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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Mourning  to  Nations
  Mourning only lasts till morning with the children of the morning.    Saying.  15000
  Mourning tendeth to mending.    Proverb.  15001
  Movet cornicula risum / Furtivis nudata coloribus—The crow, stript of its stolen colours, provokes our ridicule.    Horace.  15002
  Moving accidents by flood and field.    Othello, i. 3.  15003
  Mrs. Chatterbox is the mother of mischief.    Proverb.  15004
  Much bruit, little fruit.    Proverb.  15005
  Much corn lies under the straw that is not seen.    Proverb.  15006
  Much debating goes on about the good that has been done and the harm by the free circulation of the Bible. To me this is clear: it will do harm, as it has done, if used dogmatically and fancifully; and do good, as it has done, if used didactically and feelingly.    Goethe.  15007
  Much exists under our very noses which has no name, and can get none.    Carlyle.  15008
  Much food is in the tillage of the poor.    Bible.  15009
  Much in the world may be done by severity, more by love, but most of all by discernment and impartial justice.    Goethe.  15010
  Much learning is a weariness of the flesh.    Proverb.  15011
  Much learning shows how little mortals know; much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy.    Young.  15012
  Much lies among us convulsively, nay, desperately, struggling to be born.    Carlyle.  15013
  Much meat, much disease.    Proverb.  15014
  Much might be said on both sides.    Addison.  15015
  Much of the good or evil that befalls persons arises from the well or ill managing of their conversation.    Judge Hale.  15016
  Much of the pleasure, and all the benefit of conversation, depends upon our own opinion of the speaker’s veracity.    Paley.  15017
  Much of this world’s wisdom is still acquired by necromancy—by consulting the oracular dead.    Hare.  15018
  Much of what is great, and to all men beneficial, has been wrought by those who neither intended nor knew the good they did; and many mighty harmonies have been discoursed by instruments that had been dumb and discordant but that God knew their stops.    Ruskin.  15019
  Much reading makes one haughty and pedantic; much observation (Sehen) makes one wise, sociable, and helpful.    Lichtenberg.  15020
  Much religion, but no goodness.    Proverb.  15021
  Much rust needs a rough file.    Proverb.  15022
  Much there is that appears unequal in our life, yet the balance is soon and unexpectedly restored. In eternal alternation a weal counterbalances the woe, and swift sorrows our joys. Nothing is constant. Many an incongruity (Missverhältniss), as the days roll on, is gradually and imperceptibly dissolved in harmony. And ah! love knows how to reconcile the greatest discrepancy and unite earth with heaven.    Goethe.  15023
  Mucho sabe la zorra, pero mas el que la toma—The fox is cunning, but he is more cunning who takes him.    Spanish Proverb.  15024
  Mud chokes no eels.    Proverb.  15025
  Mudar costumbre a par de muerte—To change a custom is next to death.    Spanish Proverb.  15026
  Muddy spring, muddy stream.    Proverb.  15027
  Mugitus labyrinthi—The bellowing of the labyrinth (a threadbare theme among weak poets).    Juvenal.  15028
  Mules deliver great discourses because their ancestors were horses.    Proverb.  15029
  Mulier cupido quod dicit amanti, / In vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua—What a woman says to an ardent lover ought to be written on the winds and the swiftly flowing water.    Catullus.  15030
  Mulier profecto nata est ex ipsa mora—Woman is surely born of tardiness itself.    Plautus.  15031
  Mulier quæ sola cogitat male cogitat—The thoughts of a woman when alone tend to mischief.    Proverb.  15032
  Mulier recte olet ubi nihil olet—A woman smells sweetest when she smells not at all.    Plautus.  15033
  Multa cadunt inter calicem supremaque labra—Many things fall between the cup and the lip.    Labertius.  15034
  Multa dies, variusque labor mutabilis ævi, / Retulit in melius—Many a thing has time and the varying sway of changeful years altered for the better.    Virgil.  15035
  Multa docet fames—Hunger (i.e., necessity) teaches us many things.    Proverb.  15036
  Multa fero ut placeam genus irritabile vatum—Much I endure to appease the irritable race of poets.    Horace.  15037
  Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum; / Multa recedentes adimunt—The coming years bring with them many advantages; as they recede they take many away.    Horace.  15038
  Multa gemens—Groaning deeply.    Virgil.  15039
  Multa me docuit usus, magister egregius—Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things.    Pliny the younger.  15040
  Multa novit vulpis, sed felis unum magnum—The fox knows many shifts, the cat only one great one, viz., to run up a tree.    Proverb.  15041
  Multa paucis—Much in little.  15042
  Multa petentibus / Desunt multa—Those who crave much want much.    Horace.  15043
  Multa quidem scripsi; sed quæ vitiosa putavi, / Emendaturis ignibus ipse dedi—Much have I written; but what I considered faulty I myself committed to the correcting flames.    Ovid.  15044
  Multa renascentur quæ jam cecidere, cadentque / Quæ nunc sunt in honore vocabula, si volet usus, / Quem penes arbitrium est, et jus, et norma loquendi—Many words now in disuse will revive, and many now in vogue will be forgotten, if usage wills it, in whose hands is the choice and the right to lay down the law of language.    Horace.  15045
  Multa rogant utenda dari; data reddere nolunt—They ask many a sum on loan, but they are loath to repay.    Ovid.  15046
  Multa senem circumveniunt incommoda—Many are the discomforts that gather round old age.    Horace.  15047
  Multa tacere loquive paratus—Ready to suppress much or speak much.  15048
  Multa tulit, fecitque puer, sudavit et alsit—Much from early years has he suffered and done, sweating and chilled.    Horace.  15049
  Multæ manus onus levius faciunt—Many hands make light work.    Proverb.  15050
  Multæ regum aures et oculi—Kings have many ears and eyes.  15051
  Multæ terricolis linguæ, cœlestibus una—The inhabitants of earth have many tongues, those of heaven have but one.  15052
  Multarum palmarum causidicus—A pleader who has gained many causes.  15053
  Multas amicitias silentium diremit—Silence, or neglect, dissolves many friendships.    Proverb.  15054
  Multi adorantur in ara qui cremantur in igne—Many are worshipped at the altar who are burning in flames.    St. Augustine.  15055
  Multi / Committunt eadem diverso crimina fato, / Ille crucem sceleris pretium tulit, hic diadema—Many commit the same crimes with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villany, another wears a crown.    Juvenal.  15056
  Multi mortales, dediti ventri atque somno, indocti incultique vitam sicuti peregrinantes transiere; quibus profecto contra naturam corpus voluptati, anima oneri—Many men have passed through life like travellers in a strange land, without spiritual or moral culture, and given up to the lusts of appetite and indolence, whose bodies, contrary to their nature, were enslaved to indulgence, and their souls a burden.    Sallust.  15057
  Multi multa, nemo omnia novit—Many know many things, no one everything.    Coke.  15058
  Multi nil rectum nisi quod placuit sibi ducunt—Many deem nothing right but what suits their own conceit.    Horace.  15059
  Multi te oderint si teipsum ames—Many will detest you if you spend all love on yourself.  15060
  Multis ille bonis flebilis occidit / Nulli flebilior quam tibi—He fell lamented by many good men, by none more lamented than by thee (Virgil).    Horace, of Quintilius.  15061
  Multis minatur, qui uni facit injuriam—He who wrongs one threatens many.    Publius Syrus.  15062
  Multis parasse divitias non finis miseriarium fuit, sed mutatio; non est in rebus vitium sed in animo—The acquisition of riches has been to many, not the end of their miseries, but a change in them; the fault is not in the riches, but in the disposition.    Seneca.  15063
  Multis terribilis caveto multos—If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.    Ausonius.  15064
  Multitudinem decem faciunt—Ten constitute a crowd.    Coke.  15065
  Multo plures satietas quam fames perdidit viros—Many more die of surfeit than of hunger.  15066
  Multos castra juvant, et lituo tubæ / Permistus sonitus, bellaque matribus / Detestata—The camp and the clang of the trumpet mingled with the clarion, and wars detested by mothers, have delights for many.    Horace.  15067
  Multos in summa pericula misit / Venturi timor ipse mali—The mere apprehension of coming evil has driven many into positions of great peril.    Proverb.  15068
  Multos ingratos invenimus, plures facimus—We find many men ungrateful; we make more.    Proverb.  15069
  Multos qui conflictari adversis videantur, beatos; ac plerosque, quanquam magnas per opes, miserrimos—We may see many struggling against adversity who yet are happy; and more, although abounding in wealth, who are most wretched.    Tacitus.  15070
  Multum abludit imago—The picture is outrageously unlike.    Horace.  15071
  Multum demissus homo—A modest reserved man.    Horace.  15072
  Multum in parvo—Much in little.  15073
  Multum, non multa—Much, not many.    Pliny.  15074
  Multum sapit qui non diu desipit—He is very wise who does not long persist in folly.    Proverb.  15075
  Mundæque parvo sub lare pauperum / Cœnæ, sine aulæis et ostro, / Sollicitam explicuere frontem—A neat, simple meal under the humble roof of the poor, without hangings and purple, has smoothed the wrinkles of an anxious brow.    Horace.  15076
  Munditiæ, et ornatus, et cultus hæc feminarum insignia sunt, his gaudent et gloriantur—Neatness, ornament, and dress, are peculiar badges of women; in these they delight and glory.    Livy.  15077
  Munditiis capimur—We are captivated by neatness.    Ovid.  15078
  Mundus est Dei viva statua!—The world is the living image of God.    T. Campanella.  15079
  Mundus universus exercet histrionem—All men practise the actor’s art.    Petronius.  15080
  Mundus vult decipi; ergo decipiatur—The world wishes to be deceived; therefore let it be deceived.  15081
  Munera accipit frequens, remittit nunquam—He often receives presents, but never gives any.    Plautus.  15082
  Munera, crede mihi, capiunt hominesque deosque; / Placatur donis Jupiter ipse datis!—Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and gods; Jupiter himself is won over and appeased by gifts.    Ovid.  15083
  Munificence is not quantity, but quality.    Pascal.  15084
  Munit hæc, et altera vincit—This defends and the other conquers.    Motto.  15085
  Munus Apolline dignum—A present worthy of Apollo.    Horace.  15086
  Munus ornare verbis—To enhance the value of a present by words.    Terence.  15087
  Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak / With most miraculous organ.    Hamlet, ii. 2.  15088
  Murder will out.    Chaucer.  15089
  Murus æneus conscientia sana—A sound conscience is a wall of brass.    Motto.  15090
  Mus in pice—A mouse in pitch; “a fly wading through tar.”  15091
  Mus non uni fidit antro—The mouse does not trust to one hole only.    Plautus.  15092
  Music fills up the present moment more decisively than anything else, whether it awakens thought or summons to action.    Goethe.  15093
  Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.    Congreve.  15094
  Music in the best sense has little need of novelty (Neuheit); on the contrary, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the greater is the effect it produces.    Goethe.  15095
  Music, in the works of its greatest masters, is more marvellous, more mysterious, than poetry.    H. Giles.  15096
  Music is a kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that.    Carlyle.  15097
  Music is a language directed to the passions; but the rudest passions put on a new nature and become pleasing in harmony.    James Usher.  15098
  Music is a prophecy of what life is to be, the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.    Mrs. Child.  15099
  Music is an invisible dance, as dancing is a silent music.    Jean Paul.  15100
  Music is but wild sounds civilised into time and tune.    Fuller.  15101
  Music is our fourth great material want—first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.    Bovee.  15102
  Music is the art of the prophets, the only art which can calm the agitations of the soul.    Luther.  15103
  Music is the crystallisation of sound.    Thoreau.  15104
  Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.    Beethoven.  15105
  Music is the most immediate means possessed by the will for the manifestation of its inner impulse.    A. R. Parsons.  15106
  Music is the only one of the fine arts in which not only man, but all other animals, have a common property.    Jean Paul.  15107
  Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral and religious feelings.    Addison.  15108
  Music is the poor man’s Parnassus.    Emerson.  15109
  Music is the true universal speech of mankind.    Weber.  15110
  Music makes people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.    Luther.  15111
  Music, of all the arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and the legislator ought to give it the greatest encouragement.    Napoleon.  15112
  Music of the spheres.    Pericles, v. 1.  15113
  Music oft hath such a charm / To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.    Meas. for Meas., iv. 1.  15114
  Music, once admitted into the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.    Bulwer Lytton.  15115
  Music so softens and disarms the mind, / That not an arrow does resistance find.    Waller.  15116
  Music stands in a much closer connection with pure sensation than any of the other arts.    Helmholtz.  15117
  Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.    Auerbach.  15118
  Music, when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order; and also when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.    Ruskin.  15119
  Music will not cure the toothache.    Proverb.  15120
  Music wraps us in melancholy, and elevates in joy.    James Usher.  15121
  Musik ist der Schlüssel vom weiblichen Herzen—Music is the key to the female heart.    Seume.  15122
  Musik ist die wahre allgemeine Menschensprache—Music is the true universal speech of mankind.    C. J. Weber.  15123
  Muss ist eine harte Nuss—Must is a hard nut to crack.    German Proverb.  15124
  Müsset im Naturbetrachen / Immer eins wie alles achten; / Nichts ist drinnen, nichts ist draussen, / Denn was innen, das ist aussen. / So ergreifet ohne Säumness / Heilig öffentlich Geheimniss—In the study of Nature you must ever regard one as all; nothing is inner, nothing is outer, for what is within that is without. Without hesitation, therefore, seize ye the holy mystery thus lying open to all.    Goethe.  15125
  Müssiggang ist aller Laster Anfang—Idleness is the beginning of all vices.  15126
  Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.    Spurgeon.  15127
  “Must” is hard, but by “must” alone can man show what his inward condition is. Any one can live unrestrainedly.    Goethe.  15128
  Must not a great history be always an epic?    Dr. Walter Smith.  15129
  Mutability is the badge of infirmity.    Charron.  15130
  Mutare vel timere sperno—I disdain either to change or to fear.    Motto.  15131
  Mutatis mutandis—After making the necessary changes.    Law.  15132
  Mutato nomine, de te / Fabula narratur—Change but the name, the story’s told of you.    Horace.  15133
  Mutum est pictura poema—A picture is a poem without words.  15134
  My alms-people are to be the ablest bodied I can find, the ablest minded I can make, and every day will be a duty … shall stand with tools at work, mattock or flail, axe or hammer.    Ruskin.  15135
  My ancient but ignoble blood / Has crept through scoundrels ever since the Flood. (?)  15136
  My better half.    Sir Philip Sidney.  15137
  My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite.    Romeo and Juliet, ii. 2.  15138
  My dame fed her hens on thanks, but they laid no eggs.    Proverb.  15139
  My days are in the yellow leaf; / The flowers and fruits of love are gone; / The worm, the canker, and the grief / Are mine alone.    Byron.  15140
  “My family begins with me, yours ends with you.”    Iphicrates, when upbraided by a young aristocrat for his low birth.  15141
  My fate cries out, / And makes each petty artery in this body / As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.    Hamlet, i. 4.  15142
  My first and last secret of Art is to get a thorough intelligence of the fact to be painted, represented, or, in whatever way, set forth—the fact deep as Hades, high as heaven, and written so, as to the visual face of it on this poor earth.    Carlyle.  15143
  My grief lies onward, and my joy behind.    Lucrece.  15144
  “My hand,” said Napoleon, “is immediately connected with my head,” but the sacred courage is connected with the heart.    Emerson.  15145
  My heart leaps up when I behold / A rainbow in the sky: / So was it when my life began, / So is it now I am a man; / So be it when I shall grow old, / Or let me die.    Wordsworth.  15146
  My heart is true as steel.    Mid. N.’s Dream, ii. 2.  15147
  My heart resembles the ocean; has storm, and ebb, and flow; / And many a beautiful pearl / Lies hid in its depths below.    Heine.  15148
  My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here.    Burns.  15149
  My highest wish is to find within the God whom I find everywhere without.    Kepler.  15150
  My house is my castle.    Proverb.  15151
  My house, my house, though thou art small, / Thou art to me the Escurial.    Proverb.  15152
  “My ideal of a society is one in which I would be guillotined as a Conservative.”    Proudhon, to Prince Napoleon.  15153
  My inheritance how wide and fair! / Time is my seed-field, to Time I’m heir.    Goethe.  15154
  My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.    Emerson.  15155
  My joy is death;— / Death, at whose name I oft have been afeared, / Because I wish’d this world’s eternity.    2 Henry VI., ii. 4.  15156
  My mind can take no hold on the present world, nor rest in it a moment, but my whole nature rushes onward with irresistible force towards a future and better state of being.    Fichte.  15157
  My mind to me a kingdom is, / Such perfect joy therein I find.    Byrd.  15158
  My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills my father feeds his flock.    Home.  15159
  My notions of life are much the same as they are about travelling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road, but, after all, one wants to be at rest.    Southey.  15160
  My offence is rank; it smells to heaven.    Hamlet, iii. 3.  15161
  My only books / Were woman’s looks,— / And folly’s all they’ve taught me.    Moore.  15162
  My opinion, my conviction, gains infinitely in strength and sureness the moment a second mind has adopted it.    Novalis.  15163
  My pen was never dipped in gall.    Crébillon.  15164
  My perception of a fact is as much a fact as the sun.    Emerson.  15165
  My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, / And makes as healthful music.    Hamlet, iii. 4.  15166
  My purposes lie in the churchyard.    Philip Henry.  15167
  My rigour relents: I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.    Burke.  15168
  My son, be not now negligent, for the Lord hath chosen thee to stand before Him.    2 Chronicles, 29:11.  15169
  My son is my son till he have got him a wife, / But my daughter’s my daughter all the days of her life.    Proverb.  15170
  My soul, what’s lighter than a feather? Wind. / Than wind? The fire. And what than fire? The mind. / What’s lighter than the mind? A thought. Than thought? / This bubble world. What than this bubble? Nought.    Quarles.  15171
  My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.    Tennyson.  15172
  My way of life / Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf; / And that which should accompany old age, / As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, / I must not look to have; but in their stead, / Curses, not loud, but deep, mouth-honour, breath / Which the poor heart would fain deny, but dare not.    Macbeth, v. 3.  15173
  My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; / Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.    Hamlet, iii. 3.  15174
  My yoke is easy and my burden light.    Jesus.  15175
  Myn leeren is spelen, myn spelen is leeren—My learning is play, and my play is learning.    Van Alphen.  15176
  Mysteries are due to secrecy.    Bacon.  15177
  Mysteries which must explain themselves are not worth the loss of time which a conjecture about them takes up.    Sterne.  15178
  Mysterious to all thought, / A mother’s prime of bliss, / When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant’s thrilling kiss.    Keble.  15179
  Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun; the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying influence from the want of a body.    Colton.  15180
  Mystic, deep as the world’s centre, are the roots a man has struck into his native soil; no tree that grows is rooted so.    Carlyle.  15181
  Mysticism consists in the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for a universal one.    Emerson.  15182
  Mythology is not religion. It may rather be regarded as the ancient substitute, the poetical counterpart, for dogmatic theology.    Hare.  15183
  N’aboyez pas à la lune—Do not cry out to no purpose (lit. don’t bark at the moon).    French Proverb.  15184
  N’est on jamais tyran qu’avec un diadème?—Is a man never a tyrant except he wear a crown?    Chénier.  15185
  N’importe—No matter.    French.  15186
  N’oubliez—Do not forget.    Motto.  15187
  Naboth was right to hold on to his home. There were garnered memories that all the wealth of Ahab could not buy.    Ward Beecher.  15188
  Nace en la huerta lo que no siembra el hortelano—More grows in the garden than the gardener ever sowed there.    Spanish Proverb.  15189
  Nach Canossa gehen wir nicht—We are not going to Canossa (where Henry IV. humbled himself before the Pope).    Bismarck.  15190
  Nach Ehre geizt die Jugend; / Lass dich den Ehrgeiz nicht verführen—Youth is covetous of honour; let not this covetousness seduce thee.    Schiller.  15191
  Nach Freiheit strebt der Mann, das Weib nach Sitte—The man strives after freedom, the woman after good manners.    Goethe.  15192
  Nach Golde drängt, / Am Golde hängt, / Doch alles. Ach, wir Armen!—Yet after gold every one presses, on gold everything hangs. Alas! we poor ones.    Goethe.  15193
  Nach Gottes Wesenheit ist gar nicht dein Beruf zu forschen; forsche du nach Wesen, die er schuf—Thou art not required to search into the nature of God, but into the nature of the beings which he has created.    Rückert.  15194
  Nacheifern ist beneiden—To emulate is to envy.    Lessing.  15195
  Nachgeben stillt allen Krieg—Yielding stills all war.    German Proverb.  15196
  Nacht muss es sein, wo Friedlands Sterne strahlen—It must be night where Friedland’s stars shine.    Schiller.  15197
  Næ amicum castigare ob meritam noxiam / Immune est facinus—Verily, it is a thankless office to censure a friend for a fault when he deserves it.    Plautus.  15198
  Nae butter ’ll stick to my bread, i.e., no good fortune ever comes my way.    Scotch Proverb.  15199
  Nae freen’ like the penny.    Scotch Proverb.  15200
  Nae fules like auld fules.    Scotch Proverb.  15201
  Nae man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of him till he’s unhappy.    Scotch Proverb.  15202
  Nae man can live at peace unless his neighbours let him.    Scotch Proverb.  15203
  Nae man can mak’ his ain hap (destiny).    Scotch Proverb.  15204
  Nae man can tether time or tide.    Burns.  15205
  Nae man can thrive unless his wife will let him.    Scotch Proverb.  15206
  Nae man has a tack (lease) o’ his life.    Scotch Proverb.  15207
  Nae man is wise at a’ times, nor wise on a’ things.    Scotch Proverb.  15208
  Nae treasures nor pleasures / Could mak’ us happy lang, / The heart aye’s the part aye / That mak’s us right or wrang.    Burns.  15209
  Nae wonder ye’re auld like; ilka thing fashes (bothers) ye.    Scotch Proverb.  15210
  Naething is a man’s truly but what he cometh by duly.    Scotch Proverb.  15211
  Naething is got without pains but an ill name.    Scotch Proverb.  15212
  Naething is got without pains except dirt and long nails.    Scotch Proverb.  15213
  Naething is ill said if it’s no ill ta’en.    Scotch Proverb.  15214
  Nager entre deux eaux—To waver between two parties.    French.  15215
  Naiv muss jedes wahre Genie sein, oder es ist keines—Every true genius must be natural, or it is none.    Schiller.  15216
  Naked truth is out of place before the eyes of the profane vulgar; it can only make its appearance thickly veiled.    Schopenhauer.  15217
  Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body; and it addeth no small reverence to men’s manners and actions if they be not altogether open.    Bacon.  15218
  Nam de mille fabæ modiis dum surripis unum, / Damnum est, non facinus mihi pacto lenius isto—If from a thousand bushels of beans you steal one, my loss, it is true, is in this case less, but not your villany.    Horace.  15219
  Nam dives qui fieri vult, / Et cito vult fieri—He who wishes to become rich wishes to become so quickly too.    Juvenal.  15220
  Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor—I regard that man as lost who has lost his sense of shame.    Plautus.  15221
  Nam et majorum instituta tueri sacris cerimoniisque retinendis, sapientis est—For it is the part of a wise man to protect the institutions of his forefathers by retaining the sacred rites and ceremonies.  15222
  Nam neque divitibus contingunt gaudia solis, / Nec vixit male qui natus moriensque fefellit—Joys do not fall to the rich alone; nor has he lived ill of whose birth and death no one took note.    Horace.  15223
  Nam nunc mores nihil faciunt quod licet, nisi quod lubet—Nowadays it is the fashion to make nothing of what is proper, but only what is pleasant.    Plautus.  15224
  Nam pro jucundis aptissima quæque dabunt di, / Carior est illis homo quam sibi—The gods will give what is most suitable rather than what is most pleasing; man is dearer to them than he is to himself.    Juvenal.  15225
  Nam quæ inscitia est adversum stimulum calces—It is the height of folly to kick against the pricks (lit. the goad).    Terence.  15226
  Nam quum magna malæ superest audacia causæ, / Creditur a multis fiducia—When great impudence comes to the help of a bad cause, it is taken by many for honest confidence.    Juvenal.  15227
  Nam scelus intra se tacitum qui cogitat ullum / Facti crimen habet—He who secretly meditates a crime has all the guilt of the deed.    Juvenal.  15228
  Nam tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet!—Your property is in peril surely if your neighbour’s house is on fire!    Horace.  15229
  Nam vitiis nemo sine nascitur; optimus ille est, / Qui minimis urgetur—No man is born without faults; he is the best who is influenced by the fewest.    Horace.  15230
  Namen nennen dich nicht! Dich bilden Griffel und Pinsel sterblicher Künstler nicht nach!—Names do not name thee! Graver and pencil of mortal artist can give no idea of thee!    Ueltzen.  15231
  Names alter, things never alter.    William Blake.  15232
  Nane are so weel but they hope to be better.    Scotch Proverb.  15233
  Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one’s self to the Absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.    Goethe.  15234
  Napoleon, for the sake of a great name, broke in pieces almost half a world.    Goethe.  15235
  Narrative is linear, but Action, having breadth and depth as well as length, is solid.    Carlyle.  15236
  Narratur et prisci Catonis / Sæpe mero caluisse virtus—It is said that the virtue even of the elder Cato was often warmed by wine.    Horace.  15237
  Nascentes morimur, finisque ab origine pendet—We are born but to die (lit, die in being born), and our end hangs on to our beginning.    Manilius.  15238
  Nascimur poetæ, fimus oratores—We are born poets, we become orators.    Cicero.  15239
  Natales grate numeras? ignoscis amicis? / Lenior et melior fis accedente senecta?—Do you count your birthdays thankfully? forgive your friends? grow gentler and better with advancing age?    Horace.  15240
  Natio comœda est—The nation is composed of actors.    Juvenal.  15241
  National character varies as it fades under invasion or corruption; but if ever it glows again into a new life, that life must be tempered by the earth and sky of the country itself.    Ruskin. (?)  15242
  National enthusiasm is the great nursery of genius.    Tuckerman.  15243
  National suffering is, if thou wilt understand the words, verily a judgment of God; it has ever been preceded by national crime.    Carlyle.  15244
  Nations and empires flourish and decay, / By turns command, and in their turn obey.    Dryden, after Ovid.  15245
  Nations and men are only the best when they are the gladdest, and deserve heaven when they enjoy it.    Jean Paul.  15246
  Nations are only transitional forms of humanity; they must undergo obliteration, as do the transitional forms offered by the animal series. There is no more an immortality for them than there is an immobility for an embryo or any one of the manifold forms passed through in its progress of development.    Draper.  15247
  Nations, like individuals, are born, proceed through a predestined growth, and die. One comes to its end at an early period and in an untimely way; another, not until it has gained maturity. One is cut off by feebleness in its infancy, another is destroyed by civil disease, another commits political suicide, another lingers in old age. But for every one there is an orderly way of progress to its final term, whatever that term may be.    Draper.  15248


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