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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Childhood  to  Compos mentis
  Childhood and youth see all the world in persons.    Emerson.  2501
  Childhood has no forebodings; but then it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.    George Eliot.  2502
  Childhood is the sleep of reason.    Rousseau.  2503
  Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.    Mrs. Child.  2504
  Childhood often holds a truth in its feeble fingers which the grasp of manhood cannot retain, and which it is the pride of utmost age to recover.    Ruskin.  2505
  Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.    Milton.  2506
  Childhood, who like an April morn appears, / Sunshine and rain, hopes clouded o’er with fears.    Churchill.  2507
  Children always turn toward the light.    Hare.  2508
  Children and chickens are always a-picking.    Proverb.  2509
  Children and drunk people speak the truth.    Proverb.  2510
  Children and fools speak the truth.    Proverb.  2511
  Children are certain sorrows, but uncertain joys.    Danish Proverb.  2512
  Children are the poor man’s wealth.    Danish Proverb.  2513
  Children are very nice observers, and they will often perceive your slightest defects.    Fénelon.  2514
  Children blessings seem, but torments are, / When young, our folly, and when old, our fear.    Otway.  2515
  Children generally hate to be idle; all the care is then that their busy humour should be constantly employed in something of use to them.    Locke.  2516
  Children have more need of models than of critics.    Joubert.  2517
  Children have scarcely any other fear than that produced by strangeness.    Jean Paul.  2518
  Children, like dogs, have so sharp and fine a scent, that they detect and hunt out everything—the bad before all the rest.    Goethe.  2519
  Children of night, of indigestion bred.    Churchill, of dreams.  2520
  Children of wealth or want, to each is given / One spot of green, and all the blue of heaven.    Holmes.  2521
  Children see in their parents the past, they again in their children the future; and if we find more love in parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad indeed, but natural. Who does not fondle his hopes more than his recollections?    Eötvös.  2522
  Children should have their times of being off duty, like soldiers.    Ruskin.  2523
  Children should laugh, but not mock; and when they laugh, it should not be at the weaknesses and the faults of others.    Ruskin.  2524
  Children suck the mother when they are young, and the father when they are old.    Proverb.  2525
  Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.    Bacon.  2526
  Children tell in the highway what they hear by the fireside.    Portuguese Proverb.  2527
  Children think not of what is past, nor what is to come, but enjoy the present time, which few of us do.    La Bruyère.  2528
  Chi lingua ha, a Roma va—He who has a tongue may go to Rome, i.e., may go anywhere.    Italian Proverb.  2529
  Chi nasce bella, nasce maritata—She who is born a beauty is born married.    Italian Proverb.  2530
  Chi niente sa, di niente dubita—He who knows nothing, doubts nothing.    Italian Proverb.  2531
  Chi non dà fine al pensare, non dà principio al fare—He who is never done with thinking never gets the length of doing.    Italian Proverb.  2532
  Chi non ha cuore, abbia gambe—He who has no courage should have legs (to run).    Italian Proverb.  2533
  Chi non ha, non è—He who has not, is not.    Italian Proverb.  2534
  Chi non ha piaghe, se ne fa—He who has no worries makes himself some.    Italian Proverb.  2535
  Chi non ha testa, abbia gambe—He who has no brains should have legs.    Italian Proverb.  2536
  Chi non istima vien stimato—To disregard is to win regard.    Italian Proverb.  2537
  Chi non puo fare come voglia, faccia come puo—He who cannot do as he would, must do as he can.    Italian Proverb.  2538
  Chi non sa fingere, non sa vivere—He that knows not how to dissemble knows not how to live.    Italian Proverb.  2539
  Chi non vede il fondo, non passi l’acqua—Who sees not the bottom, let him not attempt to wade the water.    Italian Proverb.  2540
  Chi non vuol servir ad un sol signor, a molto ha da servir—He who will not serve one master will have to serve many.    Italian Proverb.  2541
  Chi offende, non perdona mai—He who offends you never forgives you.    Italian Proverb.  2542
  Chi offende scrive nella rena, chi è offeso nel marmo—He who offends writes on sand; he who is offended, on marble.    Italian Proverb.  2543
  Chi parla semina, chi tace raccoglie—Who speaks, sows; who keeps silence, reaps.    Italian Proverb.  2544
  Chi piglia leone in assenza suol temer del topi in presenza—He who takes a lion far off will shudder at a mole close by.    Italian Proverb.  2545
  Chi piu sa, meno crede—Who knows most, believes least.    Italian Proverb.  2546
  Chi più sa, meno parla—Who knows most, says least.    Italian Proverb.  2547
  Chi sa la strada, puo andar di trotto—He who knows the road can go at a trot.    Italian Proverb.  2548
  Chi sa poco presto lo dice—He who knows little quickly tells it.    Italian Proverb.  2549
  Chi serve al commune serve nessuno—He who serves the public serves no one.    Italian Proverb.  2550
  Chi si affoga, s’attaccherebbe a’ rasoj—A drowning man would catch at razors.    Proverb.  2551
  Chi si fa fango, il porco lo calpestra—He who makes himself dirt, the swine will tread on him.    Italian Proverb.  2552
  Chi si trova senz’ amici, è come un corpo senz’ anima—He who is without friends is like a body without a soul.    Italian Proverb.  2553
  Chi sta bene, non si muova—Let him who is well off remain where he is.    Italian Proverb.  2554
  Chi tace confessa—Silence is confession.    Italian Proverb.  2555
  Chi t’ha offeso non ti perdonera mai—He who has offended you will never forgive you.    Italian Proverb.  2556
  Chi troppo abbraccia nulla stringe—He who grasps at too much holds fast nothing.    Italian Proverb.  2557
  Chi tutto vuole, tutto perde—Covet all, lose all.    Italian Proverb.  2558
  Chivalry was founded invariably by knights who were content all their lives with their horse and armour and daily bread.    Ruskin.  2559
  Chi va piano, va sano, chi va sano va lontano—He who goes softly goes safely, and he who goes safely goes far.    Italian Proverb.  2560
  Chi va, vuole; chi manda, non se ha cura—He who goes himself, means it; he who sends another does not care.    Italian Proverb.  2561
  Chi vuol dell’ acqua chiara, vada alla fonte—He who wants the water pure must go to the spring-head.    Italian Proverb.  2562
  Chi vuol esser mal servito tenga assai famiglia—Let him who would be ill served keep plenty servants.    Italian Proverb.  2563
  Chi vuol il lavoro mal fatto, paghi innanzi tratto—If you wish your work ill done, pay beforehand.    Italian Proverb.  2564
  Chi vuol presto e ben, faccia da se—He who wishes a thing done quickly and well, must do it himself.    Italian Proverb.  2565
  Choose a good mother’s daughter, though her father were the devil.    Gaelic Proverb.  2566
  Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be. Custom will render it easy and agreeable.    Pythagoras.  2567
  Choose an author as you choose a friend.    Earl of Roscommon.  2568
  Choose thy speech.    Gaelic Proverb.  2569
  Choose your wife as you wish your children to be.    Gaelic Proverb.  2570
  Chords that vibrate sweetest pleasure / Thrill the deepest notes of woe.    Burns.  2571
  Chose perdue, chose connue—A thing lost is a thing known, i.e., valued.    French Proverb.  2572
  [Greek]—Volubility of speech and pertinency are sometimes very different things.    Sophocles.  2573
  Christen haben keine Nachbarn—Christians have no neighbours.    German Proverb.  2574
  Christianity has not yet penetrated into the whole heart of Jesus.    Amiel.  2575
  Christianity appeals to the noblest feelings of the human heart, and these are emotion and imagination.    Shorthouse.  2576
  Christianity has a might of its own; it is raised above all philosophy, and needs no support therefrom.    Goethe.  2577
  Christianity has made martyrdom sublime and sorrow triumphant.    Chapin.  2578
  Christianity is a religion that can make men good, only if they are good already.    Hegel.  2579
  Christianity is salvation by the conversion of the will; humanism by the enlightenment of the mind.    Amiel.  2580
  Christianity is the apotheosis of grief, the marvellous transmutation of suffering into triumph, the death of death and the defeat of sin.    Amiel.  2581
  Christianity is the practical demonstration that holiness and pity, justice and mercy, may meet together and become one in man and in God.    Amiel.  2582
  Christianity is the root of all democracy, the highest fact in the rights of men.    Novalis.  2583
  Christianity is the worship of sorrow.    Goethe.  2584
  Christianity’s husk and shell / Threaten its heart like a blight.    (J. B.) Selkirk.  2585
  Christianity teaches us to love our neighbour. Modern society acknowledges no neighbour.    Disraeli.  2586
  Christianity, which is always true to the heart, knows no abstract virtues, but virtues resulting from our wants, and useful to all.    Chateaubriand.  2587
  Christianity without the cross is nothing.    W. H. Thomson.  2588
  Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded / That all the apostles would have done as they did.    Byron.  2589
  Christ is not valued at all, unless He is valued above all.    St. Augustine.  2590
  Christ left us not a system of logic, but a few simple truths.    B. R. Haydon.  2591
  Christmas comes but once a year.    Proverb.  2592
  Christ never wrote a tract, but He went about doing good.    Horace Mann.  2593
  Christ’s truth itself may yet be taught / With something of the devil’s spirit.    (J. B.) Selkirk.  2594
  Churches are not built on Christ’s principles, but on His tropes.    Emerson.  2595
  Ci-devant—Former.    French.  2596
  Cieco è l’occhio, se l’animo è distratto—The eye sees nothing if the mind is distracted.    Italian Proverb.  2597
  Ciencia es locura si buen senso no la cura—Knowledge is of little use if it is not under the direction of good sense.    Spanish Proverb.  2598
  Ci-gît—Here lies.    French.  2599
  Cineri gloria sera venit—Glory comes too late to one in the dust.    Martial.  2600
  Ciò che Dio vuole, io voglio—What God wills, I will.    Motto.  2601
  Ciò che si usa, non ha bisogno di scusa—That which is customary needs no excuse.    Italian Proverb.  2602
  Circles are prais’d, not that abound / In largeness, but th’ exactly round; / So life we praise, that does excel, / Not in much time, but acting well.    Waller.  2603
  Circles in water as they wider flow, / The less conspicuous in their progress grow, / And when at last they trench upon the shore, / Distinction ceases, and they’re view’d no more.    Crabbe.  2604
  Circles to square, and cubes to double, / Would give a man excessive trouble.    Prior.  2605
  Circuitus verborum—A roundabout story or expression.  2606
  Circulus in probando—Begging the question, or taking for granted the point at issue (lit. a circle in the proof).  2607
  Circumstances are beyond the control of man, but his conduct is in his own power.    Disraeli.  2608
  Circumstances are things round about; we are in them, not under them.    Lander.  2609
  Circumstances form the character, but, like petrifying matters, they harden while they form.    Landor.  2610
  Circumstances? I make circumstances.    Napoleon.  2611
  Cita mors ruit—Death is a swift rider.  2612
  Citharœdus / Ridetur chorda qui semper obberrat eadem—The harper who is always at fault on the same string is derided.    Horace.  2613
  Cities force growth, and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.    Emerson.  2614
  Cities give not the human senses room enough.    Emerson.  2615
  Cities have always been the fire-places (i.e., foci) of civilisation, whence light and heat radiated out into the dark, cold world.    Theodore Parker.  2616
  Citius venit periculum cum contemnitur—When danger is despised, it arrives the sooner.    Publius Syrus.  2617
  Civil dissension is a viperous worm / That gnaws the bowels of the commonwealth.    1 Henry VI., iii. 1.  2618
  Civilisation degrades the many to exalt the few.    A. B. Alcott.  2619
  Civilisation depends on morality.    Emerson.  2620
  Civilisation is the result of highly complex organisation.    Emerson.  2621
  Civilisation means the recession of passional and material life, and the development of social and moral life.    Ward Beecher.  2622
  Civilisation tends to corrupt men, as large towns vitiate the air.    Amiel.  2623
  Civility costs nothing, and buys everything.    Mary Wortley Montagu.  2624
  Clamorous labour knocks with its hundred hands at the golden gate of the morning.    Newman Hall.  2625
  Claqueur—One hired to applaud.    French.  2626
  Clarior e tenebris—The brighter from the obscurity.    Motto.  2627
  Clarum et venerabile nomen—An illustrious and honoured name.  2628
  Classical quotation is the parole of literary men all over the world.    Johnson.  2629
  Classisch ist das Gesunde, romantisch das Kranke—The healthy is classical, the unhealthy is romantic.    Goethe.  2630
  Claude os, aperi oculos—Keep thy mouth shut, but thy eyes open.  2631
  Claudite jam rivos, pueri; sat prata biberunt—Close up the sluices now, lads; the meadows have drunk enough.    Virgil.  2632
  Clausum fregit—He has broken through the enclosure, i.e., committed a trespass.    Law.  2633
  Clay and clay differs in dignity, / Whose dust is both alike.    Cymbeline, iv. 2.  2634
  Cleanliness is near of kin to godliness.    Proverb.  2635
  Clear and bright it should be ever, / Flowing like a crystal river; / Bright as light, and clear as wind.    Tennyson on the Mind.  2636
  Clear conception leads naturally to clear and correct expression.    Boileau.  2637
  Clear writers, like clear fountains, do not seem so deep as they are; the turbid look the most profound.    Landor.  2638
  Clear your mind of cant.    Johnson.  2639
  Clemency alone makes us equal with the gods.    Claudianus.  2640
  Clemency is one of the brightest diamonds in the crown of majesty.    W. Secker.  2641
  Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.    Amiel.  2642
  Clever people will recognise and tolerate nothing but cleverness.    Amiel.  2643
  Climbing is performed in the same posture as creeping.    Swift.  2644
  Clocks will go as they are set; but man, irregular man, is never constant, never certain.    Otway.  2645
  Close sits my shirt, but closer sits my skin.    Proverb.  2646
  Clothes are for necessity; warm clothes, for health; cleanly, for decency; lasting, for thrift; and rich, for magnificence.    Fuller.  2647
  Clothes have made men of us; they are threatening to make clothes-screens of us.    Carlyle.  2648
  Clothes make the man.    Dutch Proverb.  2649
  Clouds are the veil behind which the face of day coquettishly hides itself, to enhance its beauty.    Jean Paul.  2650
  Coal is a portable climate.    Emerson.  2651
  Cobblers go to mass and pray that the cows may die (i.e., for the sake of their hides).    Portuguese Proverb.  2652
  Cobra buena fama, y échate á dormir—Get a good name, and go to sleep.    Spanish Proverb.  2653
  Cobre gana cobre que no huesos de hombre—Money (lit. copper) breeds money and not man’s bones.    Spanish Proverb.  2654
  Cœlitus mihi vires—My strength is from heaven.    Motto.  2655
  Cœlo tegitur qui non habet urnam—He who has no urn to hold his bones is covered by the vault of heaven.    Lucan.  2656
  Cœlum ipsum petimus stultitia—We assail heaven itself in our folly.    Horace.  2657
  Cœlum non animum mutant qui trans mare currunt—Those who cross the sea change only the climate, not their character.    Horace.  2658
  Coerced innocence is like an imprisoned lark; open the door, and it is off for ever.    Haliburton.  2659
  Cogenda mens est ut incipiat—The mind must be stimulated to make a beginning.    Seneca.  2660
  Cogi qui potest nescit mori—He who can be compelled knows not how to die.    Seneca.  2661
  Cogitatio nostra cœli munimenta perrumpit, nec contenta est, id, quod ostenditur, scire—Our thoughts break through the muniments of heaven, and are not satisfied with knowing what is offered to sense observation.    Seneca.  2662
  Cogito, ergo sum—I think, therefore I am.    Descartes.  2663
  Cognovit actionem—He has admitted the action.    Law.  2664
  Coigne of vantage.    Macbeth, i. 6.  2665
  Coin heaven’s image / In stamps that are forbid.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 4.  2666
  Cold hand, warm heart.    Proverb.  2667
  Cold pudding settles one’s love.    Proverb.  2668
  Collision is as necessary to produce virtue in men, as it is to elicit fire in inanimate matter; and chivalry is the essence of virtue.    Lord John Russell.  2669
  Colonies don’t cease to be colonies because they are independent.    Disraeli.  2670
  Colour answers to feeling in man; shape, to thought; motion, to will.    John Sterling.  2671
  Colour blindness, which may mistake drab for scarlet, is better than total blindness, which sees no distinction of colour at all.    George Eliot.  2672
  Colour is the type of love. Hence it is especially connected with the blossoming of the earth, and with its fruits; also with the spring and fall of the leaf, and with the morning and evening of the day, in order to show the waiting of love about the birth and death of man.    Ruskin.  2673
  Colours are the smiles of Nature … her laughs, as in the flowers.    Leigh Hunt.  2674
  Colubram in sinu fovere—To cherish a serpent in one’s bosom.  2675
  Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.    Emerson.  2676
  Combien de héros, glorieux, magnanimes, ont vécu trop d’un jour—How many famous and high-souled heroes have lived a day too long!    J. B. Rousseau.  2677
  Combinations of wickedness would overwhelm the world, did not those who have long practised perfidy grow faithless to each other.    Johnson.  2678
  Come, and trip it as you go, / On the light fantastic toe.    Milton.  2679
  Come, civil night, / Thou sober-suited matron, all in black.    Romeo and Juliet, iii. 2.  2680
  Come, cordial, not poison.    Romeo and Juliet, v. 1.  2681
  Comedians are not actors; they are only imitators of actors.    Zimmermann.  2682
  Come è duro calle—How hard is the path.    Dante.  2683
  Come, fair Repentance, daughter of the skies! / Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; / The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.    Browne.  2684
  Come forth into the light of things, / Let Nature be your teacher.    Wordsworth.  2685
  Come he slow or come he fast, / It is but Death who comes at last.    Scott.  2686
  Come like shadows, so depart.    Bowles.  2687
  Come, my best friends, my books, and lead me on.    Cowley.  2688
  Come one, come all! this rock shall fly / From its firm base as soon as I.    Scott.  2689
  Comes jucundus in via pro vehiculo est—A pleasant companion on the road is as good as a carriage.    Publius Syrus.  2690
  Come the three corners of the world in arms, / And we shall shock them. Nought shall make us rue, / If England to itself do rest but true.    King John, v. 7.  2691
  Come, we burn daylight.    Romeo and Juliet, i. 4.  2692
  Come what come may, / Time and the hour runs through the roughest day.    Macbeth, i. 3.  2693
  Come what sorrow can, / It cannot countervail th’ exchange of joy / That one short minute gives me in her sight.    Romeo and Juliet, ii. 6.  2694
  Comfort is the god of this world, but comfort it will never obtain by making it an object.    Whipple.  2695
  Comfort’s in heaven; and we are on the earth, / Where nothing lives but crosses, care, and grief.    Richard II., ii. 2.  2696
  Coming events cast their shadows before.    Campbell.  2697
  Comitas inter gentes—Courtesy between nations.  2698
  Command large fields, but cultivate small ones.    Virgil.  2699
  Comme il faut—As it should be.    French.  2700
  Comme je fus—As I was.    Motto.  2701
  Comme je trouve—As I find it.    Motto.  2702
  Commend a fool for his wit or a knave for his honesty, and he will receive you into his bosom.    Fielding.  2703
  Commend me rather to him who goes wrong in a way that is his own, than to him who walks correctly in a way that is not.    Goethe.  2704
  Commerce changes the fate and genius of nations.    T. Gray.  2705
  Commerce flourishes by circumstances, precarious, contingent, transitory, almost as liable to change as the winds and waves that waft it to our shores.    Colton.  2706
  Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore and called it gold.    Shelley.  2707
  Commerce is a game of skill, which every one cannot play, which few men can play well.    Emerson.  2708
  Commerce is one of the daughters of Fortune, inconstant and deceitful as her mother. She chooses her residence where she is least expected, and shifts her abode when her continuance is, in appearance, most firmly settled.    Johnson.  2709
  Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.    Emerson.  2710
  Committunt multi eadem diverso crimina fato, / Ille crucem sceleris pretium tulerit, hic diadema—How different the fate of men who commit the same crimes! For the same villany one man goes to the gallows, and another is raised to a throne.  2711
  Common as light is love, / And its familiar voice wearies not ever.    Shelley.  2712
  Common chances common men can bear.    Coriolanus, iv. 1.  2713
  Common distress is a great promoter both of friendship and speculation.    Swift.  2714
  Common fame is seldom to blame.    Proverb.  2715
  Commonly they use their feet for defence whose tongue is their weapon.    Sir P. Sidney.  2716
  Common men are apologies for men; they bow the head, excuse themselves with prolix reasons, and accumulate appearances, because the substance is not.    Emerson.  2717
  Common-place people see no difference between one man and another.    Pascal.  2718
  Common-sense is calculation applied to life.    Amiel.  2719
  Common-sense is the average sensibility and intelligence of men undisturbed by individual peculiarities.    W. R. Alger.  2720
  Common-sense is the genius of humanity.    Goethe.  2721
  Common-sense is the measure of the possible; it is calculation applied to life.    Amiel.  2722
  Common souls pay with what they do; nobler souls, with what they are.    Emerson.  2723
  Communautés commencent par bâtir leur cuisine—Communities begin with building their kitchen.    French Proverb.  2724
  Commune bonum—A common good.  2725
  Commune naufragium omnibus est consolatio—A shipwreck (disaster) that is common is a consolation to all.    Proverb.  2726
  Commune periculum concordiam parit—A common danger tends to concord.    Law.  2727
  Communia esse amicorum inter se omnia—All things are common among friends.    Terence.  2728
  Communibus annis—One year with another.  2729
  Communi consensu—By common consent.  2730
  Communion is the law of growth, and homes only thrive when they sustain relations with each other.    J. G. Holland.  2731
  Communism is the exploitation of the strong by the weak. In communism, inequality springs from placing mediocrity on a level with excellence.    Proudhon.  2732
  Como cant a el abad, asi responde el monacillo—As the abbot sings, the sacristan answers.    Spanish Proverb.  2733
  Compagnon de voyage—A fellow-traveller.    Proverb.  2734
  Company, villanous company, has been the spoil of me.    1 Henry IV., iii. 3.  2735
  Comparaison n’est pas raison—Comparison is no proof.    French Proverb.  2736
  Compare her face with some that I shall show, / And I will make thee think thy swan a crow.    Romeo and Juliet, i. 2.  2737
  Comparisons are odious.    Burton.  2738
  Comparisons are odorous.    Much Ado, iii. 5.  2739
  Compassion to the offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them.    Junius.  2740
  Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.    Ward Beecher.  2741
  Compendia dispendla—Short cuts are round-about ways.  2742
  Compendiaria res improbitas, virtusque tarda—Vice is summary in its procedure, virtue is slow.  2743
  Compesce mentem—Restrain thy irritation.    Horace.  2744
  Complaining never so loud, and with never so much reason, is of no use.    Emerson.  2745
  Complaining profits little; stating of the truth may profit.    Carlyle.  2746
  Complaint is the largest tribute heaven receives, and the sincerest part of our devotion.    Swift.  2747
  Compliments are only lies in court clothes.    J. Sterling.  2748
  Componitur orbis / Regis ad exemplum; nec sic inflectere sensus / Humanos edicta valent, quam vita regentis—Manners are fashioned after the example of the king, and edicts have less effect on them than the life of the ruler.    Claudius.  2749
  Compose thy mind, and prepare thy soul calmly to obey; such offering will be more acceptable to God than every other sacrifice.    Metastasio.  2750
  Compositum miraculi causa—A story trumped up to astonish.    Tacitus.  2751
  Compos mentis—Of a sound mind.  2752


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