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Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius.

A Mercury is not made out of any block of wood. Quoted by APPULEIUS as a saying of PYTHAG



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Vainly the fowler's eye

Might mark thy distant flight to do thee wrong, As, darkly painted on the crimson sky,

Thy figure floats along.
BRYANT-To a Water Fowl.

Up and down! Up and down!
From the base of the wave to the billow's crown;
And amidst the flashing and feathery foam
The Stormy Petrel finds a home,-
A home, if such a place may be,
For her who lives on the wide, wide sea,
On the craggy ice, in the frozen air,
And only seeketh her rocky lair
To warm her young and to teach them spring
At once o'er the waves on their stormy wing!

BARRY CORNWALL-The Stormy Petrel.

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Ex pede Herculem.

From the feet, Hercules.


1. DIOGENES. V. 15. 7 Sculpture is more divine, and more like Nature, That fashions all her works in high relief, And that is Sculpture. This vast ball, the Earth, Was moulded out of clay, and baked in fire; Men, women, and all animals that breathe Are statues, and not paintings.

LONGFELLOW-Michael Angelo. Pt. III. 5.



Between two seas the sea-bird's wing makes halt,
Wind-weary; while with lifting head he waits
For breath to reinspire him from the gates
That open still toward sunrise on the vault
High-domed of morning.
SWINBURNE-Songs of the Spring Tides. In-

troductory lines to Birthday Ode to Victor

Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether the summer clothe the general earth
With greenness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sunthaw; whether the eve-drops

Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet moon.

COLERIDGE-Frost at Midnight.

20 Our seasons have no fixed returns,

Without our will they come and go;
At noon our sudden summer burns,

Ere sunset all is snow.

Sculpture is more than painting. It is greater To raise the dead to life than to create Phantoms that seem to live.

LONGFELLOW-Michael Angelo. Pt. III. 5.


And the cold marble leapt to life a God.

H. H. MILMANThe Belvedere Apollo.


The Paphian Queen to Cnidos made repair
Across the tide to see her image there:
Then looking up and round the prospect wide,
When did Praxiteles see me thus? she cried.

PLATO. In Greek Anthology.



Then marble, soften'd into life, grew warm.

POPE—Second Book of Horace. Ep. I. L. 146.


The sculptor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature.

RUSKINTrue and Beautiful. Sculpture.

Autumn to winter, winter into spring,
Spring into summer, summer into fall,
So rolls the changing year, and so we change;
Motion so swift, we know not that we move.

D. M. MULOCK-Immutable.

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How can we expect another to keep our secret if we cannot keep it ourselves.




Vitæ poscænia celant.

Men conceal the past scenes of their lives. LUCRETIUS—Re Rerum Natura. IV. 1,182.


Nothing is secret which shall not be made manifest.

Luke. VIII. 17.

Est rosa flos Veneris cujus quo furta laterent.

As given in BURMANN'S Anthologia. Bk. V. : 217. (1778)

Sub rosa. Under the rose (i.e., secretly). The rose was emblematic of secrecy with the ancients. Cupid bribed Harpocrates, god of silence, with a rose, not to divulge the amours of Venus. Hence a host hung a rose over his tables that his guests might know that under it words spoken were to remain secret. Harpocrates is Horus, god of the rising sun. Found in GREGORY NAZIANZEN-Carmen. Vol. II. P. 27. (Ed. 1611)

(See also SWIFT) For thre may kepe a counsel, if twain be awaie. CHAUCERThe Ten Commandments of Love.

41. HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum. HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. II. Ch. V.




I bave play'd the fool, the gross fool, to believe
The bosom of a friend will hold a secret
Mine own could not contain,
MASSINGER—Unnatural Combat. Act V. Sc.

A secret at home is like rocks under tide.

D. M. MULOCK–Magnus and Morna. Sc. 2. 21

Wer den kleinsten Theil eines Geheimnisses hingibt, hat den andern nicht mehr in der Gewalt.

He who gives up the smallest part of a secret has the rest no longer in his power. JEAN PAUL RICHTERTiton. Zykel 123.

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Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.

II Samuel. I. 20.


Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead. BENJ. FRANKLIN—Poor Richard. (1735)

(See also CHAUCER) As witnesses that the things were not done in a corner. GEN. THOMAS HARRISONDefence at his trial.

Account of the Trial of Twenty Regicides. (1660) P. 39.

(See also Acts) Arcanum neque tu scrutaveris ullius unquam, commissumve teges et vino tortus et ira.

Never inquire into another man's secret; but conceal that which is intrusted to you, though pressed both by wine and anger to reveal it. HORACE-Epistles. I. 18. 37.


Alium silere quod voles, primus sile.

If you wish another to keep your secret, first keep it yourself. SENECAHippolytus. 876. Also ST. MARTIN

of Braga.


Latere semper patere, quod latuit diu.

Leave in concealment what has long been concealed. SENECA-Edipus. 826.










14 If you have hitherto conceal'd this sight,

Let not soft slumber close your eyes, Let it be tenable in your silence still.

Before you've collected thrice And whatsoever else shall hap to-night,

The train of action through the day! Give it an understanding, but no tongue.

Where have my feet chose out their way?
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 249.

What have I learnt, where'er I've been,
But that I am forbid,

From all I've beard, from all I've seen?
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,

What have I more that's worth the knowing? I could a tale unfold whose lightest word

What have I done that's worth the doing? Would harrow up thy soul.

What have I sought that I should shun? Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 13.

What duty have I left undone,

Or into what new follies run? 3 Two may keep counsel, putting one away.

These self-inquiries are the road

That lead to virtue and to God. Romeo and Juliet Act II. Sc. 4, L. 209. (See also CHAUCER)

ISAAC WATTS--Self Examination. Two may keep counsel when the third's away.

There is a luxury in self-dispraise; Titus Andronicus. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 144. And inward self-disparagement affords (See also CHAUCER)

To meditative spleen a grateful feast. 5

WORDSWORTHThe Excursion. Bk. IV. Under the rose, since here are none but friends, (To own the truth) we have some private ends.

'Tis greatly wise to talk with our past hours; SWIFT-Epilogue to a Benefit Play for the Dis And ask them what report they bore to heaven: tressed Weavers.

And how they might have borne more welcome (See also BROWNE)


YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 376. Miserum est tacere cogi, quod cupias loqui. You are in a pitiable condition when you

SELFISHNESS have to concedl what vou wish to tell.

Chacun chez soi, chacun pour soi. SYRUS-Maxims.

Every one for his home, every one for himself. 7

M. DUPIN. Let your left hand turn away what your right hand attracts.

Where all are selfish, the sage is no better than Talmud. Sota. 47.

the fool, and only rather more dangerous.

FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects. Tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus.

Party Politics. The secret wound still lives within the breast.

Esto, ut nunc multi, dives tibi pauper amicis. VERGILÆneid. IV. 67.

Be, as many now are, luxurious to yourself, SELF-EXAMINATION

parsimonious to your friends.

JUVENAL--Satires. V. 113.
As I walk'd by myself, I talk'd to myself
And myself replied to me;.

As for the largest-hearted of us, what is the And the questions myself then put to myself, word we write most often in our cheque-books? With their answers I give to thee.

_"Self.” BARNARD BARTONColloquy with Myself. EDEN PHILLPOTTS-A Shadow Passes. Appeared in Youth's Instructor, Dec., 1826.

Despite those titles, power, and pelf, Summe up at night what thou hast done by day;

The wretch, concentred all in self, And in the morning what thou hast to do.

Living, shall forfeit fair renown, Dresse and undresse thy soul; mark the decay

And, doubly dying, shall go down And growth of it; if, with thy watch, that too

To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Be down then winde up both; since we shall be

Unwept, unhonour'd and unsung. Most surely judg’d, make thy accounts agree.

SCOTT-Lay of the Last Minstrel. Canto VI. HERBERT~The Temple. The Church Porch.

St. 1.
Next to last stanza.

What need we any spur but our own cause,
One self-approving hour whole years out-weighs To prick us to redress?
Of stupid starers and of loud huzzas.

Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 123.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 249.

Love took up the harp of Life, and smote on all Speak no more:

the chords with might; Thou turn'st mine eyes into my very soul; Smote the chord of Self, that, trembling, pass'd And there I see such black and grained spots

in music out of sight. As will not leave their tinct.

TENNYSON-Locksley Hall. L. 33. Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 88.

Go to your bosom; Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth unselfishness, the only real religion. know.

ZANGWILI-Children of the Ghetto. Bk. II. Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 136. Ch. 16.























Je recule

Ébloui de me voir moi même tout vermeil Self-love is a principle of action; but among Et d'avoir, moi, le coq, fait élever le soleil. no class of human beings has nature so profusely I fall back dazzled at beholding myself all distributed this principle of life and action as

rosy red, through the whole sensitive family of genius. At having, I myself, caused the sun to rise. ISAAC D'ISRAELI-Literary Character of Men ROSTAND-Chanticleer. Act II. Sc. 3. of Genius. Ch. XV.

(See also Eliot) He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin to hear him crow.

As self-neglecting GEORGE ELIOT-Adam Bede. Ch. XXXIII. Henry V. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 74. (See also ROSTAND)

O villainous! I have looked upon the world for Wer sich nicht zu viel dünkt ist viel mehr four times seven years; and since I could disals er glaubt.

tinguish betwixt a benefit and an injury, I never He who does not think too much of himself found man that knew how to love himself. is much more esteemed than he imagines.

Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 312. GOETHE-Sprüche in Prosa. III.

I to myself am dearer than a friend. A gentleman is one who understands and Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 23. shows every mark of deference to the claims of self-love in others, and exacts it in return from

I am the most concerned in my own interests. them.

TERENCE-Andria. IV. 1. HAZLITT--Table Talk. On the Look of a

18 Gentleman.

L'amour-propre offensé ne pardonne jamais.

Offended self-love never forgives. Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.

VIZÉE-Les Aveux Difficiles. VII. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims. No. 3.

This self-love is the instrument of our presVoyez le beau rendez-vous qu'il me donne; ervation; it resembles the provision for the percet homme là n'a jamais aimé que lui-même.

petuity of mankind it is necessary, it is dear Behold the fine appointment he makes

to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it. with me; that man never did love any one but VOLTAIRE-Philosophical Dictionary. Selfhimself.

Love. MME. DE MAINTENON, when Louis XIV. in dying said, “Nous nous renverrons bientôt."

SENSE; SENSES (We shall meet again).

I am almost frightened out of my seven senses.

CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III. Ofttimes nothing profits more

Ch. IX. Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right

(See also ECCLESIASTICUS) Well manag'd. MILTON-Paradise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 571.

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take

care of themselves. Le moi est haïssable.

LEWIS CARROLL-Alice in Wonderland. Ch. Egoism is hateful.

IX. PASCAL-Pensées Diverses.


To observations which ourselves we make,
We grow more partial for th' observer's sake.

He had used the word in its Pickwickian sense POPE-Moral Essays. Ep. I. L. 11.

. . he had merely considered him a humbug

in a Pickwickian point of view. But respect yourself most of all.

DICKENSPickwick Papers. Ch. I. The quarGolden Verses of the Pythagoreans.

rel in the Pickwick Club is a literal paraphrase

of a scene in the House of Commons during 11

Sans doute

a debate, April 17, 1823, when Brougham Je peux apprendre à coqueriquer: je glougloute. and Canning quarreled over an accusation Without doubt

which was decided should be taken as poI can teach crowing: for I gobble.

litical, not personal. ROSTAND-Chanticleer. Act I. Sc. 2.

23 12

Him of the western dome, whose weighty sense Et sonnant d'avance sa victoire,

Flows in fit words and heavenly eloquence. Mon chant jaillit si net, si fier, si peremptoire, DRYDEN--Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. I. L. Que l'horizon, saisi d'un rose tremblement,

868. M'obéit. And sounding in advance its victory,

They received the use of the five operations My song jets forth so clear, so proud, so per of the Lord and in the sixth place he imparted emptory.

them understanding, and in the seventh speech, That the horizon, seized with a rosy trembling, an interpreter of the cogitations thereof. Obeys me.

Ecclesiasticus. XVII. 5. ROSTAND-Chanticleer. Act II. Sc. 3.









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Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure
Thrill the deepest notes of wo.

BURNS-Sweet Sensibility.



Susceptible persons are more affected by a change of tone than by unexpected words.



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Rarus enim ferme sensus communis in illa

Generally common sense is rare in that (higher) rank. JUVENAL-Satires. VIII. 73. 3

If Poverty is the Mother of Crimes, want of Sense is the Father. LA BRUYÈRE—The Characters or Manners of

the Present Age. Vol. II. Ch. II. 4

Entre le bon sens et le bon goût il y a la différence de la cause à son effet.

Between good sense and good taste there is the difference between cause and effect. LA BRUYÈRE—Les Caractères. XII.

Noli me tangere.

Do not wish to touch me. Touch me not.
John. XX. 17. From the Vulgate.

18 And the heart that is soonest awake to the

flowers Is always the first to be touch'd by the thorns.

MOORE/O Think Not My Spirits.

It seem'd as if each thought and look

And motion were that minute chain'd
Fast to the spot such root she took,
And—like a sunflower by a brook,

With face upturn'd—so still remain'd!
MOORE—Loves of the Angels. First Angel's

Story. L. 33.



To touch the quick.

SOPHOCLES-Ajax. 786.

Il n'est rien d'inutile aux personnes de sens.

Sensible people find nothing useless.
LA FONTAINE-Fables. V. 19.

6 Whate'er in her Horizon doth appear, She is one Orb of Sense, all Eye, all aiery Ear.

HENRY MORE-Antidote against Atheism.

7 What thin partitions sense from thought divide. POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. I. L. 226. And

thin partitions do their bounds divide. DRYDEN—Absalom and Achitophel.

(See also BURNS under Bliss)


Too quick a sense of constant infelicity.




Good sense which only is the gift of Heaven, And though no science, fairly worth the seven.

POPE—Moral Essays. Ep. IV. L. 43.

I sit with my toes in a brook,

And if any one axes forwhy?
I hits them a rap with my crook,

For 'tis sentiment does it, says I.


Mimosa Pudica A Sensitive Plant in a garden grew, And the young winds fed it with silver dew, And it opened its fan-like leaves to the light, And clothed them beneath the kisses of night.

SHELLEY—The Sensitive Plant, Pt. I.



'Tis use alone that sanctifies expense And splendor borrows all her rays from sense.

POPE—Moral Essyas. Ep. IV. L. 179.


Fool, 'tis in vain from wit to wit to roam: Know, sense, like charity, begins at home.




Oft has good nature been the fool's defence, And honest meaning gilded want of sense.

SHENSTONE/Ode to u Lady.

For the Sensitive Plant has no bright flower;
Radiance and odour are not its dower;
It loves, even like Love, its deep heart is full,
It desires what it has not, the beautiful.

SHELLEY—The Sensitive Plant. Pt. I.

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