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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  Non destare il can che dorme—Do not wake a sleeping dog.    Italian Proverb.  16245
  Non è in alcun luogo chi è per tutto—He is nowhere who is everywhere.    Italian Proverb.  16246
  Non è si tristo cane che non meni la coda—No dog is so bad but he will wag his tail.    Italian Proverb.  16247
  Non è uomo chi non sa dir di nò—He’s no man who can’t say “No.”    Italian Proverb.  16248
  Non è ver che sia la morte / Il peggior di tutti i mali; / E un sollievo pei mortali / Che non stanchi di soffrir—Death is not, in fact, the worst of all evils; when it comes, it is a relief to those who are worn out with suffering.    Metastasio.  16249
  Non eadem est ætas, non mens—My age is no longer the same, nor my inclination.    Horace.  16250
  Non eadem ratio est, sentire et demere morbos: / Sensus inest cunctis; tollitur arte malum—To be sensible of disease and remove it is not the same thing. The sense of it exists in all; by skill alone is disease removed.    Ovid.  16251
  Non ebur neque aureum / Mea renidet in domo lacunar—In my dwelling no ivory gleams, nor fretted roof covered with gold.    Horace.  16252
  Non ego avarum / Cum te veto fieri, vappam jubeo ac nebulonem—When I say, Be not a miser, I do not bid you become a worthless prodigal.    Horace.  16253
  Non ego illam mihi dotem esse puto, quæ dos dicitur, / Sed pudicitiam, et pudorem, et sedatam cupidinem—I do not deem that a dowry which is called a dowry, but chastity, modesty, and subdued desire.    Plautus.  16254
  Non ego mordaci distrinxi carmine quenquam; / Nec meus ullius crimina versus habet—I have not wounded any one with stinging satire, nor does my poetry contain a charge against any man.    Ovid.  16255
  Non ego omnino lucrum omne esse utile homini existimo—I do not at all reckon that every kind of gain is serviceable to a man.    Plautus.  16256
  Non ego ventosæ venor suffragia plebis—I do not hunt after the suffrages of the fickle multitude.    Horace.  16257
  Non enim gazæ neque consularis / Summovet lictor miseros tumultus / Mentis et curas laqueata circum, / Tecta volantes—For neither regal treasure, nor the consul’s lictor, nor the cares that hover about fretted ceilings, can remove the unhappy tumults of the mind.    Horace.  16258
  Non equidem invideo, miror magis—In sooth I feel no envy, I am surprised rather.    Virgil.  16259
  Non equidem studeo, bullatis ut mihi nugis / Pagina turgescat, dare pondus idonea fumo—I do not study to swell my page with pompous trifles, suited only to give weight to smoke.    Persius.  16260
  Non erat his locus—This was out of place here.    Horace.  16261
  Non esse cupidum pecunia est: non esse emacem vectigal est—Not to be covetous is money: not to be extravagant is an estate.    Cicero.  16262
  Non est ad astra mollis a terris via—The road from the earth to the stars is not a soft one.    Seneca.  16263
  Non est bonum ludere cum Diis—It is not good to trifle with the gods.    Proverb.  16264
  Non est de pastu omnium quæstio, sed de lana—It is a manor not of feeding the sheep, but fleecing them (lit. of wool).    Pius II.  16265
  Non est de sacco tanta farina tuo—So much meal cannot have come from your own sack.    Proverb.  16266
  Non est ejusdem et multa et opportuna dicere—The same person will not both talk much and to the purpose.    Proverb.  16267
  Non est jocus esse malignum—There is no joking where there is spite.    Horace.  16268
  Non est nostri ingenii—It is not within my range of ability.    Cicero.  16269
  Non est vivere, sed valere, vita—Not to live, but to be healthy is life.    Martial.  16270
  Non exercitus, neque thesauri, praæsidia regni sunt, verum amici—Neither armies nor treasures are the safeguards of a state, but friends.    Sallust.  16271
  Non fa buon mangiar cireggie con signori—It is not good to eat cherries with great persons.    Italian Proverb.  16272
  Non fumum ex fulgore, sed ex fumo dare lucem—Not to educe smoke from splendour, but light from smoke.    Motto.  16273
  Non generant aquilæ columbas—Eagles do not beget doves.    Motto.  16274
  Non giudicar la nave stando in terra—Don’t judge of the ship from the shore.    Italian Proverb.  16275
  Non hæc sine numine—These things are not without sanction of the Deity.    Motto.  16276
  Non han speranza di morte—They have not hope to die.    Dante.  16277
  Non hoc ista sibi tempus spectacula poscit—The present moment is not one to indulge in spectacles of this kind.    Virgil.  16278
  Non hominis culpa, sed ista loci—It is not the fault of the man, but of the place.    Ovid.  16279
  Non id quod magnum est pulchrum est, sed id quod pulchrum magnum—Not that which is great is noble (lit. beautiful), but that which is noble is great.  16280
  Non ignara mali miseris succurrere disco.    See “Haud ignara.”  16281
  Non illa colo calathisve Minervæ / Femineas assueta manus—Her woman’s hands were not trained to the distaff or basket of (distaff-loving) Minerva.    Virgil.  16282
  Non immemor beneficii—Not unmindful of kindness.    Motto.  16283
  Non in caro nidore voluptas / Summa, sed in te ipso est, tu pulmentaria quære / Sudando—The pleasure (in eating) does not lie in the costly flavour, but in yourself. Seek the relish, therefore, from hard exercise.    Horace.  16284
  Non intelligitur quando obrepit senectus—We do not perceive old age, seeing it creeps on apace.    Cicero.  16285
  Non intelligunt homines quam magnum vectigal sit parsimonia—Men do not understand what a great revenue economy is.    Cicero.  16286
  Non la philosophie, mais le philosophisme causera des maux à la France—Not the philosophy, but the philosophy of the philosophe will bring evils on France.    Voltaire in 1735.  16287
  Non liquet—It is not clear.    Law.  16288
  Non magni pendis, quia contigit—You do not value it highly because it has been your lot.    Horace.  16289
  Non me pudet fateri nescire quod nesciam—I am not ashamed to confess myself ignorant of what I do not know.    Cicero.  16290
  Non mihi sapit qui sermone, sed qui factis sapit—Not he who is wise in speech; but he who is wise in deeds is wise for me.    Greg. Agrigent.  16291
  Non mihi si linguæ centum sint oraque centum, / Ferrea vox, omnes scelerum comprendere formas / Omnia pœnarum percurrere nomina possim—Not if I had a hundred tongues, a hundred mouths, and a voice of iron, could I retail all the types of wickedness, and run over all the names of penal woe.    Virgil.  16292
  Non missura cutem, nisi plena cruoris hirudo—A leech that will not leave the skin until it is gorged with blood.    Horace.  16293
  Non multa, sed multum—Not many things, but much.  16294
  Non nobis, Domine—Not unto us, O Lord.  16295
  Non nobis solum nati sumus—We are born not for ourselves alone.    Cicero.  16296
  Non nostrum inter vos tantas componere lites—It is not for me to settle such a dispute.    Virgil.  16297
  Non obstante veredicto—The verdict notwithstanding.    Law.  16298
  Non olet—It has not a bad smell, i.e., money.    Suetonius.  16299
  Non omnes eadem mirantur amantque—All men do not admire and love the same objects.    Horace.  16300
  Non omnia possumus omnes—We cannot all of us do everything.    Virgil.  16301
  Non omnibus dormio—Not for all do I sleep.    Cicero.  16302
  Non omnis error stultitia est dicendus—Not every error is to be called folly.  16303
  Non omnis moriar; multaque pars mei / Vitabit Libitinam—I shall not wholly die; and a great part of me shall escape the grave.    Horace.  16304
  Non opus est magnis placido lectore poetis; / Quamlibet invitum difficilemque tenent—Great poets have no need of an indulgent reader; they hold captive every one however unwilling and hard to please he may be.    Ovid.  16305
  Non placet quem scurræ laudant, manipulares mussitant—I do not like the man whom the town gentry belaud, but of whom the people of his own class say nothing.    Plautus.  16306
  Non posse bene geri rempublicam multorum imperiis—Under the command of many, a commonwealth cannot be well conducted.    Cornelius Nepos.  16307
  Non possidentem multa vocaveris / Recte beatum. Rectius occupat / Nomen beati, qui Deorum / Muneribus sapienter uti, / Duramque callet pauperiem pati, / Pejusque leto flagitium timet—You would not justly call him blessed who has great possessions; more justly does he claim the title who knows how to use wisely the gifts of the gods and to bear the hardships of poverty, and who fears disgrace worse than death.    Horace.  16308
  Non possum ferre, Quirites, / Græcam urbem—I cannot, Romans, emdure a Grecian city, i.e., Greek or effeminate manners in stern old Rome.    Juvenal.  16309
  Non potest severus esse in judicando, qui alios in se severos esse judices non vult—He cannot be strict in judging who does not wish others to be strict judges of himself.    Cicero.  16310
  Non progredi est regredi—Not to advance is to go back.    Proverb.  16311
  Non pronuba Juno, / Non Hymenæus adest, non illi Gratia lecto; / Eumenides stravere torum—No Juno, guardian of the marriage rites, no Hymenæus, no one of the Graces, stood by that nuptial couch.    Ovid.  16312
  Non purgat peccata qui negat—He who denies his sins does not atone for them.    Proverb.  16313
  Non quam diu, sed quam bene vixeris refert—Not how long, but how well you have lived is the main thing.    Seneca.  16314
  Non qui soletur, non qui labentia tarde / Tempora narrando fallat, amicus adest—There is no friend near to console me, none to beguile the weary hours with his talk.    Ovid.  16315
  Non ragioniam di lor; ma guarda, e passa—Talk not of them; one look, and then pass on.    Dante.  16316
  Non revertar inultus—I will not return unavenged.    Motto.  16317
  Non satis est pulchra esse poëmata; dulcia sunto, / Et quocumque volent animum auditoris agunto—It is not enough that poems be beautiful; they must also be affecting, and move at will the hearer’s soul.    Horace.  16318
  Non scholæ, sed vitæ discimus—We learn not at school, but in life.    Seneca.  16319
  Non scribit, cujus carmina nemo legit—That man does not write whose verses no man reads.    Martial.  16320
  Non semper erit æstas—It will not always be summer.    Hesiod.  16321
  Non semper erunt Saturnalia—The carnival will not last for ever.  16322
  Non sequitur—It does not follow; an unwarranted inference.  16323
  Non si male nunc, et olim sic erit—If it is ill now, it will not also be so hereafter.    Horace.  16324
  Non sibi sed patriæ—Not for himself, but for his country.    Motto.  16325
  Non sine numine—Not without the Divine approval.    Motto.  16326
  Non sum qualis eram—I am not what I once was.    Horace.  16327
  Non tali auxilio, nec defensoribus istis / Tempus eget—The times require other aid and other defenders than those you bring.    Virgil.  16328
  Non tu corpus eras sine pectore. Di tibi formam, / Di tibi divitias dederant, artemque fruendi—You were at no time ever a body without a soul. The gods have given you beauty, the gods have given you wealth, and the skill to enjoy it.    Horace to Tibullus.  16329
  Non usitata, nec tenui ferar penna—I shall be borne on no common, no feeble, wing.    Horace.  16330
  Non uti libet, sed uti licet, sic vivamus—We must live not as we like, but as we can.    Proverb.  16331
  Non v’è peggior ladro d’un cattivo libro—There is no robber worse than a bad book.    Italian Proverb.  16332
  Non vixit male, qui natus moriensque fefellit—He has not lived ill whose birth and death has been unnoticed by the world.    Horace.  16333
  Nonchalance—Coolness; indifference.    French.  16334
  Nondum omnium dierum sol occidit—The sun of all days has not yet set.    Proverb.  16335
  None acts a friend by a deputy, or can be familiar by proxy.    South.  16336
  None are all evil; quickening round his heart, / One softer feeling would not yet depart.    Byron.  16337
  None are fair but who are kind.    Stanley.  16338
  None are more unjust in their judgments of others than those who have a high opinion of themselves.    Spurgeon.  16339
  None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.    Stanislaus.  16340
  None are so desolate but something dear, / Dearer than self, possesses or possess’d / A thought, and claims the homage of a tear.    Byron.  16341
  None are so fond of secrets as those who don’t mean to keep them; such persons covet secrets as a spendthrift covets money—for the purpose of circulation. (?)  16342
  None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.    Goethe.  16343
  None are so seldom found alone, and are so soon tired of their own company, as those coxcombs who are on the best terms with themselves.    Colton.  16344
  None are so well shod but they may slip.    Proverb.  16345
  None but a fool is always right.    Hare.  16346
  None but a fool would measure his satisfaction by what the world thinks of it.    Goldsmith.  16347
  None but a Goethe, at the sun of earthly happiness, can keep his Phœnix wings unsinged.    Carlyle.  16348
  None but an author knows an author’s cares, / Or Fancy’s fondness for the child she bears.    Cowper.  16349
  None but himself can be his parallel.    L. Theobald.  16350
  None but men of strong passions are capable of rising to greatness.    Mirabeau.  16351
  None but the brave deserve the fair.    Dryden.  16352
  None can cure their harms by wailing them.    Richard III., ii. 2.  16353
  None can pray well but he who lives well.    Proverb.  16354
  None ever saw the pillars of the firmament; yet it is supported.    Luther.  16355
  None ever was a great poet that applied himself much to anything else.    Sir W. Temple.  16356
  None is so deaf as he who will not hear.    Proverb.  16357
  None is so wasteful as the scraping dame: / She loseth three for one—her soul, rest, fame.    George Herbert.  16358
  None is so wretched as the poor man who maintains the semblance of wealth.    Spurgeon.  16359
  None lie that would not steal.    Gaelic Proverb.  16360
  None more impatiently suffer injuries than those that are most forward in doing them. (?)  16361
  None of the affections have been noted to fascinate and bewitch but envy.    Bacon.  16362
  None of those who own the land own the landscape; only he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet.    Emerson.  16363
  None of us can wrong the universe.    Emerson.  16364
  None of you can tell where the shoe pinches me.    Plutarch.  16365
  None shun the light but criminals and evil spirits.    Schiller.  16366
  None so blind as they who will not see.    Proverb.  16367
  None so miserable as a man who wills everything and can do nothing.    Claudius.  16368
  None so wise but the advice of others may, at some time or other, be useful and necessary for him.    Thomas à Kempis.  16369
  None think the great unhappy but the great.    Proverb.  16370
  None without hope e’er loved the brightest fair; / But love can hope where reason would despair.    Lyttelton.  16371
  Nor are those empty-hearted whose low sound / Reverbs no hollowness.    King Lear, i. 1.  16372
  Nor by the wayside ruins let us mourn / Who have th’ eternal towers for our appointed bourne.    Keble.  16373
  Nor can either thy own resentment of misfortunes within, or the violence of any calamity without, give thee sufficient grounds, from the terrible face thy present circumstances wear, to pronounce that all hope of escape and better days are past.    Thomas à Kempis.  16374
  Nor deem the irrevocable past / As wholly wasted, wholly vain, / If, rising on its wrecks, at last / To something nobler we attain.    Longfellow.  16375
  Nor e’en the tenderest heart, and next our own, / Knows half the reasons why we smile and sigh!    Keble.  16376
  Nor e’er was to the bowers of bliss conveyed / A fairer spirit or more welcome shade.    T. Tickell.  16377
  Nor Fame I slight, nor for her favours call; / She comes unlook’d for, if she comes at all.    Pope.  16378
  Nor grieve to die when far from home; you’ll find / To Hades everywhere a favouring wind.    Anonymous.  16379
  Nor is it possible to thought / A greater than itself to know.    William Blake.  16380
  Nor less I deem that there are powers / Which of themselves our minds impress; / That we can feel this mind of ours / In a wide passiveness.    Wordsworth.  16381
  Nor love thy life, nor hate, but what thou liv’st / Live well, how long or short permit to heaven.    Milton.  16382
  Nor sequent centuries could hit / Orbit and sum of Shakespeare’s wit.    Landor.  16383
  Nor sink those stars in empty night; / They hide themselves in heaven’s own light.    Montgomery.  16384
  Noris quam elegans formarum spectator fiem—You shall see how nice a judge of beauty I am.    Terence.  16385
  Nos duo turba sumus—We two are a multitude (lit. a crowd).    Deucalion to Pyrrha after the deluge, in Ovid.  16386
  Nos hæc novimus esse nihil—We know that these things are nothing—mere trifles.    Martial.  16387
  Nos nostraque Deo—Both we and ours are God’s.    Motto.  16388
  Nos numerus sumus et fruges consumere nati—We are a mere number (but ciphers), and born to consume the fruits of the earth.    Horace.  16389
  Nos patriæ fines et dulcia linquimus arva—We leave the confines of our native country and our delightful plains.    Virgil.  16390
  Nos te, / Nos facimus, Fortuna, deam—It is we, O Fortune, we that make thee a goddess.    Juvenal.  16391
  Nosce tempus—Know your time; make hay while the sun shines.    Proverb.  16392
  Noscenda est mensura sui spectandaque rebus / In summis minimisque—A man should know his own measure, and have regard to it in the smallest matters as well as the greatest.    Juvenal.  16393
  Noscitur a sociis—A man is known by the company he keeps; a word, by the context.  16394
  Nosse omnia hæc salus est adolescentulis—It is salutary for young men to know all these things.    Terence.  16395
  Nosse volunt omnes, mercedem solvere nemo—All wish to know, but no one to pay the fee.    Juvenal.  16396
  Nostra nos sine comparatione delectant; nunquam erit felix quem torquebit felicior—What we have pleases us if we do not compare it with what others have; he never will be happy to whom a happier is a torture.    Seneca.  16397
  Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, / As his corse to the rampart we hurried: / Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot, / O’er the grave where our hero we buried.    Rev. C. Wolfe.  16398
  Not a flower, not a flower sweet, / On my black coffin let there be strewn; / Not a friend, not a friend greet / My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown; / A thousand, thousand sighs to save, / Lay me (what you will) O where / Sad lover ne’er find my grave, / To weep there. (?)  16399
  Not a man, for being simply man, / Hath any honour, but honour for those honours / That are without him, as place, riches, favour, / Prizes of accident, as oft as merit.    Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.  16400
  Not a man of iron, but of live oak.    Garfield.  16401
  Not a Red Indian, hunting by Lake Winnipeg, can quarrel with his squaw, but the whole world must smart for it. Will not the price of beaver rise?    Carlyle.  16402
  Not a single shaft can hit / Till the God of love sees fit.    Ryland.  16403
  Not a vanity is given in vain.    Pope.  16404
  Not all that heralds rake from coffin’d clay, / Nor florid prose, nor honeyed lines of rhyme, / Can blazon evil deeds or consecrate a crime.    Byron.  16405
  Not all the water in the rough rude sea / Can wash the balm from an anointed king; / The breath of worldly men cannot depose / The deputy elected by the Lord.    Richard II., iii 2.  16406
  Not alone to know, but to act according to thy knowledge, is thy destination.    Fichte.  16407
  Not as a vulture, but a dove, / The Holy Ghost came from above.    Longfellow, after Fuller.  16408
  Not body enough to cover his mind decently with; his intellect is improperly exposed.    Sydney Smith.  16409
  Not brute force, but only persuasion and faith is the king of this world.    Carlyle.  16410
  Not by levity of floating, but by stubborn force of swimming, shalt thou make thy way. A grand “vis inertiæ” in thee, Mr. Bull.    Carlyle.  16411
  Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord.    Bible.  16412
  Not by the law of force, but by the law of labour, has any man right to the possession of the land.    Ruskin.  16413
  Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, / Is our destined end or way; / But to act that each to-morrow / May find us farther than to-day.    Longfellow.  16414
  Not every parish priest can wear Dr. Luther’s shoes.    Proverb.  16415
  Not fame, but that which it merits, is what a man should esteem.    Schopenhauer.  16416
  Not for fellowship in hatred, but in love am I here.    Sophocles.  16417
  Not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.    St. Paul.  16418
  Not he who has many ideas, but he who has one conviction may become a great man.    Cötvös.  16419
  Not heaven itself upon the past has power; / But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.    Dryden.  16420
  Not in a man’s having no business with men, but in having no unjust business with them, and in having all manner of true and just business, can either his or their blessedness be found possible, and this waste world become, for both parties, a home and peopled garden.    Carlyle.  16421
  Not in nature, but in man is all the beauty and the worth he sees. The world is very empty, and is indebted to this gilding, exalting soul for its pride.    Emerson.  16422
  Not in pulling down, but in building up, does man find pure joy.    Goethe.  16423
  Not in the achievement, but in the endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite God.    Chapin.  16424
  Not kings alone—the people too have their flatterers.    Mirabeau.  16425
  Not less in God’s sight is the end of the day than the beginning.    Gaelic Proverb.  16426
  Not liberty, but duty, is the condition of existence.    George Eliot.  16427
  Not lost, but gone before.    Seneca.  16428
  Not many words are needed to refuse; by the refused the “no” alone is heard.    Goethe.  16429
  Not marble, nor the gilded monuments of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme.    Shakespeare, Sonnet LV.  16430
  Not misgovernment, nor yet no government; only government will now serve.    Carlyle.  16431
  Not once or twice in our rough island-story, / The path of duty was the way to glory: / He that walks it, only thirsting / For the right, and learns to deaden / Love of self, before his journey closes / He shall find the stubborn thistle bursting / Into glossy purples, which outredden / All voluptuous garden-roses.    Tennyson.  16432
  Not one false man but does unaccountable mischief; how much, in a generation or two, will twenty-seven millions, mostly false, manage to accumulate?    Carlyle.  16433
  Not one of our faculties that it is not a delight to exercise.    W. R. Greg.  16434
  Not one of our senses that, in its healthy state, is not an avenue to enjoyment.    W. R. Greg.  16435
  Not one word of any book is readable by you, except so far as your mind is one with its author’s; and not merely his words like your words, but his thoughts like your thoughts.    Ruskin.  16436
  Not only all common speech, but science, poetry itself, is no other, if thou consider it, than right naming.    Carlyle.  16437
  Not only has the unseen world a reality, but the only reality; the rest being, not metaphorically, but literally and in scientific strictness, “a show.”    Carlyle.  16438
  Not our logical, mensurative faculty, but our imaginative one is king over us; I might say, priest and prophet to lead us heavenward, or magician and wizard to lead us hellward.    Carlyle.  16439
  Not so easily can a man tear up the roots of his old life, and transplant himself into a new soil and a foreign atmosphere.    James Wood.  16440
  Not that I loved Cæsar less, but that I loved Rome more.    Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.  16441
  Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, rouses the flock to fly and follow.    Chinese Proverb.  16442
  Not the glittering weapon fights the fight, but the hero’s heart.    Servian Proverb.  16443
  Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather he who offers faithful service in small matters is most welcome to one who would achieve what is good and lasting.    Goethe.  16444
  Not this man and that man, but all men make up mankind, and their united tasks the task of mankind.    Carlyle.  16445
  Not to attempt a gallant deed for which one has the impulse may be braver than the doing of it.    J. M. Barrie.  16446
  Not to believe in God, but to acknowledge Him when and wheresoever He reveals Himself, is the one sole blessedness of man on earth.    Goethe.  16447
  Not to desire or admire, if a man could learn it, were more / Than to walk all day like the sultan of old in a garden of spice.    Tennyson.  16448
  Not to know me argues yourselves unknown.    Milton.  16449
  Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child.    Cicero.  16450
  Not to return one good office for another is inhuman; but to return evil for good is diabolical.    Seneca.  16451
  Not to see the wood for the trees, i.e., the whole for the details.    German Proverb.  16452
  Not to speak your opinion well, but to have a good and just opinion worth speaking; for every Parliament, as for every man, this latter is the point.    Carlyle.  16453
  Not to talk of thy doing, and become the envy of surrounding flunkeys, but to taste of the fruit of thy doings themselves, is thine.    Carlyle.  16454
  Not towards the impossibility, self-government of a multitude by a multitude; but towards some possibility, government by the wisest, does bewildered Europe now struggle.    Carlyle.  16455
  Not what I Have, but what I Do is my Kingdom.    Carlyle.  16456
  Not what the man knows, but what he wills, determines his worth or unworth, his strength or weakness, his happiness or misery.    Lindner.  16457
  Not what we wish, but what we want, / Oh, let thy grace supply.    Merrick.  16458
  Not when I rise above, only when I rise to, something, do I approve myself.    Jacobi.  16459
  Not where they dash ashore and break and moan are waters deadliest.    A. Mary F. Robinson.  16460
  Not without a shudder may a human hand clutch into the mysterious urn of destiny.    Schiller.  16461
  Nota bene—Note well.  16462
  Notandi sunt tibi mores—The manners of men are to be carefully observed.    Horace.  16463
  Note how the falcon starts at every sight, / New from his hood, but what a quiet eye / Cometh of freedom.    Sir Edwin Arnold.  16464
  Noth bricht Eisen—Necessity breaks iron.    German Proverb.  16465
  Noth kennt kein Gebot—Necessity knows no law.    German Proverb.  16466
  Noth lehrt beten—Necessity teaches to pray.    German Proverb.  16467
  Nothing altogether passes away without result. We are here to leave that behind us which will never die.    Goethe.  16468
  Nothing amuses more harmlessly than computation, and nothing is oftener applicable to real business or speculative inquiries. A thousand stories which the ignorant tell and believe die away at once when the computist takes them in his grip.    Johnson.  16469
  Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.    Emerson.  16470
  Nothing at bottom is interesting to the majority of men but themselves.    Schopenhauer.  16471
  Nothing becomes him ill that he would well.    Love’s L’s. Lost, ii. 1.  16472
  Nothing but a handful of dust will fill the eye of man.    Arabian Proverb.  16473
  Nothing but ourselves can finally beat us.    Carlyle.  16474
  Nothing can atone for the want of modesty, without which beauty is ungraceful and wit detestable.    Steele.  16475
  Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.    Ruskin.  16476
  Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.    Publius Syrus.  16477
  Nothing can be hostile to religion which is agreeable to justice.    Gladstone.  16478
  Nothing can be made of nothing; he who has laid up no material can produce no combinations.    Sir J. Reynolds.  16479
  Nothing can be more fatal in politics than a preponderance of the philosophical, or in philosophy than a preponderance of the political, spirit.    Lecky.  16480
  Nothing can be preserved but what is good.    Emerson.  16481
  Nothing can be so injurious to progress as to be altogether blamed or altogether praised.    Goethe.  16482
  Nothing can be termed mine own but what I make my own by using well.    Middleton.  16483
  Nothing can bring you peace but yourself; nothing, but the triumph of principles.    Emerson.  16484
  Nothing can come out of a sack that is not in it.    Italian Proverb.  16485
  Nothing can ferment itself to clearness in a colander.    Carlyle.  16486
  Nothing can need a lie; / A fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby.    Herbert.  16487
  Nothing can overtake an untruth if it has a minute’s start.    J. M. Barrie.  16488
  Nothing can work me damage except myself.    St. Bernard.  16489
  Nothing comes amiss, so money comes withal.    Tam. of Shrew, i. 2.  16490
  Nothing comes amiss to a hungry man.    Proverb.  16491
  Nothing contributes so much to cheerfulness as health, or so little as riches.    Schopenhauer.  16492
  Nothing costs less or is cheaper than compliments of civility.    Cervantes.  16493
  Nothing deepens and intensifies family traits like poverty and toil and suffering. It is the furnace heat that brings out the characters, the pressure that makes the strata perfect.    John Burroughs.  16494
  Nothing destroyeth authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power pressed too far and relaxed too much.    Bacon.  16495
  Nothing dies, nothing can die. No idlest word thou speakest but is a seed cast into time, and grows through all eternity.    Carlyle.  16496
  Nothing does so much honour to a woman as her patience, and nothing does her so little as the patience of her husband.    Joubert.  16497
  Nothing done by man in the past has any deeper sense than what he is doing now.    Emerson.  16498
  Nothing doth so fool a man as extreme passion.    Bp. Hall.  16499
  Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy.    Timon of Athens, iii. 5.  16500
  Nothing endears so much a friend as sorrow for his death. The pleasure of his company has not so powerful an influence.    Hume.  16501
  Nothing exceeds in ridicule, no doubt, / A fool in fashion, save a fool that’s out; / His passion for absurdity’s so strong, / He cannot bear a rival in the throng.    Young.  16502
  Nothing exposes us more to madness than distinguishing ourselves from others, and nothing more contributes to maintain our common-sense than living in community of feeling with other people.    Goethe.  16503
  Nothing extenuate, / Nor set down aught in malice; then must you speak / Of one, that loved not wisely, but too well; / … of one, whose hand, / Like the base Indian, threw a pearl away / Richer than all his tribe.    Othello, v. 2.  16504


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