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Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed Mysterious union with its native sea. WORDSWORTHThe Excursion. Bk. IV.

(See also HAMILTON) 13 Ocean into tempest wrought, To waft a feather,

or to drown a fly. YOUNGNight Thoughts. Night I. L. 153.


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The always wind-obeying deep.

Comedy of Errors. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 64. The precious stone set in the silver sea. Richard II. Act II. Sc. I. L. 46.

There the sea I found Calm as a cradled child in dreamless slumber

bound. SHELLEY—The Revolt of Islam. Canto I. St. 15.

I loved the Sea. Whether in calm it glassed the gracious day

With all its light, the night with all its fires; Whether in storm it lashed its sullen spray, Wild as the heart when passionate youth ex

pires; Or lay, as now, a torture to my mind, In yonder land-locked bay, unwrinkled by the

wind. R. H. STODDARD—Carmen Naturæ Triumphale.

L. 192. 5 Thou wert before the Continents, before The hollow heavens, which like another sea Encircles them and thee, but whence thou wert, And when thou wast created, is not known, Antiquity was young when thou wast old.

R. H. STODDARD IIymn to the Sea. L. 104. 6 We follow and race

In shifting chase,
Over the boundless ocean-space!
Who hath beheld when the race begun?

Who shall behold it run?

Break, break, break,

On thy cold gray stones, oh sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter

The thoughts that arise in me.
TENNYSON—Break, Break, Break.

Rari nantes in gurgite vasto.

A few swimming in the vast deep.
VERGIL-Æneid. I. 118.

Littus ama; altum alii teneant.

Love the shore; let others keep to the deep sea. VERGIL-Æneid. V. 163-4. (Adapted)

10 I send thee a shell from the ocean-beach; But listen thou well, for my shell hath speech.

Hold to thine ear
And plain thou'lt bear

Tales of ships.
CHAS. H. WEBB-With a Nantucket Shell.

(See also HAMILTON)
Rocked in the cradle of the deep,
I lay me down in peace to sleep.

EMMA WILLARDThe Cradle of the Deep. 12

I have seen A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract Of inland ground, applying to his ear The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell; To which, in silence hushed, his very soul Listened intensely; and his countenance soon Brightened with joy; for from within were heard


There is something in October sets the gypsy

blood astir:
We must rise and follow her,
When from every bill of flame
She calls, and calls each vagabond by name.

BLISS CARMAN-Vagabond Song.

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Opinion's but a fool, that makes us scan The outward habit by the inward man.

Pericles. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 56.

Who lets slip fortune, her shall never find: Occasion once past by, is bald behind. COWLEY—Pyramus and Thisbe. XV.

(See also PHÆDRUS)



Facts are stubborn things.
SMOLLETT. Trans. of Gil Blas. Bk. X. Ch. I.
ELLIOTEssay on Field Husbandry. P. 35.

(See also BURNS)



“That was excellently observed,” say I when I read a passage in another where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, then I pronounce him to be mistaken. SWIFT——Thoughts on Various Subjects.

(See also LA ROCHEFOUCAULD) Je connais quelqu'un qui a plus d'esprit que Napoléon, que Voltaire, que tous les ministres présents et futurs: c'est l'opinion.

I know where there is more wisdom than is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers present and to come-in public opinion. TALLEYRANDIn the Chamber of Peers. (1821)


Rem tibi quam nosces aptam dimittere noli;
Fronte capillata, post est occasio calva.

Let nothing pass which will advantage you;
Hairy in front, Occasion's bald behind.
DIONYSIUS CATO—Disticha de Moribus. II.

26. (See also PHÆDRUS) Observe the opportunity.

Ecclesiasticus. IV. 20.

Seek not for fresher founts afar,
Just drop your bucket where you are;
And while the ship right onward leaps,
Uplift it from exhaustless deeps.
Parch not your life with dry despair;
The stream of hope flows everywhere
So under every sky and star,
Just drop your bucket where you are!

SAM WALTER Foss Opportunity. "Oh, ship ahoy!" rang out the cry; "Oh, give us water or we die!" A voice came o'er the waters far, "Just drop your bucket where you are." And then they dipped and drank their fill Of water fresh from mead and hill; And then they knew they sailed upon The broad mouth of the Amazon. Sam WALTER Foss Opportunity. “Let down

your buckets where you are," quoted by Booker T. Washington. Address at Atlanta

Exposition. See his Life, Up From Slavery.
Der den Augenblick ergreift,
Das ist der rechte Mann.

Yet he who grasps the moment's gift,
He is the proper man.
GOETHE-Faust. I. 4. 494.

Quot homines, tot sententiæ; suus cuique mos.

So many men, so many opinions; everyone has his own fancy. TERENCEPhormio. II. 3, 14. Same idea in GASCOIGNEGlass of Government.




Matters of fact, as Mr. Budgell somewhere observes, are very stubborn things. In_copy of the Will of MATTHEW TINDAL. P. 23. (1733)

(See also BURNS)




A thousand years a poor man watched

Before the gate of Paradise:
But while one little nap he snatched,

It oped and shut. Ah! was he wise?
WM. R. ALGER-Oriental Poetry. Swift Oppor-

There is an hour in each man s life appointed
To make his happiness, if then he seize it.

Country. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 85. This could but have happened once, And we missed it, lost it forever.



Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
JOHN HAMILTON (Lord Belhaven). In the

Scottish Parliament, Nov. 2, 1706, protesting
against the Union of England and Scotland.
Also found in JOHN FLAVEL's Faithful and
Ancient Account of Some Late and Wonderful
Sea Deliverances. Pub, before 1691.



I beseech you not to blame me if I be desirous to strike while the iron is hot. SIR EDWARD HOBY—To Cecil. Oct. 14, 1587.

Rapiamus, amici, Occasionem de die.

Let us seize, friends, our opportunity from the day as


passes. HORACE-Epodon. XIII. 3.

He that will not when he may,
When he will he shall have nay.
BURTON-Quoted in Anatomy of Melancholy.

Pt. III. Sec. 2. Memb. 5. Subsec. 5.
There is a nick in Fortune's restless wheel
For each man's good.
CHAPMAN-Bussy d'Ambois.





Holding occasion by the hand,

Not over nice 'twixt weed and flower, Waiving what none can understand,

I take mine hour.
John VANCE CHENEY-This My Life.

The actual fact is that in this day Opportunity not only knocks at your door but is playing an anvil chorus on every man's door, and then lays for the owner around the corner with a club. The world is in sore need of men who can do things. Indeed, cases can easily be recalled by every one where Opportunity actually smashed in the door and collared her candidate and







dragged him forth to success. These cases are exceptional, usually you have to meet Oppor Occasio prima sui parte comosa, posteriore calva tunity half-way. But the only place where you Quam si occupasis, teneas elapsum can get away from Opportunity is to lie down Non isse possit Jupiter reprehendre. and die. Opportunity does not trouble dead men, Opportunity has hair on her forehead, but or dead ones who flatter themselves that they is bald behind. If you meet her seize her, for are alive.

once let slip, Jove himself cannot catch her ELBERT HUBBARD. In The Philistine.

again. 1

PHÆDRUS. Bk. V. Fable 8. Same idea in I knock unbidden once at every gate

LUCANPharsalia. Ek. I. L. 513. Also in If sleeping, wake—if feasting, rise before

RABELAISGargantua. Bk. I. Ch. 37. I turn away—it is the hour of fate,

(See also COWLEY, DIONYSIUS, MILTON, And they who follow me reach every state

PoSDIPPUS, Tasso) Mortals desire, and conquer every foe

Save death, but those who doubt or hesitate, Why hast thou hair upon thy brow? Condemned to failure, penury and woe,

To seize me by, when met. Seek me in vain and uselessly implore,

Why is thy head then bald behind? I answer not, and I return no more.

Because men wish in vain, JOHN J. INGALLS—Opportunity.

When I have run past on wingèd feet (See also HUBBARD, MALONE)

To catch me e'er again. 2

POSIDIPPUSEpigram 13. In BRUNCK's ed. They do me wrong who say I come no more,

of Anthologia. Vol. II. P. 49. Imitated by When once I knock and fail to find you in;

AUSONIUSEpigram 12. For every day I stand outside your door

(See also PHÆDRUS) And bid you wait, and rise to fight and win. JUDGE WALTER MALONE-Opportunity. There's place and means for every man alive. (See also INGALLS)

All's Well That Ends Well. Act IV. Sc. 3. L.

375. Not by appointment do we meet delight Or joy; they heed not our expectancy;

Who seeks, and will not take when once 'tis But round some corner of the streets of life

offer'd, They of a sudden greet us with a smile.

Shall never find it more. GERALD MASSEY-Bridegroom of Beauty. Antony and Cleopatra. Act II. Sc. 7. L. 89. Danger will wink on opportunity.

A staff is quickly found to beat a dog. MILTON—Comus. L. 401.

Henry VI. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 471. 5 Zeal and duty are not slow

There is a tide in the affairs of men, But on occasion's forelock watchful wait.

Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; MILTON-Paradise Regained. Bk. III. L. 172. Omitted, all the voyage of their life (See also PHÆDRUS)

Is bound in shallows and in miseries.

Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 218. Nostra sine auxilio fugiunt bona. Carpite

(See also CHAPMAN) florem. Our advantages fly away without aid. Pluck

Urge them while their souls the flower.

Are capable of this ambition, OVID--Ars Amatoria. III. 79.

Lest zeal, now melted by the windy breath 7

Of soft petitions, pity and remorse, Casus ubique valet; semper tibi pendeat hamus. Cool and congeal again to what it was. Quo minime credas gurgite, piscis erit.

King John. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 475. Opportunity is ever worth expecting; let your hook be ever hanging ready. The fish

O opportunity, thy guilt is great! will be in the pool where you least imagine it 'Tis thou that executest the traitor's treason; to be.

Thou set'st the wolf where he the lamb may get; OVID-Ars Amatoria. Bk. III. 425.

Whoever plots the sin, thou 'point'st the season;

"Tis thou that spurn’st at right, at law, at Oh! Who art thou so fast proceeding,

reason. Ne'er glancing back thine eyes of flame?

The Rape of Lucrece. L. 876.
Mark'd but by few, through earth I'm speeding, 18
And Opportunity's my name.

Occasio ægre offertur, facile amittitur.
What form is that which scowls beside thee?

A good opportunity is seldom presented, Repentance is the form you see:

and is easily lost. Learn then, the fate may yet betide thee.

She seizes them who seize not me.
THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK—Love and Opportu Deliberando sæpe perit occasio.

nity, in Headlong Hall. Imitated from The opportunity is often lost by deliberating. MACHIAVELLI'S Capitolo dell' Occasione.

SYRUS-Maxims. He that would not when he might,

Crespe hà le chiome e d'oro, He shall not when he wolda.

E in quella guisa appunto, Thos. PERCY-Reliques. The Baffled Knight. Che Fortuna si pinge









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Ibis redibis non morieris in bello,

Thou shalt go thou shalt return never in battle shalt thou perish. Utterance of the Oracle which through ab

sence of punctuation and position of word "non" may be interpreted favorably or the reverse.




A Delphic sword.
ARISTOTLE-Politica. I. 2. (Referring to the

ambiguous Delphic Oracles.)


Solon wished everybody to be ready to take everybody else's part; but surely Chilo was wiser in holding that public affairs go best when the laws have much attention and the orators none. Rev.J. BEACON-Letter to Earl Grey on Reform.

(1831) See PLUTARCH-Symposium. Septem Sapientintium Convivium. Ch. XI. I.

(Chilo.) Ce que l'on conçoit bien s'énonce clairement, Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisément.

Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease. BOILEAU—L'Art Poètique. I. 153.


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For rhetoric, he could not ope
His mouth, but out there flew a trope.

BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 81.



ORANGE The happy bells shall ring Marguerite; The summer birds shall sing Marguerite;

You smile but you shall wear Orange blossoms in your hair, Marguerite.

T. B. ALDRICH-Wedded.

The Orator persuades and carries all with him, he knows not how; the Rhetorician can prove that he ought to have persuaded and carried all with him.

CARLYLE--Essays. Characteristics.



Its Constitution—the glittering and sounding generalities of natural right which make up the Declaration of Independence. Rufus CHOATE--Letter to the Maine Whig Committee. (1856)



Kennst du das Land wo die Citronen blühen,
Im dunkeln Laub die Gold-Orangen glühn,
Ein sanfter Wind vom blauen Himmel weht
Die Myrtle still und hoch der Lorbeer steht?
Kennst du es wohl?

Dahin! Dahin,
Möcht' ich mit dir, O mein Geliebter, ziehn.

Knowest thou the land where the lemontrees flourish, where amid the shadowed leaves the golden oranges glisten,-a gentle zephyr breathes from the blue heavens, the myrtle is motionless, and the laurel rises Dost thou know it well? Thither, thither, fain would I fly with thee, O my beloved! GOETHE-Wilhelm Meister. Mignon's Lied.

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