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Above those passions that this world deform And torture man. THOMSON--Castle of Indolence. Canto I. St.
16. Stat sua cuique dies; breve et irreparabile tempus Omnibus est vitæ; set famam extendere factis Hoc virtutis opus.
Every man has his appointed day; life is brief and irrevocable; but it is the work of virtue to extend our fame by our deeds. VERGIL-Æneid. X. 467.
2 Virtue's a stronger guard than brass. EDMUND WALLER-Epigram Upon the Golden
Medal. L. 14. 3
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue. IZAAK WALTON—Compleat Angler. Pt. I. Ch. II.
I wonder if ever a sculptor wrought till the cold
stone echoed his ardent thought! Or, if ever a painter with light and shade the
dream of his inmost heart portrayed! JAMES C. HARVEY-Incompleteness. I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.
Hosea. XII. 10. Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An angel, writing in a book of gold; Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in the room he said, “What writest thou?” The Vision raised its
head, And, with a look made all of sweet accord, Answered, “The names of those who love the
Lord.” LEIGH HUNT—Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel.
And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
Joel. II. 28. Acts. II. 17.
To Virtue's humblest son let none prefer
YOUNG—Love of Fame. Satire I. L. 141.
5 Virtue alone outbuilds the pyramids: Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall.
YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 314.
His crimes forgive; forgive his virtues too. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX. L. 2,290.
(See also TENNYSON)
VISIONS Circa beatitudinem perfectam, quæ in Dei visione consistit.
Concerning perfect blessedness which consists in a vision of God. THOMAS AQUINAS-Summa Theologie. Prob
ably the origin of the phrase "beatific vision."
It is a dream, sweet child! a waking dream,
LONGFELLOW-Spanish Student. Act III. Sc.5. An angel stood and met my gaze,
Through the low doorway of my tent; The tent is struck, the vision stays;
I only know she came and went.
LOWELL-She Came and Went.
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 628.
MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. XI. L. 763.
With visions false as fair:
My castles in the air.
And like a passing thought, she fled In light away.
BURNS—The Vision. Last lines.
The people's prayer, the glad diviner's theme!
DYER-Gronger Hill. L. 884.
11 Visions of glory, spare my aching sight! Ye unborn
ages, crowd not on my soul. GRAY—The Bard. III. 1. L. 11.
12 I wonder if ever a song was sung but the singer's
heart sang sweeter! I wonder if ever a rhyme was rung but the
thought surpassed the meter!
Hence the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme,
POPE-Dunciad. Bk. III. L. 9.
22 Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Proverbs. XXIX. 18.
23 Hence, dear delusion, sweet enchantment hence! HORACE AND JAMES SMITH-Rejected Addresses.
An Address without a Phænix. By"S.T.P." (Not an imitation. Initials used to puzzle critics.)
Her silver voice Our revels now are ended. These, our actors,
Is the rich music of a summer bird, As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Heard in the still night, with its passionate caAre melted into air, into thin air;
dence. And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
LONGFELLOW—The Spirit of Poetry. L. 55. The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
How sweetly sounds the voice of a good woman! Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
It is so seldom heard that, when it speaks, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, It ravishes all senses. Leave not a rack behind.
MASSINGER—The Old Law, Act IV. Sc. 2. Tempest. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 148.
14 But shapes that come not at an earthly call,
Vox clamantis in deserto. Will not depart when mortal voices bid.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness. WORDSWORTH-Dion. V.
Matthew. III. 3; Mark. I. 3; Luke. III. 4;
John. I. 23. (Vulgate.)
15 Fond man! the vision of a moment made!
The Angel ended, and in Adam's ear Dream of a dream! and shadow of a shade!
So charming left his voice, that he awhile YOUNG—Paraphrase on Part of the Book of Thought him still speaking, still stood fix'd to Job. L. 187. Shadow of a shade is found
hear. in the prologue of Nobody and Somebody, a Milton-Paradise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 1. play acted by the servants of QUEEN
(See also HOMER) ELIZABETH. Not the shadow of the shade of history said by Paul BOURGET-On A Locanian having plucked all the feathers off Cæur de Femme. P. 186. (Ed. 1890) from a nightingale and seeing what a little body (See also FELLTHAM under WORLD) it had, "surely," quoth he, “thou art all voice
and nothing else.” (Vox et præterea nihil.)
PLUTARCH-Laconic Apothegms. Credited to VOICE
LACON Incert. XIII, by LIPSIUS. Her voice changed like a bird's:
(See also SENECA) There grew more of the music, and less of the Her voice was like the voice the stars words.
Had when they sang together. ROBERT BROWNING—Flight of the Duchess.
DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI — The Blessed St. 15.
Damozel. St. 10.
The devil hath not, in all his quiver's choice,
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto XV. St. 13.
A sweet voice, a little indistinct and muffled,
The voice is nothing but beaten air.
(See also PLUTARCH)
Coriolanus. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 179.
He ceased: but left so charming on their ear
(See also MILTON, THOMSON)
Her voice was ever soft, Gentle and low, an excellent thing in woman.
King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 272.
But I will aggravate my voice so that I will roar you as gently as any sucking dove. Midsummer Night's Dream. Act I. Sc. 2.
A still, small voice.
I Kings. XIX. 12.
Oh, there is something in that voice that reaches
Tragedy. The First Passover. Pt. VI.
And rolling far along the gloomy shores
TENNYSON—The Passing of Arthur.
He ceased; but still their trembling ears retained
(See also HOMER)
Vox faucibus hæsit.
My voice stuck in my throat.
To one who loves as never maid
Loved in this world of sorrow?
grace, That'tis a kind of Heaven to be deluded by him.
NATHANIEL LEE-Rival Queens. Act I. Sc. 1.
Two voices are there; one is of the sea,
jugation of Switzerland.
Ease would recant
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 96.
(See also FRERE under FRIENDSHIP)
"gives" in folio.)
Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
Ecclesiastes. V. 5.
Oh, why should vows so fondly made,
Be broken ere the morrow,
Nature's, not honour's, law we must obey:
This made me cast my useless shield away. (See also HEROES, NAVY, SOLDIERS)
Another version of ARCHİLOCHUS. It would be superfluous in me to point out to your Lordship that this is war.
Instead of breaking that bridge, we should, if CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS—Despatch to Earl possible, provide another, that he may retire Russell. Sept. 5, 1863.
the sooner out of Europe.
ARISTIDES—Referring to the proposal to deBoth Regiments or none.
stroy XERXES' bridge of ships over the SAMUEL ADAMS—(For the Boston Town Meet Hellespont. ("A bridge for å retreating
ing.) To Gov. Hutchinson, demanding army.") See PLUTARCH-Life of Demosthe withdrawal of the British troops from thenes.
(See also RABELAIS) Boston after March 5, 1776. 'Twas in Trafalgar's bay
If I am asked what we are fighting for, I can The saucy Frenchmen lay.
reply in two sentences. In the first place, to SAMUEL JAMES ADAMS—Trafalgar Bay.
fulfii a solemn international obligation
an obligation of honor which no self-respecting My voice is still for war.
man could possibly have repudiated. I say, ADDISON—Cato. Act II. Sc. 1.
secondly, we are fighting to vindicate the princi
ple that small nationalities are not to be crushed From hence, let fierce contending nations know
in defiance of international good faith at the What dire effects from civil discord flow.
arbitrary will of a strong and overmastering
Power. ADDISON—Cato. Act V. Sc. 4.
PREMIER ASQUITH-Statement, to House of Fighting men are the city's fortress.
Commons, Declaration of War with GerALCÆUS-Fragment. XXII.
many, August 4, 1914. Fifty-four forty (54° 40' N.), or fight.
They shall not pass till the stars be darkened: WM. ALLEN-In the U. S. Senate. On the Two swords crossed in front of the Hun; Oregon Boundary Question. (1844) Never a groan but God has harkened,
Counting their cruelties one by one.
KATHERINE LEE BATES-Crossed Swords. And by a prudent flight and cunning save A life, which valour could not, from the grave.
(See also BEGBIE, DIAZ, PETAIN, SHEPARD) A better buckler I can soon regain; But who can get another life again?
O great corrector of enormous times, ARCHILOCHUS—Fragm. VI. Quoted by Plu
Shaker of o'er-rank states, thou grand decider TARCH–Customs of the Lacedæmonians.
Of dusty and old titles, that healest with blood (See also BUTLER)
The earth when it is sick, and curest the world
O'the pleurisy of people. Let who will boast their courage in the field,
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Two Noble I find but little safety from my shield.
Kinsmen. Act V. Sc. 1.
All quiet along the Potomac they say
Except now and then a stray picket
By a rifleman hid in the thicket.
Claimed by LAMAR FONTAINE.
L'affaire Herzegovinienne ne vaut pas les os d'un fusilier poméranien.
The Herzegovina question is not worth the bones of a Pomeranian fusileer. BISMARCK, (1875) during the struggle be
tween the Christian provinces and Turkey, which led to the Russo-Turkish war. Another version is “The Eastern Question is not worth,” etc. See also variation of
same by BISMARCK under ART. 11 Lieber Spitzkugeln als Spitzreden.
Better pointed bullets than pointed speeches. BISMARCK-Speech, (1850), relative to MAN
TEUFFEL's dealings with Austria during the insurrection of the People of Hesse-Cassel.
(See also GASCOIGNE) Ich sehe in unserm Bundesverhältnisse ein Gebrechen Preussens, welches wir früher oder später ferro et igne werden heilen müssen.
I see in our relations with our alliance a fault of Prussia's, which we must cure sooner or later ferro et igne. BISMARCK—Letter to BARON VON SCHLEINITZ.
May 12, 1859.
All quiet along the Potomac.
(See also BRET HARTE)
You shall not pass! Germans, you shall not, shall not pass! God's hand has written on the wall of brassYou shall not pass! You shall not pass! HAROLD BEGBIE-You Shall Not Pass. In N. Y. Tribune, July 2, 1916.
(See also BATES) Carry on, carry on, for the men and boys are
gone, But the furrow shan't lie fallow while the women
carry on. JANET BEGBIE—Carry On.
Gaily! gaily! close our ranks!
Hope of France! Gaily! gaily! close our ranks! Onward! Onward! Gauls and Franks! BÉRANGER—Les Gaulois et François. C. L.
(The great questions of the day) are not decided by speeches and majority votes, but by blood and iron. BISMARCK—Declaration to the Prussian House
of Delegates. Sept. 30, 1862. Same idea in
SCHENKENDORF- Das Eiserne Kreuz. (See also QUINTILIAN, SWINBURNE, also ARNDT
under BRAVERY) What a place to plunder! FIELD MARSHAL VON BLÜCHER's comment
on viewing London from St. Paul's, after the Peace Banquet at Oxford, 1814. Same idea in MALCOLM-Sketches of Persia. P. 232. THACKERAY-Four Georges. George I, says: “The bold old Reiter looked down from St. Paul's and sighed out, ‘Was für Plunder! The German women plundered; the German secretaries plundered; the German cooks and intendants plundered; even Mustapha and Mahomet, the German negroes, had a share of the booty." The German quoted would be correctly translated “what rubbish!" Blücher, therefore, has been either mis. quoted or mistranslated.
War is a biological necessity of the first importance, a regulative element in the life of mankind which cannot be dispensed with.
But it is not only a biological law but a moral obli gation and, as such, an indispensable factor in civilization. BERNHARDI — Germany and the next War.
Our next war will be fought for the highest interests of our country and of mankind. This will invest it with importance in the world's history. “World power or downfall" will be our rallying cry. BERNHARDI — Germany and the next War.
It is magnificent, but it is not war.
of the Light Brigade. Attributed also to
ROBERT BROWNING-Luria. Act II. L. 354.
We Germans have a far greater and more urgent duty towards civilization to perform than the Great Asiatic Power. We, like the Japanese, can only fulfil it by the sword. BERNHARDI — Germany and the next War.
The Government of the United States would be constrained to hold the Imperial German government to a strict accountability for such acts of their naval authorities. W. J. BRYAN-To the German government,
when Secretary of State. European War Series of Depart. of State. No. I. P. 54,
Lay down the axe; fling by the spade;
Leave in its track the toiling plough; The rifle and the bayonet-blade
For arms like yours were fitter now; And let the hands that ply the pen
Quit the light task, and learn to wield
The charger on the battle-field.
None of our soldiers would understand not being asked to do whatever is necessary to reestablish a situation which is humiliating to us and unacceptable to our country's honor.-We are going to counter-attack. Credited to MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, also
to MAJOR-GEN. OMAR BUNDY, in reply to the French command to retire in the second
battle of the Marne, 1918. The American flag has been forced to retire. This
is intolerable. MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD, on leaving the
Conference of French Generals, July 15, 1918. Expressing regret that he could not obey orders. He is called “The General of No Retreat." See N. Y. Herald, Nov. 3,
1919. (Editorial) You are there, stay there. MAJOR-GEN. R. L. BULLARD. Citation to
American unit which captured Fay's Wood.
See N. Y. Herald, Nov. 3, 1919. (Editorial) If it were possible for members of different nationalities, with different language and customs, and an intellectual life of a different kind, to live side by side in one and the same state, without succumbing to the temptation of each trying to force his own nationality on the other, things would look a good deal more peaceful. But it is a law of life and development in history that where two national civilizations meet they fight for ascendancy. In the struggle between nationalities, one nation is the hammer and the other the anvil: one is the victor and the other the vanquished.
BERNHARD VON BÜLOW-Imperial Germany. Justa bella quibus necessaria.
Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary. Quoted by BURKE-Reflections on the Revolu
tion in France. "War,” says Machiavel, “ought to be the only study of a prince"; and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. “He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. BURKE-Vindication of Natural Society. Vol.
I. P. 15.
Or to victory!
For he who fights and runs away
a publication of NEWBERY, the publisher,
confirmed by MENNIS. (See also ARCHILOCHUS, DEMOSTHENES, ERAS
MUS, MENANDER, SATYRE, SCARRON, TER
Is cause of his own paine,
Perhaps may fight again.
French. (About 1595)
Misery of Man. L. 105. 16 O proud was our army that morning
That stood where the pine darkly towers, When Sherman said—“Boys, you are weary,
This day fair Savannah is ours."
That echoed o'er river and lea,
When Sherman marched down to the sea.
Last stanza. 17 War, war is still the cry, “War even to the knife!"
BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto I St. 86.