Thursday, May 14, 2009

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.

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