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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  Avarus, nisi cum moritur, nil recte facit—A miser does nothing right except when he dies.    Proverb.  1501
  Avec un Si on mettrait Paris dans une bouteille—With an “if” one might put Paris in a bottle.    French Proverb.  1502
  A verbis ad verbera—From words to blows.  1503
  A verse may find him who a sermon flies, / And turn delight into a sacrifice.    George Herbert.  1504
  A very excellent piece of villany.    Tit. Andron., ii. 3.  1505
  A very good woman may make but a paltry man.    Pope.  1506
  A veste logorata poco fede vien prestata—A shabby coat finds small credit.    Italian Proverb.  1507
  A vinculo matrimonii—From the bond or tie of marriage.  1508
  A virtuous name is the sole precious good for which queens and peasants’ wives must contest together.    Schiller.  1509
  Avise la fin—Consider the end.    French.  1510
  Avito viret honore—He flourishes with inherited honours.    Motto.  1511
  Avoid the evil, and it will avoid thee.    Gaelic Proverb.  1512
  A volonté—At will.    French.  1513
  A votre santé—To your health.    French.  1514
  A wee bush is better than nae bield (shelter).    Scotch Proverb.  1515
  A weel-bred dog gaes oot when he sees them preparing to kick him oot.    Scotch Proverb.  1516
  A well-bred man is always sociable and complaisant.    Montaigne.  1517
  A well-cultivated mind is, so to say, made up of all the minds of the centuries preceding.    Fontenelle.  1518
  A well-governed appetite is a great part of liberty.    Seneca.  1519
  A well-written life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.    Carlyle.  1520
  A wicked fellow is the most pious when he takes to it. He’ll beat you all in piety.    Johnson.  1521
  A wilful man must have his way.    Proverb.  1522
  A willing mind makes a light foot.    Proverb.  1523
  A wise man gets learning frae them that hae nane.    Scotch Proverb.  1524
  A wise man is never less alone than when alone.    Proverb.  1525
  A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.    Bible.  1526
  A wise man neither suffers himself to be governed, nor attempts to govern others.    La Bruyère.  1527
  A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.    Swift.  1528
  A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.    Bacon.  1529
  A wise physician, skill’d our wounds to heal, / Is more than armies to the public weal.    Pope.  1530
  A wise scepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.    Lowell.  1531
  A wise writer does not reveal himself here and there, but everywhere.    Lowell.  1532
  A witless heed (head) mak’s weary feet.    Scotch Proverb.  1533
  A wit with dunces, and a dunce with wits.    Pope.  1534
  A wolf in sheep’s clothing.    Proverb.  1535
  A woman conceals what she does not know.    Proverb.  1536
  A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy: the smile that accepts the lover before the words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first-born baby, and assures it of a mother’s love.    Haliburton.  1537
  A woman in love is a very poor judge of character.    J. G. Holland.  1538
  A woman moved is like a fountain troubled, / Muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty.    Tam. of Shrew, v. 2.  1539
  A woman’s friendship borders more closely on love than a man’s.    Coleridge.  1540
  A woman’s head is always influenced by her heart; but a man’s heart is always influenced by his head.    Lady Blessington.  1541
  A woman sometimes scorns what best contents her.    Two Gent. of Verona, iii. 1.  1542
  A woman’s whole life is a history of the affections.    W. Irving.  1543
  A word and a stone let go cannot be recalled.    Proverb.  1544
  A word from a friend is doubly enjoyable in dark days.    Goethe.  1545
  A word once vulgarised can never be rehabilitated.    Lowell.  1546
  A word sooner wounds than heals.    Goethe.  1547
  A word spoken in season, at the right moment, is the mother of ages.    Carlyle.  1548
  A word spoken in due season, how good is it?    Bible.  1549
  A work of real merit finds favour at last.    A. B. Alcott.  1550
  A world all sincere, a believing world; the like has been; the like will again be—cannot help being.    Carlyle.  1551
  A world in the hand is worth two in the bush.    Emerson.  1552
  A world this in which much is to be done, and little to be known.    Goethe.  1553
  A worn-out sinner is sometimes found to make the best declaimer against sin.    Lamb.  1554
  A worthless man will always remain worthless, and a little mind will not, by daily intercourse with great minds, become an inch greater.    Goethe.  1555
  A wounded spirit who can bear?    Bible.  1556
  A wound never heals so well that the scar cannot be seen.    Danish Proverb.  1557
  A wreck on shore is a beacon at sea.    Dutch Proverb.  1558
  A wretched soul, bruised with adversity, / We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; / But were we burdened with like weight of pain, / As much, or more, we should ourselves complain.    Comedy of Errors, ii. 1.  1559
  Ay, but to die, and go we know not where; / To lie in cold obstruction and to rot.    Meas. for Meas., iii. 1.  1560
  Aye free, aff-han’ your story tell, when wi’ a bosom crony; / But still keep something to yoursel’ / Ye scarcely tell to ony.    Burns.  1561
  Aye in a hurry, and aye ahint.    Scotch Proverb.  1562
  Ay, every inch a king.    King Lear, iv. 6.  1563
  Ay me! for aught that ever I could read, / Could ever hear by tale or history, / The course of true love never did run smooth.    Mid. N.’s Dream, i. 1.  1564
  Aymez loyauté—Love loyalty.    Motto.  1565
  A young man idle, an old man needy.    Italian Proverb.  1566
  Ay, sir, to be honest as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of two thousand.    Hamlet, ii. 2.  1567
  Bachelor, a peacock; betrothed, a lion; wedded, an ass.    Spanish Proverb.  1568
  “Bad company,” muttered the thief, as he stepped to the gallows between the hangman and a monk.    Dutch Proverb.  1569
  Bad is by its very nature negative, and can do nothing; whatsoever enables us to do anything, is by its very nature good.    Carlyle.  1570
  Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.    Burke.  1571
  Bad men excuse their faults; good men will leave them.    Ben Jonson.  1572
  Bal abonné—A subscription ball.    French.  1573
  Bal champêtre—A country ball.    French.  1574
  Ballon d’essai—A balloon sent up to ascertain the direction of the wind; any test of public feeling.    French.  1575
  Banish the canker of ambitious thoughts.    2 Henry VI., i. 2.  1576
  Bankrupt of life, yet prodigal of ease.    Dryden.  1577
  Barba bagnata è mezza rasa—A beard well lathered is half shaved.    Italian Proverb.  1578
  Barbæ tenus sapientes—Wise as far as the beard goes.    Proverb.  1579
  Barbarism is no longer at our frontiers; it lives side by side with us.    Amiel.  1580
  Barbarism is the non-appreciation of what is excellent.    Goethe.  1581
  Barbarus hic ego sum, quia non intelligor ulli—I am a barbarian here, for no one understands what I say.    Ovid.  1582
  Barbouillage—Scribbling.    French.  1583
  Barking dogs seldom bite.    Proverb.  1584
  Bas bleu—A blue-stocking.    French.  1585
  Base envy withers at another’s joy, / And hates that excellence it cannot reach.    Thomson.  1586
  Base in kind, and born to be a slave.    Cowper.  1587
  Base men, being in love, have then a nobility in their natures more than is native to them.    Othello, ii. 1.  1588
  Base souls have no faith in great men.    Rousseau.  1589
  Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.    Aristotle.  1590
  Bashfulness is but the passage from one season of life to another.    Bp. Hurd.  1591
  Basis virtutum constantia—Constancy is the basis of all the virtues.    Motto.  1592
  Battering the gates of heaven with storms of prayer.    Tennyson.  1593
  Battle’s magnificently stern array.    Byron.  1594
  Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.    Hume.  1595
  Beard was never the true standard of brains.    Fuller.  1596
  Bear one another’s burdens.    St. Paul.  1597
  Bear wealth, poverty will bear itself.    Proverb.  1598
  Be a sinner and sin manfully (fortiter), but believe and rejoice in Christ more manfully still.    Luther to Melanchthon.  1599
  Be as you would seem to be.    Proverb.  1600
  Beatæ memoriæ—Of blessed memory.  1601
  Beati monoculi in regione cæcorum—Blessed are the one-eyed among those who are blind.    Proverb.  1602
  Beatus ille qui procul negotiis, / Ut prisca gens mortalium, / Paterna rura bobus exercet suis, / Solutus omni fœnore—Happy the man who, remote from busy life, is content, like the primitive race of mortals, to plough his paternal lands with his own oxen, freed from all borrowing and lending.    Horace.  1603
  Beaucoup de mémoire et peu de jugement—A retentive memory and little judgment.    French Proverb.  1604
  Beau idéal—Ideal excellence, or one’s conception of perfection in anything.    French.  1605
  Beau monde—The fashionable world.    French.  1606
  Beauté et folie sont souvent en compagnie—Beauty and folly go often together.    French Proverb.  1607
  Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; / Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.    Pope.  1608
  Beautiful it is to understand and know that a thought did never yet die; that as thou, the originator thereof, hast gathered it and created it from the whole past, so thou wilt transmit to the whole future.    Carlyle.  1609
  Beauty blemished once, for ever’s lost.    Shakespeare.  1610
  Beauty can afford to laugh at distinctions; it is itself the greatest distinction.    Bovee.  1611
  Beauty carries its dower in its face.    Danish Proverb.  1612
  Beauty depends more on the movement of the face than the form of the features.    Mrs. Hall.  1613
  Beauty doth varnish age, as if new-born, / And gives the crutch the cradle’s infancy. / O, ’tis the sun that maketh all things shine.    Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 3.  1614
  Beauty draws us with a single hair.    Pope.  1615
  Beauty is a good letter of introduction.    German Proverb.  1616
  Beauty is a hovering, shining, shadowy form, the outline of which no definition holds.    Goethe.  1617
  Beauty is an all-pervading presence.    Channing.  1618
  Beauty is a patent of nobility.    G. Schwab.  1619
  Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last.    Bacon.  1620
  Beauty is a witch, / Against whose charms faith melteth into blood.    Much Ado, ii. 1.  1621
  Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, / Not utter’d by base sale of chapmen’s tongues.    Love’s L’s. Lost, ii. 1.  1622
  Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good.    Shakespeare.  1623
  Beauty is everywhere a right welcome guest.    Goethe.  1624
  Beauty is never a delusion.    Hawthorne.  1625
  Beauty is the flowering of virtue.    Greek Proverb.  1626
  Beauty is the highest principle and the highest aim of art.    Goethe.  1627
  Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.    Emerson.  1628
  Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.    Michael Angelo.  1629
  Beauty is truth, truth beauty—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.    Keats.  1630
  Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both holder and the beholder.    Zimmermann.  1631
  Beauty, like wit, to judges should be shown; / Both most are valued where they best are known.    Lyttelton.  1632
  Beauty lives with kindness.    Two Gent. of Verona, iv. 2.  1633
  Beauty provoketh thieves sooner than gold.    As You Like It, i. 3.  1634
  Beauty should be the dowry of every man and woman.    Emerson.  1635
  Beauty stands / In the admiration only of weak minds, / Led captive.    Milton.  1636
  Beauty’s tears are lovelier than her smile.    Campbell.  1637
  Beauty too rich for use; for earth too dear.    Romeo and Juliet, i. 5.  1638
  Beauty, when unadorned, adorned the most.    Thomson.  1639
  Beauty without expression tires.    Emerson.  1640
  Beauty without grace is a violet without smell.    Proverb.  1641
  Beaux esprits—Men of wit.    French.  1642
  Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold.    Spenser.  1643
  Be checked for silence, / But never tax’d for speech.    All’s Well, i. 1.  1644
  Be commonplace and cringing, and everything is within your reach.    Beaumarchais.  1645
  Bedenkt, der Teufel der ist alt, / So werdet alt ihn zu verstehen—Consider, the devil is old; therefore grow old to understand him.    Goethe.  1646
  Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.    Wellington.  1647
  Be England what she will, / With all her faults she is my country still.    Churchill.  1648
  Bees will not work except in darkness; thought will not work except in silence; neither will virtue work except in secrecy.    Carlyle.  1649
  Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.    Emerson.  1650
  Before every one stands an image (Bild) of what he ought to be; so long as he is not that, his peace is not complete.    Rückert.  1651
  Before honour is humility.    Bible.  1652
  Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.    Lowell.  1653
  Before the curing of a strong disease, / Even in the instant of repair and health, / The fit is strongest; evils that take leave, / On their departure most of all show evil.    King John, iii. 4.  1654
  Before the immense possibilities of man, all mere experience, all past biography, however spotless and sainted, shrinks away.    Emerson.  1655
  Before the revelations of the soul, Time, Space, and Nature shrink away.    Emerson.  1656
  Before you trust a man, eat a peck of salt with him.    Proverb.  1657
  Beggars, mounted, run their horse to death.    3 Henry VI., i. 4.  1658
  Beggars must not be choosers.    Proverb.  1659
  Beggar that I am, I am even poor in thanks.    Hamlet, ii. 2.  1660
  Begnügt euch doch ein Mensch zu sein—Let it content thee that thou art a man.    Lessing.  1661
  Begun is half done.    Proverb.  1662
  Behaupten ist nicht beweisen—Assertion is no proof.    German Proverb.  1663
  Behaviour is a mirror in which each one shows his image.    Goethe.  1664
  Behind a frowning providence / God hides a shining face.    Cowper.  1665
  Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms, as clouds do afar off.    Emerson.  1666
  Behind every individual closes organisation; before him opens liberty.    Emerson.  1667
  Behind every mountain lies a vale.    Dutch Proverb.  1668
  Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth.    St. James.  1669
  Beholding heaven and feeling hell.    Moore.  1670
  Behold now is the accepted time.    St. Paul.  1671
  Behold the child, by Nature’s kindly law, / Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.    Pope.  1672
  Bei den meisten Menschen gründet sich der Unglaube in einer Sache auf blinden Glauben in einer andern—With most men unbelief in one thing is founded on blind belief in another.    Lichtenberg.  1673
  Bei Geldsachen hört die Gemütlichkeit auf—When money is in question, good day to friendly feeling.    D. Hansemann.  1674
  Beinahe bringt keine Mücke um—Almost never killed a fly.    German Proverb.  1675
  Being alone when one’s belief is firm, is not to be alone.    Auerbach.  1676
  Being done, / There is no pause.    Othello, v. 2.  1677
  Being without well-being is a curse; and the greater being, the greater curse.    Bacon.  1678
  Be in possession, and thou hast the right, and sacred will the many guard it for thee.    Schiller.  1679
  Be it never so humble, there’s no place like home.    J. H. Payne.  1680
  Bei wahrer Liebe ist Vertrauen—With true love there is trust.    Ph. Reger.  1681
  Be just and fear not; / Let all the ends thou aim’st at be thy country’s, / Thy God’s, and truth’s.    Henry VIII., iii. 2.  1682
  Be just before you be generous.    Proverb.  1683
  Beleidigst du einen Mönch, so knappen alle Kuttenzipfel bis nach Rom—Offend but one monk, and the lappets of all cowls will flutter as far as Rome.    German Proverb.  1684
  Bel esprit—A person of genius; a brilliant mind.    French.  1685
  Belief and love,—a believing love, will relieve us of a vast load of care.    Emerson.  1686
  Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.    Emerson.  1687
  Believe not each accusing tongue, / As most weak persons do; / But still believe that story wrong / Which ought not to be true.    Sheridan.  1688
  Believe not every spirit.    St. John.  1689
  Bella! horrida bella!—War! horrid war!    Virgil.  1690
  Bella femmina che ride, vuol dire borsa che piange—The smiles of a pretty woman are the tears of the purse.    Italian Proverb.  1691
  Bella matronis detestata—Wars detested by mothers.    Horace.  1692
  Belle, bonne, riche, et sage, est une femme en quatre étages—A woman who is beautiful, good, rich, and wise, is four stories high.    French Proverb.  1693
  Belle chose est tôt ravie—A fine thing is soon snapt up.    French Proverb.  1694
  Bellet ein alter Hund, so soll man aufschauen—When an old dog barks, one must look out.    German Proverb.  1695
  Bellicæ virtutis præmium—The reward of valour in war.    Motto.  1696
  Bellua multorum capitum—The many-headed monster, i.e., the mob.  1697
  Bellum internecinum—A war of extermination.  1698
  Bellum ita suscipiatur, ut nihil aliud nisi pax quæsita videatur—War should be so undertaken that nothing but peace may seem to be aimed at.    Cicero.  1699
  Bellum nec timendum nec provocandum—War ought neither to be dreaded nor provoked.    Pliny the Younger.  1700
  Bellum omnium in omnes—A war of all against all.  1701
  Bellum, pax rursus—A war, and again a peace.    Terence.  1702
  [Greek]—Better die outright than be all one’s life long in terror.    Æsop.  1703
  Bemerke, höre, schweige. Urteile wenig, frage viel—Take note of what you see, give heed to what you hear, and be silent. Judge little, inquire much.    Platen.  1704
  Be modest without diffidence, proud without presumption.    Goethe.  1705
  Benchè la bugia sia veloce, la verità l’arriva—Though a lie may be swift, truth overtakes it.    Italian Proverb.  1706
  Beneath the loveliest dream there coils a fear.    T. Watts.  1707
  Beneath the rule of men entirely great, the pen is mightier than the sword.    Bulwer Lytton.  1708
  Beneath those rugged elms, that yew-tree’s shade, / Where heaves the turf in many a mouldering heap, / Each in his narrow cell for ever laid, / The rude forefathers of the hamlet sleep.    Gray.  1709
  Ben è cieco chi non vede il sole—He is very blind who does not see the sun.    Italian Proverb.  1710
  Benedetto è quel male che vien solo—Blessed is the misfortune that comes alone.    Italian Proverb.  1711
  Bene est cui Deus obtulit / Parca quod satis est manu—Well for him to whom God has given enough with a sparing hand.    Horace.  1712
  Benefacta male locata, malefacta arbitror—Favours injudiciously conferred I reckon evils.    Cicero.  1713
  Benefacta sua verbis adornant—They enhance their favours by their words.    Pliny.  1714
  Beneficia dare qui nescit injuste petit—He who knows not how to bestow a benefit is unreasonable if he expects one.    Publius Syrus.  1715
  Beneficia plura recipit qui scit reddere—He receives most favours who knows how to return them.    Publius Syrus.  1716
  Beneficium accipere libertatem vendere est—To accept a favour is to forfeit liberty.    Labertius.  1717
  Beneficium dignis ubi des, omnes obliges—Where you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favour on all.    Publius Syrus.  1718
  Beneficium invito non datur—There is no conferring a favour (involving obligation) on a man against his will.    Law Maxim.  1719
  Beneficus est qui non sua, sed alterius causa benigne facit—He is beneficent who acts kindly, not for his own benefit, but for another’s.    Cicero.  1720
  Bene merenti bene profuerit, male merenti pax erit—To a well-deserving man God will show favour, to an ill-deserving He will be simply just.    Plautus.  1721
  Bene merentibus—To the well-deserving.    Motto.  1722
  Bene nummatum decorat Suedela Venusque—The goddesses of persuasion and of love adorn the train of the well-moneyed man.    Horace.  1723
  Bene orasse est bene studuisse—To have prayed well is to have striven well.  1724
  Bene qui latuit, bene vixit—Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.    Ovid.  1725
  Benevolence is the distinguishing characteristic of man.    Mencius.  1726
  Benigno numine—By the favour of Providence.    Motto.  1727
  Benignus etiam dandi causam cogitat—The benevolent man even weighs the grounds of his liberality.    Proverb.  1728
  Be no one like another, yet every one like the Highest; to this end let each one be perfect in himself.    Goethe.  1729
  Be not angry that you cannot make others what you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself what you wish to be.    Thomas à Kempis.  1730
  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.    St. Paul.  1731
  Be not righteous overmuch.    Bible.  1732
  Be not the first by whom the new is tried, / Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.    Pope.  1733
  Ben trovato—Well invented.    Italian.  1734
  Be our joy three-parts pain! Strive, and hold cheap the strain; / Learn, nor account the pang; dare, never grudge the throe!    Browning.  1735
  Berretta in mano non fece mai danno—Cap in hand never harmed any one.    Italian Proverb.  1736
  Bescheiden freue dich des Ruhms, / So bist du wert des Heiligthums—If thou modestly enjoy thy fame, thou art not unworthy to rank with the holy.    Goethe.  1737
  Bescheidenheit ist eine Zier, / Doch weiter kommt man ohne ihr—Modesty is an ornament, yet people get on better without it.    German Proverb.  1738
  Beseht die Gönner in der Nähe! Halb sind sie kalt, halb sind sie roh—Look closely at those who patronise you. Half are unfeeling, half untaught.    Goethe.  1739
  Besiegt von einem, ist besiegt von allen—Overpowered by one is overpowered by all.    Schiller.  1740
  Be silent, or say something better than silence.    Spanish Proverb.  1741
  Be slow in choosing a friend, but slower in changing him.    Scotch Proverb.  1742
  Be sober, be vigilant.    St. Peter.  1743
  Besser ein Flick als ein Loch—Better a patch than a hole.    German Proverb.  1744
  Besser ein magrer Vergleich als ein fetter Prozess—Better is a lean agreement than a fat lawsuit.    German Proverb.  1745
  Besser frei in der Fremde als Knecht daheim—Better free in a strange land than a slave at home.    German Proverb.  1746
  Besser freundlich versagen als unwillig gewähren—Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling consent (lit. pledge).    German Proverb.  1747
  Besser Rat kommt über Nacht—Better counsel comes over-night.    Lessing.  1748
  Besser was als gar nichts—Better something than nothing at all.    German Proverb.  1749
  Besser zweimal fragen dann einmal irre gehn—Better ask twice than go wrong once.    German Proverb.  1750
  Be still and have thy will.    Tyndal.  1751
  Be stirring as the time; be fire with fire; / Threaten the threatner, and outface the brow / Of bragging horror; so shall inferior eyes, / That borrow their behaviours from the great, / Grow great by your example, and put on / The dauntless spirit of resolution.    King John, v. 1.  1752
  Best men are moulded out of faults.    Meas. for Meas., v. 1.  1753


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