 13._

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen[819-6] the
righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

_Psalm xxxvii. 25._

Spreading[819-7] himself like a green bay-tree.

_Psalm xxxvii. 35._

Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright.

_Psalm xxxvii. 37._

While I was musing the fire burned.[819-8]

_Psalm xxxix. 3._

Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what
it is; that I may know how frail I am.[820-1]

_Psalm xxxix. 4._

Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.[820-2]

_Psalm xxxix. 5._

He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not[820-3] who shall gather

_Psalm xxxix. 6._

Blessed is he that considereth the poor.

_Psalm xli. 1._

As the hart panteth after the water-brooks.[820-4]

_Psalm xlii. 1._

Deep calleth unto deep.[820-5]

_Psalm xlii. 7._

My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

_Psalm xlv. 1._

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in

_Psalm xlvi. 1._

Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount
Zion,[820-7] . . . the city of the great King.

_Psalm xlviii. 2._

Man being in honour abideth not; he is like the beasts that

_Psalm xlix. 12, 20._

The cattle upon a thousand hills.

_Psalm l. 10._

Oh that I had wings like a dove!

_Psalm lv. 6._

We took sweet counsel together.

_Psalm lv. 14._

But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine

_Psalm lv. 15._

The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in
his heart.[821-1]

_Psalm lv. 21._

My heart is fixed.

_Psalm lvii. 7._

They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will
not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so

_Psalm lviii. 4, 5._

Vain is the help of man.

_Psalm lx. 11; cviii. 12._

Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a
lie: to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than

_Psalm lxii. 9._

He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass.[821-4]

_Psalm lxxii. 6._

His enemies shall lick the dust.

_Psalm lxxii. 9._

As a dream when one awaketh.

_Psalm lxxiii. 20._

Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor
from[821-5] the south.

_Psalm lxxv. 6._

He putteth down one and setteth up another.

_Psalm lxxv. 7._

They go from strength to strength.

_Psalm lxxxiv. 7._

A day[821-6] in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had
rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in
the tents of wickedness.[821-7]

_Psalm lxxxiv. 10._

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have
kissed each other.

_Psalm lxxxv. 10._

A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is
past,[822-1] and as a watch in the night.

_Psalm xc. 4._

We spend our years as a tale that is told.[822-2]

_Psalm xc. 9._

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by
reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength
labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly

_Psalm xc. 10._

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto

_Psalm xc. 12._

Establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of
our hands establish thou it.[822-4]

_Psalm xc. 17._

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God;
in him will I trust.[822-5]

_Psalm xci. 2._

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for . . .
the destruction that wasteth at noonday.[822-6]

_Psalm xci. 6._

The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow
like a cedar in Lebanon.[822-7]

_Psalm xcii. 12._

The noise of many waters.

_Psalm xciii. 4._

The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice.[822-8]

_Psalm xcvii. 1._

As for man his days are as grass; as a flower of the field so he

_Psalm ciii. 15._

The wind passeth over it, and it is gone;[823-2] and the place
thereof shall know it no more.

_Psalm ciii. 16._

Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.

_Psalm civ. 15._

Man goeth forth unto his work[823-3] and to his labour until the

_Psalm civ. 23._

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great

_Psalm cvii. 23._

At their wits' end.

_Psalm cvii. 27._

Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the
beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the
dew of thy youth.[823-5]

_Psalm cx. 3._

I said in my haste, All men are liars.

_Psalm cxvi. 11._

Precious[823-6] in the sight of the Lord is the death of his

_Psalm cxvi. 15._

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of
the corner.[823-7]

_Psalm cxviii. 22._

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy
testimonies are my meditations.[823-8]

_Psalm cxix.