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Or because we once thought so, and think we
still think so; Or because, having thought so, we think we will
think so. HENRY SIDGEWICK. Lines which came to him in his sleep. Referred to by DR. WILLIAM OSLER—Harveian Oration, given in the South Place Magazine, Feb., 1907.
(See also BURTON)
Faciunt næ intelligendo, ut nihil intelligant.
By too much knowledge they bring it about that they know nothing. TERENCE—Andria. Prologue. XVII.
And thou my minde aspire to higher things;
Sweet food of sweetly uttered knowledge.
SiR PHILIP SIDNEY-Defence of Poesy.
Namque inscitia est,
For it shows want of knowledge to kick
the Laying of the Corner-Stone of Bunker
Hill Monument, 1825.
ker Hill, June 17, 1843.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. SOCRATES—Plato. Phædrus. Sec. CCXXXV (See also CONFUCIUS, OWEN, STIRLING)
He who binds His soul to knowledge, steals the key of heaven. N. P. WILLIS—The Scholar of Thibet Ben
Oh, be wise, Thou! Instructed that true knowledge leads to love. WORDSWORTH-Lines left upon a Seat in a
with the owl.) ARISTOPHANES—Aves. 301. Labour in vain; or coals to Newcastle.
DIOGENES LAERTIUS Lives of Eminent ANON. In a sermon to the people of Queen Philosophers. Plato. XXXII.' You are Hith. Advertised in the Daily Courant,
Oct. importing pepper into Hindostan. From the 6, 1709. Published in Paternoster Row,
Bustan of Sadi. London. "Coals to Newcastle,” or “from
(See also FULLER, HORACE) Newcastle," found in HEYWOOD If you 20 Know Not Me. Pt. II. (1606) GAUNT Qui laborat, orat. Bills of Mortality (1661) MIDDLETON— He who labours, prays. Phænit. Act I. Sc. 5. R. THORESBY Attr. to St. AUGUSTINE. Correspondence. Letter June 29, 1682. Owls (See also BERNARD, MULOCK, also TENNYSON to Athens. (Athenian coins were stamped
kings, and with high hands makes them obey its laws. MOLIÈRE-Les Femmes Savantes. II. 6.
LAMB Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow,
The lamb was sure to go.
First pub. in her Poems for our Children,
Syllables govern the world.
Fie, fie upon her! There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip, Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out At every joint and motive of her body.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 55.
LANGUAGE (See also LINGUIST, SPEECH,
WORDS) Well languag'd Danyel. WILLIAM BROWNE-Britannia's Pastorals.
Bk. II. Song 2. L. 303. 3
Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuitable to the time, place, and company.
COLERIDGE-Biographia Literaria. Ch. X. And who in time knows whither we may vent The treasure of our tongue? To whit strange
shores This gain of our best glory shall be sent,
T'enrich unknowing nations with our stores? What worlds in th' yet unformed Occident May come refin'd with th' accents that are ours?
SAM. DANIEL—Musophilus. Last lines. Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows Where noun, and verb, and participle grows.
DRYDEN—Sixth Satire of Juvenal. L. 583. Language is fossil poetry.
EMERSON—Essays. The Poet.
Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Quotation
and Originality. And don't confound the language of the nation With long-tailed words in osity and ation. J. HOOKHAM FRERE—King Arthur and his
Round Table. Introduction. St. 6. Language is the only instrument of science, and words are but the signs of ideas. SAMUEL JOHNSON—-Preface to his English Dic
tionary. L'accent du pays où l'on est né demeure dans l'esprit et dans le cæur comme dans le langage.
The accent of one's country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the language. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 342.
There was speech in their dumbness, language in their very gesture.
Winter's Tale. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 12.
Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam. I am the King of Rome, and above grammar. SIGISMUND. At the Council of Constance.
(1414) To a prelate who objected to his grammar.
(See also MOLIÈRE) Don Chaucer, well of English undefyled On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled. SPENSER—Faerie Queene. IV. 2. 32.
(See also WHITTIER) Language is the expression of ideas, and if the people of one country cannot preserve an identity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of language. Noah WEBSTER—Preface to Dictionary. Ed.
Clamorous pauperism feasteth While honest Labor, pining, hideth his sharp ribs. MARTIN TUPPER— Of Discretion.
(See also BYRON) Labor omnia vincit improbus.
Stubborn labor conquers everything.
(See also BYRON)
Labor is rest—from the sorrows that greet us;
Rest from the world-sirens that hire us to ill. Work-and pure slumbers shall wait on thy'pil
low; Work—thou shalt ride over Care's coming bil
low; Lie not down wearied 'neath Woe's weeping wil
low! Work with
a stout heart and resolute will! FRANCES S. OSGOOD—To Labor is to Pray.
10 Dum vires annique sinunt, tolerate labores. Jam veniet tacito curva senecta pede.
While strength and years permit, endure labor; soon bent old age will come with silent foot. OVIDArs Amatoria. II. 669.
Labor in this country is independent and proud. It has not to ask the patronage of capital, but capital solicits the aid of labor.
DANIEL WEBSTER—Speech. April, 1824.
Ah, little recks the laborer,
Walt WHITMAN—Song of the Exposition. I.
And all labor without any play, boys,
The herd of hirelings. (A venal pack.) PLAUTUS—Cistellaria. IV. 2. 67.
Ah vitam perdidi operse nihil agendo.
Ah, my life is lost in laboriously doing nothing. Josiah WOODWARD—Fair Warnings to a Care
less World. P. 97. Ed. 1736, quoting
Merick Casaubon. (See also CowPER, GROTIUS; also HORACE under
kings, and with high hands makes them obey
its laws. Mary had a little lamb
MOLIÈRE-Les Femmes Savantes. II. 6. Its fleece was white as snow, And everywhere that Mary went
Une louange en grec est d'une merveilleuse The lamb was sure to go.
efficace à la tête d'un livre. MRS. SARAH J. HALE-Mary's Little Lamb. A laudation in Greek is of marvellous effi
First pub. in her Poems for our Children, cacy on the title-page of a book. 1830. Claimed for JOHN ROULSTON by Mary MOLIÈRE-Preface. Les Précieuses Ridicules. Sawyer Tyler. Disproved by Mrs. Hale's 14 son, in Letter to Boston Transcript, April 10, L'accent est l'âme du discours, il lui donne le 1889. Mrs. Hale definitely asserted her sentiment et la vérité. claim to authorship before her death.
Accent is the soul of a language; it gives the feeling and truth to it.
Syllables govern the world.
JOHN SELDEN—Table Talk. Power.
He has strangled 3
His language in his tears. Pedantry consists in the use of words unsuit Henry VIII, Act V. Sc. 1. L. 158. able to the time, place, and company. COLERIDGE–Biographia Literaria. Ch. X. Thou whoreson Zed! thou unnecessary letter!
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 66. And who in time knows whither we may vent The treasure of our tongue? To what strange You taught me language; and my profit on't shores
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you This gain of our best glory shall be sent, For learning me your language!
T'enrich unknowing nations with our stores? Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 363.
Fie, fie upon her! SAM. DANIEL-Musophilus. Last lines. There's language in her eye, her cheek, her lip,
Nay, her foot speaks; her wanton spirits look out Who climbs the grammar-tree, distinctly knows At every joint and motive of her body. Where noun, and verb, and participle grows. Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 5. L. 55. DRYDEN-Sixth Satire of Juvenal. L. 583.
There was speech in their dumbness, language Language is fossil poetry.
in their very gesture. EMERSON—Essays. The Poet.
Winter's Tale. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 12. 7
Language is a city to the building of which Ego sum rex Romanus, et supra grammaticam. every human being brought a stone.
I am the King of Rome, and above grammar. EMERSON—Letters and Social Aims. Quotation SIGISMUND. At the Council of Constance. and Originality.
(1414) To a prelate who objected to his
grammar. And don't confound the language of the nation
(See also MOLIÈRE) With long-tailed words in osity and ation. J. HOOKHAM FRERE-King Arthur and his
Don Chaucer, well of English undefyled Round Table. Introduction. St. 6.
On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
SPENSER—Faerie Queene. IV. 2. 32. Language is the only instrument of science,
(See also WHITTIER) and words are but the signs of ideas.
Language is the expression of ideas, and if the SAMUEL JOHNSON-Preface to his English Dic people of one country cannot preserve an identionary.
tity of ideas they cannot retain an identity of
language. L'accent du pays où l'on est né demeure dans NOAH WEBSTER-Preface to Dictionary. Ed. l'esprit et dans le cœur comme dans le langage. of 1828.
The accent of one's country dwells in the mind and in the heart as much as in the lan From purest wells of English undefiled guage.
None deeper drank than he, the New World's LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 342.
Who in the language of their farm field spoke Writ in the climate of heaven, in the language The wit and wisdom of New England folk. spoken by angels.
WHITTIER-James Russell Lowell. LONGFELLOW—The Children of the Lord's Supe
(See also SPENSER) per. L. 262.
Oft on the dappled turf at ease
Grammar, which knows how to lord it over WORDSWORTH-To the Daisy.
BEATTIE—Vergil. Pastoral 6.
2 The false lapwynge, full of trecherye.
CHAUCER-The Parlement of Fowles. L. 47.
3 Amid thy desert-walks the lapwing flies, And tires their echoes with unvaried cries.
GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. L. 44.
To hear the lark begin his flight,
MILTON-L'Allegro. L. 41.
And now the herald lark Left his ground-nest, high tow'ring to descry The morn's approach, and greet her with his song.
MILTON—Paradise Regained. Bk. II. L. 279.
The bird that soars on highest wing,
Builds on the ground her lowly nest; And she that doth most sweetly sing,
Sings in the shade when all things rest: In lark and nightingale we see What honor hath humility.
I said to the sky-poised Lark:
A little nest on the ground.".
For look where Beatrice, like a lapwing, runs Close by the ground, to hear our conference. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 25.
LARK The music soars within the little lark, And the lark soars. E. B. BROWNING-Aurora Leigh. Bk. III. L.
155. 6 Oh, stay, sweet warbling woodlark, stay, Nor quit for me the trembling spray, A hapless lover courts thy lay,
Thy soothing, fond complaining.
BURNS—Address to the Woodlark. The merry lark he soars on high,
No worldly thought o'ertakes him.
And the daylight that awakes him.
No more the mounting larks, while Daphne sings, Shall, list’ning, in mid-air suspend their wings.
POPE—Pastorals. Winter. L. 53.
The sunrise wakes the lark to sing.
CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI—Bird Raptures.
O happy skylark springing
Up to the broad, blue sky,
Thou also soon shalt lie
CHRISTINA G. ROSSETTI-Gone Forever. St. 2.
Then my dial goes not true; I took this lark for
a bunting. All's Well That Ends Well-Act II. Sc. 5.
The lark now leaves his watery nest,
And climbing, shakes his dewy wings.
And to implore your light he sings.
Leaves his Watery Nest.
Deer; Then stooping thence (seeming her fall to rew) Adieu (she saith) adieu, deer Deer, adieu. DU BARTAS–Weekes and Workes. Fifth Day.
10 Musical cherub, soar, singing, away!
Then, when the gloaming comes,
Low in the heather blooms
Emblem of happiness,
Blest is thy dwelling-place 0, to abide in the desert with thee!
11 Rise with the lark, and with the lark to bed.
HURDIS— The Village Curate. L. 276.
12 None but the lark so shrill and clear;. Now at heaven's gate she claps her wings, The morn not waking till she sings. LYLY-Alexander and Campaspe. Act V. Sc.
1. (See also CYMBELINE)
Hark! hark! the lark at heaven's gate sings,
And Phæbus 'gins arise,
On chalic'd flowers that lies.
To ope their golden eyes;
My lady sweet, arise!
(See also LYLY)