|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.|
BaconEssays. Of Boldness.
| Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.|
BurkeReflections on the Revolution in France.
| Like Æsops fox, when he had lost his tail, would have all his fellow foxes cut off theirs.|
BurtonAnatomy of Melancholy. Democritus to the Reader.
| They had best not stir the rice, though it sticks to the pot.|
CervantesDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXVII.
| It is better to walk than to run; it is better to stand than to walk; it is better to sit than to stand; it is better to lie than to sit.|
| Dont throw a monkey-wrench into the machinery.|
Philander Johnson. See Everybodys Magazine. May, 1920. P. 36.
Sir James MackintoshVindiciæ Gallicæ. Probably from Strenua inertia. HoraceEpistles. XI. 28.
| When I see a merchant over-polite to his customers, begging them to taste a little brandy and throwing half his goods on the counter,thinks I, that man has an axe to grind.|
Charles MinerWholl turn Grindstones? Essays from the Desk of Poor Robert the Scribe. In Wilkesbarre Gleaner. (1811).
| The publick weal requires that a man should betray, and lye, and massacre.|
MontaigneEssays. Of Profit and Honesty.
|Turn him to any cause of policy,|
The Gordian knot of it he will unloose,
Familiar as his garter: that, when he speaks,
The air, a charterd libertine, is still.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 45.
| To beguile the time,|
Look like the time; bear welcome in your eye,
Your hand, your tongue: look like the innocent flower,
But be the serpent under t.
Macbeth. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 65.
| We shall not I believe, be obliged to alter our policy of watchful waiting.|
Woodrow WilsonAnnual Message. Dec. 2, 1913. Alluding to Mexico.
|We have stood apart, studiously neutral.|
Woodrow WilsonMessage to Congress. Dec. 7, 1915.