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God hath blessed you with a good name: to be While Franklin's quiet memory climbs to heaven, a well-favored man is the gift of fortune, but to Calming the lightning which he thence hath write and read comes by nature.

riven. Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 3. BYRON—Age of Bronze. V. L. 13.

And stoic Franklin's energetic shade Only the refined and delicate pleasures that

Robed in the lightnings which his hand allay'd. spring from research and education can build up

BYRON-Age of Bronze. VIII. barriers between different ranks. MADAME DE STAËL-Corinne. Bk. IX. Ch. I.

Striking the electric chain wherewith we are Oh how our neighbour lifts his nose,

darkly bound.

BYRONChilde Harold. Canto IV. St. 23. To tell what every schoolboy knows. SWIFT—Century Life.

(See also CARLYLE under SYMPATHY)

16 (See also BURTON)

To put a girdle round about the world. Every school-boy knows it.

GEO. CHAPMAN-Bussy d'Ambois. Act I.

Sc. 1.
JEREMY TAYLOR- On the Real Presence. Sec.
V. 1. Phrase attributed to MACAULAY

(See also MIDSUMMER Night's DREAM. Also from his frequent use of it.


17 5

A vast engine of wonderful delicacy and inOf an old tale which every schoolboy knows. tricacy, a machine that is like the tools of the WILLIAM WHITEHEADThe Roman Father. Titans put in your hands. This machinery, in Prologue.

its external fabric so massive and so exquisitely (See also BURTON)

adjusted, and in its internal fabric making new

categories of thought, new ways of thinking Still sits the school-house by the road,

about life. A ragged beggar sunning;

CHARLES FERGUSON—Address. Stevens' IndiAround it still the sumachs grow

cator. Vol. XXXIV. No. 1. 1917. And blackberry vines are running. WHITTIER—In School Days.

Notwithstanding my experiments with elec7

tricity the thunderbolt continues to fall under Slavery is but half abolished, emancipation is our noses and beards; and as for the tyrant, but half completed, while millions of freemen there are a million of us still engaged at snatching with votes in their hands are left without educa away his sceptre. tion.

FRANKLIN Comment on TURGOT's inscription ROBERT C. WINTHROPYorktown Oration. in a letter to FELIX NOGARET, who translatOct. 19, 1881.

ed the lines into French.

(See also TURGOT)

But matchless Franklin! What a few

Can hope to rival such as you.
Egypt! from whose all dateless tombs arose Who seized from kings their sceptred pride
Forgotten Pharaohs from their long repose, And turned the lightning's darts aside.
And shook within their pyramids to hear

PHILIP FRENEAU-On the Death of Benjamin A new Cambyses thundering in their ear;

Franklin. While the dark shades of forty ages stood

(See also TURGOT) Like startled giants by Nile's famous flood. BYRONThe Age of Bronze. V.

Is it a fact-or have I dreamt it—that by

means of electricity, the world of matter has And they spoiled the Egyptians.

become a great nerve, vibrating thousands of Exodus. XII. 36.

miles in a breathless point of time? Rather, the

round globe is a vast head, a brain, instinct with I am dying, Egypt, dying.

intelligence: or shall we say it is itself a thought, Antony and Cleopatra. Act IV. Sc. 15. L. 18. nothing but thought, and no longer the sub

stance which we dreamed it. ELECTRICITY

HAWTHORNEThe House of the Seven Gables. Stretches, for leagues and leagues, the Wire,

The Flight of Two Owls.
A hidden path for a Child of Fire -
Over its silent spaces sent,

A million hearts here wait our call,
Swifter than Ariel ever went,

All naked to our distant speech-
From continent to continent.

I wish that I could ring them all
WM. HENRY BURLEIGHThe Rhyme of the And have some welcome news for each.


tory. In The Rocking Horse. And fire a mine in China, here

22 With sympathetic gunpowder.

An ideal's love-fraught, imperious call BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. L. That bids the spheres become articulate. 295.










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Discourse may want an animated “No”
To brush the surface, and to make it flow;
But still remember, if you mean to please,
To press your point with modesty and ease.

COWPER-Conversation. L. 101.


Il embellit tout qu'il touche.

He adorned whatever he touched. FENELONLettre sur les Occupations de l'Académie Française. Sec. IV.



Eripuit cælo fulmen, mox sceptra tyrannis.

He snatched the thunderbolt from heaven, the sceptre from tyrants. TURGOTInscription for the Houdon bust of

P. 200. Ed. 1786. Eripuit fulmenque Jovi,
Phoeboque sagittas. Modified from Anti-
Lucretius. I. 5. 96, by CARDINAL DE POLIG-
NAC. Eripuit Jovi fulmen viresque tonandi.
MARCUS MANLIUS-Astronomica. I. 104.
Line claimed by FREDERICK VON DER
TRENCK asserted at his trial before the
Revolutionary Tribunal of Paris, July 9,
1794. See GARTENLAUBE—Last Hours of
Baron Trenck.


Th' unwieldy elephant, To make them mirth, us'd all his might, and

wreathed His lithe proboscis. MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 345.

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Eloquence may be found in conversations and in all kinds of writings; it is rarely found when looked for, and sometimes discovered where it is least expected.

LA BRUYÈREThe Characters. Ch. I. 55.

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Ulmus And the great elms o'erhead Dark shadows wove on their aërial looms, Shot through with golden thread.

LONGFELLOW-Hawthorne. St. 2.

Profane eloquence is transfered from the bar, where Le Maître, Pucelle, and Fourcroy formerly practised it, and where it has become obsolete, to the Pulpit, where it is out of place.

LA BRUYÈREThe Characters. Ch. XVI. 2.


There is as much eloquence in the tone of voice, in the eyes, and in the air of a speaker as in his choice of words. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims and Moral Sen

tences. No. 261.


In crystal vapour everywhere Blue isles of heaven laughed between, And far, in forest-deeps unseen, The topmost elm-tree gather'd green From draughts of balmy air. TENNYSON-Sir Launcelot and Queen Guine

True eloquence consists in saying all that is necessary, and

thing but what is necessary. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims and Moral Sen

tences. No. 262.


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L'éloquence est une peinture de la pensée.

Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
PASCALPensées. XXIV. 88.


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From the vine-land, from the Rhine-land,
From the Shannon, from the Scheldt,
From the ancient homes of genius,

From the sainted home of Celt,
From Italy, from Hungary,

All as brothers join and come,
To the sinew-bracing bugle,

And the foot-propelling drum;
Too proud beneath the starry flag to die, and

keep secure
The liberty they dreamed of by the Danube,

Elbe, and Suir.
JOHN SAVAGE-Muster of the North.
At the gate of the West I stand,
On the isle where the nations throng.
We call them "scum o' the earth."

R. H. SCHAUFFLER—Scum o' the Earth.




A man in all the world's new fashion planted,
That hath a mint of phrases in his brain.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 165.

That aged ears play truant at his tales
And younger hearings are quite ravished;
So sweet and voluble is his discourse.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 74.

Exilioque domos et dulcia limina mutant
Atque alio patriam quærunt sub sole jacentem.

And for exile they change their homes and
pleasant thresholds, and seek a country lying
beneath another sun.
VERGIL-Georgics. Bk. II. 511.








Every tongue that speaks

But Romeo's name speaks heavenly eloquence.
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 32. Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember

the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
Say she be mute and will not speak a word; Ecclesiasticus. VII. 36.
Then I'll commend her volubility,
And say she uttereth piercing eloquence.

Finem respice (or Respice finem).
Taming of the Shrew. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 175. Have regard to the end.

Translation of Chilo's saying. Omnium artium domina (eloquentia). (Eloquence) the mistress of all the arts.

He who has put a good finish to his undertakTACITUS—De Oratoribus. XXXII.

ing is said to have placed a golden crown to the

whole. Magna eloquentia, sicut flamma, materia ali EUSTATHIUS—Commentary on the Iliad. tur, et motibus excitatur et urendo clarescit.

(See also HOMER) It is the eloquence as of a flame; it requires matter to feed it, motion to excite it, and it Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit. brightens as it burns.

If the end be well, all will be well. TACITUSDe Oratoribus. XXXVI.

Gestæ Romanorum. Tale LXVII. (See also PITT)

A morning Sun, and a Wine-bred child, and a But while listening Senates hang upon thy | Latin-bred woman seldom end well. tongue,

HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum.
Devolving through the maze of eloquence
A roll of periods, sweeter than her song.

It is the end that crowns, us, not the fight.
THOMSON—The Seasons. Autumn.

HERRICK-Hesperides. 340.







None but yourself who are your greatest foe. LONGFELLOW-Michael Angelo. Pt. II. 3.

(See also ADAMS)

My nearest And dearest enemy. THOMAS MIDDLETON-Anything for a Quiet Life. Act V. Sc. 1.

(See first quotation under topic.) 3 What boots it at one gate to make defence, And at another to let in the foe?

MILTON—Samson Agonistes. L. 560.

The world is large when its weary leagues two

loving hearts divide; But the world is small when your enemy is loose

on the other side. JOHN BOYLE O'REILLY-Distance.

5 His enemies shall lick the dust.

Psalms. LXXII. 9.


Inventé par le caloumnateur ennemy.

Invented by the calumniating enemy. RABELAIS-Pantagruel. Bk. III. 11.

(See also RICHARD III.)


Pour tromper un rival l'artifice est permis;
On peut tout employer contre ses ennemis.

Artifice is allowable in deceiving a rival, we may employ everything against our enemies. RICHELIEU-Les Tuileries. 8

If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Romans. XII. 20.



In cases of defence 'tis best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems;
So the proportions of defence are fill'd;
Which of a weak and niggardly projection
Doth, like a miser, spoil

his coat with scanting A little cloth. Henry V. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 43.

Be advis'd;
Heat not a furnace for your foe so hot
That it do singe yourself: we may outrun,
By violent swiftness, that which we run at,
And lose by over-running.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 139

I do believe,
Induced by potent circumstances, that
You are mine enemy; and make my challenge
You shall not be my judge.

Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 76.

12 That you have many enemies, that know not Why they are so, but, like to 'village-curs, Bark when their fellows do.

Henry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 158.

England! my country, great and free!
Heart of the world, I leap to thee!

BAILEY-Festus. Sc. "The Surface. L. 376.

Let Pitt then boast of his victory to his nation of shopkeepers—(Nation Boutiquiere). Said by BARRÈRE, June 16, 1794 before the

National Convention. Attributed to NAPO-

Life of Napoleon. Claimed as a saying of Francis II. to NAPOLEON. (See also DISRAELI, SMITH, TUCKER, also

ADAMS under BUSINESS) Quoique leurs chapeaux sont bien laids, Goddam! j'aime les anglais.

In spite of their_hats being very ugly, Goddam! I love the English. BERANGER.



O cunning enemy, that, to catch a saint,
With saints dost bait thy hook!

Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 180.

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