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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  El dar es honor, y el pedir dolor—To give is honour; to lose, grief.    Spanish Proverb.  4503
  El diablo saba mucho, porque es viejo—The devil knows a great deal, for he is old.    Spanish Proverb.  4504
  El dia que te casas, ó te matas ó te sanas—The day you marry, it is either kill or cure.    Spanish Proverb.  4505
  El Dorado—A region of unimagined wealth fabled at one time to exist in South America; a dreamland of wealth.    Spanish.  4506
  Elegance is necessary to the fine gentleman, dignity is proper to noblemen, and majesty to kings.    Hazlitt.  4507
  Elegit—He has chosen. A writ empowering a creditor to hold lands for payment of a debt.    Law.  4508
  Elephants endors’d with towers.    Milton.  4509
  Eléve le corbeau, il te crèvera les yeux—Bring up a raven, he will pick out your eyes.    French Proverb.  4510
  Elige eum cujus tibi placuit et vita et oratio—Make choice of him who recommends himself to you by his life as well as address.    Seneca.  4511
  Elk het zijne is niet te veel—Every one his own is not too much.    Dutch Proverb.  4512
  Ell and tell is gude merchandise—i.e., ready money is.    Scotch Proverb.  4513
  Elle a trop de vertus pour n’étre pas chrétienne—She has too many virtues not to be a Christian.    Corneille.  4514
  Elle n’en fit point la petite bouche—She did not mince matters (lit. make a small mouth about it).    French Proverb.  4515
  Elle riait du bout des dents—She gave a forced laugh (lit. laughed with the end of her teeth).    French Proverb.  4516
  El malo siempre piensa engaño—The bad man always suspects some knavish intention.    Spanish Proverb.  4517
  El mal que de tu boca sale, en tu seno se cae—The evil which issues from thy mouth falls into thy bosom.    Spanish Proverb.  4518
  El mal que no tiene cura es locura—Folly is the one evil for which there is no remedy.    Spanish Proverb.  4519
  Elocution is the adjustment of apt words and sentiments to the subject in debate.    Cicero.  4520
  Eloignement—Estrangement.    Proverb.  4521
  Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the fancy or the affections, captivates the willing hearers, and subdues their understanding.    Hume.  4522
  Eloquence is a pictorial representation of thought.    Pascal.  4523
  Eloquence is in the assembly, not in the speaker.    William Pitt.  4524
  Eloquence is like flame: it requires matter to feed on, motion to excite it, and it brightens as it burns.    Tacitus.  4525
  Eloquence is the appropriate organ of the highest personal energy.    Emerson.  4526
  Eloquence is the child of knowledge. When the mind is full, like a wholesome river, it is also clear.    Disraeli.  4527
  Eloquence is the language of nature, and cannot be learned in the schools.    Colton.  4528
  Eloquence is the painting of thought; and thus those who, after having painted it, still add to it, make a picture instead of a portrait.    Pascal.  4529
  Eloquence is the poetry of prose.    Bryant.  4530
  Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.    Emerson.  4531
  Eloquence is to the sublime as a whole to its part.    La Bruyère.  4532
  Eloquence must be grounded on the plainest narrative.    Emerson.  4533
  Eloquence shows the power and possibility of man.    Emerson.  4534
  Eloquence the soul, song charms the sense.    Milton.  4535
  Eloquence, to produce her full effect, should start from the head of the orator, as Pallas from the brain of Jove, completely armed and equipped.    Colton.  4536
  El pan comido, la compañia deshecha—The bread eaten, the company dispersed.    Spanish Proverb.  4537
  El pie del dueño estierco para la heredad—The foot of the owner is manure for the farm.    Spanish Proverb.  4538
  El que trabaja, y madra, hila oro—He that labours and perseveres spins gold.    Spanish Proverb.  4539
  El rey va hasta do poede, y no hasta do quiere—The king goes as far as he may, not as far as he would.    Spanish Proverb.  4540
  El rey y la patria—For king and country.    Spanish.  4541
  El rio pasado, el santo olvidádo—The river (danger) past, the saint (delivery) forgotten.    Spanish Proverb.  4542
  El sabio muda consejo, el necio no—The wise man changes his mind, the fool never.    Spanish Proverb.  4543
  El secreto á voces—An open secret.    Calderón.  4544
  El tiempo cura el enfermo, que ne el ungnento—It is time and not medicine that cures the disease.    Spanish Proverb.  4545
  Elucet maxime animi excellentia magnitudoque in despiciendis opibus—Excellence and greatness of soul are most conspicuously displayed in contempt of riches.  4546
  El villano en su tierra, y el hidalgo donde quiera—The clown in his own country, the gentleman where he pleases.    Spanish Proverb.  4547
  Elysian beauty, melancholy grace, / Brought from a pensive through a happy place.    Wordsworth.  4548
  E mala cosa esser cattivo, ma è peggiore esser conosciuto—It is a bad thing to be a knave, but worse to be found out.    Italian Proverb.  4549
  Emas non quod opus est, sed quod necesse est: / Quod non opus est, asse carum est—Buy not what you want, but what you need; what you don’t want is dear at a cent.    Cato.  4550
  Embarras de richesses—An encumbrance of wealth.    D’Allainval.  4551
  Embonpoint—Plumpness or fulness of body.    French.  4552
  E meglio aver oggi un uovo, che dimani una gallina—Better an egg to-day than a hen to-morrow.    Italian Proverb.  4553
  E meglio cader dalla finestra che dal tetto—It is better to fall from the window than the roof.    Italian Proverb.  4554
  E meglio dare che non aver a dare—Better give than not have to give.    Italian Proverb.  4555
  E meglio domandar che errare—Better ask than lose your way.    Italian Proverb.  4556
  E meglio esse fortunato che savio—’Tis better to be born fortunate than wise.    Italian Proverb.  4557
  E meglio esser uccel di bosco che di gabbia—Better to be a bird in the wood than one in the cage.    Italian Proverb.  4558
  E meglio il cuor felice che la borsa—Better the heart happy than the purse (full).    Italian Proverb.  4559
  E meglio lasciare che mancare—Better leave than lack.    Italian Proverb.  4560
  E meglio perder la sella che il cavallo—Better lose the saddle than the horse.    Italian Proverb.  4561
  E meglio sdrucciolare col piè che con la lingua—Better slip with the foot than the tongue.    Italian Proverb.  4562
  E meglio senza cibo restar che senz’ onore—Better be without food than without honour.    Italian Proverb.  4563
  E meglio una volta che mai—Better once than never.    Italian Proverb.  4564
  E meglio un buon amico che cento parente—One true friend is better than a hundred relations.    Italian Proverb.  4565
  [Greek]—Wisdom never contemplates what wilt make a happy man.    Aristotle.  4566
  Emere malo quam rogare—I had rather buy than beg.  4567
  Emerge from unnatural solitude, look abroad for wholesome sympathy, bestow and receive.    Dickens.  4568
  Emeritus—One retired from active official duties.  4569
  Emerson tells us to hitch our waggon to a star; and the star is without doubt a good steed, when once fairly caught and harnessed, but it takes an astronomer to catch it.    John Borroughs.  4570
  Emerson wants Emersonian epigrams from Carlyle, and Carlyle wants Carlylean thunder from Emerson. The thing which a man’s nature calls him to do, what else is so well worth his doing?    John Borroughs.  4571
  Eminent positions are like the summits of rocks; only eagles and reptiles can get there.    Mme. Necker.  4572
  Eminent stations make great men greater and little men less.    La Bruyère.  4573
  Emori nolo, sed me esse mortuum nihil curo—I would not die, but care not to be dead.    Cæsar.  4574
  Emotion is always new.    Victor Hugo.  4575
  Emotion is the atmosphere in which thought is steeped, that which lends to thought its tone or temperature, that to which thought is often indebted for half its power.    H. R. Haweis.  4576
  Emotion, not thought, is the sphere of music; and emotion quite as often precedes as follows thought.    H. R. Haweis.  4577
  Emotion turning back on itself, and not leading on to thought or action, is the element of madness.    John Sterling.  4578
  [Greek]—When I am dead the earth will be mingled with fire.    Anonymous.  4579
  Empfindliche Ohren sind, bei Mädchen so gut als bei Pferden, gute Gesundheitszeichen—In maidens as well as in horses, sensitive ears are signs of good health.    Jean Paul.  4580
  Empires and nations flourish and decay, / By turns command, and in their turns obey.    Ovid.  4581
  Empires are only sandhills in the hour-glass of Time; they crumble spontaneously by the process of their own growth.    Draper.  4582
  Empires flourish till they become commercial, and then they are scattered abroad to the four winds.    William Blake.  4583
  Empirical sciences prosecuted simply for their own sake, and without a philosophic tendency, resemble a face without eyes.    Schopenhauer.  4584
  Employment and hardships prevent melancholy.    Johnson.  4585
  Employment gives health, sobriety, and morals.    Daniel Webster.  4586
  Employment is enjoyment.    Proverb.  4587
  Employment is Nature’s physician, and is essential to human happiness.    Galen.  4588
  Employ thy time well if thou meanest to gain leisure, and, since you are not sure of a minute, throw not away an hour.    Ben. Franklin.  4589
  [Greek]—Fear hamper speech.    Demades.  4590
  Empressement—Ardour; warmth.    French.  4591
  Empta dolore docet experientia—Experience bought with pain teaches effectually.    Proverb.  4592
  Empty vessels make the most noise.    Proverb.  4593
  Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.    Balzac.  4594
  Emulation, even in the brutes, is sensitively nervous; see the tremor of the thoroughbred racer before he starts.    Bulwer Lytton.  4595
  E multis paleis paulum fructus collegi—Out of much chaff I have gathered little grain.    Proverb.  4596
  Emunctæ naris—Of nice discernment (lit. scent).    Horace.  4597
  [Greek].—One, but a lion.    Æsop.  4598
  En ami—As a friend.    French.  4599
  En amour comme en amitié, un tiers souvent nous embarrasse—A third person is often an annoyance to us in love as in friendship.    Proverb.  4600
  En arriére—In the rear.    French.  4601
  En attendant—In the meantime.    French.  4602
  En avant—Forward; on.    French.  4603
  En badinant—In jest.    French.  4604
  En beau—In a favourable light.    French.  4605
  En bloc—In a lump.    French.  4606
  En boca cerrada no entra mosca—Flies don’t enter a shut mouth.    Spanish Proverb.  4607
  En bon train—In a fair way.    French.  4608
  En buste—Half-length.    French.  4609
  En cada tierra su uso—Every country has its own custom.    Spanish Proverb.  4610
  Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.    Goethe.  4611
  En cuéros—Naked.    Spanish.  4612
  Endeavouring, by logical argument, to prove the existence of God, were like taking out a candle to look for the sun.    Carlyle, after Kant.  4613
  Endeavour not to settle too many habits at once, lest by variety you confound them, and so perfect none.    Locke.  4614
  En dernier ressort—As a last resource.    French.  4615
  En déshabille—In an undress.    French.  4616
  En Dieu est ma fiance—In God is my trust.    Motto.  4617
  En Dieu est tout—All depends on God.    Motto.  4618
  Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.    Ruskin.  4619
  Endurance is the crowning quality, and patience all the passion, of great hearts.    Lowell.  4620
  En échelon—Like steps.    French.  4621
  En effet—In fact; substantially.    French.  4622
  Ene i Raad, ene i Sorg—Alone in counsel, alone in sorrow.    Danish Proverb.  4623
  En el rio do no hay pezes por demas es echar redes—It is in vain to cast nets in a river where there are no fish.    Spanish Proverb.  4624
  En émoi—In a flutter or ferment.    French.  4625
  Energy may be turned to bad uses; but more good may always be made of an energetic nature than of an indolent and impassive one.    J. S. Mill.  4626
  Energy will do anything that can be done in this world; no talents, no circumstances, no opportunities will make a two-legged animal a man without it.    Goethe.  4627
  [Greek]—In great acts it is not our strength but our good fortune that has triumphed.    Pindar.  4628
  En famille—In a domestic state.    French.  4629
  Enfant gâté du monde qu’il gâtait—A child spoiled by the world which he spoiled.    Said of Voltaire.  4630
  Enfants de famille—Children of the family.    French.  4631
  Enfants perdus—The forlorn hope (lit. lost children).    French.  4632
  Enfants terribles—Dreadful children; precocious youths who say and do rash things to the annoyance of their more conservative seniors.    French.  4633
  Enfant trouvé—A foundling.    French.  4634
  Enfermer le loup dans la bergerie—To shut up the wolf in the sheepfold; to patch up a wound or a disease.    French Proverb.  4635
  En fin les renards se trouvent cher le pelletier—Foxes come to the furrier’s in the end.    French Proverb.  4636
  Enflamed with the study of learning and the admiration of virtue; stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages.    Milton.  4637
  En foule—In a crowd.    French.  4638
  England expects this day that every man shall do his duty.    Nelson, his signal at Trafalgar.  4639
  England is a domestic country: here home is revered and the hearth sacred.    Disraeli.  4640
  England is a paradise for women and a hell for horses; Italy a paradise for horses and a hell for women.    Burton.  4641
  England is safe if true within itself.    3 Henry VI., iv. 1.  4642
  English speech, the sea that receives tributaries from every region under heaven.    Emerson.  4643
  En grace affié—On grace depend.    French.  4644
  En grande tenue—In full dress.    French.  4645
  En habiles gens—Like able men.    French.  4646
  Enjoying things which are pleasant, that is not the evil; it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.    Carlyle.  4647
  Enjoyment soon wearies both itself and us; effort, never.    Jean Paul.  4648
  Enjoyment stops when indolence begins.    Pollock.  4649
  Enjoy the blessings of this day, if God sends them, and the evils bear patiently and sweetly. For this day only is ours; we are dead to yesterday and we are not born to to-morrow.    Jeremy Taylor.  4650
  Enjoy what God has given thee, and willingly dispense with what thou hast not. Every condition has its own joys and sorrows.    Gellert.  4651
  Enjoy what thou hast inherited from thy sires if thou wouldst possess it; what we employ not is an oppressive burden; what the moment brings forth, that only can it profit by.    Goethe.  4652
  Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.    Goethe.  4653
  Enjoy your little while the fool is seeking for more.    Spanish Proverb.  4654
  Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.    Condorcet.  4655
  En la cour du roi chacun y est pour soi—In the court of the king it is every one for himself.    French Proverb.  4656
  Enlarge not thy destiny; endeavour not to do more than is given thee in charge.    Greek Oracle.  4657
  En la rose je fleuris—In the rose I flourish.    Motto.  4658
  En mariage, comme ailleurs, contentement passe richesse—In marriage, as in other states, contentment is better than riches.    Molière.  4659
  En masse—In a body.    French.  4660
  En mauvaise odeur—In bad repute.    French.  4661
  Ennemi ne s’endort—An enemy does not go to sleep.    French Proverb.  4662
  Ennui has perhaps made more gamblers than avarice, more drunkards than thirst, and perhaps as many suicides as despair.    Colton.  4663
  Ennui is a growth of English root, though nameless in our language.    Byron.  4664
  Ennui is a word which the French invented, though of all nations in Europe they know the least of it.    Bancroft.  4665
  Ennui is our greatest enemy.    Justus Möser.  4666
  Ennui is the desire of activity without the fit means of gratifying the desire.    Bancroft.  4667
  Ennui shortens life and bereaves the day of its light.    Emerson.  4668
  Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.    Ninon de l’Enclos.  4669
  Enough is as good as a feast.    Proverb.  4670
  Enough is better than too much.    Proverb.  4671
  Enough is great riches.    Danish Proverb.  4672
  Enough is the wild-goose-chase of most men’s lives.    Brothers Mayhew.  4673
  Enough—no foreign foe could quell / Thy soul, till from itself it fell; / Yes, self-abasement paved the way / To villain bonds and despot sway.    Byron.  4674
  Enough requires too much; too much craves more.    Quarles.  4675
  En papillote.—In curl-papers.    French.  4676
  En parole je vis—I live by the word.    French.  4677
  En passant—By the way.    French.  4678
  En pension—Board at a pension.    French.  4679
  En petit champ croît bien bon blé—Very good corn grows in a little field.    French Proverb.  4680
  En peu d’heure Dieu labeure—God works in moments, i.e., His work is soon done.    French.  4681
  En plein jour—In open day.    French.  4682
  En potence—In the form of a gallows.    French.  4683
  En présence—In sight of each other.    French.  4684
  En queue—Behind.  4685
  Enquire not what is in another man’s pot.    Proverb.  4686
  En rapport—In relation; in connection.    French.  4687
  En règle—According to rules.    French.  4688
  En resumé—Upon the whole.    French.  4689
  En revanche—In revenge; to return; to make amends.    French.  4690
  En route—On the way.    French.  4691
  En salvo está el que repica—He is in safe quarters who sounds the alarm.    Spanish Proverb.  4692
  Ense et aratro—With sword and plough.    Motto.  4693
  En suite—In company.    French.  4694
  En suivant la vérité—In following the truth.    French.  4695
  Entente cordiale—A good or cordial understanding.    French.  4696
  Enthusiasm begets enthusiasm.    Longfellow.  4697
  Enthusiasm flourishes in adversity, kindles in the hour of danger, and awakens to deeds of renown.    Dr. Chalmers.  4698
  Enthusiasm gives life to what is invisible, and interest to what has no immediate action on our comfort in this world.    Madame de Staël.  4699
  Enthusiasm imparts itself magnetically, and fuses all into one happy and harmonious unity of feeling and sentiment.    A. B. Alcott.  4700
  Enthusiasm is grave, inward, self-controlled; mere excitement, outward, fantastical, hysterical, and passing in a moment from tears to laughter.    John Sterling.  4701
  Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity, and truth accomplishes no victories without it.    Bulwer Lytton.  4702
  Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.    Emerson.  4703
  Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.    Emerson.  4704
  Entienda primero, y habla postrero—Hear first and speak afterwards.    Spanish Proverb.  4705
  Entire affection hateth nicer hands.    Spenser.  4706
  Entire love is a worship and cannot be angry.    Leigh Hunt.  4707
  [Greek]—The happiest life consists in knowing nothing.    Sophocles.  4708
  Entourage—Surroundings.    French.  4709
  En toute chose il faut considérer la fin—In everything we must consider the end.    French.  4710
  Entre chien et loup—In the dusk (lit. between dog and wolf).    French.  4711
  Entre deux vins—To be half-seas over; to be mellow.    French.  4712
  Entre esprit et talent il y a la proportion du tout à sa partie—Wit is to talent as a whole to a part.    La Bruyère.  4713
  Entre le bon sens et le bon goût il y a la différence de la cause à son effet—Between good sense and good taste, there is the same difference as that between cause and effect.    La Bruyère.  4714
  Entre nos ennemis les plus à craindre sont souvent les plus petits—Of our enemies, the smallest are often the most to be dreaded.    La Fontaine.  4715
  Entre nous—Between ourselves.    French.  4716
  Entzwei und gebiete—Divide and rule.    German Proverb.  4717
  Entzwei und gebiete! Tüchtig Wort: Verein’ und leite, Bessrer Hort—Divide and rule, an excellent motto: unite and lead, a better.  4718
  En vérité—In truth.  4719
  En vérité l’amour ne saurait être profond, s’il n’est pas pur—Love, in fact, can never be deep unless it is pure.  4720
  En vieillissant on devient plus fou et plus sage—As men grow old they become both foolisher and wiser.    French Proverb.  4721
  En villig Hielper töver ei til man beder—One who is willing to help does not wait till he is asked.    Danish Proverb.  4722
  Envy, among other ingredients, has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good fortune.    Hazlitt.  4723
  Envy does not enter an empty house.    Danish Proverb.  4724
  Envy feels not its own happiness but by comparison with the misery of others.    Johnson.  4725
  Envy, if surrounded on all sides by the brightness of another’s prosperity, like the scorpion confined with a circle of fire, will sting itself to death.    Colton.  4726
  Envy is a passion so full of cowardice and shame, that nobody ever had the confidence to own it.    Rochester.  4727
  Envy is ignorance.    Emerson.  4728
  Envy is littleness of soul.    Hazlitt.  4729
  Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.    La Rochefoucauld.  4730
  Envy is the antagonist of the fortunate.    Epictetus.  4731
  Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism.    Hazlitt.  4732
  Envy is the most acid fruit that grows on the stock of sin, a fluid so subtle that nothing but the fire of divine love can purge it from the soul.    H. Ballou.  4733
  Envy, like the worm, never runs but to the fairest fruit; like a cunning bloodhound, it singles out the fattest deer in the flock.    J. Beaumont.  4734
  Envy ne’er does a gude turn but when it means an ill ane.    Scotch Proverb.  4735
  Envy will merit as its shade pursue, / But, like a shadow, proves the substance true.    Pope.  4736
  Eodem collyrio mederi omnibus—To cure all by the same ointment.  4737
  Eo instanti—At that instant.  4738
  Eo magis præfulgebat quod non videbatur—He shone the brighter that he was not seen.    Tacitus.  4739
  Epicuri de grege porcus—A pig of the flock of Epicurus.  4740
  [Greek]—In general men do wrong whenever circumstances enable them.    Aristotle.  4741
  E pluribus unum—One of many.  4742
  “Eppur si muove”—Yet it moves.    Galileo, after he had been forced to swear that the earth stood still.  4743
  Equality (Gleichheit) is always the firmest bond of love.    Lessing.  4744
  Equality (i.e., in essential nature) is the sacred law of humanity.    Schiller.  4745
  Eques ipso melior Bellerophonte—A letter horseman than Bellerophon himself.    Horace.  4746
  Equi et poetæ alendi, non saginandi—Horses and poets should be fed, not pampered.    Charles IX. of France.  4747
  Equity is a roguish thing; for law we have a measure … (but) equity is according to the conscience of him who is chancellor, and, as that is larger or narrower, so is equity.    Selden.  4748
  Equity judges with lenity, laws with severity.    Scott.  4749


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