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PROBABILITY
Probability is the very guide of life.
CICERO-De Natura. 5. 12. Quoted by

BISHOP BUTLER. Also used by HOOKER-
Ecclesiastical Polity. Bk. I. Ch. VIII., and
Bk. II. Ch. VII. Found in LOCKE-Es-
says. Bk. IV. Ch. XV. Also in HOBBES'
Leviathan.

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PROCRASTINATION (See TIME, TO-MORROW)

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Prison'd in a parlour snug and small,
Like bottled wasps upon a southern wall.

COWPER-Retirement. L. 493.

"And a bird-cage, sir," said Sam. “Veels vithin veels, a prison in a prison.”

DICKENSPickwick Papers. Ch. XL.

8 As if a wheel bad been in the midst of a wheel.

Ezekiel. X. 10.

9 In durance vile. WILLIAM KENDRICK-Falstaff's Wedding. Act

I. Sc. 2. BURKE-Thoughts on the Present
Discontent.

(See also BURNS)
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That which the world miscalls a jail,

A private closet is to me. Locks, bars, and solitude together met, Make me no prisoner, but an anchoret. Attributed to SIR ROGER L'ESTRANGE. Also

to LORD CAPEL. Found in the New Foundling Hospital for Wit. (Ed. 1786) IV. 40, as a supplementary stanza. See Notes and Queries, April 10, 1909. P. 288.

PROGRESS (See also EVOLUTION, GROWTH) Westward the star of empire takes its way. JOHN QUINCY ADAMSOration at Plymouth.

(1802) Misquoted from BERKELEY on inside cover of an early edition of BANCROFT'S History of United States.

(See also BERKELEY) Laws and institutions are constantly tending to gravitate. Like clocks, they must be occasionally cleansed, and wound up, and set to true time.

HENRY WARD BEECHERLife Thoughts.

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Westward the course of empire takes its way;

The four first Acts already past,
A fifth shall close the Drama with the day;

Time's noblest offspring is the last.
BISHOP BERKELEY-Verses, on the Prospect of
Planting Arts and Learning in America.
(See also ADAMS)

What is art
But life upon the larger scale, the higher,
When, graduating up in a spiral line
Of still expanding and ascending gyres,
It pushed toward the intense significance
Of all things, hungry for the Infinite?

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Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage,
Minds innocent and quiet take

That for an hermitage.
LOVELACETo Althea, from Prison. IV.

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A tunnel underneath the sea from Calais straight

PROPRIETY (See MANNERS) to Dover, Sir, The squeamish folks may cross by land from

PROSPERITY (See also SUCCESS) shore to shore, With sluices made to drown the French, if e'er

In rebus prosperis, superbiam, fastidium arthey would come over, Sir,

rogantiamque magno opere fugiamus. Has long been talk'd of, till at length 'tis

In prosperity, let us most carefully avoid thought a monstrous bore.

pride, disdain, and arrogance. THEODORE HOOK-Bubbles of 1825. In John

CICERO-De Officiis. I. 26. Bull, 1825.

Ut adversas res, secundas immoderate ferre, This solemn moment of triumph, one of the

levitatis est. greatest moments in the history of the world

It shows a weak mind not to bear prosperity .. this great hour which rings in a new

as well as adversity with moderation. era and which is going to lift up hu

CICERODe Officiis. I. 26. manity to a higher plane of existence for all the ages of the future.

C'est un faible roseau que la prospérité. David LLOYD GEORGE. Speech at Guildhall Prosperity is a feeble reed.

after the signing of the Armistice, Nov. 11, DANIEL D'ANCHÈRESTyr et Sidon.

1918. My gran’ther's rule was safer 'n 't is to crow:

Alles in der Welt lässt sich ertragen, Don't never prophesy-onless ye know.

Nur nicht eine Reihe von schönen Tagen. LOWELL-Biglow Papers. No. 2. Mason and

Everything in the world may be endured, Slidell.

except only a succession of prosperous days. (See also CICERO)

GOETHE-Sprüche in Reimen. III. It takes a mind like Dannel's, fact, ez big ez all Prosperity lets go the bridle.

17 ou'doors To find out thet it looks like rain arter it fairly

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum. pours. LOWELL-Biglow Papers. No. 9. L. 97. The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. 5

Isaiah. XXXV. 1.
A prophet is not without honour, save in his
own country and in his own house.
Matthew. XIII. 57.

I wish you every kind of prosperity, with a

little more taste. 6

ALAIN RENÉ LE SAGE-Gil Blas. Bk. VII. No mighty trance, or breathed spell

Ch. IV. HENRI Van Laun's trans. Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.

Felix se nescit amari. MILTONHymn on Christ's Nativity. L. 173.

The prosperous man does not know whether 7

he is loved. Till old experience do attain

LUCAN-Pharsalia. VII. 727.
To something like prophetic strain.
MILTON-Il Penseroso. L. 173.
(See also ERASMUS)

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under his fig-tree. Is Saul also among the prophets?

Micah. IV. 4.
I Samuel. X. 11.
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O my prophetic soul!

Surer to prosper than prosperity could have My uncle

assur'd us. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 40.

MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 39. 10

23 There is a history in all men's lives,

Length of days is in her right hand; and in her Figuring the nature of the times deceas'd,

left hand riches and honour. The which observed, a man may prophesy With a near aim, of the main chance of things

Proverbs. III. 16. As yet not come to life, which in their seeds

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Est felicibus difficilis miserarium vera æstimatio. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 80. The prosperous can not easily form a right 11

idea of misery. Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, QUINTILIANDe Institutione Oratoria. IX. 6. at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first.

Res secundæ valent commutare naturam, et HORACE WALPOLE-Letter to Thos. Walpole.

raro quisquam erga bona sua satis cautus est. Feb. 9, 1785. (See also CICERO)

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seldom is any one cautious enough to resist Your fathers, where are they? And the proph the effects of good fortune. ets, do they live forever?

QUINTUS CURTIUS RUFUS-De Rebus Gestis Zechariah. I. 5.

Alexandri Magni. X. 1. 40.

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Semel profecto premere felices deus
Cum cæpit, urget; hos habent magna exitus.

When God has once begun to throw down the prosperous, He overthrows them altogether: such is the end of the mighty. SENECA-Hercules Etæus. 713. 3

There shall be in England seven halfpenny loaves sold for a penny: the three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer.

Henry VI. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 70.

No hay refran que no sea verdadero.

There is no proverb which is not true.

CERVANTES-Don Quixote. As Love and I late harbour'd in one inn, With proverbs thus each other entertain: "In love there is no lack," thus I begin; "Fair words make fools,” replieth he again; "Who spares to speak doth spare to speed,”

quoth I; "As well,” saith he, "too forward as too slow"; "Fortune assists the boldest," I reply; "A hasty man," quoth he, "ne'er wanted woe''; "Labour is light where love," quoth I," doth

pay”; Saith he, ""Light burden's heavy, if far borne''; Quoth I, “The main lost, cast the by away"; "Y'have spun a fair thread,” he replies in scorn.

And having thus awhile each other thwarted Fools as we met, so fools again we parted. MICHAEL DRAYTON—Proverbs.

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A proverb and a byword among all people.

I Kings. IX. 7.

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PROVERBS (Introduction) I'll tell the names and sayings and the places of

their birth, Of the seven great ancient sages so renowned on

Grecian earth, The Lindian Cleobulus said, "The mean was still

the best"; The Spartan Chilo, “Know thyself,” a heaven

born phrase confessed. Corinthian Periander taught "Our anger to

command," "Too much of nothing," Pittacus, from Mity

lene's strand; Athenian Solon this advised, “Look to the end

of life,” And Bias from Priene showed, "Bad men are the

most rife''; Milesian Thales urged that “None should e'er a

surety be”; Few were their words, but if you look, you'll

much in little see. From the Greek. Author unknown.

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Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations. SIR J. MACKINTOSH. Quoted on the title page

of BROOM's Legal Maxims. (1911) This formal fool, your man, speaks naught but

proverbs, And speak men what they can to him he'll With some rhyme, rotten sentence, or old saying, Such spokes as ye ancient of ye parish use. HENRY PORTERThe Proverb Monger. From

Two Angry Women of Abindon. A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom. LORD JOHN RUSSELL. In Notes to ROGER'S

Italy. (1848) Claimed by him as his original definition of a proverb.

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Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked.
I Samuel. XXIV. 13. Said to be the oldest

proverb on record.

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Know thyself. SOLON.
Consider the end.—CHILO.
Know thy opportunity.-PITTACUS.
Most men are bad.

Bias.
Nothing is impossible to industry.-PERIANDER.
Avoid excess.-CLEOBULUS.
Suretyship is the precursor of ruin.—THALES.
Mottoes of the Seven Wise Men of Greece. In-

scribed in later days in the Delphian Temple.

I can tell thee where that saying was born.

Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 9.

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