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God made bees, and bees made honey,
the fly-sheet of a Bible, belonging to a pit-
County of Denham. Whatever is, is in its causes just.
DRYDEN— Edipus. Act III. Sc. 1.
6 Dieu mesure le froid à la brebis tondue.
God tempers the cold to the shorn sheep. HENRI ÉTIENNE—Le Livre de Proverbs Epi
grammatique. Quoted from an older collection, possibly LEBON's. (1557. Reprint of
1610) (See also HERBERT, STERNE, also GIBBON under
We sometimes had those little rubs which Providence sends to enhance the value of its favours.
GOLDSMITH-Vicar of Wakefield. Ch. I.
He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providently caters for the sparrow, Be comfort to my age!
As You Like It, Act II. Sc. 3. L. 43.
To a close shorn sheep, God gives wind by measure. HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
(See alfo ÉTIENNE) God sends cold according to clothes.
(See also ÉTIENNE)
There is a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.
Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 10.
Deus haec fortasse benigna
Perhaps Providence by some happy change will restore these things to their proper places. HORACE-Epodi. XIII. 7.
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live But to the earth some special good doth give.
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 17.
Eye me, blest Providence, and square my trial To my proportion'd strength.
MILTON—Comus. L. 329.
Who sees with equal eye, as God of all,
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 87.
He maketh kings to sit in soverainty;
1 God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.
Malo indisertam prudentiam, quam loquacem STERNE-Sentimental Journey. (Given in Ital stultitiam. ics as a quotation.)
I prefer silent prudence to loquacious folly. (See also ÉTIENNE)
CICERO–De Oratore. III. 35.
12 And I will trust that He who heeds
Præstat cautela quam medela. The life that hides in mead and wold,
Precaution is better than cure.
(See also RALEIGH)
According to her cloth she cut her coat.
(See also GoDLY QUEEN HESTER under PRUDENCE
* Therefore I am wel pleased to take
any coulor to defend your honour and hope you many. AUSONIUS–Septem Sapientum Sententiæ Sep
wyl remember that who seaketh two strings to tenis Versibus Explicatæ. IV. 5.
one bowe, he may shute strong but neuer strait.
QUEEN ELIZABETH TO JAMES VI.--Letter X. It is always good
Edited by JOHN BRUCE. When a man has two irons in the fire.
(See also BUTLER) BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Faithful For chance fights ever on the side of the prudent. Friends. Act I. Sc. 2. (See also BUTLER)
EURIPIDES—Pirithous. (Adapted.) 5
16 Et vulgariter dicitur, quod primum oportet Yes, I had two strings to my bow; both golden cervum capere, et postea, cum captus fuerit, il ones, egad! and both cracked. lum excoriare.
FIELDING–Love in Several Masques. Act V. And it is a common saying that it is best Sc. 13. first to catch the stag, and afterwards, when
(See also BUTLER) he has been caught, to skin him.
17 BRACTON--Works. Bk. IV. Tit. I. C. 2. Great Estates may venture more. Little Boats Sec. IV.
must keep near Shore. (See also GLASSE under COOKERY)
BENJ. FRANKLIN-Poor Richard. (1751)
(See also VERGIL) Look before you ere you leap.
18 BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. HEY Wer sich nicht nach der Decke streckt, WOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. II. TOTTEL
Dem bleiben die Füsse unbedeckt. -Miscellany. (1557)
He who does not stretch himself according (See also TRAPP)
to the coverlet finds his feet uncovered.
GOETHE-Sprüche in Reimen. III. "Tis true no lover has that pow'r T enforce a desperate amour,
Better is to bow than breake. As he that has two strings t' his bow,
HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. LX. CHRISAnd burns for love and money too.
TYNE-Morale Proverbs. BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. III. Canto I. L. 1.
(See also LA FONTAINE) CHURCHILL-The Ghost. Bk. IV. (See also BEAUMONT, CHAPMAN, ELIZABETH, It is good to have a hatch before the durre. FIELDING, HEYWOOD, HOOKER, PARKER, HEYWOOD—Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. TERENCE)
21 No arrojemos la soga tras el caldero.
Yee have many strings to your bowe.
HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. Let us not throw the rope after the bucket.
(See also BUTLER) CERVANTES—Don Quixote. II. 9.
So that every man lawfully ordained must Archers ever
bring a bow which hath two strings, a title of Have two strings to a bow; and shall great Cupid present right and another to provide for future (Archer of archers both in men and women),
possibility or chance. Be worse provided than a common archer?
RICHARD HOOKER—Laws of Ecclesiastical PolCHAPMAN-Bussy d'Ambois. Act II. Sc. 1.
ity. Bk. V. Ch. LXXX. No. 9. (See also BUTLER)
(See also BUTLER) 10
Prudentia est rerum expectandarum fugien Fænum habet in cornu, longe fuge. darumque scientia.
He is a dangerous fellow, keep clear of him. Prudence is the knowledge of things to be (That is: he has hay on his horns, showing he sought, and those to be shunned.
is dangerous.) CICERODe Officiis. I. 43.
HORACE-Satires. I. IV. 34.
Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.
Isaiah. XXII. 23.
The first years of man must make provision for the last.
SAMUEL JOHNSON-Rasselas. Ch. XVII.
3 Nullum numen habes si sit prudentia.
One has no protecting power save prudence. JUVENAL—Satires. X. 365. Also Satires.
Prevention is the daughter of intelligence.
(See also COKE) Be prudent, and if you hear, some insult or some threat, * have the appearance of not hearing it. GEORGE SAND-Handsome Lawrence. Ch. II.
Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none: be able for thine enemy Rather in power than use, and keep thy friend Under thy own life's key: be check'd for silence, But never tax'd for speech. AU's Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 73.
Think him as a serpent's egg, Which, hatch'd, would, as his kind, grow mis
chievous, And kill him in the shell.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 32. In my school days. when I had lost one shaft, I shot his fellow of the self-same flight The self-same way with more advised watch, To find the other forth, and by adventuring both I oft found both.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 139. I won't quarrel with my bread and butter.
SWIFT—Polite Conversation. Dialogue I.
21 Consilio melius vinces quam iracundia.
You will conquer more surely by prudence than by passion.
SYRUS-Maxims. Deliberandum est diu, quod statuendum semel.
That should be considered long which can be decided but once. SYRUS-Maxims.
Je plie et ne romps pas.
I bend and do not break.
(See also HEYWOOD)
Too many expedients may spoil an affair.
LA FONTAINE–Fables. IX. 14. Don't cross the bridge till you come to it, Is a proverb old, and of excellent wit. LONGFELLOW-Christus. The Golden Legend.
Pt. VI. 7
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning.
Luke. XII. 35. 8
Entre l'arbre et l'écorce il n'y faut pas mettre le doigt.
Between the tree and the bark it is better not to put your finger. MOLIÈRE-Médecin Malgre Lui. Act I. Sc. 2.
Il faut reculer pour mieux sauter.
One must draw back in order to leap better. MONTAIGNE—Essays. Bk. I. Ch. XXXVIII.
It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.
Crede mihi; miseros prudentia prima relinquit.
Believe me; it is prudence that first forsakes the wretched. OviD-Epistolæ Ex Ponto. IV. 12. 47.
11 In ancient times all things were cheape, 'Tis good to looke before thou leape, When corne is ripe 'tis time to reape. MARTYN PARKER—The Roxburghe Ballads. An Excellent New Medley.
(See also BUTLER) Cito rumpes arcum, semper si tensum habueris.
You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched. PHÆDRUS—Fab. Bk. III. 14. 10. SYRUS
With a grain of salt.
Giving the story of POMPEY, who when he
taken fasting, addite salis grano." 14 Ne clochez pas devant les boyteux. (Old French.)
Do not limp before the lame.
Plura consilio quam vi perficimus.
We accomplish more by prudence than by force, TACITUS-Annales. II. 26.
25 Ratio et consilium, propriæ ducis artes.
Forethought and prudence are the proper qualities of a leader.
TACITUS-Annales. XIII. 20. Ut quimus, aiunt, quando ut volumus, non licet.
As we can, according to the old saying, when we can not, as we would.
TERENCE-Andria., IV. 5. 10. Commodius esse opinor duplici spe utier.
I think it better to have two strings to my bow. TERENCE-Phormio, IV. 2. 13.
(See also BUTLER) Try therefor before ye trust; look before ye leap. JOHN TRAPP_Commentary on I Peter. III. 17. Tracing the saying to ST. BERNARD.
(See also BUTLER, PARKER)
their real value, most things according to their Litus ama: * altum alii teneant.
prejudices. Keep close to the shore: let others venture CICERO–Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Conudo. on the deep.
X. 29. VERGILMÆneid. V. 163. (See also FRANKLIN)
Mobile mutatur semper cum principe vulgus.
The fickle populace always change with the PUBLIC (The)
prince. Report uttered by the people is everywhere of
CLAUDIANUS—De Quarto Consulatu Honorii
Augusti Panegyris. CCCII. great power. ÆSCHYLUS-Agamemnon. 938.
Hence ye profane; I hate you all; (See also HESIOD)
Both the great vulgar, and the small. Nec audiendi sunt qui solent dicere vox populi,
COWLEY-Of Greatness. Translation of HORvox dei; cum tumultus vulgi semper insania
ACE, Ode I. Bk. III.
(See also HORACE, JUVENAL) proxima sit. We would not listen to those who were wont
This many-headed monster, Multitude. to say the voice of the people is the voice of
DANIEL-History of the Civil War. Bk. II. God, for the voice of the mob is near akin to
St. 13. madness.
(See also PSEUDO-PHOCYL, Scott, SIDNEY) ALCUIN—Epistle to Charlemagne. FROBEN'S Ed. Vol. I. P. 191. (Ed. 1771) Also
La clef des champs. credited to EADMER.
The key of the fields (street). (See also REYNOLDS)
Used by DICKENS in Pickwick Papers. Ch.
XLVII. Also by GEORGE AUGUSTUS SALA Vox populi habet aliquid divinum: nam quomo
in Household Words, Sept. 6, 1851. do aliter tot capita in unum conspirare possint?
The voice of the people has about it something divine: for how otherwise can so many heads
The multitude is always in the wrong. agree together as one?
WENTWORTH DILLON-Essay on Translated Bacon-9. Laus, Existimatio.
Verse. L. 184. (See also ALCUIN)
For who can be secure of private right, The great unwashed.
If sovereign sway may be dissolved by might? Attributed to LORD BROUGHAM.
Nor is the people's judgment always true:
DRYDEN-Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. The individual is foolish; the multitude, for 779. the moment is foolish, when they act without
18 deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when The man in the street does not know a star time is given to it, as a species it always acts in the sky. right.
EMERSON—Conduct of Life. Worship. BURKE-Speech. Reform of Representation
(See also GREVILLE) in the House of Commons. May 7, 1782.
Bona prudentiæ pars est nosse stultas vulgi The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied cupiditates, et absurdas opiniones. tyranny.
It is a good part of sagacity to have known BURKE-To Thomas Mercer. Feb. 26, 1790. the foolish desires of the crowd and their un
ERASMUS—De Utilitate Colloquiorum. Preface. The public! why, the public's nothing better than a great baby. Thos. CHALMERS—Letter. Quoted by RUSKIN
A stiff-necked people. Sesame and Lilies. Sec. I. 40.
Exodus. XXXIII. 3.
21 Le public! le public! combien faut-il de sots Classes and masses. pour faire un public?
Used by GLADSTONE. See MOORE-Fudges in The public! the public! how many fools does England. Letter 4. it require to make the public? CHAMFORT.
Ich wünschte sehr, der Menge zu behagen,
Besonders weil sie lebt und leben lässt. Qui ex errore imperitæ multitudinis pendet, I wish the crowd to feel itself well treated, hic in magnis viris non est habendus.
Especially since it lives and lets me live. He who hangs on the errors of the ignorant GOETHE-Faust Vorspiel auf dem Theater. L.5. multitude, must not be counted among great
Wer dem Publicum dient, ist ein armes Thier; CICERO-De Officiis. I. 19.
Er quält sich ab, niemand bedankt sich dafür.
He who serves the public is a poor animal; Vulgus ex veritate pauca, ex opinione multa he worries himself to death and no one thanks æstimat.
him for it. The rabble estimate few things according to GOETHE-Sprüche in Reimen. !II.
Knowing as "the man in the street” (as we call him at Newmarket) always does, the greatest secrets of kings, and being the confidant of their most hidden thoughts. GREVILLE—Memoirs. March 22, 1830.
(See also EMERSON) 2
No whispered rumours which the many spread can wholly perish. HESIOD-Works and Days. I. 763.
(See also ÆSCHYLUS) The leader, mingling with the vulgar host, Is with the common mass of matter lost! HOMER-Odyssey. Bk. IV. L. 397. POPE's
Mobilium turba Quiritium.
The crowd of changeable citizens.
The public is a bad guesser.
DE QUINCEY_Essays. Protestantism.
14 Vox Populi, vox Dei.
The voice of the people, the voice of God. WALTER REYNOLDS, Archbishop of Canter
bury. Text of Sermon when EDWARD III ascended the throne, Feb. 1, 1327. (Called also DE REYNEL and REGINALD.) See JOHN TOLAND Angelia Libera. Attributed also to WALTER MEPHAN. See G. C. LEWIS -Essay on Influence of Authority. P. 172. See Aphorismi Politici, (Simon given erroneously for Walter.) Collected by LAMBERTUM DANÆUM. Alluded to as an old proverb by WILLIAM OF MALMESBURY-De Gestis Pont. Folio 114. (About 920) HESIOD—Works and Days. 763.
(See also ALCUIN) Who o'er the herd would wish to reign, Fantastic, fickle, fierce, and vain? Vain as the leaf upon the stream, And fickle as a changeful dream; Fantastic as a woman's mood, And fierce as Frenzy's fever'd bloodThou many-headed monster thing, Oh, who would wish to be thy king? SCOTT_Lady of the Lake. Canto V. St. 30.
(See also DANIEL) Faith, there have been many great men that have flattered the people, who ne'er loved them; and there be many that they have loved, they know not wherefore; so that, if they love they know not why, they hate upon no better a ground.
Coriolanus. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 7.
To scorn the in-conditioned rabble.
Odi profanum vulgus et arceo.
I hate the uncultivated crowd and keep them at a distance. Favour me by your tongues (keep silence). HORACE-Odes. Bk. III. 1. ("Favete linguis” also found in CICERO, Ovid.)
(See also COWLEY)
Reason stands aghast at the sight of an "unprincipled, immoral, incorrigible” publick; And the word of God abounds in such threats and denunciations, as must strike terror into the heart of every believer.
RICHARD ŠURD–Works. Vol. IV. Sermon 1.
He himself stuck not to call us the manyheaded multitude.
Coriolanus. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 14. (See also DANIEL, also SCOTT under ACTING)
The venal herd.
(See also COWLEY, SUETONIUS)
The play, I remember, pleased not the million; 'twas caviare to the general.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 456.
Look, as I blow this feather from my face,
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 85.
21 Many-headed multitude. SIR PHILIP SIDNEY—Arcadia. Bk. II.
(See also CORIOLANUS, DANIEL) Laymen say, indeed, How they take no heed Their sely sheep to feed, But pluck away and pull The fleeces of their wool. SKELTON—Colin Clout. Partly from WALTER
MAPES—A pocalypse of Golias.