|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Geoffrey Chaucer. (c. 13401400) (continued)|
| Min be the travaille, and thin be the glorie.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 2408.|
| To maken vertue of necessite. 1|
| Canterbury Tales. The Knightes Tale. Line 3044.|
| And brought of mighty ale a large quart.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Milleres Tale. Line 3497.|
| Ther n is no werkman whatever he be,|
That may both werken wel and hastily. 2
This wol be done at leisure parfitly. 3
| Canterbury Tales. The Marchantes Tale. Line 585.|
| Yet in our ashen cold is fire yreken. 4|
| Canterbury Tales. The Reves Prologue. Line 3880.|
| The gretest clerkes ben not the wisest men.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 4051.|
| So was hire joly whistle wel ywette.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 4153.|
| In his owen grese I made him frie. 5|
| Canterbury Tales. The Reves Tale. Line 6069.|
| And for to see, and eek for to be seie. 6|
| Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Prologue. Line 6134.|
Also in Troilus and Cresseide, line 1587.
To make a virtue of necessity.William Shakespeare: Two Gentlemen of Verona, act iv. sc. 2. Mathew Henry: Comm. on Ps. xxxvii. John Dryden: Palamon and Arcite.
In the additions of Hadrianus Julius to the Adages of Erasmus, he remarks, under the head of Necessitatem edere, that a very familiar proverb was current among his countrymen,Necessitatem in virtutem commutare (To make necessity a virtue).
Laudem virtutis necessitati damus (We give to necessity the praise of virtue).Quintilian: Inst. Orat. i. 8. 14. [back]
Haste makes waste.John Heywood: Proverbs, part i. chap. ii.
Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.Publius Syrus: Maxim 357. [back]
Ease and speed in doing a thing do not give the work lasting solidity or exactness of beauty.Plutarch: Life of Pericles. [back]
Een in our ashes live their wonted fires.Thomas Gray: Elegy, Stanza 23. [back]
Frieth in her own grease.John Heywood: Proverbs, part i. chap. xi. [back]
To see and to be seen.Ben Jonson: Epithalamion, st. iii. line 4. Oliver Goldsmith: Citizen of the World, letter 71.
Spectatum veniunt, veniunt spectentur ut ipsæ (They come to see; they come that they themselves may be seen).Ovid: The Art of Love, i. 99. [back]