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He was indeed the glass Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.

Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 21.

14 Sheep follow sheep.

Talmud. Ketuboth 62.



Inspicere tamquam in speculum in vitas omnium Jubeo atque ex aliis sumere exemplum sibi.

We should look at the lives of all as at a mirror, and take from others an example for ourselves. TERENCE-Adelphi. III. 3. 62.


Quod exemplo fit, id etiam jure fieri putant.

Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent. CICEROEpistles. IV. 3.

Componitur orbis Regis ad exemplum; nec sic inflectere sensus Humanos edicta valent, quam vita regentis.

The people are fashioned according to the example of their kings; and edicts are of less power than the life of the ruler. CLAUDIANUSDe Quarto Consulatu Honorii

Augustii Panegyris. CCXCIX. 3 Illustrious predecessors. FIELDINGCovent Garden Journal. Jan. 11,

1752. (See also BURKE) Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way. GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. L. 170.

(See also HOMER) 5 Since truth and constancy are vain, Since neither love, nor sense of pain, Nor force of reason, can persuade, Then let example be obey'd. GEO GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne)—TO


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Content to follow when we lead the way.
HOMERThe Iliad. Bk. X. L. 141. POPE'S

trans. (See also GOLDSMITH)

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EXPECTATION Serene I told my hands and wait,

Nor care for wind or tide nor sea; I rave no more 'gainst time or fate,

For lo! my own shall come to me.


“Yet doth he live!" exclaims th' impatient heir, And sighs for sables which he must not wear.

BYRON—Lara. Canto I. St. 3.

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Since yesterday I have been in Alcalá.
Erelong the time will come, sweet Preciosa,
When that dull distance shall no more divide us;
And I no more shall scale thy wall by night
To steal a kiss from thee, as I do now.

LONGFELLOW-Spanish Student. Act I. Sc. 3.

Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed. POPE-Letter to Gay. Oct. 6, 1727. Called

by POPE and Gay “The Eighth Beatitude."
BISHOP HEBER refers to it as “Swift's
Eighth Beatitude." Also called “The
Ninth Beatitude."

(See also WALCOT)

Behold, we live through all things,-famine,

thirst, Bereavement, pain; all grief and misery, All woe and sorrow; life inflicts its worst

On soul and body,—but we cannot die, Though we be sick, and tired, and faint, and

worn, Lo, all things can be borne!




By experience we find out a shorter way by a long wandering. Learning teacheth more in one year than experience in twenty.

ROGER ASCHAM-Schoolmaster.

Oft expectation fails and most oft there
Where most it promises, and oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
All's Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1. L.


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A sadder and a wiser man,
He rose the morrow morn.
COLERIDGE—The Ancient Mariner. Pt. VII.

Last St.
To show the world what long experience gains,
Requires not courage, though it calls for pains;
But at life's outset to inform mankind
Is a bold effort of a valiant mind.

CRABBE-Borough. Letter VII. L. 47.

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In her experience all her friends relied,
Heaven was her help and nature was her guide.

CRABBE-Parish Register. Pt. III.

Expectation whirls me round.
The imaginary relish is so sweet
That it enchants my sense.

Troilus and Cressida. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 19.


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Tu proverai si come sa di sale
Lo pane altrui, e com'è duro calle
Lo scendere e'l salir per l'altrui scale.

Thou shalt know by experience how salt the savor is of other's bread, and how sad a path it is to climb and descend another's stairs. DANTE-Paradiso. XVII. 58.

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Although I enter not,
Yet round about the spot

Ofttimes I hover;
And near the sacred gate,
With longing eyes I wait,

Expectant of her.
THACKERAYPendennis. At the Church Gate.

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'Tis silence all, And pleasing expectation.

THOMSON-Seasons. Spring. L. 160 .

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Experience teaches slowly, and at the cost of mistakes. FROUDE —— Short Studies on Great Subjects.

Party Politics. We read the past by the light of the present, and the forms vary as the shadows fall, or as the point of vision alters. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects. So

ciety in Italy in the Last Days of the Roman Republic

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Experience join'd with common sense,
To mortals is a providence.
MATTHEW GREEN—The Spleen. L. 312.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. PATRICK HENRY—Speech at Virginia Conven

tion. March 23, 1775.

14 And others' follies teach us not,

Nor much their wisdom teaches,
And most, of sterling worth, is what

Our own experience preaches.
TENNYSON-Will Waterproof; Lyrical Mono-

Experto credite.

Believe one who has tried it.
VERGIL-Æneid. XI. 283.



Stultorum eventus magister est.

Experience is the teacher of fools.
Live-Annales. XXII. 39.

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning. LOWELL — Among my Books. Shakespeare

Once More. 5 Semper enim ex aliis alia proseminat usus.

Experience is always sowing the seed of one thing after another. MANILIUS-Astronomica. I. 90.

Experience, next, to thee I owe, Best guide; not following thee, I had remain'd In ignorance; thou open'st wisdom's way, And giv'st access, though secret she retire.

MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IX. L. 807.

7 What man would be wise, let him drink of the

river That bears on his bosom the record of time; A message to him every wave can deliver To teach him to creep till he knows how to

climb. JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY-Rules of the Road.

Experto crede Roberto.

Believe Robert who has tried it.
A proverb quoted by BURTON— Introduction

to Anatomy of Melancholy. Common in the
middle ages.

Experto crede Ruberto is given as a saying in a discourse of ULRICUS MELITER to SIGISMOND, Archduke of Austria. (1489) Same in CORONIS-A polog. pro Erasmus Coll.

First version is in an epitaph in an old chapel of Exeter College. (1627) LE ROUX DE LINCY traces it to GOMÈS de TRIER— Jardin de Recreation. (1611)


Learn the lesson of your own pain learn to seek God, not in any single event of past history, but in your own soul—in the constant verifications of experience, in the life of Christian love. MRS. HUMPHRY WARD-Robert Elsmere.




Da dacht ich oft: schwatzt noch so hoch gelehrt, Man weiss doch nichts, als was man selbst erfährt.

I have often thought that however learned you may talk about it, one knows nothing but what he learns from his own experience. WIELAND-Oberon. II. 24.


Who heeds not experience, trust him not.

JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY-Rules of the Road.

Nam in omnibus fere minus valent præcepta quam experimenta.

In almost everything, experience is more valuable than precept. QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. II. 5. 5.

10 I shall the effect of this good lesson keep, As watchman to my heart.

Hamlet. Act I, Sc. 3. L. 45.

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I know The past and thence I will essay to glean A warning for the future, so that man May profit by his errors, and derive Experience from his folly; For, when the power of imparting joy Is equal to the will, the human soul

Requires no other heaven. SHELLEY-Queen Mab. III. L. 6.

Denn wenn sich Jemand versteckt erklärt, so ist Nichts unhöflicher als eine neue Frage.

For when any one explains himself guardedly, nothing is more uncivil than to put a new question. JEAN PAUL RICHTERHesperus. II.

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EXPRESSION Preserving the sweetness of proportion and expressing itself beyond expression.

BEN JONSONThe Masque of Hymen.


Experientia docet.

Experience teaches.
Founded on TACITUS—Annales. Bk. V. 6.

I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro'
Gleams that untravl'd world whose margin fades
Forever and forever when I move.
TENNYSON — Ulysses. (Free rendering of

DANTE's Inferno. Canto XVI.)

Patience and sorrow strove Who should express her goodliest. You have

seen Sunshine and rain at once: her smile and tears Were like a better way.

King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 18.

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Look babies in your eyes, my pretty sweet one. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER--The Loyal Subject. (See also DONNE, HERRICK, SIDNEY)



And feel by turns the bitter change Of fierce extremes, extremes by change more

fierce. MILTON—Paradise Lost. II. 599.

(See also CAMPBELL) He that had never seen a river imagined the first he met to be the sea; and the greatest things that have fallen within our knowledge we conclude the extremes that nature makes of the kind.

MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. I. Ch. XXVI. Avoid Extremes; and shun the fault of such Who still are pleas'd too little or too much. POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 385.

(See also CLEOBULUS) Extremes in nature equal good produce; Extremes in man concur to general use.

POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. III. L. 161.

The mind has a thousand eyes,

And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies

When love is done. F. W. BOURDILLONLight. (See also SYLVESTER, also BOURDILLON under



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Thine eyes are springs in whose serene
And silent waters heaven is seen.
Their lashes are the herbs that look
On their young figures in the brook.

BRYANT-Oh, Fairest of the Rural Maids.




Extrema primo nemo tentavit loco.

No one tries extreme remedies at first.

SENECA—Agamemnon. 153. Like to the time o' the year between the ex

tremes Of hot and cold, he was nor sad nor merry.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 51. Not fearing death, nor shrinking for distress, But always resolute in most extremes.

Henry VI. Pt. I. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 37.

The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have pene trated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet. BULWER-LYTTON—What Will He Do With It?

Bk. VIII. Ch. II.



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The Chinese say that we Europeans have one eye, they themselves two, all the world else is blinde. BURTON—Anat. of Melancholy. Ed. 6. P. 40.

(See also ERASMUS) Her eye (I'm very fond of handsome eyes)

Was large and dark, suppressing half its fire Until she spoke, then through its soft disguise

Flash'd an expression more of pride than ire, And love than either; and there would arise,

A something in them which was not desire,


And where two raging fires meet together,
They do consume the thing that feeds their fury:
Though little fire grows great with little wind,
Yet extreme gusts will blow out fire and all.

Taming of the Shrew. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 133.

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