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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Compound for sins  to  Credulity
  Compound for sins they are inclined to / By damning those they have no mind to.    Butler.  2753
  Comprendre c’est pardonner—To understand is to pardon.    Madame de Staël.  2754
  Compte rendu—Report, return.    French.  2755
  Con agua pasada no muele molino—The mill grinds corn with water that has passed.    Spanish Proverb.  2756
  Con amore—With love; earnestly.    Italian.  2757
  Con arte e con inganno si vive mezzo l’anno; con inganno si vive l’altra parte—People live with art and deception one half the year, and with deception and art the other half.    Italian Proverb.  2758
  Conceal not the meanness of thy family, nor think it disgraceful to be descended from peasants; for when it is seen thou art not thyself ashamed, no one will endeavour to make thee so.    Cervantes.  2759
  Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.    Hamlet, iii. 4.  2760
  Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.    Ruskin.  2761
  Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.    Emerson.  2762
  Concio ad clerum—An address to the clergy.  2763
  Concordia discors—A jarring or discordant concord.    Ovid.  2764
  Concordia res parvæ crescunt, discordia maximæ dilabuntur—With concord small things increase, with discord the greatest go to ruin.    Sallust.  2765
  Concours—A competition.    French.  2766
  Condemnable idolatry is insincere idolatry—a human soul clinging spasmodically to an Ark of the Covenant, which it half feels is now a phantasm.    Carlyle.  2767
  Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it! / Why, every fault’s condemned ere it be done.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.  2768
  Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified.    Emerson.  2769
  Con dineros no te conocerás, sin dineros no te conocerán—With money you would not know yourself; without it, no one would know you.    Spanish Proverb.  2770
  Condition, circumstance, is not the thing, / Bliss is the same in subject or in king.    Pope.  2771
  Conditions are pleasant or grievous to us according to our sensibilities.    Lewis Morris.  2772
  Con el Rey y con la Inquisicion, chitos—With the King and the Inquisition, hush!    Spanish Proverb.  2773
  Confessed faults are half mended.    Scotch Proverb.  2774
  Confess yourself to Heaven; / Repent what’s past; avoid what is to come; / And do not spread the compost on the weeds, / To make them ranker.    Hamlet, iii. 4.  2775
  Confess you were wrong yesterday; it will show you are wise to-day.    Proverb.  2776
  Confidence imparts a wondrous inspiration to its possessor. It bears him on in security, either to meet no danger or to find matter of glorious trial.    Milton.  2777
  Confidence in another man’s virtue is no slight evidence of a man’s own.    Montaigne.  2778
  Confidence in one’s self is the chief nurse of magnanimity.    Sir P. Sidney.  2779
  Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an aged bosom.    Chatham.  2780
  Confidence is a thing not to be produced by compulsion. Men cannot be forced into trust.    Daniel Webster.  2781
  Confido, conquiesco—I trust, and am at rest.    Motto.  2782
  Confine your tongue, lest it confine you.    Proverb.  2783
  Confrère—A brother monk or associate.    French.  2784
  Confusion now hath made his masterpiece. / Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope / The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence / The life o’ the building.    Macbeth, ii. 1.  2785
  Confusion worse confounded.    Milton.  2786
  Congé d’élire—A leave to elect.    French.  2787
  Con poco cervello si governa il mondo—The world is governed with small wit.    Italian Proverb.  2788
  Conquer we shall, but we must first contend; / ’Tis not the fight that crowns us, but the end.    Herrick.  2789
  Conscia mens recti famæ mendacia risit—The mind conscious of integrity ever scorns the lies of rumour.    Ovid.  2790
  Conscience does make cowards of us all; / And thus the native hue of resolution / Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought; / And enterprises of great pith and moment, / With this regard, their currents turn awry, / And lose the name of action.    Hamlet, iii. 1.  2791
  Conscience is but a word that cowards use, / Devised at first to keep the strong in awe; / Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.    Richard III., v. 3.  2792
  Conscience is our magnetic needle; / reason, our chart.    Joseph Cook.  2793
  Conscience is the chamber of justice.    Origen.  2794
  Conscience is the compass of the unknown.    Joseph Cook.  2795
  Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.    Johnson.  2796
  Conscience is the voice of the soul; the passions, of the body.    Rousseau.  2797
  Conscience is wiser than science.    Lavater.  2798
  Conscientia mille testes—Conscience is equal to a thousand witnesses.    Proverb.  2799
  Con scienza—With a knowledge of the subject.    Italian.  2800
  Consecrated is the spot which a good man has trodden.    Goethe.  2801
  Consecration is going out into the world where God Almighty is, and using every power for His glory.    Ward Beecher.  2802
  Conseil d’état—Council of state.  2803
  Consensus facit legem—Consent makes the law.    Law.  2804
  Consequitur quodcunque petit—He attains to whatever he aims at.    Motto.  2805
  Conservatism is the pause on the last movement.    Emerson.  2806
  Consideration, like an angel, came, / And whipp’d th’ offending Adam out of him, / Leaving his body as a paradise, / To envelop and contain celestial spirits.    Henry V., i. 1.  2807
  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.    Jesus.  2808
  Consilio et animis—By counsel and courage.    Motto.  2809
  Conspicuous by its absence.    Lord John Russell.  2810
  Constans et fidelitate—Constant and with faithfulness.    Motto.  2811
  Constant attention wears the active mind, / Blots out her powers, and leaves a blank behind.    Churchill.  2812
  Constantia et virtute—By constancy and virtue.    Motto.  2813
  Constantly choose rather to want less than to have more.    Thomas à Kempis.  2814
  Constant occupation prevents temptation.    Italian Proverb.  2815
  Constant thought will overflow in words unconsciously.    Byron.  2816
  Consuetudinis magna vis est—The force of habit is great.    Cicero.  2817
  Consuetudo est altera lex—Custom is a second law.    Law.  2818
  Consuetudo est secunda natura—Custom is a second nature.    St. Augustine.  2819
  Consuetudo pro lege servatur—Custom is observed as law.    Law.  2820
  Consult duty, not events.    Landor.  2821
  Contaminate our fingers with base bribes?… I’d rather be a dog; and bay the moon than such a Roman.    Julius Cæsar, iv. 3.  2822
  Contas na maõ, e o demonio no coraçaõ—Rosary in the hand, and the devil in the heart.    Portuguese Proverb.  2823
  Contemni est gravius stultitiæ quam percuti—To be despised is more galling to a foolish man than to be whipped.  2824
  Contemporaries appreciate the man rather than his merit; posterity will regard the merit rather than the man.    Colton.  2825
  Contempt is a dangerous element to sport in; a deadly one, if we habitually live in it.    Carlyle.  2826
  Contempt is a kind of gangrene, which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.    Johnson.  2827
  Contempt is the only way to triumph over calumny.    Madame de Maintenon.  2828
  Contented wi’ little, an’ cantie (cheerily happy) wi’ mair.    Burns.  2829
  Content if hence th’ unlearn’d their wants may view, / The learn’d reflect on what before they knew.    Pope.  2830
  Contention is a hydra’s head; the more they strive, the more they may.    Burton.  2831
  Contention, like a horse / Full of high feeding, madly hath broken loose, / And bears all down before him.    2 Henry IV., i. 1.  2832
  Contentions fierce, / Ardent, and dire, spring from no petty cause.    Scott.  2833
  Contentions for trifles can get but a trifling victory.    Sir P. Sidney.  2834
  Content is better than riches.    Proverb.  2835
  Content is the true philosopher’s stone.    Proverb.  2836
  Contentment, as it is a short road and pleasant, has great delight and little trouble.    Epictetus.  2837
  Contentment consisteth not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.    Fuller.  2838
  Contentment is natural wealth.    Socrates.  2839
  Contentment will make a cottage look as fair as a palace.    W. Secker.  2840
  Contentment without money is the philosopher’s stone.    Lichtwer.  2841
  Content’s a kingdom, and I wear that crown.    Heywood.  2842
  Content thyself to be obscurely good; / When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, / The post of honour is a private station.    Addison.  2843
  Content with poverty, my soul I arm; / And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.    Dryden after Horace.  2844
  Contesa vecchia tosto si fa nuova—An old feud is easily renewed.    Italian Proverb.  2845
  Conticuere omnes, intentique ora tenebant—All were at once silent and listened intent.    Virgil.  2846
  Continued eloquence wearies.    Pascal.  2847
  Contra bonos mores—Against good morals.  2848
  Contra malum mortis, non est medicamen in hortis—Against the evil of death there is no remedy in the garden.  2849
  Contraria contrariis curantur—Contraries are cured by contraries.  2850
  Contrast increases the splendour of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power.    Ruskin.  2851
  Contrat social—The social compact, specially Rousseau’s theory thereof.  2852
  Contra verbosos noli contendere verbis; / Sermo datur cunctis, animi sapientia paucis—Don’t contend with words against wordy people; speech is given to all, wisdom to few.    Cato.  2853
  Contredire, c’est quelquefois frapper à une porte, pour savour s’il y a quelqu’un dans la maison—To contradict sometimes means to knock at the door in order to know whether there is any one in the house.    French Proverb.  2854
  Contre fortune bon cœur—Against change of fortune set a bold heart.    Proverb.  2855
  Contre les rebelles, c’est cruauté que d’estre humain et humanité d’estre cruel—Against rebels it is cruelty to be humane, and humanity to be cruel.    Corneille Muis.  2856
  Contre-temps—A mischance.    French.  2857
  Contrivances of the time / For sowing broadcast the seeds of crime.    Longfellow.  2858
  Contumeliam si dicis, audies—If you utter abuse, you must expect to receive it.    Plautus.  2859
  Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.    Gibbon.  2860
  Conversation in society is found to be on a platform so low as to exclude science, the saint, and the poet.    Emerson.  2861
  Conversation is an abandonment to ideas, a surrender to persons.    A. B. Alcott.  2862
  Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.    Emerson.  2863
  Conversation is a traffic; and if you enter into it without some stock of knowledge to balance the account perpetually, the trade drops at once.    Sterne.  2864
  Conversation will not corrupt us if we come to the assembly in our own garb and speech, and with the energy of health to select what is ours and reject what is not.    Emerson.  2865
  Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching.    Emerson.  2866
  Conversion—a grand epoch for a man; properly the one epoch; the turning-point which guides upwards, or guides downwards, him and his activities for evermore.    Carlyle.  2867
  Conversion is the awakening of a soul to see into the awful truth of things; to see that Time and its shows all rest on Eternity, and this poor earth of ours is the threshold either of heaven or hell.    Carlyle.  2868
  Convey a libel in a frown, / And wink a reputation down.    Swift.  2869
  Convey thy love to thy friend as an arrow to the mark; not as a ball against the wall, to rebound back again.    Quarles.  2870
  Conviction, never so excellent, is worthless till it convert itself into conduct.    Carlyle.  2871
  Copia verborum—Superabundance of words.  2872
  Coraçaõ determinado, naõ soffre conselho—He brooks no advice whose mind is made up.    Portuguese Proverb.  2873
  Coram domino rege—Before our lord the king.  2874
  Coram nobis—Before the court.  2875
  Coram non judice—Before one who is not a judge.  2876
  Corbies (crows) and clergy are kittle shot (hard to hit).    Scotch Proverb.  2877
  Corbies dinna pick oot corbies’ een, i.e., harm each other.    Scotch Proverb.  2878
  Cordon bleu—A skilful cook (lit. a blue ribbon).    French.  2879
  Cordon sanitaire—A guard to prevent a disease spreading.    French.  2880
  Corn is gleaned with wind, and the soul with chastening.    George Herbert.  2881
  Cor nobile, cor immobile—A noble heart is an immovable heart.  2882
  Coronat virtus cultores suos—Virtue crowns her votaries.    Motto.  2883
  Corpo ben feito naõ ha mester capa—A body that is well made needs no cloak.    Portuguese Proverb.  2884
  Corpora lente augescunt, cito extinguuntur—All bodies are slow in growth, rapid in decay.    Tacitus.  2885
  Corporations cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicated, for they have no souls.    Coke.  2886
  Corporations have neither bodies to be punished nor souls to be damned.    Thurlow.  2887
  Corporis et fortunæ bonorum, ut initium, finis est. Omnia orta occidunt, et aucta senescunt—The blessings of health and fortune, as they have a beginning, must also have an end. Everything rises but to fall, and grows but to decay.    Sallust.  2888
  Corpo satollo non crede all’ affamato—A satisfied appetite does not believe in hunger.    Italian Proverb.  2889
  Corps d’armée—A military force.    French.  2890
  Corps diplomatique—The diplomatic body.    French.  2891
  Corpus Christi—Festival in honour of the Eucharist or body of Christ.  2892
  Corpus delicti—The body of the offence.    Law.  2893
  Corpus sine pectore—A body without a soul.    Horace.  2894
  Correct counting keeps good friends.    Gaelic Proverb.  2895
  Correction does much, but encouragement does more.    Goethe.  2896
  Correction is good, administered in time.    Danish Proverb.  2897
  Corre lontano chi non torna mai—He runs a long way who never turns.    Italian Proverb.  2898
  Corrigenda—Corrections to be made.  2899
  Corrupted freemen are the worst of slaves.    Garrick.  2900
  Corruption is like a ball of snow, when once set a rolling it must increase.    Colton.  2901
  Corruptions can only be expiated by the blood of the just ascending to heaven by the steps of the scaffold.    De Tocqueville.  2902
  Corruptio optimi pessima—The corruption of the best is the worst.    Anonymous.  2903
  Corruptissima in republica plurimæ leges—In a state in which corruption abounds laws are very numerous.    Tacitus.  2904
  Cor unum, via una—One heart, one way.    Maxim.  2905
  Corvées—Forced labour, formerly exacted of the peasantry in France.    French.  2906
  Cosa ben fatta è fatta due volte—A thing well done is twice done.    Italian Proverb.  2907
  Cosa fatta, capo ha—A thing which is done has a head, i.e., it is never done till completed.    Italian Proverb.  2908
  Cosa mala nunca mucre—A bad thing never dies.    Spanish Proverb.  2909
  Così fan tutti—So do they all.    Italian.  2910
  Cos ingeniorum—A whetstone to their wit.  2911
  Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, / But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy; / For the apparel oft proclaims the man.    Hamlet, i. 3.  2912
  Costumbre hace ley—Custom becomes law.    Spanish Proverb.  2913
  Could everything be done twice, it would be done better.    German Proverb.  2914
  Could great men thunder / As Jove himself does, Jove would ne’er be quiet; / For every pelting, petty officer / Would use his heaven for thunder; nothing but thunder.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.  2915
  Could we forbear dispute and practise love, / We should agree as angels do above.    Waller.  2916
  Could you see every man’s career in life, you would find a woman clogging him … or cheering him and goading him.    Thackeray.  2917
  Couleur de rose—A flattering representation.    French.  2918
  Count art by gold, and it fetters the feet it once winged.    Ouida.  2919
  Count the world not an inn, but an hospital; and a place not to live in, but to die in.    Colton.  2920
  Countries are well cultivated, not as they are fertile, but as they are free.    Montesquieu.  2921
  Coup de grace—The finishing stroke.    French.  2922
  Coup de main—A bold effort; a surprise.  2923
  Coup de pied—A kick.    French.  2924
  Coup de soleil—Stroke of the sun.    French.  2925
  Coup d’essai—First attempt.    French.  2926
  Coup d’état—A sudden stroke of policy.    French.  2927
  Coup de théâtre—Theatrical effect.    French.  2928
  Coup d’œil—A glance of the eye; a prospect.  2929
  Courage against misfortune, and reason against passion.    Proverb.  2930
  Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate.    Goethe.  2931
  Courage consists in equality to the problem before us.    Emerson.  2932
  Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in meeting it with the eyes open.    Jean Paul.  2933
  Courage consists not in hazarding without fear, but being resolutely minded in a just cause.    Plutarch.  2934
  Courage! even sorrows, when once they are vanished, quicken the soul, as rain the valley.    Sails.  2935
  Courage is generosity of the highest order, for the brave are prodigal of the most precious things.    Colton.  2936
  Courage is on all hands considered an essential of high character.    Froude.  2937
  Courage is the wisdom of manhood; foolhardiness, the folly of youth.    Proverb.  2938
  Courage mounteth with occasion.    King John, ii. 1.  2939
  Courage never to submit or yield.    Milton.  2940
  Courage of soul is necessary for the triumphs of genius.    Madame de Staël.  2941
  Courage of the soldier awakes the courage of woman.    Emerson.  2942
  Courage, or the degree of life, is as the degree of circulation of the blood in the arteries.    Emerson.  2943
  Courage sans peur—Courage without fear.    French.  2944
  Courage, sir, / That makes man or woman look their goodliest.    Tennyson.  2945
  Courage, so far as it is a sign of race, is peculiarly the mark of a gentleman or a lady; but it becomes vulgar if rude or insensitive.    Ruskin.  2946
  Courtesy costs nothing.    Proverb.  2947
  Courtesy is cumbersome to him that kens it not.    Scotch Proverb.  2948
  Courtesy is often sooner found in lowly sheds with smoky rafters, than in tapestry halls and courts of princes, where it first was named.    Milton.  2949
  Courtesy itself must convert to disdain, if you come in her presence.    Much Ado, i. 1.  2950
  Courtesy never broke one’s crown.    Gaelic Proverb.  2951
  Courtesy of temper, when it is used to veil churlishness of deed, is but a knight’s girdle around the breast of a base clown.    Scott.  2952
  Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.    Sterne.  2953
  Coûte qu’il coûte—Let it cost what it may.    French.  2954
  Cover yourself with honey and the flies will fasten on you.    Proverb.  2955
  Covetous men need money least, yet most affect it; and prodigals, who need it most, do least regard it.    Theod. Parker.  2956
  Covetousness bursts the bag.    Proverb.  2957
  Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but greedy of honour and feeding on selfishness.    Chamfort.  2958
  Covetousness is ever attended with solicitude and anxiety.    Ben. Franklin.  2959
  Covetousness is rich, while modesty goes barefoot.    Phædrus.  2960
  Covetousness, like jealousy, when it has once taken root, never leaves a man but with his life.    T. Hughes.  2961
  Covetousness often starves other vices.    Scotch Proverb.  2962
  Covetousness swells the principal to no purpose, and lessens the use to all purposes.    Jeremy Taylor.  2963
  Covetousness, which is idolatry.    St. Paul.  2964
  Coward dogs / Most spend their mouths when what they seem to threaten / Runs far before them.    Henry V., ii. 4.  2965
  Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.    Epictetus.  2966
  Cowards are cruel, but the brave / Love mercy, and delight to save.    Gay.  2967
  Cowards die many times before their deaths; / The valiant never taste of death but once. / Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, / It seems to me most strange that men should fear; / Seeing that death, a necessary end, / Will come when it will come.    Julius Cæsar, ii. 2.  2968
  Cowards falter, but danger is often overcome by those who nobly dare.    Queen Elizabeth.  2969
  Cowards father cowards, and base things sire base; / Nature hath meal and bran; contempt and grace.    Cymbeline, iv. 2.  2970
  Cowards tell lies, and those that fear the rod.    George Herbert.  2971
  Crabbed age and youth / Cannot live together.    Shakespeare.  2972
  Craftiness is a quality in the mind and a vice in the character.    Sanial Dubay.  2973
  Craft maun hae claes (clothes), but truth gaes naked.    Scotch Proverb.  2974
  Crafty men contemn studies; simple men admire them; and wise men use them; for they teach not their own use; but that is wisdom without them, and above them won by observation.    Bacon.  2975
  Craignez honte—Fear shame.    Motto.  2976
  Craignez tout d’un auteur en courroux—Fear the worst from an enraged author.    French.  2977
  Crambe repetita—Cabbage repeated (kills).    Juvenal.  2978
  Cras credemus, hodie nihil—To-morrow we will believe, but not to-day.    Proverb.  2979
  Crea el cuervo, y sacarte ha los ojos—Breed up a crow and he will peck out your eyes.    Spanish Proverb.  2980
  Creaking waggons are long in passing.    Frisian Proverb.  2981
  Created half to rise and half to fall, / Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all: / Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl’d; / The glory, jest, and riddle of the world.    Pope.  2982
  Creation is great, and cannot be understood.    Carlyle.  2983
  Creation lies before us like a glorious rainbow; but the sun that made it lies behind us, hidden from us.    Jean Paul.  2984
  Creation’s heir, the world, the world is mine.    Goldsmith.  2985
  Creation sleeps! ’Tis as the general pulse / Of life stood still, and Nature made a pause, / An awful pause, prophetic of her end.    Young.  2986
  Credat Judæus Apella—Apella, the Jew, may believe that; I cannot.    Horace.  2987
  Crede quod est quod vis—Believe that that is which you wish to be.    Ovid.  2988
  Crede quod habes, et habes—Believe that you have it, and you have it.  2989
  Credit keeps the crown o’ the causey—i.e., is not afraid to show its face.    Scotch Proverb.  2990
  Creditors have better memories than debtors.    Proverb.  2991
  Credo, quia absurdum—I believe it because it is absurd.    Tertullian.  2992
  Credula res amor est—Love is a credulous affection.    Ovid.  2993
  Credula vitam / Spes fovet, et fore cras semper ait melius—Credulous hope cherishes life, and ever whispers to us that to-morrow will be better.    Tibullus.  2994
  Credulity is perhaps a weakness almost inseparable from eminently truthful characters.    Tuckerman.  2995
  Credulity is the common failing of inexperienced virtue.    Johnson.  2996


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