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DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS.
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 consequentiaThe 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.,
A beau is everything of a woman but the sex,
15 A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face, and a beautiful behaviour than a beautiful form. Emerson.
A beautiful object doth so much attract the
A beggarly account of empty boxes. Rom.
A beggar's purse is always empty. Pr. 20 A belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep meditation, has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found it a capital safely invested, and richly productive of interest. Goethe.
Abends wird der Faule fleissig-Towards evening the lazy man begins to be busy. Ger. Pr. A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth and spreading fertility. Epicurus. Aberrare a scopo-To miss the mark. Abeunt studia in mores-Pursuits assiduously prosecuted become habits.
Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit-He has left, gone 30 off, escaped, broken away. Cic. of Catiline's flight.
Ability to discern that what is true is true,
Ab initio From the beginning.
Ab inopia ad virtutem obsepta est via-The
Ab intra-From within.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A bis et à blanc-By fits and starts. Fr.
A blue-stocking despises her duties as a
Abnormis sapiens-Wise without learning. Hor.
A book may be as great a thing as a battle.
A book should be luminous, but not volumi- 50 nous. Bovel.
Ab origine-From the beginning.
A brave spirit struggling with adversity is a spectacle for the gods. Sen.
A breath can make them, as a breath has made. Goldsmith.
10 Abrégé Abridgment. Fr.
Absence lessens weak, and intensifies violent, passions, as wind extinguishes a taper and lights up a fire. La Roche.
"A cat may look at a king," but can it see a
Accasca in un punto quel che non accasca in 40
Accensa domo proximi, tua quoque pericli-
Accent is the soul of speech; it gives it feeling
and truth. Rousseau,
Acceptissima semper / Munera sunt, auctor quæ pretiosa facit-Those presents are always the most acceptable which owe their value to the giver. Ovid.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Bayly. Accident ever varies; substance can never 45
be the heir. Pr.
15 Absent in body, but present in spirit. St. Paul.
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.
suffer change or decay. Wm. Blake. Accidents rule men, not men accidents. Herodotus.
Accipe nunc, victus tenuis qu'd quantaque secum afferat. In primis valeas bene Now learn what and how great benefits a moderate diet brings with it. Before all, you will enjoy good health. Hor.
Accipere quam facere præstat injuriam-It is better to receive than to do an injury. Cic. Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat-The mind attracted by what is false has no relish for better things. Hor.
Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo-No 50
man is bound to accuse himself unless it be before
Accuse not Nature; she hath done her part; /
Acer et vehemens bonus orator-A good orator
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.
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
A change came o'er the spirit of my dream.
A chaque fou plaît sa marotte-Every fool is 60
A cader va chi troppo in alto sale-He who A character is a completely-fashioned will. 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. Pr.
A carper will cavil at anything. Pr.
A carrion kite will never make a good hawk.
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.
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! Schilier.
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.
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 crown is no cure for the headache. Pr. A cruce salus-Salvation from the cross. A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand oils the wheels as they run. Ouida. A crust of bread and liberty. Pope. Acta exteriora indicant interiora secreta-Outward acts betray the secret intention. L. Max. Act always so that the immediate motive of 45 thy will may become a universal rule for all intelligent beings. Kant.
Acti labores jucundi-The remembrance of past labours is pleasant.
Action can be understood and again repre-
Actions speak louder than words. Pr.
Activity is the presence, and character the record, of function. Greenough.
Actum est de republicâ-It is all over with the republic.
Actum ne agas-What has been done don't do over again. Cic.
Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam-The act of 55
Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea--The act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind be guilty. L. Max.
Act well your part; there all the honour lies. Pope.
A cuspide corona-From the spear a crown, i.e., 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
Ad aperturam-Wherever a book may be opened. Ad arbitrium-At pleasure.
Ad astra per ardua-To the stars by steep paths.
A Daniel come to judgment. Mer. of Ven., iv. 1. Ad avizandum-Into consideration. Scots Law. 70 A day may sink or save a realm. Tennyson.
A day of grace (Gunst) is as a day in harvest; one must be diligent as soon as it is ripe. Geethe.
A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's self. Dickens.
Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet--When a disaster happens, every report confirming it obtains ready credence.
Ad captandum vulgus-To catch the rabble. 5 Addere legi justitiam decus-It is to one's honour to combine justice with law. M.
A death-bed repentance seldom reaches to
A deep meaning resides in old customs.
A democracy is a state in which the govern-
A Deo et rege-From God and the king. M. 10 Adeo in teneris consuescere multum est-So much depends on habit in the tender years of youth. Virg.
Ad eundem-To the same degree. Said of a graduate passing from one university to another. Ad extremum-At last.
Adieu la voiture, adieu la boutique-Adieu to the carriage, adieu to the shop, i.e., to the business. Fr. Pr.
Adieu, paniers! vendanges sont faites-Farewell, baskets! vintage is over. Ad infinitum-To infinity.
25 Ad interim-Meanwhile.
Ad internecionem-To extermination.
A Dio spiacente ed a' nemici sui-Hateful to God and the enemies of God. Dante.
A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando-Praying to God and smiting with the hammer. Sp. Pr. A discrétion Without any restriction (lit. at discretion). Fr.
30 Ad libitum-At pleasure.
Ad majorem Dei gloriam-To the greater glory of God (M. of the Jesuits).
Ad mala quisque animum referat sua-Let each
recall his own woes.
Adolescentem verecundum esse decet - A young man ought to be modest. Plaut.
Ad omnem libidinem projectus homo-A man addicted to every lust.
Adó sacan y non pon, presto llegan al hondon -By ever taking out and never putting in, one soon reaches the bottom. Sp. Fr.
Ad patres-Dead; to death (lit. to the fathers). A downright contradiction is equally mys-45 terious to wise men as to fools. Goethe. Ad perditam securim manubrium adjicere-To throw the helve after the hatchet, i.e., to give up in despair.
Ad perniciem solet agi sinceritas-Honesty is often goaded to ruin. Phædr.
Ad pœnitendum properat, cito qui judicat-He
Ad quod damnum-To what damage. L.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a 55 hogshead of vinegar. Pr.
A drop of water has all the properties of water, but it cannot exhibit a storm. A drowning man will catch at a straw. Pr. Adscriptus gleba-Attached to the soil. Adsit regula, peccatis quæ pœnas irroget æquas-Have a rule apportioning to each offence its appropriate penalty. Hor.
Adstrictus necessitate-Bound by necessity. Cic. 60 Ad summum-To the highest point.
Ad tristem partem strenua est suspicio-One is quick to suspect where one has suffered harm before. Pub. Syr.
Ad unguem-To a nicety (lit. to the nail).
Ad utrumque paratus-Prepared for either case.
Adversa virtute repello I repel adversity by