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DIPLOMACY (See STATESMANSHIP)
chosen, or which chance has thrown in his way,
but praises those who follow a different DISAPPOINTMENT
HORACE-Satires. I. 1. 1. But evil fortune has decreed,
13 (The foe of mice as well as men)
Æstuat infelix angusto limite mundi. The royal mouse at last should bleed,
Unhappy man! He frets at the narrow Should fall-ne'er to arise again.
limits of the world. MICHAEL BRUCE–Musiad.
JUVENAL-Satires. X. 168. 2
14 The best-laid schemes o'mice an' men,
To sigh, yet feel no pain, Gang aft a-gley,
To weep, yet scarce know why; And leave us nought but grief and pain,
To sport an hour with Beauty's chain, For promised joy.
Then throw it idly by.
MOORE—The Blue Stocking.
Past and to come seem best; things present worst.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 108. Like to the apples on the Dead Sea's shore, All ashes to the taste.
I see your brows are full of discontent, BYRON—Childe Harold. III. 34.
Your hearts of sorrow and your eyes of tears.
Richard II. Act IV. Sc. I. L. 331.
I know a discontented gentleman,
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 36. Lightly I sped when hope was high
18 And youth beguiled the chase,
We love in others what we lack ourselves, I follow, follow still: But I
and would be everything but what we are. Shall never see her face.
R. H. STODDARD-Arcadian Idyl, L. 30. FRED'K LOCKER-LAMPSON.—The Unrealized
I was born to other things.
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. CXX.
back my night. The thirst to know and understand,
20 Muston-On His Deceased Wife.
A large and liberal discontent; 7
These are the goods in life's rich hand, Sed ut acerbum est, pro benefactis quom malis
The things that are more excellent. messem metas!
WILLIAM WATSON——Things That Are More It is a bitter disappointment when you have Excellent. St. 8. sown benefits, to reap injuries. PLAUTUS-Epidicus. v. 2. 52.
And from the discontent of man
The world's best progress springs.
ELLA WHEELER Wilcox-Discontent.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
OSCAR WILDE-Woman of No Importance. DISCONTENT
Act II. In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered.
Poor in abundance, famish'd at a feast. BURKE-Thoughts on the Cause of the Present
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VII. L. 44. Discontents. Vol. I. P. 516. 10
DISCRETION Whoe'er was edified, themselves were not.
24 COWPER-Task. Bk. II. The Time Piece. It shew'd discretion, the best part of valor. L. 444.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-A King and No
King. Act IV. Sc. 3. The best things beyond their measure cloy.
(See also HENRY IV) HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XIII. L. 795. POPE's 25 trans.
As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a 12
fair woman which is without discretion. Qui fit, Mæcenas, ut nemo quam sibi sortem,
Proverbs. XI. 22.
Let your own discretion be your tutor: suit How does it happen, Mæcenas, that no one the action to the word, the word to the action. is content with that lot in life which he has Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 18.
For 'tis not good that children should know Vitiant artus ægræ contagia mentis. any wickedness: old folks, you know, have dis Diseases of the mind impair the bodily powers. cretion, as they say, and know the world.
OVID-Tristium. III. 8. 25. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 131.
(See also PLINY)
17 Let's teach ourselves that honourable stop,
Utque in corporibus, sic in imperio, gravissiNot to outsport discretion.
mus est morbus qui a capite diffunditur. Othello. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 2.
And as in men's bodies, so in government.
that disease is most serious which proceeds DISEASE (See also MEDICINE, SICKNESS) from the head.
PLINY THE YOUNGER. Ep. Bk. IV. 22. The remedy is worse than the disease.
SENECA—De Clementia. Bk. II. 2.
in House of Lords, 1675. DRYDEN-Juvenal.
The young disease, that must subdue at length, (See also SYRUS, also VERGIL under MEDICINE) Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his 7
strength. (Diseases) crucify the soul of man, attenuate POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 133. our bodies, dry them, wither them, shrivel them up like old apples, make them as so many anatomies.
But just disease to luxury succeeds, BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sc.
And ev'ry death its own avenger breeds. 2. Memb. 3. Subsect. 10.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 165.
The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France.
3 Could he with reason murmur at his case, Himself sole author of his own disgrace?
COWPER-Hope. L. 316.
Id demum est homini turpe, quod meruit pati.
That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer. PHÆDRUS-Fables. III. 11. 7.
14 Believe me, lords, my tender years can tell Civil dissension is a viperous worm That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 71. If they perceive dissension in our looks And that within ourselves we disagree, How will their grudging stomachs be provoked To wilful disobedience and rebel!
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 139. Discord, a sleepless hag who never dies, With Snipe-like nose, and Ferret-glowing eyes, Lean sallow cheeks, long chin with beard sup
plied, Poor crackling joints, and wither'd parchment
A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
18 What loneliness is more lonely than distrust? GEORGE ELIOT-Middlemarch. Bk. V. Ch.
XLIV. 19 When desperate ills demand a speedy cure, Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly. SAMUEL JOHNSON–Irene. Act IV. Sc. 1.
Hominum immortalis est infamia;
Disgrace is immortal, and living even when one thinks it dead. PLAUTUS—Persa. III. 1. 27.
And wilt thou still be hammering treachery, To tumble down thy husband and thyself From top of honour to disgrace's feet?
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 47.
DISSENSION (See also CONTENTION, QUAR
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 79.
That each pull'd different ways with many an
oath, “Arcades ambo,” id est—blackguards both.
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto IV. St. 93. And Doubt and Discord step 'twixt thine and
thee. BYRON—The Prophecy of Dante. Canto II.
Dissensions, like small streams, are first begun,
A certain amount of distrust is wholesome, but not so much of others as of ourselves; neither vanity nor conceit can exist in the same atmosphere with it.
21 Three things a wise man will not trust, The wind, the sunshine of an April day, And woman's plighted faith. SOUTHEY–Madoc in Azthan. Pt. XXIII. L. 51.
BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 189.
And bitter waxed the fray;
When they met in the way.
JEAN INGELOW—Poems. Strife and Peace.
13 Alas! how light a cause may move Dissension between hearts that love! Hearts that the world in vain had tried, And sorrow but more closely tied; That stood the storm when waves were rough, Yet in a sunny hour fall off. MOORE—Lalla Rookh. The Light of the Ha
rem. L. 183.
What makes all doctrines plain and clear?-