Our wasted oil unprofitably burns, Like hidden lamps in old sepulchral urns. CowperConversation. L. 357. Referring to the story told by Pancirollus and others, of the lamp which burned for fifteen hundred years in the tomb of Tullia, daughter of Cicero.
Gli huomini dimenticano più teste la morte del padre, che la perdita del patrimonie. A son could bear with great complacency, the death of his father, while the loss of his inheritance might drive him to despair. MachiavelliDel. Prin. Ch. XVII. Same idea in TaylorPhilip Van Artevelde.
Si quis mutuum quid dederit, sit pro proprio perditum; Cum repetas, inimicum amicum beneficio invenis tuo. Si mage exigere cupias, duarum rerum exoritur optio; Vel illud, quod credideris perdas, vel illum amicum, amiseris. What you lend is lost; when you ask for it back, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press him further, you have the choice of two thingseither to lose your loan or lose your friend. PlautusTrinummus. IV. 3. 43.
Periere mores, jus, decus, pietas, fides, Et qui redire nescit, cum perit, pudor. We have lost morals, justice, honor, piety and faith, and that sense of shame which, once lost, can never be restored. SenecaAgamemnon. CXII.