| Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.|
BurkeLetter I. On a Regicide Peace. Vol. V. P. 331.
BurkeThoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents. (Edition 1775).
| Why doth one mans yawning make another yawn?|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Pt. I. Sec. II. Memb. 3. Subsect. 2.
|This noble ensample to his sheepe he gaf,|
That firste he wroughte and afterward he taughte.
ChaucerCanterbury Tales. Prologue. L. 496.
|Quod exemplo fit, id etiam jure fieri putant.|
Men think they may justly do that for which they have a precedent.
CiceroEpistles. IV. 3.
| Componitur orbis|
Regis ad exemplum; nec sic inflectere sensus
Humanos edicta valent, quam vita regentis.
The people are fashioned according to the example of their kings; and edicts are of less power than the life of the ruler.
ClaudianusDe Quarto Consulatu Honorii Augustii Panegyris. CCXCIX.
FieldingCovent Garden Journal. Jan. 11, 1752.
|Allured to brighter worlds, and led the way.|
GoldsmithDeserted Village. L. 170.
|Since truth and constancy are vain,|
Since neither love, nor sense of pain,
Nor force of reason, can persuade,
Then let example be obeyd.
Geo. Granville (Lord Lansdowne)To Myra.
|Content to follow when we lead the way.|
HomerThe Iliad. Bk. X. L. 141. Popes trans.
| Avidos vicinum funus ut ægros|
Exanimat, mortisque metu sibi parcere cogit;
Sic teneros animos aliena opprobria sæpe
As a neighboring funeral terrifies sick misers, and fear obliges them to have some regard for themselves; so, the disgrace of others will often deter tender minds from vice.
HoraceSatires. I. 4. 126.
| I do not give you to posterity as a pattern to imitate, but as an example to deter.|
JuniusLetter XII. To the Duke of Grafton.
|Unde tibi frontem libertatemque parentis,|
Cum facias pejora senex?
Whence do you derive the power and privilege of a parent, when you, though an old man, do worse things (than your child)?
JuvenalSatires. XIV. 56.
|Lexemple est un dangereux leurre;|
Où la guêpe a passé, le moucheron demeure.
Example is a dangerous lure: where the wasp got through the gnat sticks fast.
La FontaineFables. II. XVI.
|Lives of great men all remind us|
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
LongfellowA Psalm of Life.
| He who should teach men to die, would at the same time teach them to live.|
MontaigneEssays. Bk. I. Ch. XIX.
| He was indeed the glass|
Wherein the noble youth did dress themselves.
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 21.
|Sheep follow sheep.|
Talmud. Ketuboth 62.
|Inspicere tamquam in speculum in vitas omnium|
Jubeo atque ex aliis sumere exemplum sibi.
We should look at the lives of all as at a mirror, and take from others an example for ourselves.
TerenceAdelphi. III. 3. 62.
| Felix quicumque dolore alterius disces posse cavere tuo.|
Happy thou that learnest from anothers griefs, not to subject thyself to the same.
TibullusCarmina. III. 6. 43.
| I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men
in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor.|
Martin Van BurenInaugural Address. March 4, 1837.
|Sequiturque patrem non passibus æquis.|
He follows his father with unequal steps.
VergilÆneid. II. 724.