|John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Horace (65 B.C.–8 B.C.)|
|QUOTATION:||The mountains will be in labour; an absurd mouse will be born. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Ars Poetica. 139.|
A mountain was in labour, sending forth dreadful groans, and there was in the region the highest expectation. After all, it brought forth a mouse.—Phædrus: Fables, iv. 22, 1.
The old proverb was now made good: “The mountain had brought forth a mouse.”—Plutarch: Life of Agesilaus II. [back]