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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 a 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 subject.[774-2]

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 man.

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 write.

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 past.[776-1]

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 me?"[776-2]

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 reputation![777-2]

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 true."[777-3]

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 vice.

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 seem.

Book ii. Chap. xxxvii. Of the Resemblance of Children to their Brothers.

There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains; the most universal quality is diversity.[777-5]

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

The public weal requires that men should betray and lie and massacre.

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 compatriots.

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 stupidity.[779-2]

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 myself.

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 have.

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. Montaigne.

[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, 607.

[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 Tares.[783-2]

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.

[781-3] 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, 1863).—JOHN TYNDALL.

[781-8] See Marlowe, page 40.

[781-9] The cattle upon a thousand hills.—Psalm i. 10.

[782-1] See Pliny, page 717.

[782-2] 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.

[783-2] 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.

[784-4] 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 Encyclopaedia Britannica, ninth edition, vol. xviii. p. 234.)

[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 chance.[786-4]

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 all.[787-3]

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 satisfied.[788-1]

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 fritters.

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 worse.

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 purse.

Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. vii.

Remember the old saying, "Faint heart never won fair lady."[789-2]

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 Have-little.

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 cradle.

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 laughing-stock.

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 occasion.

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 last.[792-5]

Don Quixote. Part ii. Chap. lxxiv.

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

The Little Gypsy (La Gitanilla).

My heart is wax moulded as she pleases, but enduring as marble to retain.[792-6]

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.

[788-2] 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]

Causae 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 Pere Sirmond:

Si bene commemini, causae sunt quinque bibendi: Hospitis adventus; praesens sitis atque futura; Et vini bonitas, et quaelibet 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 theon aleousi myloi, aleousi de lepta.—LEUTSCH AND SCHNEIDEWIN: Corpus Paroemiographorum Graecorum, 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 others.

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 benefactor.

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 others.

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 themselves.

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'Ecole des Femmes. Act ii. Sc. 6.

There are fagots and fagots.

Le Medecin malgre lui. Act i. Sc. 6.

We have changed all that.

Le Medecin malgre 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 "Pedant joue," 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 reed.

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 so.[799-2]

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 go.

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 [Moliere] 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]

Epitre ii.


[799-5] See Dryden, page 273.

[800-1] See Pope, page 334.

ALAIN RENE LE SAGE. 1668-1747.

It may be said that his wit shines at the expense of his memory.[800-2]

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]

Epitre a 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 misfortunes.[801-1]

L'Ingenu. 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 chateau of monseigneur the baron was the most beautiful of chateaux, 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 battalions.[801-4]

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, "Voila le roi qui m'envoie son linge a 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. SEVIGNE: Lettre a 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 coute."


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 capitals:—

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 transient.

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 name![804-1]


[804-1] MACAULAY: Essay on Mirabeau.


The tree of liberty only grows when watered by the blood of tyrants.

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 FOUCHE. 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 others.

Memoirs of Fouche.

Death is an eternal sleep.

Inscription placed by his orders on the Gates of the Cemeteries in 1794.


[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 vecu 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 enemies.[808-4]

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 more.[809-4]

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 quickly.[810-3]

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 Muenster, 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.

Symmisgonton de te naumachie, Kadmeie tis nike toisi Phokaieusi 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 ("Memoires," 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 l'honneur."

The true expression is, "Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se porte le reste de mon infortune, de toutes choses ne m'est demeure que l'honneur et la vie qui est sauve."—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 demeure que l'honneur et la vie,—qui est sauve."

[807-5] Inserit se tantis viris mulier alienigeni sanguinis: quae a Philippo rege temulento immerenter damnata, Provocarem ad Philippum, inquit, sed sobrium.—VALERIUS MAXIMUS: Lib. vi. c. 2.

[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 fixee.—MADAME DE STAEL: 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 Francais," 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 extremes 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: Heracleidae, 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 Plataea. The oracle replied, Panta lithon kinei, "Turn every stone."—LEUTSCH AND SCHNEIDEWIN: Corpus Paraemiographorum Graecorum, 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 recois de Pologne m'annoncent que la tranquillite regne a Varsovie."—DUMAS: Memoires, 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 (1596).

Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio Ossam.—VIRGIL: Georgics, i. 281.

[810-1] See Shakespeare, page 64.

[810-2] See Rabelais, page 771.

AEschines (Adv. Ctesiphon, c. 53) ascribes to Demosthenes the expression ypotetmetai ta neura ton pragmaton, "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 pragmaton,—"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 Nantes.

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 "Independant."—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 govern."

[811-1] BUFFON: Discours de Reception (Recueil de l'Academie, 1753). See Burton, page 186.

[811-2] PROCLUS: Commentary on Euclid's Elements, book ii. chap. iv.

[811-3] Attributed to Mademoiselle Bertin, milliner to Marie Antoinette.

"There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated,"—motto of the "Revue Retrospective."

[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 Beitraege 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 reserve."

[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 him.

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 salt.

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 times?

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 fail.

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 furiously.

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 rest.

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 book!

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 knowledge.[819-1]

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 them.

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 trouble.[820-6]

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 perish.[820-8]

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 acquaintance.[820-9]

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 wisely.[821-2]

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 vanity.[821-3]

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 away.[822-3]

Psalm xc. 10.

So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

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 flourisheth.[823-1]

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 evening.

Psalm civ. 23.

They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters.[823-4]

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 saints.

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. 99.

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 night.[824-1]

Psalm cxxi. 6.

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

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 eyelids.[824-4]

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 cunning.

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 fall.

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.

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