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I firmly believe that if the whole materia medica could be sunk to the bottom of the sea, it would be all the better for mankind and all the worse for the fishes. HOLMES-Lecture before the Harvard Medical
A pill that the present moment is daily bread to thousands.
DOUGLAS JERROLD—The Catspaw. Act I. "Sc. 1.
Banished the doctor, and expell’d the friend.
POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. III. L. 330.
PRIOR-Alma. Canto III. L. 97.
And wine had warm'd the politician, Cur'd yesterday of my disease,
I died last night of my physician. PRIOR-The Remedy Worse than the Disease. Physicians, of all men, are most happy: whatever good success soever they have, the world proclaimeth and what faults they commit, the earth covereth.
QUARLES-Hieroglyphics of the Life of Man.
Orandum est, ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
A sound mind in a sound body is a thing to be prayed for. JUVENAL—Satires. X. 356. (See also QUOTATIONS under DISEASE)
You behold in me
Luke. IV. 23. Quoted as a proverb
MILTON—Comus. L. 626. 7 Adrian, the Emperor, exclaimed incessantly, when dying, "That the crowd of physicians had killed him.
MONTAIGNE—Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XXXVII.
MOORE-Wreaths for Ministers.
We do not bear sweets; we are recruited by a bitter potion. OVID-Ars Amatoria. III. 583.
10 Medicus nihil aliud est quam animi consolatio.
A physician is nothing but a consoler of the mind. PETRONIUS ARBITER—Satyricon. 11
I have heard that Tiberius used to say that that man was ridiculous, who after sixty years, appealed to a physician. PLUTARCH-De Sanitate tuenda. Vol. II. 12
(See also TACITUS)
POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 108.
13 Learn from the beasts the physic of the field.
POPE—Essay on Man. Ep. III. L. 174.
14 Who shall decide when doctors disagree, And soundest casuists doubt, like you and me?
POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. III.
By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too.
Cymbeline. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 29. 21
No cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death.
Hamlet. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 144.
22 In poison there is physic; and these news, Having been well
, that would have made me sick; Being sick, have in some measure made me well.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 137
Must minister to himself.
Thy thoughts to nobler meditations give,
And study how to die, not how to live. 1 If thou couldst, doctor, cast
GEO. GRANVILLE (Lord Lansdowne)—MediThe water of my land, find her disease,
tations on Death. St. 1. And purge it to a sound and pristine health, I would applaud thee to the very echo,
Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour, That should applaud again.
And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined, Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 50.
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender
power, In such a night
Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful, Medea gather'd the enchanted herbs
A shining Jacob's-ladder of the mind! That did renew old Æson.
PAUL H. HAYNE-Sonnet IX. Merchant of Venice. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 12. 3
In maiden meditation, fancy-free. I do remember an apothecary,
Midsummer Night's Dream. Act II. Sc. 1. And hereabouts he dwells,—whom late I noted
Divinely bent to meditation;
And in no worldly suits would he be mov'd, An alligator stuff'd, and other skins
To draw him from his holy exercise.
Richard III. Act III. Sc. 7. L. 61.
As two floating planks meet and part on the sea,
O friend! so I met and then drifted from thee. Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 37.
Wm. R. ALGER-Oriental Poetry. The Brief You rub the sore,
Chance Encounter. When you should bring the plaster.
(See also ARNOLD, BULWER, LONGFELLOW, Tempest. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 138.
MOORE, SMITH, STEDMAN) 5 Trust not the physician;
Like a plank of driftwood His antidotes are poison, and he slays
Tossed on the watery main, More than you rob.
Another plank encountered, Timon of Athens. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 434 Meets, touches, parts again;
So tossed, and drifting ever,
On life's unresting sea,
EDWIN ARNOLD-Book of Good Counsel. Trans. 7
from the Sanscrit of the Hitopadéeso. A Crudelem medicum intemperans æger facit.
literal trans. by Max MÜLLER appeared in A disorderly patient makes the physician The Fortnightly, July, 1898. He also transcruel.
lated the same idea from the Mahavastu. SYRUS-Maxims.
Like driftwood spars which meet and pass He (Tiberius) was wont to mock at the arts Upon the boundless ocean-plain, of physicians, and at those who, after thirty So on the sea of life, alas! years of age, needed counsel as to what was good Man nears man, meets, and leaves again. or bad for their bodies.
MATTHEW ARNOLD-Terrace at Berne. TACITUS-Annals. Bk. VI. Ch. XLVI.
(See also ALGER)
As drifting logs of wood may haply meet
And having met, drift once again apart,
So, fleeting is the intercourse of men.
E'en as a traveler meeting with the shade 10
Of some o'erhung tree, awhile reposes, But nothing is more estimable
than a physician
Then leaves its shelter to pursue his ways, who, having studied nature from his youth, So men meet friends, then part with them for knows the properties of the human body, the diseases which assail it, the remedies which will
Trans. of the Code of Manu. In Words of Wisbenefit it, exercises his art with caution, and pays
dom. equal attention to the rich and the poor. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary. Phy We met—'twas in a crowd. sicians,
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY-We Met.
12 We shall meet but we shall miss her.
H. S. WASHBURN--Song.
Two lives that once part, are as ships that divide When, moment on moment, there rushes between
The one and the other, a sea;-.
A gleam on the years that shall be!
(See also ALGER) 2
As vessels starting from ports thousands of miles apart pass close to each other in the naked breadths of the ocean, nay, sometimes even touch in the dark. HOLMES—Professor at the Breakfast Table.
(See also ALGER) 3 The joy of meeting not unmixed with pain.
LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus. L. 113. Ships that pass in the night, and speak each
other in passing, Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the
darkness: So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one
a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence. LONGFELLOW-Tales of a Wayside Inn. The Theologian's Tale. Elizabeth. Pt. IV.
(See also ALGER) 5 In life there are meetings which seem Like a fate. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt.
II. Canto III. St. 8.
THOMAS MOORE-Meeting of the Ships.
(See also ALGER) Some day, some day of days, threading the street
With idle, heedless pace,
I shall behold your face!
NORA PERRY-Some Day of Days.
King John. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 86.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 1.
sweet; One little hour! and then, away they speed On lonely paths, through mist, and cloud, and
foam, To meet no more. ALEXANDER SMITH-Life Drama. Sc. IV.
(See also ALGER) 11 Alas, by what rude fate Our lives, like ships at sea, an instant meet, Then part forever on their courses fleet. E.C. STEDMAN-Blameless Prince. St. 51.
(See also ALGER)
MELANCHOLY All my griefs to this are jolly, Naught so damn'd as melancholy.
BURTON—Abstract to Anatomy of Melancholy. All my joys to this are folly, Naught so sweet as melancholy. BURTON—Abstract to Anatomy of Melancholy.
(See also STRODE) As melancholy as an unbraced drum.
CENTLIVRE—Wonder. Act II. Sc. 1. With eyes upraised, as one inspired, Pale Melancholy sate retired; And, from her wild, sequester'd seat, In notes by distance made more sweet, Pour'd through the mellow horn her pensive soul. COLLINS—The Passions. L. 57.
Tell us, pray, what devil This melancholy is, which can transform Men into monsters. JOHN FORD-The Lover's Melancholy. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 107.
Sc. 1. L. 111.
A youth, to fortune and to fame unknown;
And Melancholy marked him for her own.
(See also BURTON) 21
Employment, sir, and hardships, prevent melancholy. SAMUEL JOHNSON—Boswell's Life of Johnson. (1777)
Moping melancholy, And moon-struck madness.
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 485. Goyou may call it madness, folly,
You shall not chase my gloom away. There's such a charm in melancholy,
I would not, if I could, be gay!
SAMUEL ROGERS—TO St. 1. I can suck melancholy out of a song.
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 12. 25
O melancholy! Who ever yet could sound thy bottom? find The ooze, to show what coast thy sluggish crare Might easiliest harbour in?
Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 205.
Than thus remember thee.
The greatest note of it is his melancholy.
To live in hearts we leave behind,
CAMPBELL-Hallowed Ground. St. 6.
And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.
Taming of the Shrew. Induction. Sc. 2. L. 135. Hence, all you vain delights, As short as are the nights
Wherein you spend your folly!
But only melancholy,
As given in MALONE's MSS. in the Bodleian
(See also BURTON)
MEMORY Far from our eyes th’ Enchanting Objects set, Advantage by the friendly Distance get. ALEXIS. A poem against Fruition. From Poems
by Several Hands. Pub. 1685.
When promise and patience are wearing thin,
BLISS CARMAN—The Man of the Marne. Though sands be black and bitter black the sea,
Night lie before me and behind me night,
And God within far Heaven refuse to light
Les souvenirs embellissent la vie, l'oubli seul la rend possible.
Remembrances embellish life but forgetfulness alone makes it possible. GEN'L CIALDINI-Written in an album. 17
Memoria est thesaurus omnium rerum custos.
Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things. CICERO—De Oratore. I. 5. 18
Vita enim mortuorum in memoria vivorum est posita.
The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living CICERO—Philippicæ. IX. 5.
Oh, how cruelly sweet are the echoes that start When Memory plays an old tune on the heart! Eliza Cook-Journal. Vol. IV. Old Dobbin.
Out of sighte, out of mynde.
Private Correspondence of Lady Cornwallis.
(See also LADY BACON)
Long, long ago, long, long ago.
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY-Long, Long Ago. Oh, I have roamed o'er many lands,
And many friends I've met;
Can this fond heart forget.
Friends depart, and memory takes them
and deep. THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY—Teach Me to Forget.
Out of mind as soon as out of sight.
(See also BACON) The mother may forget the child
That smiles sae sweetly on her knee; But I'll remember thee, Glencairn,
And all that thou hast done for me!
But woe to him, who left to moan,
Trans. by ANSTICE.
Memory (is) like a purse, --if it be over-full that it cannot shut, all will drop out of it. Take heed of a gluttonous curiosity to feed on many things, lest the greediness of the appetite of thy memory spoil the digestion thereof. FULLER-Holy and Profane States. Bk. III.
Yet how much less it were to gain,
Though thou hast left me free, The loveliest things that still remain,
tion in a fictitious magazine, Greenwich Mag. By every remove I only drag a greater length for Marines, 1707. (Hoax.) It appeared in of chain.
MRS. MARY SHERWOOD's novel, The Nun. GOLDSMITH-Citizen of the World. No. 3. See Same idea in POPE-Epistle to Robert, Earl also his Traveller.
of Oxford, and Earl Mortimer.
Though lost to sight to memory dear Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, The absent
claim a sigh, the dead a tear. Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain. SIR DAVID DUNDAS offered 5 shillings during GOLDSMITH-Deserted Village. L. 81.
his life (1799–1877) to any one who could 3
produce the origin of this first line. See Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see,
Notes and Queries, Oct. 21, 1916. P. 336. My heart untravell’d fondly turns to thee;
Dem Augen fern dem Herzen ewig nah'. Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain,
On a tomb in Dresden, near that of VON And drags at each remove a lengthening chain. WEBER's. See Notes and Queries, March 27, GOLDSMITH-Traveller. L. 7. See also his 1909. P. 249. Citizen of the World.
(See also BACON, RIDER) A place in thy memory, Dearest!
I recollect a nurse called Ann, Is all that I claim:
Who carried me about the grass, To pause and look back when thou hearest
And one fine day a fine young man The sound of my name.
Came up and kissed the pretty lass. GERALD GRIFFIN-A Place in Thy Memory, She did not make the least objection. Dearest.
Thinks I, “Aha, 5
When I can talk I'll tell Mama," Fer from eze, fer from herte,
And that's my earliest recollection. Quoth Hendyng.
FRED. LOCKER-LAMPSON-A Terrible Infant. HENDYNG-Proverbs, MSS. (Circa 1320) (See also BACON)
The leaves of memory seemed to make So may it be: that so dead Yesterday,
A mournful rustling in the dark.
LONGFELLOW—The Fire of Drift-Wood.
The heart hath its own memory, like the mind, HENLEY-When You Are Old.
And in it are enshrined 7
The precious keepsakes, into which is wrought I remember, I remember,
The giver's loving thought. The house where I was born,
LONGFELLOW--From My Arm-Chair. St. 12. The little window where the sun Came peeping in at morn;
This memory brightens o'er the past, He never came a wink too soon,
As when the sun concealed Nor brought too long a day,
Behind some cloud that near us hangs, But now, I often wish the night
Shines on a distant field. Had borne my breath away!
LONGFELLOW-A Gleam of Sunshine. HOOD-I Remember, I Remember. (See also PRAED)
There comes to me out of the Past
A voice, whose tones are sweet and wild, Where is the heart that doth not keep,
Singing a song almost divine, Within its inmost core,
And with a tear in every line. Some fond remembrance hidden deep,
LONGFELLOW-Tales of a Wayside Inn. Pt. Of days that are no more?
III. Interlude before "The Mother's Ghost." ELLEN C. HOWARTH'Tis but a Little Faded Flower.
Nothing now is left
But a majestic memory. And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he LONGFELLOW—Three Friends of Mine. L. 10. out of mind. Thos. À KEMPIS-Imitation of Christ. Bk. I.
Wakes the bitter memory. Ch. XXIII.
Of what he was, what is, and what must be (See also BACON)
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 24.
Il se veoid par expérience, que les mémoires Maxims. No. 463.
excellentes se joignent volontiers aux jugements
débiles. 11 Tho' lost to sight to mem'ry dear
Experience teaches that a good memory is Thou ever wilt remain.
generally joined to a weak judgment.
MONTAIGNE--Essays. I. 9. Geo. LINLEY—Though Lost to Sight. First
line found as an axiom in Monthly Magazine, Jan., 1827. HORACE F. CUTLER published To live with them is far less sweet a poern with same refrain, calling himself Than to remember thee! "Ruthven Jenkyns," crediting its publica MOORE-I Saw Thy Form in Youthful Prime.