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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Fatetur facinus  to  Flagrante delicto
  Fatetur facinus is qui judicium fugit—He who shuns a trial confesses his guilt.    Law.  5757
  Father of all! in every age, / In every clime adored, / By saint, by savage, and by sage, Jehovah, Jove, or Lord.    Pope.  5758
  Fathers alone a father’s heart can know, / What secret tides of sweet enjoyment flow / When brothers love! But if their hate succeeds, / They wage the war, but ’tis the father bleeds.    Young.  5759
  Fathers first enter bonds to Nature’s ends; / And are her sureties ere they are a friend’s.    George Herbert.  5760
  Fathers that wear rags / Do make their children blind; / But fathers that wear bags / Do make their children kind.    King Lear, ii. 4.  5761
  Fathers their children and themselves abuse / That wealth a husband for their daughters choose.    Shirley.  5762
  Fatigatis humus cubile est—To the weary the bare ground is a bed.    Curtius.  5763
  Fatta la legge, trovata la malizia—As soon as a law is made its evasion is found out.    Italian Proverb.  5764
  Faulheit ist der Schlüssel zur Armuth—Sloth is the key to poverty.    German Proverb.  5765
  Faulheit ist Dummheit des Körpers, und Dummheit Faulheit des Geistes—Sluggishness is stupidity of body, and stupidity sluggishness of spirit.    Seume.  5766
  Faultily faultless, icily regular, splendidly null.    Tennyson.  5767
  Faults are beauties in lover’s eyes.    Theocritus.  5768
  Faults are thick when love is thin.    Proverb.  5769
  Faute de grives le diable mange des merles—For want of thrushes the devil eats blackbirds.    French Proverb.  5770
  Faux pas—A false step.    French.  5771
  Favete linguis—Favour with words of good omen (lit. by your tongues).    Ovid.  5772
  Favourable chance is the god of all men who follow their own devices instead of obeying a law they believe in.    George Eliot.  5773
  Favour and gifts disturb justice.    Danish Proverb.  5774
  Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.    Bible.  5775
  Favours, and especially pecuniary ones, are generally fatal to friendship.    Hor. Smith.  5776
  Favours unused are favours abused.    Scotch Proverb.  5777
  Fax mentis honestæ gloria—Glory is the torch of an honourable mind.    Motto.  5778
  Fax mentis incendium gloriæ—The flame of glory is the torch of the mind.    Motto.  5779
  Fay ce que voudras—Do as your please.    Motto.  5780
  Fear always springs from ignorance.    Emerson.  5781
  Fear and sorrow are the true characters and inseparable companions of most melancholy.    Burton.  5782
  Fear can keep a man out of danger, but courage only can support him in it.    Proverb.  5783
  Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.    Bible.  5784
  Fear God; honour the king.    St. Peter.  5785
  Fear guards the vineyard.    Italian Proverb.  5786
  Fear guides more to their duty than gratitude.    Goldsmith.  5787
  Fear has many eyes.    Cervantes.  5788
  Fear hath torment.    St. John.  5789
  Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions. It has boded, and mowed, and gibbered for ages over government and property.    Emerson.  5790
  Fear is described by Spenser to ride in armour, at the clashing whereof he looks afeared of himself.    Peacham.  5791
  Fear is far more painful to cowardice than death to true courage.    Sir P. Sidney.  5792
  Fear is the underminer of all determinations; and necessity, the victorious rebel of all laws.    Sir P. Sidney.  5793
  Fear is the virtue of slaves; but the heart that loveth is willing.    Longfellow.  5794
  Fear is worse than fighting.    Gaelic Proverb.  5795
  Fear not that tyrants shall rule for ever, / Or the priests of the bloody faith; / They stand on the brink of that mighty river / Whose waves they have tainted with death.    Shelley.  5796
  Fear not the confusion (Verwirrung) outside of thee, but that within thee; strive after unity, but seek it not in uniformity; strive after repose, but through the equipoise, not through the stagnation (Stillstand), of thy activity.    Schiller.  5797
  Fear not the future; weep not for the past.    Shelley.  5798
  Fear not, then, thou child infirm; / There’s no god dare wrong a worm.    Emerson.  5799
  Fear not where Heaven bids come; / Heaven’s never deaf but when man’s heart is dumb.    Quarles.  5800
  Fear of change / Perplexes monarchs.    Milton.  5801
  Fear oftentimes restraineth words, but makes not thought to cease.    Lord Vaux.  5802
  Fear sometimes adds wings to the heels, and sometimes nails them to the ground and fetters them from moving.    Montaigne.  5803
  Fear to do base, unworthy things is valour; / If they be done to us, to surfer them / Is valour too.    Ben Jonson.  5804
  Fear’s a fine spur.    Samuel Lover.  5805
  Fear’s a large promiser; who subject live / To that base passion, know not what they give.    Dryden.  5806
  Fears of the brave and follies of the wise.    Johnson.  5807
  Fearfully and wonderfully made.    Bible.  5808
  Fearless minds climb soonest into crowns.    3 Henry VI., iv. 7.  5809
  Feasting makes no friendship.    Proverb.  5810
  Feast-won, fast-lost.    Timon of Athens, ii. 2.  5811
  Feather by feather the goose is plucked.    Proverb.  5812
  Fecisti enim nos ad te, et cor inquietum donec requiescat in te—Thou hast made us for Thee, and the heart knows no rest until it rests in Thee.    St. Augustine.  5813
  Fecit—He did it.  5814
  Fecundi calices quem non fecere disertum?—Whom have not flowing cups made eloquent?    Horace.  5815
  Fede ed innocenzia son reperte / Solo ne’ pargoletti—Faith and innocence are only to be found in little children.    Dante.  5816
  Feeble souls always set to work at the wrong time.    Cardinal de Retz.  5817
  Feebleness is sometimes the best security.    Proverb.  5818
  Feed a cold and starve a fever.    Proverb.  5819
  Feed no man in his sins; for adulation / Doth make thee parcel-devil in damnation.    George Herbert.  5820
  Feeling comes before reflection.    H. R. Haweis.  5821
  Feeling should be stirred only when it can be sent to labour for worthy ends.    Brooke.  5822
  Feelings are always purest and most glowing in the hour of meeting and farewell; like the glaciers, which are transparent and rose-hued only at sunrise and sunset, but throughout the day grey and cold.    Jean Paul.  5823
  Feelings are like chemicals; the more you analyse them, the worse they smell.    Kingsley.  5824
  Feelings come and go like light troops following the victory of the present; but principles, like troops of the line, are undisturbed, and stand fast.    Jean Paul.  5825
  Feelings, like flowers and butterflies, last longer the later they are delayed.    Jean Paul.  5826
  Fehlst du, lass dich’s nicht betrüben; Denn der Mangel führt zum Lieben; / Kannst dich nicht vom Fehl befrein, / Wirst du Andern gern verzeihn—Shouldst thou fail, let it not trouble thee, for failure (lit. defect) leads to love. If thou canst not free thyself from failure, thou wilt never forgive others.    Goethe.  5827
  Feindlich ist die Welt / Und falsch gesinnt; Es liebt ein jeder nur / Sich selbst—Hostile is the world, and falsely disposed. In it each one loves himself alone.    Schiller.  5828
  Felices errore suo—Happy in their error.    Lucan.  5829
  Felices ter et amplius / Quos irrupta tenet copula, nec, malis / Divulsus quærimoniis, / Suprema citius solvet amor die—Thrice happy they, and more than thrice, whom an unbroken link binds together, and whom love, unimpaired by evil rancour, will not sunder before their last day.    Horace.  5830
  Felicitas nutrix est iracundiæ—Prosperity is the nurse of hasty temper.    Proverb.  5831
  Feliciter is sapit, qui periculo alieno sapit—He is happily wise who is wise at the expense of another.    Motto.  5832
  Felicity lies much in fancy.    Proverb.  5833
  Felicity, not fluency, of language is a merit.    Whipple.  5834
  Felix, heu nimium felix—Happy, alas! too happy!    Virgil.  5835
  Felix qui nihil debet—Happy is he who owes nothing.  5836
  Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas—Happy he who has succeeded in learning the causes of things.    Virgil.  5837
  Felix, qui quod amat, defendere fortiter andet—Happy he who dares courageously to defend what he loves.    Ovid.  5838
  Fell luxury! more perilous to youth than storms or quicksands, poverty or chains.    Hannah Mare.  5839
  Fell sorrow’s tooth doth never rankle more / Than when it bites but lanceth not the sore.    Richard II., i. 3.  5840
  Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.    Burke.  5841
  Felo de se—A suicide.    Law.  5842
  Female friendships are of rapid growth.    Disraeli.  5843
  Feme covert—A married woman.    Law.  5844
  Feme sole—An unmarried woman.    Law.  5845
  Femme, argent et vin ont leur bien et leur venin—Women, money, and wine have their blessing and their bane.    French Proverb.  5846
  Femme de chambre—A chambermaid.    French.  5847
  Femme de charge—A housekeeper.    French.  5848
  Femme rit quand elle peut, et pleure quand elle veut—A woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she likes.    French Proverb.  5849
  Feræ naturæ—Of a wild nature.  5850
  Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt—Men in general are fain to believe that which they wish to be true.    Cæsar.  5851
  Feriis caret necessitas—Necessity knows no holiday.  5852
  Ferme fugiendo in media fata ruitur—How often it happens that men fall into the very evils they are striving to avoid.    Livy.  5853
  Ferme modèle—A model farm.    French.  5854
  Fern von Menschen wachsen Grundsätze; unter ihnen Handlungen—Principles develop themselves far from men; conduct develops among them.    Jean Paul.  5855
  Ferreus assiduo consumitur annulus usu—By constant use an iron ring is consumed.    Ovid.  5856
  Ferro, non gladio—By iron, not by my sword.    Motto.  5857
  Fervet olla, vivit amicitia—As long as the pot boils, friendship lasts.    Proverb.  5858
  Fervet opus—The work goes on with spirit.    Virgil.  5859
  Festina lente—Hasten slowly.    Proverb.  5860
  Festinare nocet, nocet et cunctatio sæpe; / Tempore quæque suo qui facit, ille sapit—It is bad to hurry, and delay is often as bad; he is wise who does everything in its proper time.    Ovid.  5861
  Festinatione nil tutius in discordiis civilibus—Nothing is safer than despatch in civil quarrels.    Tacitus.  5862
  Festinatio tarda est—Haste is tardy.    Proverb.  5863
  Fetch a spray from the wood and place it on your mantel-shelf, and your household ornaments will seem plebeian beside its nobler fashion and bearing. It will wave superior there, as if used to a more refined and polished circle. It has a salute and response to all your enthusiasm and heroism.    Thoreau.  5864
  Fête champêtre—A rural feast.    French.  5865
  Fêtes des mœurs—Feasts of morals.    French.  5866
  Fette Küche, magere Erbschaft—A fat kitchen, a lean legacy.    German Proverb.  5867
  Feu de joie—Firing of guns in token of joy.    French.  5868
  Few are fit to be entrusted with themselves.    Proverb.  5869
  Few are open to conviction, but the majority of men to persuasion.    Goethe.  5870
  Few, few shall part where many meet; The snow shall be their winding-sheet, / And every turf beneath their feet / Shall be a soldier’s sepulchre.    Campbell.  5871
  Few have all they need, none all they wish.    R. Southwell.  5872
  Few have borne unconsciously the spell of loveliness.    Whittier.  5873
  Few have the gift of discerning when to have done.    Swift.  5874
  Few have wealth, but all must have a home.    Emerson.  5875
  Few love to hear the sins they love to act.    Pericles, i. 1.  5876
  Few may play with the devil and win.    Proverb.  5877
  Few men are much worth loving in whom there is not something well worth laughing at.    Hare.  5878
  Few men have been admired by their domestics.    Montaigne.  5879
  Few men dare show their thoughts of worst or best.    Byron.  5880
  Few men have any next; they live from hand to mouth without plan, and are ever at the end of their line.    Emerson.  5881
  Few men have imagination enough for the truth of reality.    Goethe.  5882
  Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.    Washington.  5883
  Few minds wear out; more rust out.    Bovee.  5884
  Few mortals are so insensible that their affections cannot be gained by mildness, their confidence by sincerity, their hatred by scorn or neglect.    Zimmermann.  5885
  Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered, from the time of the seven sages of Greece to that of Poor Richard, have prevented a single foolish action.    Macaulay.  5886
  Few people know how to be old.    La Rochefoucauld.  5887
  Few persons have courage to appear as good as they really are.    Hare.  5888
  Few spirits are made better by the pain and languor of sickness; as few great pilgrims become eminent saints.    Thomas à Kempis.  5889
  Few take wives for God’s sake, or for fair looks.    Proverb.  5890
  Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.    Johnson.  5891
  Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is from want of application rather than want of means that men fail of success.    La Rochefoucauld.  5892
  Few things are more unpleasant than the transaction of business with men who are above knowing or caring what they have to do.    Johnson.  5893
  Fiandeira, fiai manso, que me estorvais, que estou rezando—Spinner, spin quietly, so as not to disturb me; I am praying.    Portuguese Proverb.  5894
  Fiar de Dios sobre buena prenda—Trust in God upon good security.    Spanish Proverb.  5895
  Fiat experimentum in corpore vili—Let the experiment be made on some worthless body.  5896
  Fiat justitiam, pereat mundus—Let justice be done, and the world perish.    Proverb.  5897
  Fiat justitia, ruat cœlum—Let justice be done, though the heavens should fall in.    Proverb.  5898
  Fiat lux—Let there be light.  5899
  Fickleness has its rise in the experience of the deceptiveness of present pleasures, and in ignorance of the vanity of absent ones.    Pascal.  5900
  Ficta voluptatis causa sit proxima veris—Fictions meant to please should have as much resemblance as possible to truth.    Horace.  5901
  Fiction is a potent agent for good in the hands of the good.    Madame Necker.  5902
  Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.    Burke.  5903
  Fiction, while the feigner of it knows that he is feigning, partakes, more than we suspect, of the nature of lying; and has ever an, in some degree, unsatisfactory character.    Carlyle.  5904
  Fictis meminerit nos jocari fabulis—Be it remembered that we are amusing you with tales of fiction.    Phædrus.  5905
  Fidarsi è bene, ma non fidarsi è meglio—To trust one’s self is good, but not to trust one’s self is better.    Italian Proverb.  5906
  Fidati era un buon uomo, Nontifidare era meglio—Trust was a good man, Trust Not was a better.    Italian Proverb.  5907
  Fide abrogata, omnis humana societas tollitur—If good faith be abolished, all human society is dissolved.    Livy.  5908
  Fide et amore—By faith and love.    Motto.  5909
  Fide et fiducia—By faith and confidence.    Motto.  5910
  Fide et fortitudine—By faith and fortitude.    Motto.  5911
  Fide et literis—By faith and learning.    Motto.  5912
  Fide, non armis—By good faith, not by arms.    Motto.  5913
  Fidei coticula crux—The cross is the touchstone of faith.    Motto.  5914
  Fidei defensor—Defender of the faith.  5915
  Fideli certa merces—The faithful are certain of their reward.    Motto.  5916
  Fidelis ad urnam—Faithful to death (lit. the ashes-urn).    Motto.  5917
  Fidelis et audax—Faithful and intrepid.    Motto.  5918
  Fidélité est de Dieu—Fidelity is of God.    Motto.  5919
  Fideliter et constanter—Faithfully and firmly.    Motto.  5920
  Fidelity, diligence, decency, are good and indispensable; yet, without faculty, without light, they will not do the work.    Carlyle.  5921
  Fidelity is the sister of justice.    Horace.  5922
  Fidelity purchased with money, money can destroy.    Seneca.  5923
  Fidelius rident tiguria—The laughter of the cottage is more hearty and sincere than that of the court.    Proverb.  5924
  Fidem qui perdit perdere ultra nil potest—He who loses his honour has nothing else he can lose.    Publius Syrus.  5925
  Fidem qui perdit, quo se servet relicuo?—Who loses his good name, with what can he support himself in future?    Publius Syrus.  5926
  Fides facit fidem—Confidence awakens confidence.    Proverb.  5927
  Fides probata coronat—Approved faith confers a crown.    Motto.  5928
  Fides Punica—Punic faith; treachery.  5929
  Fides servanda est—Faith must be kept.    Plautus.  5930
  Fides sit penes auctorem—Credit this to the author.  5931
  Fides ut anima, unde abiit, eo nunquam redit—Honour, like life, when once it is lost, is never recovered.    Publius Syrus.  5932
  Fidus Achates—A faithful companion (of Æneas).    Virgil.  5933
  Fidus et audax—Faithful and intrepid.    Motto.  5934
  Fie! fie! how wayward is this foolish love, / That like a testy babe will scratch the nurse, / And presently, all humbled, kiss the rod.    Two Gent. of Verona, i. 2.  5935
  Fiel pero desdichado—True though unfortunate.    Spanish.  5936
  Fierce fiery warriors fought upon the clouds, / In ranks and squadrons, and right form of war, / Which drizzled blood upon the Capitol.    Julius Cæsar, ii. 2.  5937
  Fieri facias—See it be done.    A writ empowering a sheriff to levy the amount of a debt or damages.  5938
  Fight on, thou brave true heart, and falter not, through dark fortune and through bright, the cause thou lightest for, so far as it is true, is very sure of victory.    Carlyle.  5939
  Fight the good fight.    St. Paul.  5940
  Filii non plus possessionum quam morborum hæredes sumus—We sons are heirs no less to diseases than to estates.  5941
  Filius nullius—The son of no one; a bastard.    Law.  5942
  Filius terræ—A son of the earth; one low-born.  5943
  Fille de chambre—A chambermaid.    French.  5944
  Fille de joie—A woman of pleasure; a prostitute.    French.  5945
  Fin contre fin—Diamond cut diamond.    French.  5946
  Fin de siècle—Up to date.    French.  5947
  Find earth where grows no weed, and you may find a heart where no error grows.    Knowles.  5948
  Find employment for the body, and the mind will find enjoyment for itself.    Proverb.  5949
  Find fault, when you must find fault, in private, if possible, and some time after the offence, rather than at the time.    Sydney Smith.  5950
  Find mankind where thou wilt, thou findest it in living movement, in progress faster or slower; the phœnix soars aloft, hovers with outstretched wings, filling earth with her music; or, as now, she sinks, and with spheral swan-song immolates herself in flame, that she may soar the higher and sing the clearer.    Carlyle.  5951
  Find out men’s wants and will, / And meet them there. All worldly joys go less / To the one joy of doing kindnesses.    Herbert.  5952
  Finding your able man, and getting him invested with the symbols of ability, is the business, well or ill accomplished, of all social procedure whatsoever in this world.    Carlyle.  5953
  Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together; the head inferior to the heart, and the hand inferior to both heart and head.    Ruskin.  5954
  Fine by defect and delicately weak.    Pope.  5955
  Fine by degrees and beautifully less.    Prior.  5956
  Fine feathers make fine birds.    Proverb.  5957
  Fine feelings, without vigour of reason, are in the situation of the extreme feathers of a peacock’s tail—dragging in the mud.    John Foster.  5958
  Fine manners are the mantle of fair minds. None are truly great without this ornament.    A. B. Alcott.  5959
  Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.    Emerson.  5960
  Fine sense and exalted sense are not half so useful as common sense.    Pope.  5961
  Fine speeches are the instruments of knaves / Or fools, that use them when they want good sense; / Honesty needs no disguise or ornament.    Otway.  5962
  Fine words without deeds go not far.    Danish Proverb.  5963
  Finem respice—Have regard to the end.  5964
  Finge datos currus, quid agas?—Suppose the chariot (of the sun) committed to you, what would you do?    Apollo to Phaethon in Ovid.  5965
  Fingers were made before forks, and hands before knives.    Swift.  5966
  Fingunt se medicos quivis idiota, sacerdos, Judæus, monachus, histrio, rasor, anus—Any untrained person, priest, Jew, monk, playactor, barber, or old wife is ready to prescribe for you in sickness.    Proverb.  5967
  Finis coronat opus—The end crowns the work, i.e., first enables us to determine its merits.    Proverb.  5968
  Fire and sword are but slow engines of destruction in comparison with the tongue of the babbler.    Steele.  5969
  Fire and water are good servants but bad masters.    Proverb.  5970
  Fire in the heart sends smoke into the head.    German Proverb.  5971
  Fire is the best of servants; but what a master!    Carlyle.  5972
  Fire maks an auld wife nimble.    Scotch Proverb.  5973
  Fire that’s closest kept burns most of all.    Two Gent. of Verona, i. 2.  5974
  Fire trieth iron, and temptation a just man.    Thomas à Kempis.  5975
  Firmior quo paratior—The stronger the better prepared.    Motto.  5976
  Firmness, both in sufferance and exertion, is a character I would wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and the cowardly feeble resolve.    Burns.  5977
  First assay / To stuff thy mind with solid bravery; / Then march on gallant: get substantial worth: / Boldness gilds finely, and will set it forth.    George Herbert.  5978
  First cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.    Jesus.  5979
  First catch your hare.    Mrs. Glass’s advice to the housewife.  5980
  First come, first served.    Proverb.  5981
  First deserve and then desire.    Scotch Proverb.  5982
  First flower of the earth and first gem of the sea.    Moore.  5983
  First keep thyself in peace, and then thou shalt be able to keep peace among others.    Thomas à Kempis.  5984
  First must the dead letter of religion own itself dead, and drop piecemeal into dust, if the living spirit of religion, freed from its charnel-house, is to arise in us, new-born of heaven, and with new healing under its wings.    Carlyle.  5985
  First resolutions are not always the wisest, but they are usually the most honest.    Lessing.  5986
  First worship God; he that forgets to pray / Bids not himself good-morrow nor good-day.    T. Randolph.  5987
  Fishes live in the sea,… as men do on land—the great ones eat up the little ones.    Pericles, ii. 1.  5988
  Fit cito per multas præda petita manus—The spoil that is sought by many hands quickly accumulates.    Ovid.  5989
  Fit erranti medicina confessio—Confession is as healing medicine to him who has erred.  5990
  Fit fabricando faber—A smith becomes a smith by working at the forge.    Proverb.  5991
  Fit in dominatu servitus, in servitute dominatus—In the master there is the servant, and in the servant the master (lit. in masterhood is servanthood, in servanthood masterhood).    Cicero.  5992
  Fit scelus indulgens per nubila sæcula virtus—In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.  5993
  Fit the foot to the shoe, not the shoe to the foot.    Portuguese Proverb.  5994
  Fit words are fine, but often fine words are not fit.    Proverb.  5995
  Five great intellectual professions have hitherto existed in every civilised nation: the soldier’s, to defend it; the pastor’s, to teach it; the physician’s, to keep it in health; the lawyer’s, to enforce justice in it; and the merchant’s, to provide for it; and the duty of all these men is, on due occasion, to die for it.    Ruskin.  5996
  Five minutes of to-day are worth as much to me as five minutes in the next millennium.    Emerson.  5997
  Fix’d to no spot is happiness sincere; / ’Tis nowhere to be found, or everywhere.    Pope.  5998
  Fixed like a plant on his peculiar spot, / To draw nutrition, propagate, and rot.    Pope.  5999
  Flagrante bello—During the war.  6000
  Flagrante delicto—In the very act.  6001


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