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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  On perd tout le temps qu’on peut mieux employer—All the time is lost which might be better employed. (?)  17260
  On peut attirer les cœurs par les qualités qu’on montre, mais on ne les fixe que par celles qu’on a—People’s affections may be attracted by the qualities which we affect, but they can only be won by those which we really possess.    French.  17261
  On peut dire que son esprit brille aux dépens de sa mémoire—We may say his wit shines at the expense of his memory.    Le Sage.  17262
  On peut dominer par la force, mais jamais par la seule adresse—We may lord it by force, but never by adroitness alone.    Vauvenargues.  17263
  On peut être plus fin qu’un autre, mais non pas plus fin que tous les autres—A man may be sharper than another, but not than all others.    La Rochefoucauld.  17264
  On peut mépriser le monde, mais on ne peut pas s’en passer—We may despise the world, but we cannot do without it.    French Proverb.  17265
  On prend le peuple par les oreilles, comme on fait un pot par les anses—The public are to be caught by the ears, as one takes a pot by the handles.    Proverb.  17266
  On prend son bien où on le trouve—One takes what is his own wherever he finds it.    French Proverb.  17267
  On prend souvent l’indolence pour la patience—Indolence is often taken for patience.    French Proverb.  17268
  On Reason build Resolve! / That column of true majesty in man.    Young.  17269
  On respecte un moulin, on vole une province!—They (obliged by law) spare a mill, but steal a province!  17270
  On revient toujours à ses premiers amours—We always come back to our first loves.    Etienne.  17271
  On se heurte tonjours où l’on a mal—One always knocks himself on the spot where the sore is.    French Proverb.  17272
  On se persuade mieux pour l’ordinaire par les raisons qu’on a trouvées soi-même, que par celles qui sont venues dans l’esprit des autres—We are ordinarily more easily satisfied with reasons that we have discovered ourselves, than by those which have occurred to others.    Pascal.  17273
  On some men’s bread butter will not stick.    Proverb.  17274
  On spécule sur tout, même sur la famine—People speculate on everything, even on famine.    Armand Charlemagne.  17275
  On termine de longs procès / Par un peu de guerre civile—We end protracted law-suits by a little civil war.  17276
  On the beaten road there is tolerable travelling; but it is sore work, and many have to perish, fashioning a way through the impassable.    Carlyle.  17277
  On the brink of the waters of life and truth we are miserably dying.    Emerson.  17278
  On the day of the resurrection, those who have indulged in ridicule will be called to the door of Paradise, and have it shut in their faces when they reach it.    Mahomet.  17279
  On the field of foughten battle still, / Woe knows no limits save the victor’s will.    The Gaulliad.  17280
  On the neck of the young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.    Hafiz.  17281
  On the pinnacle of fortune man does not stand long firm.    Goethe.  17282
  On the sea sail, on the land settle.    Proverb.  17283
  On the soft bed of luxury most kingdoms have expired.    Young.  17284
  On the stage man should stand a step higher than in life.    Börne.  17285
  On this account is the Bible a book of eternally effective power, because, as long as the world lasts, no one will step forward and say: I comprehend it in the whole and understand it in the particular; but we modestly say: In the whole it is venerable, and in the particular practicable (anwendar).    Goethe.  17286
  On veut avoir ce qu’on n’a pas, / Et ce qu’on a cesse de deplaire—We wish to have what we have not, and what we have ceases to please.    Monvel.  17287
  On voit mourir et renaître les roses; il n’en est pas ainsi de nos beaux jours—We see roses die and revive again; it is not so with our fine days.    Charleval.  17288
  On wrong / Swift vengeance waits; and art subdues the strong.    Pope.  17289
  Once a knave, always a knave.    Proverb.  17290
  Once a man and twice a child.    Proverb.  17291
  Once for all, beauty remains undemonstrable; it appears to us as in a dream, when we behold the works of the great poets and painters, and, in short, of all feeling artists.    Goethe.  17292
  Once is no custom.    Proverb.  17293
  Once is no rule.    Proverb.  17294
  Once resolved, the trouble is over.    Italian Proverb.  17295
  Once sufficiently enforce the eighth commandment, the whole “rights of man” are well cared for; I know no better definition of the rights of man: “Thou shalt not steal; thou shalt not be stolen from.” What a society were that! Plato’s Republic, More’s Utopia mere emblems of it.    Carlyle.  17296
  Once thoroughly our own, knowledge ceases to give us pleasure.    Ruskin.  17297
  Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide, / In the strife of truth with falsehood, for the good or evil side.    Lowell.  17298
  Once true, still more twice true, in the life of the spirit is always true.    James Wood.  17299
  Ond Gierning har Vidne i Barmen—There is a witness of the evil deed in one’s own bosom.    Danish Proverb.  17300
  Ondt bliver aldrig godt för halv værre kommer—Bad is never good till worse befall.    Danish Proverb.  17301
  One abides not long on the summit of fortune.    Proverb.  17302
  One, although not possessed of a mine of gold, may find the offspring of his own nature, that noble ardour, which hath for its object the accomplishment of the whole assemblage of virtues.    Hitopadesa.  17303
  One always has time enough if one will apply it well.    Goethe.  17304
  One and God make a majority.    Fred. Douglas.  17305
  One anecdote is worth a volume of biography.    Channing.  17306
  One barking dog sets all the street a-barking.    Proverb.  17307
  One beats the bush, and another catches the bird.    Proverb.  17308
  One Bible I know, of whose plenary inspiration doubt is not so much as possible; nay, with my own eyes I saw the God’s hand writing it; whereof all other Bibles are but leaves, say, in picture-writing, to assist the weaker faculty.    Carlyle.  17309
  One born on the glebe comes by habit to belong to it; the two grow together, and the fairest ties are spun from the union.    Goethe.  17310
  One can be very happy without demanding that others should agree with one.    Goethe.  17311
  One can bear to be rebuked, but not to be laughed at.    Molière.  17312
  One can live in true freedom, and yet not be unbound.    Goethe.  17313
  One can live on little, but not on nothing.    Proverb.  17314
  One can never know at the first moment what may, at a future time, separate itself from the rough experience as true substance.    Goethe.  17315
  One cannot help doing a good office when it comes in one’s way.    Le Sage.  17316
  One cannot say that the rational is always beautiful; but the beautiful is always rational, or at least ought to be so.    Goethe.  17317
  One cannot speak the truth with false words.    Goethe.  17318
  One can’t shoe a runaway horse.    Dutch Proverb.  17319
  One chick keeps a hen busy.    Proverb.  17320
  One cloud is enough to eclipse all the sun.    Proverb.  17321
  One could not commit a greater crime against public interests than to show indulgence to those who violate them.    Richelieu.  17322
  One could not wish any man to fall into a fault; yet it is often precisely after a fault, or a crime even, that the morality which is in a man first unfolds itself, and what of strength he as a man possesses, now when all else is gone from him.    Goethe.  17323
  One could take down a book from a shelf ten times more wise and witty than almost any man’s conversation.    Campbell.  17324
  One crime is everything; two, nothing.    Mme. Deluzy.  17325
  One crow never pulls out another’s eyes.    Proverb.  17326
  One crowded hour of glorious life / Is worth an age without a name.    Scott.  17327
  One does not love the heaven’s lightning (seen in a great man) in the way of caresses altogether.    Carlyle.  17328
  One dog can drive a flock of sheep.    Proverb.  17329
  One doth not know / How much an ill word may empoison liking.    Much Ado, iii. 1.  17330
  One drop of hatred left in the cup of joy turns the most blissful draught into poison.    Schiller.  17331
  One enemy is too many, and a hundred friends too few.    Proverb.  17332
  One enemy may do us more harm than a hundred friends can do us good.    Proverb.  17333
  One eye of the master does more than both his hands.    Proverb.  17334
  One eye-witness is better than ten hearsays.    Proverb.  17335
  One false move may lose the game.    Proverb.  17336
  One feels clearly that it is a kindly spirit which actually constitutes the human element in man.    Schiller.  17337
  One finds human nature everywhere great and little, beautiful and ugly…. Go on bravely working.    Goethe.  17338
  One fire burns out another’s burning; / One pain is lessen’d by another’s anguish.    Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.  17339
  One fool makes many.    Proverb.  17340
  One futile person, that maketh it his glory to tell, will do more hurt than many that know it their duty to conceal.    Bacon.  17341
  One gets easier accustomed to a silken bed than to a sack of leaves.    Auerbach.  17342
  One God, one law, one element, / And one far-off divine event, / To which the whole creation moves.    Tennyson.  17343
  One good deed dying tongueless / Slaughters a thousand, waiting upon that.    Winter’s Tale, i. 2.  17344
  One good head is better than a hundred strong hands.    Proverb.  17345
  One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters.    Proverb.  17346
  One good turn deserves another.    Proverb.  17347
  One good way I know of to find happiness is not by boring a hole to fit the plug.    Billings.  17348
  One grain fills not a sack, but helps his fellows.    Proverb.  17349
  One hair of a woman draws more than a team of horses.  17350
  One half of the world knows not how the other half lives.    Rabelais.  17351
  One half of the world must sweat and groan that the other half may dream.    Longfellow.  17352
  One half the world laughs at the other.    French and German Proverb.  17353
  One hand full of money is more persuasive than two full of truth.    Danish Proverb.  17354
  One hand washes another.    Proverb.  17355
  One hard word brings on another.    Proverb.  17356
  One head cannot hold all wisdom.    Proverb.  17357
  One hour in the execution of justice is worth seventy years of prayer.    Mahometan Proverb.  17358
  One hour’s sleep before midnight is worth two after.    Proverb.  17359
  One impulse from a vernal wood / May teach you more of man, / Of moral evil and of good, / Than all the sages can.    Wordsworth.  17360
  One is always making good use of one’s time when engaged with a subject that daily forces one to make advances in self-culture.    Goethe.  17361
  One is not a whit the happier when he attains what he has wished for.    Goethe.  17362
  One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst he marches to music.    Carlyle.  17363
  One jeer seldom goeth forth but it bringeth back its equal.    Proverb.  17364
  One keep-clean is better than ten make-cleans.    Proverb.  17365
  One learns taciturnity best among those people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn.    Jean Paul.  17366
  One lie makes many.    Proverb.  17367
  One lie needs seven lies to wait upon it.    Proverb.  17368
  One life—a little gleam of time between two eternities.    Carlyle.  17369
  One link broken, the whole chain is broken.    Proverb.  17370
  One loss brings another.    Proverb.  17371
  One man is born to money, and another to the purse.    Danish Proverb.  17372
  One man makes a chair, and another man sits in it.    Proverb.  17373
  One man may lead a horse to the water, but twenty cannot make him drink.    Proverb.  17374
  One man may steal a horse more safely than another may look at him over a hedge.    Proverb.  17375
  One man receives crucifixion as the reward of his villainy; another a regal crown.    Juvenal.  17376
  One man that has a higher wisdom in him is not stronger than ten men, or than ten thousand, but than all men that have it not.    Carlyle.  17377
  One man’s eyes are spectacles to another to read his heart with.    Johnson.  17378
  One man’s justice is another man’s injustice; one man’s beauty, another’s ugliness; one man’s wisdom, another’s folly; as one beholds the same objects from a higher point.    Emerson.  17379
  One man’s meat is another man’s poison.    Proverb.  17380
  One man’s opinion is no man’s opinion.    Proverb.  17381
  One may forsake a person to save a family; one may desert a whole family for the sake of a village; and sacrifice a village for the safety of the community; but for one’s self one may abandon the whole world.    Hitopadesa.  17382
  One may give him a hundred instances from Holy Writ that he should not dispute; still, it is the character of a fool to make a disturbance without a cause.    Hitopadesa.  17383
  One may make the house a palace of sham, or he can make it a home—a refuge.    Mark Twain.  17384
  One may often find as much thought on the reverse of a medal as in a canto of Spenser.    Addison.  17385
  One may see that with half an eye.    Proverb.  17386
  One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.    Hamlet, i. 5.  17387
  One may summon his philosophy when he is beaten in battle, not till then.    John Burroughs.  17388
  One misfortune is the vigil of another.    Italian Proverb.  17389
  One monster there is in this world: the idle man.    Carlyle.  17390
  One mother is more venerable than a thousand fathers.    Manu.  17391
  One murder made a villain; / Millions, a hero.    Bp. Porteous.  17392
  One must be careful in announcing great happiness.    Schopenhauer.  17393
  One must be somebody in order to have an enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force.    Mme. Swetchine.  17394
  One must be something in order to do something.    Goethe.  17395
  One must believe in simplicity, in what is simple, in what is originally productive, if one wants to go the right way. This, however, is not granted to every one; we are born in an artificial state, and it is far easier to make it more artificial still than to return to what is simple.    Goethe.  17396
  One must have lived greatly whose record would bear the full light of day from its beginning to its close.    A. B. Alcott.  17397
  One must not look a gift horse in the mouth.    Proverb.  17398
  One must not swerve in one’s self, not even a hair’s breadth from the highest maxims of art and life; but in empiricism, in the movement of the day, I would rather allow what is mediocre to pass than mistake the good, or even find fault with it.    Goethe.  17399
  One must take a pleasure in the shell till one has the happiness to arrive at the kernel.    Goethe.  17400
  One must weigh men by avoirdupois weight, and not by the jeweller’s scales.    Goethe.  17401
  One need only take a thing properly in hand for it to be done.    Goethe.  17402
  One need only utter something that flatters indolence and conceit to be sure of plenty of adherents among commonplace people.    Goethe.  17403
  One never goes farther than when he does not know whither he is going.    Goethe.  17404
  One never needs his wit so much as when he argues with a fool.    Chinese Proverb.  17405
  One of the best rules in conversation is, never say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish we had left unsaid.    Swift.  17406
  One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.    Voltaire.  17407
  One of the most fatal sources of the prevailing misery and crime lies in the generally accepted quiet assumption that because things have long been wrong, it is impossible they should ever be right.    Ruskin.  17408
  One of the most singular gifts, or, if abused, most singular weaknesses, of the human mind, is its power of persuading itself to see whatever it chooses; a great gift if directed to the discernment of the things needful and pertinent to its own work and being; a great weakness if directed to the discovery of things profitless or discouraging.    Ruskin.  17409
  One of the noblest qualities in our nature is that we are able so easily to dispense with greater perfection.    Vauvenargues.  17410
  One of the old man’s miseries is that he cannot easily find a companion able to partake with him of the past.    Johnson.  17411
  One of the sublimest things in the world is plain truth.    Bulwer Lytton.  17412
  One of the worst diseases to which the human creature is liable is its disease of thinking. If it would only just look at a thing instead of thinking what it must be like, or do a thing instead of thinking it cannot be done, we should all get on far better.    Ruskin.  17413
  One of these days is none of these days.    Proverb.  17414
  One on God’s side is a majority.    Wendell Phillips.  17415
  One ought not to praise a great man unless he is as great as he.    Goethe.  17416
  One pair of heels is often worth two pair of hands. (?)  17417
  One pirate gets nothing of another but his cask.    Proverb.  17418
  One ploughs, another sows; / Who will reap, no one knows.    Proverb.  17419
  One power rules another, but no power can cultivate another; in each endowment, and not elsewhere, lies the force that must complete it.    Goethe.  17420
  One precedent creates another. They soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was fact to-day is doctrine. Examples are supposed to justify the most dangerous measures; and where they do not suit exactly, the defect is supplied by analogy.    Junius.  17421
  One rarely sees how deeply one is in debt till one comes to settle one’s accounts.    Goethe.  17422
  One really gains nothing from such interests (as occupy the newspaper).    Goethe.  17423
  One religion after another fades away; but the religious sense, which created them all, can never become dead to humanity.    Jean Paul.  17424
  One says more, and with more heart, in an hour than is written in years.    Goethe.  17425
  One science only can one genius fit, / So vast is art, so narrow human wit.    Pope.  17426
  One scream of fear from a mother may resound through the whole life of her daughter.    Jean Paul.  17427
  One sheep follows another.    Proverb.  17428
  One should abandon that country wherein there is neither respect, nor employment, nor connections, nor the advancement of science.    Hitopadesa.  17429
  One should never ask anybody if one means to write anything.    Goethe.  17430
  One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptionable character, except among people of culture and wit.    La Bruyère.  17431
  One should never think of death. One should think of life: that is real piety.    Disraeli.  17432
  One should not lift the rod against our enemies upon the private information of another.    Hitopadesa.  17433
  One should not neglect from time to time to renew friendly relations by personal intercourse.    Goethe.  17434
  One shriek of hate would jar all the hymns of heaven: / True Devils with no ear, they howl in tune / With nothing but the Devil!    Tennyson.  17435
  One sickly sheep infects the flock.    Proverb.  17436
  One sin opens the door to another.    Proverb.  17437
  One single moment is decisive both of man’s life and his whole future. However he may reflect, each resolution he forms is but the work of a moment; the prudent alone seize the right one.    Goethe.  17438
  One sinner destroyeth much good.    Bible.  17439
  One solitary philosopher may be great, virtuous, and happy in the depth of poverty, but not a whole people.    L. Iselin.  17440
  One soul may have a decided influence upon another merely by means of its silent presence.    Goethe.  17441
  One soweth and another reapeth.    Hebrew Proverb.  17442
  One step above the sublime makes the ridiculous, and one step above the ridiculous makes the sublime again.    Paine.  17443
  One stumble is enough to deface the character of an honourable life.    L’Estrange.  17444
  One sun by day, by night ten thousand shine.    Young.  17445
  One swallow does not make a summer.    Proverb.  17446
  One sword keeps another in the scabbard.    Proverb.  17447
  One “Take this” is better than two “I will give you.”    Spanish Proverb.  17448
  “One thing above all others,” says Goethe, “I have never thought about thinking.” What a thrift of thinking-faculty there; thrift almost of itself equal to a fortune in these days.    Carlyle.  17449
  One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.    J. G. Holland.  17450
  One thing is needful.    Jesus.  17451
  One thing there is which no child brings into the world with him; and yet it is on this one thing that all depends for making man in every point a man;—and that is Reverence (Ehrfurcht).    Goethe.  17452
  One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.    Lowell.  17453
  One thought includes all thought, in the sense that a grain of sand includes the universe.    Coleridge.  17454
  One tires of a page of which every sentence sparkles with points, of a sentimentalist who is always pumping the tears from his eyes or your own.    Thackeray.  17455
  One to another cannot be a perfect physician.    George Herbert.  17456
  One to-day is worth two to-morrows.    Ben. Franklin.  17457
  One tongue is sufficient for a woman.    Milton, in reference to foreign languages.  17458
  One touch of Nature makes the whole world kin.    Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.  17459
  One ’ud think, an’ hear some folk talk, as the men war cute enough to count the corns in a bag o’ wheat wi’ only smelling at it.    George Eliot.  17460
  One who, either in conversation or in letters, affects to shine and to sparkle always, will not please long.    Blair.  17461
  One who has nothing to admire, nothing to love, except his own poor self, may be reckoned a completed character; (but) he is in the minimum state of moral perfection—no more can be made of him.    Carlyle.  17462
  One who is master of ever so little art may be able, on a great occasion, to root up trees with as much ease as the current of a river the reeds and grass.    Hitopadesa.  17463
  One who is out of his own country is defeated by a very trifling enemy.    Hitopadesa.  17464
  One woe doth tread upon another’s heel, / So fast they follow.    Hamlet, iv. 7.  17465
  One word with two meanings is the traitor’s shield and shaft.    Caucasian Proverb.  17466
  One wrong step may give you a great fall.    Proverb.  17467
  One’s morning indolence is soon gone when one has once persuaded one’s self to put a foot out of bed.    Goethe.  17468
  One’s piety is best displayed in his pursuits.    A. B. Alcott.  17469
  One’s too few, three’s too many.    Proverb.  17470
  Oneness and otherness. It is impossible to speak or think without embracing both.    Emerson.  17471
  Only a Christ could have conceived a Christ.    Joseph Parker.  17472
  Only a great pride, that is, a great and reverential repose in one’s own being, renders possible a noble humility.    D. A. Wassou.  17473
  Only a sweet and virtuous soul, / Like seasoned timber, never gives; / But when the whole world turns to coal, / Then chiefly lives.    George Herbert.  17474
  Only action gives life strength; only moderation gives it a charm.    Jean Paul.  17475
  Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.    Novalis.  17476
  Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is, or should be, an inventor.    Emerson.  17477
  Only by joy and sorrow does a man know anything about himself and his destiny, learn what he ought to seek and what to shun.    Goethe.  17478
  Only by pride cometh contention; but with the well-advised is wisdom.    Bible.  17479
  Only great men have any business with great defects.    La Rochefoucauld.  17480
  Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity.    Bossuet.  17481
  Only he can be trusted with gifts who can present a face of bronze to expectations.    Thoreau.  17482
  Only he deserves freedom who has day by day to fight for it.    Goethe.  17483
  Only he helps who unites with many at the proper hour; a single individual helps not.    Goethe.  17484
  Only I discern / Infinite passion, and the pain / Of finite hearts that yearn.    Browning.  17485
  Only in complicated critical cases do men find out what is within them.    Goethe.  17486
  Only in looking heavenward, take it in what sense you may, not in looking earthward, does what we call union, mutual love, society, begin to be possible.    Carlyle.  17487
  Only in the world I fill up a place, which may be better supplied when I have made it empty.    As You Like It, i. 2.  17488
  Only learn to catch happiness, for happiness is ever by you.    Goethe.  17489
  Only lofty character is worth describing at all.    Ruskin.  17490
  Only people who possess firmness can possess true gentleness.    La Rochefoucauld.  17491
  Only regard for law can give us freedom.    Goethe.  17492
  Only so far as a man is happily married to himself is he fit for married life and family life generally.    Novalis.  17493
  Only such persons interest us, Spartans, Romans, Saracens, English, Americans, who have stood in the jaws of need, and have by their own wit and might extricated themselves, and made man victorious.    Emerson.  17494
  Only suffering draws / The inner heart of song, and can elicit / The perfumes of the soul.    Lewis Morris.  17495
  Only that good profits which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.    Emerson.  17496
  Only that is poetry which purifies and mans me.    Emerson.  17497
  Only the actions of the just / Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.    Shirley.  17498
  Only the idle among the poor revolt against their state; the brave workers die passively, and give no sign.    Ruskin.  17499
  Only the man of worth can recognise worth in men.    Carlyle.  17500
  Only the person should give advice in a matter where he himself will co-operate.    Goethe.  17501
  Only the word of God and the heart of man can govern.    Ruskin.  17502
  Only they who have hope live.    Halm.  17503


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