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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
A light heart  to  A man must carry
  A light heart lives long.    Proverb.  502
  Alii sementem faciunt, alii metentem—Some do the sowing, others the reaping.  503
  Aliis lætus, sapiens sibi—Cheerful for others, wise for himself.    Proverb.  504
  A l’impossible nul n’est tenu—No one can be held bound to do what is impossible.    French Proverb.  505
  A l’improviste—Unawares.    French.  506
  Aliorum medicus, ipse ulceribus scates—A physician to others, while you yourself are full of ulcers.  507
  Alio sub sole—Under another sky (lit. sun).  508
  Aliquando bonus dormitat Homerus—Sometimes even the good Homer nods.    Horace.  509
  Aliquis non debet esse judex in propria causa—No one may sit as judge in his own case.    Law.  510
  Alis volat propriis—He flies with his own wings.    Motto.  511
  A little body often harbours a great soul.    Proverb.  512
  A little fire is quickly trodden out; / Which being suffered, rivers cannot quench.    3 Henry VI., iv. 8.  513
  A little is better than none.    Proverb.  514
  A little learning is a dangerous thing / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.    Pope.  515
  A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.    Proverb.  516
  A little more than kin, and less than kind.    Hamlet, i. 2.  517
  A little neglect may breed great mischief.    Franklin.  518
  A little philosophy inclineth a man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.    Bacon.  519
  A little spark maks muckle wark.    Scotch Proverb.  520
  Alitur vitium vivitque tegendo—Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.    Virgil.  521
  Aliud est celare, aliud tacere—To conceal is one thing, to say nothing is another.    Law Maxim.  522
  Aliud et idem—Another and the same.  523
  Aliud legunt pueri, aliud viri, aliud senes—Boys read books one way, men another, old men another.    Terence.  524
  A living dog is better than a dead lion.    Proverb.  525
  Alle anderen Dinge müssen; der Mensch ist das Wesen, welches will—All other things must; man is the only creature who wills.    Schiller.  526
  Alle Frachten lichten, sagte der Schiffer, da warf er seine Frau über Bord—All freights lighten, said the skipper, as he threw his wife into the sea.    German Proverb.  527
  Allegans contraria non est audiendus—No one is to be heard whose evidence is contradictory.    Law Maxim.  528
  Allen gehört, was du denkest; dein eigen ist nur, was du fühlest—What you think belongs to all; only what you feel is your own.    Schiller.  529
  Alter Anfang ist heiter; die Schwelle ist der Platz der Erwartung—Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation.    Goethe.  530
  Aller Anfang ist schwer, sprach der Dieb, und stahl zuerst einen Amboss—Every beginning is difficult, said the thief, when he began by stealing an anvil.    German Proverb.  531
  Alle Schuld rächt sich auf Erden—Every offence is avenged on earth.    Goethe.  532
  Alles Gescheidte ist schon gedacht worden; man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken—Everything wise has already been thought; one can only try and think it once more.    Goethe.  533
  Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichniss—Everything transitory is only an allegory.    Goethe.  534
  Alles wanket, wo der Glaube fehlt—All is unsteady (lit. wavers) where faith fails.    German Proverb.  535
  Alles wäre gut, wär keln Aber dabel—Everything would be right if it were not for the “Buts.”    German Proverb.  536
  Alles, was ist, ist vernünftig—Everything which is, is agreeable to reason.    Hegel.  537
  Alles zu retten, muss alles gewagt werden—To save all, we must risk all.    Schiller.  538
  All advantages are attended with disadvantages.    Hume.  539
  All are but parts of one stupendous whole / Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.    Pope.  540
  All argument will vanish before one touch of Nature.    Colman.  541
  All are not hunters that blow the horn.    Proverb.  542
  All are not saints that go to church.    Proverb.  543
  All are not soldiers that go to the wars.    Proverb.  544
  All are not thieves that dogs bark at.    Proverb.  545
  All art is great, and good, and true, only so far as it is distinctively the work of manhood in its entire and highest sense.    Ruskin.  546
  All balloons give up their gas in the pressure of things, and collapse in a sufficiently wretched manner erelong.    Carlyle.  547
  All battle is misunderstanding.    Goethe.  548
  All beginnings are easy; it is the ulterior steps that are of most difficult ascent and most rarely taken.    Goethe.  549
  All cats are grey in the dark.    Proverb.  550
  All censure of a man’s self is oblique praise; it is in order to show how much he can spare.    Johnson.  551
  All cruelty springs from weakness.    Seneca.  552
  All death in nature is birth.    Fichte.  553
  All deep joy has something of awful in it.    Carlyle.  554
  All delights are vain; but that most vain / Which, with pain purchas’d, doth inherit pain.    Love’s L’s. Lost, i. 1.  555
  All destruction, by violent revolution or howsoever it be, is but new creation on a wider scale.    Carlyle.  556
  All disputation makes the mind deaf, and when people are deaf I am dumb.    Joubert.  557
  [Greek]—Sometimes justice does harm.    Sophocles.  558
  All evil is as a nightmare; the instant you begin to stir under it, the evil is gone.    Carlyle.  559
  All evils, when extreme, are the same.    Corneille.  560
  All faults are properly shortcomings.    Goethe.  561
  All faiths are to their own believers just / For none believe because they will, but must.    Dryden.  562
  All feet tread not in one shoe.    Proverb.  563
  All flesh consorteth according to its kind, and a man will cleave to his like.    Ecclesiasticus.  564
  All forms of government are good, so far as the wise and kind in them govern the unwise and unkind.    Ruskin.  565
  All good colour is in some degree pensive, and the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.    Ruskin.  566
  All good government must begin at home.    H. R. Haweis.  567
  All good has an end but the goodness of God.    Gaelic Proverb.  568
  All good things / Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more now / Than flesh helps soul.    Browning.  569
  All good things go in threes.    German and French Proverb.  570
  All governments are to some extent a treaty with the Devil.    Jacobi.  571
  All great art is the expression of man’s delight in God’s work, not in his own.    Ruskin.  572
  All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinkings.    C. H. Parkhurst.  573
  All great peoples are conservative.    Carlyle.  574
  All great song has been sincere song.    Ruskin.  575
  All healthy things are sweet-tempered.    Emerson.  576
  All his geese are swans.    Proverb.  577
  All history is an inarticulate Bible.    Carlyle.  578
  All immortal writers speak out of their hearts.    Ruskin.  579
  All imposture weakens confidence and chills benevolence.    Johnson.  580
  All inmost things are melodious, naturally utter themselves in song.    Carlyle.  581
  All is but toys.    Macbeth, ii. 3.  582
  All is good that God sends us.    Proverb.  583
  All is influence except ourselves.    Goethe.  584
  All is not gold that glitters.    Proverb.  585
  All is not lost that’s in peril.    Proverb.  586
  All live by seeming.    Old Play.  587
  All living objects do by necessity form to themselves a skin.    Carlyle.  588
  Allmächtig ist doch das Gold; auch Mohren kann’s bleichen—Gold is omnipotent; it can make even the Moor white.    Schiller.  589
  All mankind love a lover.    Emerson.  590
  All man’s miseries go to prove his greatness.    Pascal.  591
  All martyrdoms looked mean when they were suffered.    Emerson.  592
  All measures of reformation are effective in proportion to their timeliness.    Ruskin.  593
  All men are bores except when we want them.    Holmes.  594
  All men are born sincere and die deceivers.    Vauvenargues.  595
  All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.    Boileau.  596
  All men commend patience, though few be willing to practise it.    Thomas à Kempis.  597
  All men have their price.    Anonymous.  598
  All men honour love, because it looks up, and not down.    Emerson.  599
  All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster’s eye, will work wrong.    Carlyle.  600
  All men live by truth, and stand in need of expression.    Emerson.  601
  All men may dare what has by man been done.    Young.  602
  All men that are ruined are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.    Burke.  603
  All men think all men mortal but themselves.    Young.  604
  All men would be masters of others, and no man is lord of himself.    Goethe.  605
  All men who know not where to look for truth, save in the narrow well of self, will find their own image at the bottom and mistake it for what they are seeking.    Lowell.  606
  All minds quote. Old and new make up the warp and woof of every moment.    Emerson.  607
  All mischief comes from our inability to be alone.    La Bruyère.  608
  All money is but a divisible title-deed.    Ruskin.  609
  All my possessions for a moment of time!    Queen Elizabeth’s last words.  610
  All nature is but art unknown to thee: / All chance, direction which thou canst not see: / All discord, harmony not understood; / All partial evil, universal good.    Pope.  611
  All nobility in its beginnings was somebody’s natural superiority.    Emerson.  612
  All objects are as windows through which the philosophic eye looks into infinitude.    Carlyle.  613
  All orators are dumb when beauty pleadeth.    Shakespeare.  614
  [Greek]—Zeus, however, does not give effect to all the schemes of man.    Homer.  615
  [Greek]—Alter ego.    Zeno’s definition of a friend.  616
  All our evils are imaginary, except pain of body and remorse of conscience.    Rousseau.  617
  All our most honest striving prospers only in unconscious moments.    Goethe.  618
  All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.    Chamfort.  619
  All pleasure must be bought at the price of pain.    John Foster.  620
  All power appears only in transition.    Novalis.  621
  All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.    Hume.  622
  All power of fancy over reason is a degree of insanity.    Johnson.  623
  All promise outruns performance.    Emerson.  624
  All public disorder proceeds from want of work.    Courier.  625
  All speech, even the commonest, has something of song in it.    Carlyle.  626
  All strength lies within, not without.    Jean Paul.  627
  All strong men love life.    Heine.  628
  All strong souls are related.    Schiller.  629
  All’s well that ends well.    Proverb.  630
  All talent, all intellect, is in the first place moral.    Carlyle.  631
  All that a man has he will give for right relations with his mates.    Emerson.  632
  All that glisters is not gold: / Gilded tombs do worms infold.    Mer. of Ven., ii. 7.  633
  All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.    Longfellow.  634
  All that is human must retrograde, if it do not advance.    Gibbon.  635
  All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.    Goethe.  636
  All that lives must die, / Passing through nature to eternity.    Hamlet, i. 2.  637
  All that man does and brings to pass is the vesture of a thought.    Sartor Resartus.  638
  All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, it is all lying in magic preservation in the pages of books.    Carlyle.  639
  All that tread the globe are but a handful to the tribes that slumber in its bosom.    Bryant.  640
  All the armed prophets have conquered, all the unarmed have perished.    Machiavelli.  641
  All the arts affecting culture (i.e., the fine arts) have a certain common bond, and are connected by a certain blood relationship with each other.    Cicero.  642
  All the difference between the wise man and the fool is, that the wise man keeps his counsel, and the fool reveals it.    Gaelic Proverb.  643
  All the diseases of mind, leading to fatalest ruin, are due to the concentration of man upon himself, whether his heavenly interests or his worldly interests, matters not.    Ruskin.  644
  All the faults of the man I can pardon in the player; no fault of the player can I pardon in the man.    Goethe.  645
  All the good of which humanity is capable is comprised in obedience.    J. S. Mill.  646
  All the great ages have been ages of belief.    Emerson.  647
  All the keys don’t hang at one man’s girdle.    Proverb.  648
  All the makers of dictionaries, all the compilers of opinions already printed, we may term plagiarists, but honest plagiarists, who arrogate not the merit of invention.    Voltaire.  649
  All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.    Macbeth, v. 1.  650
  All the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, and in all of them a woman is only a weaker man.    Plato.  651
  All the thinking in the world does not bring us to thought; we must be right by nature, so that good thoughts may come.    Goethe.  652
  All the wit in the world is not in one head.    Proverb.  653
  All the wit in the world is thrown away upon the man who has none.    La Bruyère.  654
  All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players.    As You Like It, ii. 7.  655
  All things are double, one against another. Good is set against evil, and life against death.    Ecclesiasticus.  656
  All things are for the sake of the good, and it is the cause of everything beautiful.    Plato.  657
  All things are in perpetual flux and fleeting.    Proverb.  658
  All things are symbolical, and what we call results are beginnings.    Plato.  659
  All things happen by necessity; in Nature there is neither good nor bad.    Spinoza.  660
  All things that are / Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.    Mer. of Ven., ii. 6.  661
  All things that love the sun are out of doors.    Wordsworth.  662
  All this (in the daily press) does not concern one in the least; one is neither the wiser nor the better for knowing what the day brings forth.    Goethe.  663
  All true men are soldiers in the same army, to do battle against the same enemy—the empire of darkness and wrong.    Carlyle.  664
  All truth is not to be told at all times.    Proverb.  665
  All virtue is most rewarded, and all wickedness most punished, in itself.    Bacon.  666
  All went as merry as a marriage-bell.    Byron.  667
  All, were it only a withered leaf, works together with all.    Carlyle.  668
  All will be as God wills.    Gaelic Proverb.  669
  All wise men are of the same religion, and keep it to themselves.    Lord Shaftesbury.  670
  All women are good, viz., for something or nothing.    Proverb.  671
  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.    Proverb.  672
  Allzugrosse Zartheit der Gefühle ist ein wahres Unglück—It is a real misfortune to have too great delicacy of feeling.    C. J. Weber.  673
  Allzustraff gespannt, zerspringt der Bogen—If the bow is overstrained, it breaks.    Schiller.  674
  Allzuviel ist nicht genug—Too much is not enough.    German Proverb.  675
  Alma mater—A benign mother; applied to one’s university, also to the “all-nourishing” earth.  676
  Al molino, ed alla sposa / Sempre manca qualche cosa—A mill and a woman are always in want of something.    Italian Proverb.  677
  Almost all our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.    Schopenhauer.  678
  Almsgiving never made any man poor.    Proverb.  679
  A loan should come laughing home.    Proverb.  680
  A l’œuvre on connaît l’artisan—By the work one knows the workman.    La Fontaine.  681
  A loisir—At leisure.    French.  682
  Alomban és szerelemben nincs lehetetlenséej—In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.    János Arany.  683
  Along the cool sequester’d vale of life / They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.    Gray.  684
  A los bobos se les aperece la Madre de Dios—The mother of God appears to fools.    Spanish Proverb.  685
  A lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind.    Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 3.  686
  Alte fert aquila—The eagle bears me on high.    Motto.  687
  Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat—He carries a stone in one hand, and shows bread in the other.    Proverb.  688
  Altera manu scabunt, altera feriunt—They tickle with one hand and smite with the other.    Proverb.  689
  Alter ego—Another or second self.  690
  Alter idem—Another exactly the same.  691
  Alter ipse amicus—A friend is a second self.    Proverb.  692
  Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest—Let no man be slave of another who can be his own master.    Motto of Paracelsus.  693
  Alter remus aquas, alter mihi radat arenas—Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch the sands, i.e., so as not to go out of my depth.  694
  Alterum tantum—As much more.  695
  Although men are accused of not knowing their weakness, yet perhaps as few know their strength.    Swift.  696
  Although the last, not least.    King Lear, i. 1.  697
  Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labuntur—The deepest rivers flow with the least noise.    Curtius.  698
  Alt ist das Wort, doch bleibet hoch und wahr der Sinn—Old is the Word, yet does the meaning abide as high and true as ever.    Faust.  699
  Altro diletto che’ mparar, non provo—Learning is my sole delight.    Petrarch.  700
  Always filling, never full.    Cowper.  701
  Always have two strings to your bow.    Proverb.  702
  Always strive for the whole; and if thou canst not become a whole thyself, connect thyself with a whole as a ministering member.    Schiller.  703
  Always there is a black spot in our sunshine, the shadow of ourselves.    Carlyle.  704
  Always to distrust is an error, as well as always to trust.    Goethe.  705
  Always win fools first; they talk much, and what they have once uttered they will stick to.    Helps.  706
  Amabilis insania—A fine frenzy.    Horace.  707
  A machine is not a man or a work of art; it is destructive of humanity and art.    William Blake.  708
  A madness most discreet, / A choking gall and a preserving sweet.—i.e., love is.    Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.  709
  A mad world, my masters.    Middleton.  710
  A main armée—By force of arms.    French.  711
  Ama l’amico tuo con il diffetto suo—Love your friend with all his faults.    Italian Proverb.  712
  A man at sixteen will prove a child at sixty.    Proverb.  713
  A man belongs to his age and race, even when he acts against them.    Renan.  714
  A man, be the heavens praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and doing what ten thousand singly would fail in.    Carlyle.  715
  A man can be so changed by love as to be unrecognisable as the same person.    Terence.  716
  A man can do no more than he can.    Proverb.  717
  A man can keep another’s secret better than his own; a woman, her own better than another’s.    La Bruyère.  718
  A man canna wive and thrive the same year.    Scotch Proverb.  719
  A man can never be too much on his guard when he writes to the public, and never too easy towards those with whom he converses.    D’Alembert.  720
  A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven.    John Baptist.  721
  A man cannot be in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth at one and the same moment.    Carlyle’s experience while editing Cromwell’s Letters.  722
  A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.    Proverb.  723
  A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time.    Proverb.  724
  A man dishonoured is worse than dead.    Cervantes.  725
  A man does not represent a fraction, but a whole number; he is complete in himself.    Schopenhauer.  726
  A man hears only what he understands.    Goethe.  727
  A man he was to all the country dear, / And passing rich with forty pounds a year.    Goldsmith.  728
  A man in a farm and his thoughts away, is better out of it than in it.    Gaelic Proverb.  729
  A man in debt is so far a slave.    Emerson.  730
  A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone.    American Proverb.  731
  A man is a fool or his own physician at forty.    Proverb.  732
  A man is a golden impossibility.    Emerson.  733
  A man is always nearest to his good when at home, and farthest from it when away.    J. G. Holland.  734
  A man is king in his own house.    Gaelic Proverb.  735
  A man is never happy till his vague striving has itself marked out its proper limitation.    Goethe.  736
  A man is not born the second time, any more than the first, without travail.    Carlyle.  737
  A man is not as God, / But then most godlike being most a man.    Tennyson.  738
  A man is not strong who takes convulsion fits, though six men cannot hold him; only he that can walk under the heaviest weight without staggering.    Carlyle.  739
  A man is only a relative and a representative nature.    Emerson.  740
  A man is the façade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide.    Emerson.  741
  A man is the prisoner of his power.    Emerson.  742
  A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.    Carlyle.  743
  A man may be proud of his house, and not ride on the rigging (ridge) of it.    Scotch Proverb.  744
  A man may do what he likes with his own.    Proverb.  745
  A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain.    Hamlet, i. 5.  746
  A man may spit in his nieve and do little.    Scotch Proverb.  747
  A man may survive distress, but not disgrace.    Gaelic Proverb.  748
  A man / More sinn’d against than sinning.    King Lear, iii. 2.  749
  A man must ask his wife’s leave to thrive.    Proverb.  750
  A man must become wise at his own expense.    Montaigne.  751
  A man must be healthy before he can be holy.    Mme. Swetchine.  752
  A man must be well off who is irritated by trifles, for in misfortune trifles are not felt.    Schopenhauer.  753
  A man must carry knowledge with him if he would bring home knowledge.    Johnson.  754


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