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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Mischief  to  Mountains never
  Mischief, thou art afoot; / Take thou what course thou wilt.    Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.  14747
  Mise en scène—The getting up or putting in preparation for the stage.    French.  14748
  Misera contribuens plebs!—The poor tax-paying people.    Verböczy.  14749
  Misera est magni custodia census—The custody of a large fortune is a wretched business.    Juvenal.  14750
  Misera est servitus ubi jus est aut vagum aut incognitum—Obedience to the law is a hardship where the law is either unsettled or unknown.    Law.  14751
  Miserable beyond all names of wretchedness is that unhappy pair who are doomed to reduce beforehand to the principles of abstract reason all the details of each domestic day.    Johnson.  14752
  Miseram pacem vel bello bene mutari—An unhappy peace may be profitably exchanged for war.    Tacitus.  14753
  Misericordia Domini inter pontem et fontem—Between bridge and stream the Lord’s mercy may be found.    St. Augustine.  14754
  Miseros prudentia prima relinquit—Prudence is the first thing to forsake the wretched.    Ovid.  14755
  Miserrima est fortuna quæ inimico caret—Most wretched is the lot of him who has not an enemy.    Publius Syrus.  14756
  Miserum est aliorum incumbere famæ / Ne collapsa ruant subductis tecta columnis—It is a wretched thing to lean for support on the reputation of others, lest the roof should fall in ruins when the pillars are withdrawn.    Juvenal.  14757
  Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.    Tempest, ii. 2.  14758
  Misery and ruin to thousands are in the blast that announces the destructive demon (war).    Burns.  14759
  Misery doth part / The flux of company.    As You Like It, ii. 1.  14760
  Misery is like love; to speak its language truly, the author must have felt it.    Burns.  14761
  Misery is trodden down by many, / And, being low, never relieved by any.    Shakespeare.  14762
  Misery that I miss is a new mercy.    Isaak Walton.  14763
  Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel’s face.    Mrs. L. M. Child.  14764
  Misfortune sprinkles ashes on the head of the man, but falls like dew on the head of the woman, and brings forth germs of strength of which she herself had no conscious possession.    Anna C. Mowatt.  14765
  Misfortune, when we look upon it with our eyes, is smaller than when our imagination sinks the evil down into the recesses of the soul.    Goethe.  14766
  Misfortunes come on wings and depart on foot.    Proverb.  14767
  Misfortunes have their dignity and their redeeming power.    G. S. Hillard.  14768
  Misfortunes never come single.    Proverb.  14769
  Misfortunes when asleep are not to be wakened.    Proverb.  14770
  Mislike me not for my complexion, / The shadow’d livery of the burnish’d sun, / To whom I am a neighbour and near bred.    Mer. of Ven., ii. 1.  14771
  Misreckoning is no payment.    Proverb.  14772
  Mist of words, / Like halos round the moon, though they enlarge / The seeming size of thoughts, make the light less / Doubly.    Bailey.  14773
  Mistake not, man; the devil never sleeps.    Thomas à Kempis.  14774
  Mistrust the man who finds everything good, and the man who finds everything evil, and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.    Lavater.  14775
  Misunderstanding brings lies to town.    Proverb.  14776
  Misunderstanding goes on like a fallen stitch in a stocking, which in the beginning might have been taken up with a needle.    Goethe.  14777
  Mit deinem Meister zu irren ist dein Gewinn—To err with thy master is thy gain.    Goethe.  14778
  Mit dem Genius steht die Natur im ewigen Bunde! / Was der eine verspricht, leistet die andre gewiss—Nature stands in eternal league with genius; what the one promises the other as surely performs.    Schiller.  14779
  Mit dem Wissen wächst der Zweifel—Doubt ever grows alongside of knowledge.    Goethe.  14780
  Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens—With stupidity the gods themselves fight in vain.    Schiller.  14781
  Mit Frauen soll man sich nie unterstehn zu scherzen—One should never venture to joke with ladies.    Mephistopheles in Goethe’s “Faust.”  14782
  Mit fremdem Gut ist leicht ein Prasser sein—It is easy to live riotously (be a rake) at another’s expense.    Platen.  14783
  Mit Kleinen thut man kleine Thaten, / Mit Grossen wird der Kleine gross—With little people we do little deeds, with great people the little one becomes great.    Goethe.  14784
  Mit seltsamen Geberden / Giebt man sich viele Pein; / Kein Mensch will etwas werden, / Ein jeder will schon was sein—We are easily disconcerted by strange manners; no man is willing to become anything, every one gives himself out as already something.    Goethe.  14785
  Mit vier Strangschlägern zu fahren ist gefährlich, aber ich werde es versuchen—It is risky to drive with four horses that kick over the traces, but I shall try.    Bismarck.  14786
  Mit Worten lässt sich trefflich streiten / Mit Worten ein System bereiten, / An Worten lässt sich trefflich glauben, / Von einem Wort lässt sich kein Iota rauben—With words disputes may be effectively carried on; with words a system may be built up; on words one may rest religious belief; from a word must not one iota be taken.    Mephistopheles in Goethe’s “Faust.”  14787
  Mit Worten nicht, mit Thaten lasst mich danken—Let me thank you with deeds, not with words.    Körner.  14788
  Mitgefühl erweckt Vertrauen; / Und Vertrauen ist der Schlüssel / Der des Herzens Pforte öffnet—Sympathy awakens confidence, and confidence is the key which unlocks the doors of the heart.    Bodenstedt.  14789
  Mittagsschlaf ist ein brennend Licht am Tage—Sleep at midday is a candle burning in the daytime.    Hippel.  14790
  Mitte hanc de pectore curam—Dismiss these anxieties from your breast.    Virgil.  14791
  Mittimus—We send. A writ for transferring records from one court to another; a precept committing an accused person to prison by a justice of the peace.    Law.  14792
  Mobilis et varia est ferme natura malorum—Misfortunes generally are of a variable and changeable nature.    Juvenal.  14793
  Mobilitate viget, viresque acquirit eundo—It grows by moving, and gathers strength as it speeds on.    Virgil, of Fame.  14794
  Mobilium turba Quiritium—A crowd of fickle citizens.    Horace.  14795
  Mock me not with the name of free, when you have but knit up my chains into ornamental festoons.    Carlyle.  14796
  Mockery is the fume of little hearts.    Tennyson.  14797
  Moderari animo et orationi, cum sis iratus, non mediocris ingenii est—To be able to temper your indignation and language when you are angry is evidence of a chastened disposition.    Cicero.  14798
  Moderata durant—Things we use in moderation last long.    Seneca.  14799
  Moderate lamentation is the right of the dead, excessive grief the enemy to the living.    All’s Well, i. 1.  14800
  Moderate riches will carry you; if you have more, you must carry them.    Proverb.  14801
  Moderation and judgment are, for most purposes, more than the flash and the glitter even of genius.    J. Morley.  14802
  Moderation is good, but moderation alone is no virtue (Tugend).    Rückert.  14803
  Moderation is the inseparable companion of wisdom, but with genius it has not even a nodding acquaintance.    Colton.  14804
  Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.    Thomas Fuller.  14805
  Moderation is the virtue best adapted to the dawn of prosperity.    Pitt.  14806
  Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain we can no more manage our mobs.    Ruskin.  14807
  Modern education too often covers the fingers with rings, and at the same time cuts the sinews at the wrists.    J. Sterling.  14808
  Modern poets put a great deal of water in their ink.    Goethe.  14809
  Modern Protestantism sees in the cross, not a furca to which it is to be nailed, but a raft on which it, and all its valuable properties, are to be floated into Paradise.    Ruskin.  14810
  Modern revolution has nothing grand about it; it is merely the resolution of society into its component atoms.    Froude.  14811
  Modern science gives lectures on botany, to show there is no such thing as a flower; on humanity, to show there is no such thing as a man; and on theology, to show there is no such thing as a God. No such thing as a man, but only a mechanism. No such thing as a God, but only a series of forces.    Ruskin.  14812
  Modest demeanour’s the jewel of a’!    Burns.  14813
  Modest dogs miss much meat.    Proverb.  14814
  Modest doubt is called / The beacon of the wise, the tent that searches / To the bottom of the worst.    Troil. and Cress., ii. 2.  14815
  Modest expression is a beautiful setting to the diamond of talent and genius.    Chapin.  14816
  Modest humility is beauty’s crown, for the beautiful is a hidden thing, and shrinks from its own power.    Schiller.  14817
  Modeste tamen et circumspecto judicio de tantis viris pronunciandum est, ne, quod plerisque accidit, damnent quæ non intelligunt—We should, however, pronounce our opinions with modesty and circumspect judgment of such men, lest, as is the case with many, we should be found condemning what we do not understand.    Quintilian.  14818
  Modesty and presumption are moral things of so spiritual a nature, that they have little to do with the body.    Goethe.  14819
  Modesty is a quality in a lover more praised by the women than liked.    Sheridan.  14820
  Modesty is a very good thing, but a man in this country may get on very well without it.    Motto on a banner in the Far West.  14821
  Modesty is so pleased with other people’s doings that she has no leisure to lament her own.    Ruskin.  14822
  Modesty is the beauty of women.    Gaelic Proverb.  14823
  Modesty is the colour of virtue.    Diogenes.  14824
  Modesty is the sweet song-bird which no open cage-door can tempt to flight.    Hafiz.  14825
  Modesty is to merit what the shadows are to the figures on a picture; it imparts to it force and relief.    La Bruyère.  14826
  Modesty ruins all that bring it to court.    Proverb.  14827
  Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.    Goldsmith.  14828
  Modesty when she goes, is gone for ever.    Landor.  14829
  Modo et forma—In manner and form.  14830
  Modo me Thebis, modo ponit Athenis—He sets me down now at Thebes, now at Athens, i.e., the poet does so by his magic art.    Horace.  14831
  Modo vir, modo femina—Now as a man, now as a woman.    Ovid.  14832
  Modus operandi—The manner of operation.  14833
  Mögt ihr Stück für Stück bewitzeln, / Doch das Ganze zieht euch an—You may jeer at it bit by bit, yet the whole fascinates you.    Goethe.  14834
  Moi, moi, dis je, et c’est assez—I, I, say I, and that is enough.    Corneille.  14835
  Moins on pense plus on parle—The less people think, the more they talk.    French.  14836
  Moles and misers live in their graves.    Proverb.  14837
  Molesta et importuna salutantium frequentia—A troublesome and annoying crowd of visitors.  14838
  Molle meum levibus cor est violabile telis—My tender heart is vulnerable by his (Cupid’s) light arrows.    Ovid.  14839
  Mollis educatio nervos omnes et mentis et corporis frangit—An effeminate education weakens all the powers both of mind and body.    Quintilian.  14840
  Mollissima corda / Humano generi dare se natura fatetur, / Quæ lachrymas dedit: hæc nostri pars optima sensus—Nature confesses that she gives the tenderest of hearts to the human race when she gave them tears. This is the best part of our sensations.    Juvenal.  14841
  Mollissima tempora fandi—The most fitting moment for speaking, or addressing, one.    Horace.  14842
  Molliter austerum studio fallente laborem—The interest in the pursuit gently beguiling the severity of the toil.    Horace.  14843
  Molliter ossa cubent—Let his bones softly rest.    Ovid.  14844
  Momento mare vertitur; / Eodem die ubi luserunt, navigia sorbentur—In a moment the sea is agitated, and on the same day ships are swallowed up where they lately sported gaily along.  14845
  Mon âme a son secret, ma vie a son mystère—My soul has a secret of its own, my life its mystery.    Arvers.  14846
  Mon cœur aux dames, / Ma vie au roi, / A Dieu mon âme, / L’honneur pour moi—My heart to the ladies, my life to the king, and my soul to God, but my honour is my own.    On a shield in the Royal Schloss, Berlin.  14847
  Mon Dieu est ma roche—My God is my rock.    Motto.  14848
  Mon frère a mis son bonnet de travers—My brother is cross (lit. has put on his cap the wrong way).    French Proverb.  14849
  Monarchy is a merchantman, which sails well, but will sometimes strike on a rock and go to the bottom; whilst a republic is a raft, which would never sink, but then your feet are always in water.    Fisher Ames.  14850
  Monday is the key of the week.    Gaelic Proverb.  14851
  Monday religion is better than Sunday profession.    Proverb.  14852
  Mone sale—Advise with salt, i.e., with discretion.    Motto.  14853
  Money answers everything, / Save a guilty conscience sting.    Proverb.  14854
  Money begets money.    Proverb.  14855
  Money borrowed is soon sorrowed.    Proverb.  14856
  Money calls, but does not stay: / It is round and rolls away.    Proverb.  14857
  Money is a bottomless sea, in which honour, conscience, and truth may be drowned.    Kazlay.  14858
  Money is a good servant, but a dangerous master.    Bonheurs.  14859
  Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete, devotes his heart entirely to money.    Schopenhauer.  14860
  Money is like an icicle, soon found at certain seasons, and soon melted under other circumstances.    Spurgeon.  14861
  Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.    Thoreau.  14862
  Money is the fruit of evil as often as the root of it.    Fielding.  14863
  Money is the god of our time, and Rothschild is his prophet.    Heine.  14864
  Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed; health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.    Colton.  14865
  Money is the ruin of many.    Proverb.  14866
  Money is the sinew of love as well as of war.    Proverb.  14867
  Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread. (?)  14868
  Money makes the mare to go.    Proverb.  14869
  Money masters all things.    Proverb.  14870
  Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants.    Ben. Franklin.  14871
  Money often costs too much.    Emerson.  14872
  Money often unmakes the men who make it.    Proverb.  14873
  Money refused loses its brightness.    Proverb.  14874
  Money spent on the brain is never spent in vain.    Proverb.  14875
  Moniti, meliora sequamur—Admonished, let us follow better counsels.    Virgil.  14876
  Monkeys, as soon as they have brought forth their young, keep their eyes fastened on them, and never weary of admiring their beauty; so amorous is Nature of whatever she produces.    Dryden.  14877
  Monstro quod ipse tibi possis dare: semita certe / Tranquillæ per virtutem patet unica vitæ—I show you what you can do for yourself; the only path to a tranquil life lies through virtue.    Juvenal.  14878
  Monstrum horrendum, informe, ingens, cui lumen ademptum—A monster horrible, misshapen, huge, and bereft of his one eye.    Virgil, of Polyphemus.  14879
  Monstrum nulla virtute redemptum / A vitiis—A monster whose vices are not redeemed by a single virtue.    Juvenal.  14880
  Mont de piété—Pawnshop; originally store of money to lend without interest to poor people.    French.  14881
  Montes auri pollicens—Promising mountains of gold.    Terence.  14882
  Montesquieu, with his cause-and-effect philosophy, is but a clever infant spelling letters from a hieroglyphical prophetic Book, the lexicon of which lies in eternity, in Heaven.    Carlyle.  14883
  Monuments, like men, submit to fate.    Pope.  14884
  Monuments themselves memorials need.    Crabbe.  14885
  Mony an honest man needs that hasna the face to seek it.    Scotch Proverb.  14886
  Mony ane speirs the gate (inquires the way) they ken fu’ weel.    Scotch Proverb.  14887
  Mony kinsfolk, but few freends.    Scotch Proverb.  14888
  Moonlight is sculpture.    Hawthorne.  14889
  Moping melancholy.    Milton.  14890
  Mora omnis odio est, sed facit sapientiam—All delay is hateful, but it produces wisdom.    Publius Syrus.  14891
  Moral culture must begin with a change (Umwandlung) in the way of thinking, and with the founding of a character.    Kant.  14892
  Moral education begins in making the creature to be educated clean and obedient; and it is summed up when the creature has been made to do its work with delight, and thoroughly.    Ruskin.  14893
  Moral inability aggravates our guilt.    Scott.  14894
  Moral prejudices are the stopgaps of virtue; and, as is the case with other stopgaps, it is often more difficult to get either out or in through them than through any other part of the fence.    Hare.  14895
  Moral qualities rule the world, but at short distances the senses are despotic.    Emerson.  14896
  Morality is a curb, not a spur.    Joubert.  14897
  Morality is but the vestibule of religion.    Chapin.  14898
  Morality sticks faster when presented in brief sayings than when presented in long discourses.    Immerman.  14899
  Morals are generated as the atmosphere is. ’Tis a secret the genesis of either; but the springs of justice and courage do not fail any more than salt or sulphur springs.    Emerson.  14900
  Morceau—A morsel; a bit.    French.  14901
  Morceau d’ensemble—Piece of music harmonised for several voices.    French.  14902
  More are drowned in the beaker than in the sea.    German Proverb.  14903
  More are made good by exercitation than by nature.    Democritus.  14904
  More credit may be thrown down in a moment than can be built up in an age.    Proverb.  14905
  More hearts pine away in secret anguish for unkindness from those who should be their comforters than for any other calamity in life.    Young.  14906
  More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.    George Eliot.  14907
  More is got from one book on which the thought settles for a definite end in knowledge, than from libraries skimmed over by a wandering eye. A cottage flower gives honey to the bee, a king’s garden none to the butterfly.    Bulwer Lytton.  14908
  More knave than fool.    Marlowe.  14909
  More light, more life, more love.    Proverb.  14910
  More majorum—After the manner of our ancestors.  14911
  More matter with less art.    Hamlet, ii. 2.  14912
  More meat and less mustard.    Proverb.  14913
  More pleased we are to see a river lead / His gentle streams along a flowery mead, / Than from high banks to hear loud torrents roar, / With foamy waters on a muddy shore.    Dryden.  14914
  More potatoes and fewer potations.    Motto for Working-men.  14915
  More servants wait on man / Than he’ll take notice of.    George Herbert.  14916
  More sinn’d against than sinning.    King Lear, iii. 2.  14917
  More springs up in the garden than the gardener sows there.    Proverb.  14918
  More suo—After his usual manner; as is his wont.  14919
  More than all things, avoid fault-finding and a habit of criticism.    Prof. Blackie to young men.  14920
  More than kisses letters mingle souls.    Donne.  14921
  More than we use is more than we want.    Proverb.  14922
  More things are wrought by prayer / Than this world dreams of.    Tennyson.  14923
  More water glideth by the mill / Than wots the miller of.    Tit. Andron., ii. 1.  14924
  Mores amid noveris, non oderis—Know well, but take no offence at the manners of a friend.    Proverb.  14925
  Mores multorum vidit—He saw the manners of many men.    Horace, of Ulysses.  14926
  Morgen können wir’s nicht mehr, / Darum lasst uns heute leben!—To-morrow is no longer in our power, therefore let us live to-day.    Schiller.  14927
  Morgen, morgen, nur nicht heute! / Sprechen immer träge Leute—To-morrow, to-morrow, only not to-day, is the constant song of the idle.    C. F. Weisse.  14928
  Morgenstunde hat Gold im Munde—The morning hour has gold in its mouth.    Greek Proverb.  14929
  Moriamur, et in media arma ruamus—Let us die, and rush into the thick of the fight.    Virgil.  14930
  Moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque—The Roman commonwealth stands by its ancient manners and men.    Ennius.  14931
  Moribus et forma conciliandus amor—Pleasing manners and a handsome figure conciliate love.    Ovid.  14932
  Morituri morituros salutant—The dying salute the dying.  14933
  Morose thoughts one should never send to a distance.    Goethe.  14934
  Moroseness is the evening of turbulence.    Landor.  14935
  Mors et fugacem persequitur virum—Death pursues the man as he flees from it.    Horace.  14936
  Mors ipsa refugit sæpe virum!—Death itself often takes flight at the presence of a man.    Lucan.  14937
  Mors janua vitæ—Death is the gate of life.  14938
  Mors laborum ac miseriarum quies est!—Death is repose from all our toils and miseries.    Cicero.  14939
  Mors potius macula—Death rather than disgrace.    Motto.  14940
  Mors sola fatetur / Quantula sint hominum corpuscula—Death alone discloses how insignificant are the puny bodies of us men.    Juvenal.  14941
  Mors ultima linea rerum est—Death is the farthest limit of our changing life.    Horace.  14942
  Mortales inimicitias, sempiternas amicitias—Be our enmities for time, our friendships for eternity.    Cicero.  14943
  Mortalia acta nunquam Deos fallunt—The deeds of man never can be hid from the gods.  14944
  Mortalia facta peribunt, / Nedum sermonum stet honos et gratia vivax—All man’s works must perish; how much less shall the power and grace of language long survive!    Horace.  14945
  Mortality is beset on every side with crosses, and exposed to suffering every moment.    Thomas à Kempis.  14946
  Mortalium rerum misera beatitudo—The miserable bliss of all moral things.    Boëthius.  14947
  Morte carent animæ, semperque priore relicta / Sede novis domibus vivunt habitantque receptæ—Souls are immortal; and admitted, after quitting their first abode, into new homes, they live and dwell in them for ever.    Ovid.  14948
  Mortem effugere nemo potest!—No one can escape death.  14949
  Mortuo leoni et lepores insultant—Even hares insult a dead lion.    Proverb.  14950
  Mos pro lege—Usage, or custom, for law.    Law.  14951
  Moses and Mahomet were not men of speculation, but men of action; and it is the stress they laid upon the latter that has given them the power they wield over the destinies of mankind.    Renan.  14952
  Most authors steal their works, or buy.    Pope.  14953
  Most dangerous / Is that temptation that doth goad us on / To sin in loving virtue.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.  14954
  Most felt, least said.    Proverb.  14955
  Most joyful let the poet be; / It is through him that all men see.    W. E. Channing.  14956
  Most men and most women are merely one couple more.    Emerson.  14957
  Most men do not know what is in them till they receive the summons from their fellows; their hearts die within them, sleep settles upon them—the lethargy of the world’s miasmata; there is nothing for which they are so thankful as for that cry, “Awake, thou that sleepest.”    Ruskin.  14958
  Most men forget God all day, and ask Him to remember them at night. (?)  14959
  Most men I ask little from; I try to render them much, and to expect nothing in return, and I get very well out of the bargain.    Fénelon.  14960
  Most men make the voyage of life as if they carried sealed orders which they were not to open till they were fairly in mid-ocean.    Lowell.  14961
  Most men never reach the glorious epoch, that middle stage between despair and deification, in which the comprehensible appears to us common and insipid.    Goethe.  14962
  Most men of action incline to fatalism, and most men of thought believe in Providence.    Balzac.  14963
  Most men take no notice of what is plain, as if that were of no use; but puzzle their thoughts to be themselves in those vast depths and abysses which no human understanding can fathom.    Sherlock.  14964
  Most men think indistinctly, and therefore cannot speak with exactness.    Johnson.  14965
  Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?    Bible.  14966
  Most men write now as if they expected that their works should live no more than a month.    Lord Orford.  14967
  Most natures are insolvent; cannot satisfy their own wants, have an ambition out of all proportion to their practical force, and so do lean and beg day and night continually.    Emerson.  14968
  Most of our evils come from our vices.    Proverb.  14969
  Most of the appearing mirth in the world is not mirth, but art; the wounded spirit is not seen, but walks under a disguise.    South.  14970
  Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances, to the elevation of mankind.    Thoreau.  14971
  Most of the mischief in the world would never happen if men would only be content to sit still in their parlours.    Pascal.  14972
  Most people think now-a-days the only hopeful way of serving your neighbour is to make a profit out of him; whereas, in my opinion, the hopefulest way of serving him is to let him make a profit out of me.    Ruskin.  14973
  Most people, when they come to you for advice, come to have their own opinions strengthened, not corrected.    Billings.  14974
  Most people who ask advice of others have already resolved to act as it pleases them.    Knigge.  14975
  Most potent, effectual for all work whatsoever, is wise planning, firm combining and commanding among men.    Carlyle.  14976
  Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.    Seneca.  14977
  Most religion-mongers have bated their paradises with a bit of toasted cheese. They have tempted the body with large promises of possessions in their transmortal El Dorado.    Lowell.  14978
  Most strange that men should fear, / Seeing that death, a necessary end, / Will come when it will come.    Julius Cæsar, ii. 2.  14979
  Most subject is the fattest soil to weeds.    2 Henry IV., iv. 4.  14980
  Most terrors are but spectral illusions.    Helps.  14981
  Most things have two handles, and a wise man takes hold of the best.    Proverb.  14982
  Most women have no characters at all.    Pope.  14983
  Most wretched men / Are cradled into poetry by wrong; / They learn in suffering what they teach in song.    Shelley.  14984
  Mot à mot—Word for word.  14985
  Mot à mot on fait les gros livres—Word by word big books are made.    French Proverb.  14986
  Mot d’ordre—Watchword.    French.  14987
  Mot pour rire—A jest.    French.  14988
  Mother, a maiden is a tender thing, / And best by her that bore her understood.    Tennyson.  14989
  Mother’s darlings are but milksop heroes.    Proverb.  14990
  Mother’s love is the cream of love.    Proverb.  14991
  Mother’s truth keeps constant youth.    Proverb.  14992
  Motives are better than actions.    Bovee.  14993
  Motives are symptoms of weakness, and supplements for the deficient energy of the living principle, the law within us.    Coleridge.  14994
  Motley’s the only wear.    As You Like It, ii. 7.  14995
  Mots d’usage—Phrases in common use.    French.  14996
  Motu proprio—Of his own accord.  14997
  Mountains interposed / Make enemies of nations, who had else / Like kindred drops being mingled into one.    Cowper.  14998
  Mountains never shake hands. Their roots may touch; they may keep company some way up; but at length they part company, and rise into individual, isolated peaks. So it is with great men.    Hare.  14999


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