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I was not born under a rhyming planet, nor I cannot woo in festival terms. Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 2. L.
Playnts, prayers, vowes, truth, sorrow, and dis
may; Those engins can the proudest love convert: And, if those fayle, fall down and dy before
her; So dying live, and living do adore her. SPENSER-Amoretti and Epithalamion. Sonnet
Full little knowest thou that hast not tried,
SPENSER—Mother Hubberd's Tale. L. 895.
TENNYSON—The Foresters. Act IV. Sc. 1. When Venus said “Spell no for me,” “N-O," Dan Cupid wrote with glee,
And smiled at his success:
We spell it Y-E-S.'
Acts. XXVI. 25.
She wish'd she had not heard it, yet she wish'd That heaven had made her such a man: she
thank'd me, And bade me, if I had a friend that lov'd her, I should but teach him how to tell my story And that would woo her.
Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 162.
O gentle Romeo,
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 93.
(See also HENRY VI)
Women are angels, wooing: Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing: That she belov'd knows nought that knows not
this: Men prize the thing ungain'd more than it is.
Troilus and Cressida. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 312.
7 Win her with gifts, if she respect not words; Dumb jewels often in their silent kind More than quick words do move a woman's mind. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 1. L.
Never give her o'er; For scorn at first makes after-love the more. If she do frown, 'tis not in hate of you, But rather to beget more love in you; If she do chide, 'tis not to have you gone, For why, the fools are mad if left alone. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 1. L.
94. 9 Take no repulse, whatever she doth say;, For, "get you gone," she doth not mean,"away." Flatter and praise, commend, extol their graces; Though ne'er so black, say they have angels'
faces. That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man, If with his tongue he cannot win a woman. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 1. L.
100. 10 Say that upon the altar of her beauty You sacrifice your tears, your sighs, your heart: Write till your ink be dry and with your tears Moist it again, and frame some feeling line, That may discover such integrity. Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act III. Sc. 2. L.
73. Bring therefore all the forces that ye may, And lay incessant battery to her heart;
Words, as a Tartar's bow, do shoot back upon the understanding of the wisest, and mightily entangle and pervert the judgment.
BACON-Advancement of Learning. (See also CARLETON, DILLON, ELIOT, HEINE,
MENANDER) Words of affection, howsoe'er express'd, The latest spoken still are deem'd the best. JOANNA BAILLIE-Address to Miss Agnes
Baillie on her Birthday. L. 126. 18 'Tis a word that's quickly spoken, Which being restrained, a heart is broken. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER — The Spanish
Curate. Act II. Sc. 5. Song. 'Twas he that ranged the words at random flung, Pierced the fair pearls and them together strung. BIDPAI (PILPAY)-Anvar-i Suhaili. EASTWICK's trans.
(See also JONES) You have only, when before your glass, to keep pronouncing to yourself nimini-pimini; the lips cannot help taking their plie. GENERAL BURGOYNE—The Heiress. Act III.
Sc. 2. A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words.
BURKE-Letter. (About 1795) 22
(See also DICKENS) Boys flying
kites haul in their white winged birds; You can't do that way when you're flying words. "Careful with fire,” is good advice we know
“Careful with words,” is ten times doubly so. Thoughts unexpressed may sometimes fall back
dead; But God Himself can't kill them when they're
said. WILL CARLETON—The First Settler's Story. St. 21.
(See also Bacon) High Air-castles are cunningly built of Words, the Words well bedded also in good Logic-mortar; wherein, however, no Knowledge will come to lodge.
CARLYLE—Sartor Resartus. Bk. I. Ch. VIII.
I trade both with the living and the dead for the enrichment of our native language. DRYDEN - Dedication to translation of The
Æneid. 13 And torture one poor word ten thousand ways.
DRYDEN—Mac Flecknoe. L. 208.
Let thy words be few.
Ecclesiastes. V. 2.
15 Let no man deceive you with vain words.
Ephesians. V. 6.
The Moral is that gardeners pine,
(I did not make this up myself:
It's rather Whittier than I.) Guy WETMORE CARRYL—How Jack found that Beans may go back on a Chap.
(See also WHITTIER) 3 Words writ in waters. GEORGE CHAPMAN—Revenge for Honour. Act
V. Sc. 2.
Our words have wings, but fly not where we
would. GEORGE ELIOT—The Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III.
(See also BACON)
An undisputed power
PHILIP FRANCIS-Horace, Art of Poetry.
19 New ords and lately made shall credit claim If from a Grecian source they gently stream.
PHILIP FRANCIS—Horace, Art of Poetry.
Words are but empty thanks.
COLLEY CIBBER-Woman's Wit. Act V.
Fair words butter no parsnips.
Quoted “soft words."
Mum's the word.
ham. Act II. Sc. 1.
That blessed word Mesopotamia.
FIELD's voice, "he could make men either
BREWER's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Der Worte sind genug gewechselt, Lasst mich auch endlich Thaten sehn.
The words you've bandied are sufficient; 'Tis deeds that I prefer to see. GOETHE-Faust. Vorspiel auf dem Theater.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
CONFUCIUS-Analects. Bk. XX. Ch. IIJ
Words that weep,
and tears that speak. COWLEY-The Prophet. St. 2. L. 8. (See also MALLET, also GRAY under THOUGHT)
Gewöhnlich glaubt der Mensch, wenn er nur
Worte hört, Es müsse sich dabei doch auch was denken.
Man usually believes, if only words he hears, That also with them goes material for thinking. GOETHE-Faust. 1. 6. 230.
23 Es macht das Volk sich auch mit Worten Lust. The rabble also vent
their rage in words. GOETHE-Torquato Tasso. IŤ. 2. 201.
Father is rather vulgar, my dear. The word Papa, besides, gives a pretty form to the lips. Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes and prism are all very good words for the lips; especially prunes and prism. DICKENS—Dombey and Son. Pt. II. Ch. V.
(See also BURGOYNE, GOLDSMITH) But words once spoke can never be recall’d. WENTWORTH DILLON—Art of Poetry. L. 442.
(See also Bacon) It used to be a common saying of Myson's that men ought not to seek for things in words, but for words in things; for that things are not made on account of words but that words are put together for the sake of things. DIOGENES LAERTIUS—Lives of the Philosophers.
Bk. I. Myson. Ch. III.
At this every lady drew up her mouth as if going to pronounce the letter P. GOLDSMITH-Letter to Robt. Bryanton. Sept., 1758.
(See also DICKENS)
If of all words of tongue and pen,
"It is, but it hadn't ought to be." BRET HARTE-Mrs. Jenkins.
Like orient pearls at random strung. (See also WHITTIER)
SIR WILLIAM JONES. Trans. from the Per
sian of HAFIZ. The arrow belongs not to the archer when it
(See also BIDPAI) has once left the bow; the word no longer belongs to the speaker when it has once passed his The masterless man . . . afflicted with the lips, especially when it has been multiplied by magic of the necessary words. .. Words
that may become alive and walk up and down HEINE— Religion and Philosophy. Preface. in the hearts of the hearers. (1852)
KIPLING—Speech at the Royal Academy Ban(See also BACON)
quet, London. 1906.
16 Words and feathers the wind carries away. We might have been—these are but common HERBERT/Jacula Prudentum.
And yet they make the sum of life's bewailing. Words are women, deeds are men.
LETITIA E. LANDON—Three Extracts from the HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
Diary of a Week. (See also JOHNSON)
(See also WHITTIER) For words are wise men's counters—they do We should have a great many fewer disputes but reckon by them—but they are the money in the world if words were taken for what they of fools.
are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for THOMAS HOBBES—The Leviathan. Pt. I. Ch.
things themselves. IV. Sc. 15.
LOCKE-Essay on the Human Understanding.
Speaking words of endearment where words
of comfort availed not. Winged words. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XX. 331. POPE's trans.
LONGFELLOW-Evangeline. Pt. I. V. L. 43. Tristia mæstum My words are little jars Vultum verba decent; iratum, plena minarum; For you to take and put upon a shelf. Ludentem, lasciva; severum, seria dictu. Their shapes are quaint and beautiful,
Sorrowful words become the sorrowful; angry And they have many pleasant colours and lustres words suit the passionate; light words a play To recommend them. ful expression; serious words suit the grave. Also the scent from them fills the room HORACE-Ars Poetica. 105.
With sweetness of flowers and crushed grasses. Delere licebit
AMY LOWELL-A Gift. Quod non edideris; nescit vox missa reverti.
It will be practicable to blot written words There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, which you do not publish; but the spoken word
every one, it is not possible to recalí.
Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on. HORACE Ars Poetica. 389. Epistles. I. LOWELL-A Fable for Critics.
18. 71. Words are the soul's ambassadors, who go
Ein Wörtlein kann ihn fällen. Abroad upon her errands to and fro.
A single little word can strike him dead. J. HOWELL-Of Words.
LUTHER. (Of the Pope.)
22 How forcible are right words!
Some grave their wrongs on marble; He, more Job. VI. 25.
Stooped down serene, and wrote them in the Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words dust. without knowledge?
RICHARD R. MADDEN—Poems on Sacred Sub Job. XXXVIII. 2.
I am not yet so lost in lexicography, as to Words are men's daughters, but God's sons forget that words are the daughters of earth, are things. and that things are the sons of heaven.
SAMUEL MADDEN—Boulter's Monument. Said to .
to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson. SIR WILLIAM JONES quotes the saying as
(See also JOHNSON) proverbial in India ("deeds” for "sons"). Same used by Sir Thos. BODLEY-Letter to Words that weep, and strains that agonise. his Librarian. (1604)
DAVID MALLET (or Malloch)-Amyntor and (See also HERBERT, MADDEN)
Theodora. II. 306. To make dictionaries is dull work.
Strains that sigh and words that weep. SAMUEL JOHNSON-A Dictionary of the English DAVID MALLET—Funeral Hymn. 23. Language. Dull.
(See also GRAY under THOUGHT)
It is as easy to draw back a stone thrown with Le monde se paye de paroles; peu approforce from the hand, as to recall a word once fondissement les choses. spoken.
The world is satisfied with words. Few MENANDER-Ex Incert, Comæd. P. 216. appreciate the things beneath. (See also BACON)
PASCAL-Lettres Provinciales. II. Words, however, are things; and the man who In pertusum ingerimus dicta dolium, operam accords
ludimus. To his language the license to outrage his soul, We are pouring our words into a sieve, and Is controlld by the words he disdains to control. lose our labor. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt. PLAUTUS—Pseudolus. I. 3. 135.
1. Canto II. St. VI. 3
Words will build no walls. How many honest words have suffered cor PLUTARCH-Life of Pericles. CRATINUS ridiruption since Chaucer's days!
culed the long wall PERICLES proposed to THOMAS MIDDLETON—No Wit, No Help, Like build. a Woman's. Act II. Sc. 1.
Words are like leaves; and where they most His words,
like so many nimble and abound, airy servitors, trip about him at command. Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. MILTON-Apology for Smectymnuus.
POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 309. 5 With high words, that bore
In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold: Semblance of worth, not substance.
Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. I. 528.
Be not the first by whom the new are tried, 6
Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Each word-catcher, that lives on syllables.
POPE-Prologue to Satires, 166.
'Tis three blue beans in one blue bladder. Vergil.
PRIOR—Alma. Canto I. L. 26. 8
How many quarrels, and how important, has the doubt as to the meaning of this syllable
A word spoken in good season, how good is it! "Hoc" produced for the world!
Proverbs. XV. 23. MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XII. (Refer 23
ring to the controversies on transubstantia A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in tion—"Hoc est corpus meum.")
pictures of silver
Proverbs. XXV. 11. Words repeated again have as another sound,
24 so another sense.
The words of his mouth were smoother than MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. III. Ch. XII.
butter, but war was in his heart; his words were 10
softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords. So spake those wary foes, fair friends in look,
Psalms. LV. 21. And so in words great gifts they gave and took,
25 And had small profit, and small loss thereby.
Inanis verborum torrens. WM. MORRIS — Jason. Bk. VIII. 379.
An unmeaning torrent of words. 11 The word impossible is not in my dictionary.
QUINTILIAN. 10. 7. 23. NAPOLEON I.
26 (See also BULWER-LYTTON under FAILURE)
Souvent d'un grand dessein un mot nous fait 12
juger. Things were first made, then words.
A single word often betrays a great design. SIR T. OVERBURY—A Wife.
RACINE-Athalie. II. 6. 13
27 Hei mihi, quam facile est (quamvis hic contigit He that useth many words for the explaining omnes),
any subject, doth, like the cuttle fish, híde himAlterius lucta fortia verba loqui!
self for the most part in his own ink. Ah me! how easy it is (how much all have JOHN Ray-On Creation. experienced it) to indulge in brave words in
28 another person's trouble.
One of our defects as a nation is a tendency to OVID-Ad Liviam. 9.
use what have been called "weasel words."
When a weasel sucks eggs the meat is sucked Non opus est verbis, credite rebus.
out of the egg. If you use a "weasel word” after There is no need of words; believe facts. another there is nothing left of the other. OVID—Fasti. II. 734.
ROOSEVELT—Speech, at St. Louis, May 31,
What art thou? Have not I An arm as big as thine? a heart as big? Thy words, I grant, are bigger, for I wear My dagger in my mouth.
Cymbeline. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 76.
I know thou'rt full of love and honesty,
What do you read, my lord?
Words, words, words.
(See also TROILUS AND CRESSIDA)
Unpack my heart with words And fall a-cursing, like a very drab.
Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 614.
How long a time lies in one little word!
Richard II. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 213.
in vain, For they breathe truth that breathe their words
in pain. He that no more must say is listen'd more.
Richard II. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 5.
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below: Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 97.