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it will be seen, is alphabetical, and follows the order of the initial letters of the initial word or words.

The Index, which is topical, was rendered necessary in consequence of the arrangement followed, and, though a copious one, it only refers to subjects of which there is anything of significance said. It does not include mottoes, and rarely proverbs; for, apart from the difficulty of indexing the latter, the attempt would almost have doubled the size of the book, and rendered it altogether unwieldy. The Index, too, is limited to subjects that are not in the alphahetical order in the body of the book. Thus there was no need to index what is said on "Art," on p. 18, on "Beauty," on p. 26, or on "Christianity," on pp. 42, 43, as the reader will expect to find something concerning them where they occur in the order adopted.

With these preliminary explanations the Editor leaves his bookthe pleasant labour of more than three years—in the hands of the public, assured that they will judge of it by its own merits, and that they will be generous enough to acquit him of having compiled either a superfluous or an unserviceable work.

LONDON, 1893.

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


A' are no freens that speak us fair. Sc. Pr.
A aucun les biens viennent en dormant-Good
things come to some while asleep. Fr. Pr.
Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequentia—
The abuse of a thing is no argument against its
use. L. Max.

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

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

A bad dog never sees the wolf. Pr.
A bad thing is dear at any price. Pr.
Ab alio expectes, alteri quod feceris-As you
do to others, you may expect another to do to
you. Laber.

10 A barren sow was never good to pigs. Pr.
A bas-Down! down with! Fr.

A beast that wants discourse of reason. Ham.,

i. 2.

A beau is everything of a woman but the sex,
and nothing of a man beside it. Fielding.
A beau jeu beau retour-One good turn deserves
another. Fr. Pr.

15 A beautiful form is better than a beautiful
face, and a beautiful behaviour than a beau-
tiful form.

A beautiful object doth so much attract the
sight of all men, that it is in no man's power
not to be pleased with it. Clarendon.
A beautiful woman is the "hell" of the soul,
the "purgatory" of the purse, and the
paradise" of the eyes. Fontenelle.

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

A beggar's purse is always empty. Pr.
20 A belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep medita-
tion, has served me as the guide of my moral
and literary life. I have found it a capital
safely invested, and richly productive of inte-
rest. Goethe.

Abends wird der Faule fleissig-Towards even-
ing the lazy man begins to be busy. Ger. Pr.
A beneficent person is like a fountain watering
the earth and spreading fertility. Epicurus.
Aberrare a scopo-To miss the mark.
Abeunt studia in mores-Pursuits assiduously
prosecuted become habits.

| Ab extra-From without.

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

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

A big head and little wit. Pr.
Ab igne ignem-Fire from fire.


Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit-He has left, gone 30
off, escaped, broken away Cic. of Catiline's

Ability to discern that what is true is true,
and that what is false is false, is the char-
acteristic of intelligence. Swedenborg.
Ab incunabilis-From the cradle.

Ab initio From the beginning.

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

Ab intra-From within.

Ab irato-In a fit of passion.

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

A bis et à blanc-By fits and starts. Fr.
A bitter and perplex'd "What shall I do?" is
worse to man than worst necessity. Schiller.
A black hen will lay a white egg. Pr.
A blind man should not judge of colours. Pr.
A blockhead can find more faults than a wise
man can mend Gael. Pr.


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




Abnormis sapiens-Wise without learning. Hor.
A bon chat bon rat-A good rat to match a good 45
cat. Tit for tat. Pr.

A bon chien il ne vient jamais un bon os-A
good bone never falls to a good dog. Fr. Pr.
A bon droit-Justly; according to reason.
A bon marché Cheap. Fr.


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

A book should be luminous, but not volumi- 50
nous. Bovee.

Ab origine-From the beginning.
About Jesus we must believe no one but him.
self. Amiel.


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Above all Greek, above all Roman fame. Pope. Above all things reverence thyself. Pythagoras.

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

Ab ovo-From the beginning (lit. from the egg). 5 Ab ovo usque ad mala-From the beginning to the end (lit. from the egg to the apples). A bras ouverts-With open arms.


A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps

close to truth. Arist.

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

A breath can make them, as a breath has



10 Abrégé Abridgment. Fr.

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

Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Bayly.
Absence of occupation is not rest; / A mind
quite vacant is a mind distress'd. Cowper.
Absens hæres non erit-The absent one will not

be the heir. Pr.

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


Absit invidia-Envy apart.

Absit omen-May the omen augur no evil. Absolute fiends are as rare as angels, perhaps rarer. J. S. Mill.


Absolute freedom is inhuman. 20 Absolute individualism is an absurdity. Amiel. Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the contradictions of the world. Jonathan Edwards.

Absque argento omnia vana-Without money all is vain.

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

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

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

Ab uno ad omnes-From one to all, M.


"A cat may look at a king," but can it see a
king when it looks at him? Ruskin.
A causa perduta parole assai-Plenty of words
when the cause is lost. It. Pr.

Accasca in un punto quel che non accasca in 43
cento anni-That may happen in a moment which
may not occur again in a hundred years. It. Pr.
Accedas ad curiam-You may go to the court.
A writ to remove a case to a higher court. L.

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

Accent is the soul of speech; it gives it feeling Munera sunt, auctor quæ pretiosa facit-Those presents are always the most acceptable which owe their value to the giver. Ovid.

and truth. Rousseau.
Acceptissima semper

Accident ever varies; substance can never 45
suffer change or decay. Wm. Blake.
Accidents rule men, not men accidents. Hero-

Accipe nunc, victus tenuis qu'd quantaque
secum afferat. In primis valeas bene.
Now learn what and how great benefits a mode-
rate diet brings with it. Before all, you will enjoy
good health. Hor.

Accipere quam facere præstat injuriam-It is better to receive than to do an injury. Cic. Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat-The mind attracted by what is false has no relish for better things. Hor.

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

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

Acer et vehemens bonus orator-A good orator
is pointed and impassioned. Cic.
Acerrima proximorum odia-The hatred of those
most closely connected with us is the bitterest.

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

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

Ab uno disce omnes-From a single instance you A certain tendency to insanity has always may infer the whole.

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

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

30 A burnt child dreads the fire. Pr.

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

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

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

A capite ad calcem-From head to heel. 35 A careless master makes a negligent servant.


A carper will cavil at anything. Pr.

A carrion kite will never make a good hawk.


attended the opening of the religious sense in men, as if they had been "blasted with excess of light." Emerson.

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

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

A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.

A chaque fou plaît sa marotte-Every fool is 69
pleased with his own hobby. Fr. Pr.

A character is a completely-fashioned will.


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

A cheerful life is what the Muses love; A soaring spirit is their prime delight. Words worth.

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A chip of the old block.

A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman. Hare.

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

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

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

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

A circulating library in a town is an ever-green tree of diabolical knowledge. Sheridan. A circumnavigator of the globe is less influenced by all the nations he has seen than by his nurse. Jean Paul.

A clear conscience is a sure card. Pr.

15 A cock aye craws crousest (boldest) on his ain

midden-head. Sc. Pr.

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A confesseurs, médecins, avocats, la vérité ne cèle de ton cas-Do not conceal the truth from confessors, doctors, and lawyers. Fr. Pr. A conscience without God is a tribunal without a judge. Lamartine.

A consistent man believes in destiny, a cap

ricious man in chance. Disraeli.

25 A constant fidelity in small things is a great

and heroic virtue. Bonaventura.

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

A contre cœur--Against the grain. Fr.
A corps perdu-With might and main. Fr.
A countenance more in sorrow than in anger.
Ham., i. 2.

30 A courage to endure and to obey. Tennyson. A couvert-Under cover. Fr.

Acqua lontana non spegne fuoco vicino-Water afar won't quench a fire at hand. It. Pr. A crafty knave needs no broker. Pr. quoted

in Hen. VI.

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


A creation of importance can be produced only £3 when its author isolates himself; it is ever a child of solitude. Goethe.

Acribus initiis, incurioso fine-Full of ardour at Tac. A critic should be a pair of snuffers. He is the beginning, careless at the end. often an extinguisher, and not seldom a thief. Hare.

A crowd is not company. Bacon.

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

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Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam-The act of 55
God does wrong to no man. L. Max.
Actus legis nulli facit injuriam-The act of the
law does wrong to no man. L. Max.
Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus-
An act I do against my will is not my act.


Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea--The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind Act well your part; there all the honour lies. be guilty. L. Max. Pope.

A cuspide corona-From the spear a crown, i.e., 60 A custom / More honoured in the breach than honour for military exploits. M. Adam muss eine Eve haben, die er zeiht was the observance. Ham., i. 4. er gethan-Adam must have an Eve, to blame for what he has done. Ger. Pr.

Ad amussim-Made exactly by rule.

A danger foreseen is half avoided. Pr. Adaptiveness is the peculiarity of human 65



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