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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Power and permanence  to  Proverbs were
  Power and permanence reside only in limitations.    Grabbe.  18504
  Power belongeth unto God.    Bible.  18505
  Power cannot have too gentle an expression.    Jean Paul.  18506
  Power exercised with violence has seldom been of long duration, but temper and moderation generally produce permanence in all things.    Seneca.  18507
  Power, in its quality and degree, is the measure of manhood.    J. G. Holland.  18508
  Power is according to quality, not quantity. How much more are men than nations?    Emerson.  18509
  Power is ever stealing from the many to the few.    Wendell Phillips.  18510
  Power is no blessing in itself, but when it is employed to protect the innocent.    Swift.  18511
  Power is nothing but as it is felt, and the delight of superiority is proportionate to the resistance overcome.    Johnson.  18512
  Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.    Bulwer Lytton.  18513
  Power, like a desolating pestilence, / Pollutes whate’er it touches; and obedience, / Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, / Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton.    Shelley.  18514
  Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation.    Colton.  18515
  Power to do good is the true and lawful end of aspiring.    Bacon.  18516
  Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, no man good enough, to be trusted with unlimited power.    Colton.  18517
  Power’s footstool is opinion, and his throne the human heart.    Sir Aubrey de Vere.  18518
  Powerful attachment will give a man spirit and confidence which he could by no means call up or command of himself; and in this mood he can do wonders which would not be possible to him without it.    Matthew Arnold.  18519
  Practically men have come to imagine that the laws of this universe, like the laws of constitutional countries, are decided by voting; that it is all a study of division-lists, and for the universe too depends a little on the activity of the whippers-in.    Carlyle.  18520
  Practice aims at what is immediate; speculation at what is remote. In practical life, the wisest and soundest men avoid speculation, and ensure success, because, by limiting their range, they increase the tenacity with which they grasp events, while in speculative life the course is exactly the reverse, since in that department the greater the range the greater the command.    Buckle.  18521
  Practice in time becomes second nature.    Anonymous.  18522
  Practice is everything.    Periander.  18523
  Practice makes perfect.    Proverb.  18524
  Practice must settle the habit of doing without reflecting on the rule.    Locke.  18525
  Practise thrift, or else you’ll drift.    Proverb.  18526
  Præcedentibus insta—Follow close on those who precede.    Motto.  18527
  Præcepta ducunt, at exempla trahunt—Precept guides, but example draws.    Proverb.  18528
  Præmia virtutis honores—Honours are the rewards of virtue.    Motto.  18529
  Præsis ut prosis—Be first, that you may be of service.    Motto.  18530
  Præsto et persto—I press on and persevere.    Motto.  18531
  Praise a fool and you may make him useful.    Danish Proverb.  18532
  Praise a fool, and you water his folly.    Proverb.  18533
  Praise follows truth afar off, and only overtakes her at the grave. Plausibility clings to her skirts and holds her back till then.    Lowell.  18534
  Praise from an enemy is the most pleasing of all commendations.    Steele.  18535
  Praise God more, and blame neighbours less.    Proverb.  18536
  Praise is indeed the consequence and encouragement of virtue; but it is sometimes so unseasonably applied as to become its bane and corruption too.    Thomas à Kempis.  18537
  Praise is so pleasing to the mind of man that it is the original motive of almost all our actions.    Johnson.  18538
  Praise is the tribute of men, but felicity the gift of God.    Bacon.  18539
  Praise is virtue’s shadow; who courts her doth more the handmaid than the dame admire.    Heath.  18540
  Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.    Johnson.  18541
  Praise makes good men better, and bad men worse.    Proverb.  18542
  Praise Peter, but don’t find fault with Paul.    Proverb.  18543
  Praise the bridge which carries you over.    Proverb.  18544
  Praise the hill, but keep below.    Proverb.  18545
  Praise the sea, but keep on land.    George Herbert.  18546
  Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.    Pope.  18547
  [Greek]—Mild in speech, keen in action.    Himerius.  18548
  Pray devoutly, / And hammer stoutly.    Proverb.  18549
  Pray to God, but keep the hammer going.    Proverb.  18550
  Pray to God, sailor, but pull for the shore.    Proverb.  18551
  Prayer and practice is good rhyme.    Scotch Proverb.  18552
  Prayer and provender never hinder a journey.    Proverb.  18553
  Prayer is a groan.    St. Jerome.  18554
  Prayer is a powerful thing; for God has bound and tied himself thereto.    Luther.  18555
  Prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge to Satan.    Bunyan.  18556
  Prayer is a study of truth,—a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite.    Emerson.  18557
  Prayer is a turning of one’s soul, in heroic reverence, in infinite desire and endeavour, towards the Highest, the All-excellent, Supreme.    Carlyle, in a letter to a young friend.  18558
  Prayer is intended to increase the devotion of the individual, but if the individual himself prays he requires no formulæ…. Real inward devotion knows no prayer but that arising from the depths of its own feelings.    W. von Humboldt.  18559
  Prayer is the aspiration of our poor, struggling, heavy-laden soul towards its Eternal Father, and, with or without words, ought not to become impossible, nor need it ever. Loyal sons and subjects can approach the King’s throne who have no “request” to make there except that they may continue loyal.    Carlyle, in a letter to a young friend.  18560
  Prayer is the cable, at whose end appears / The anchor hope, ne’er slipp’d but in our fears.    Quarles.  18561
  Prayer is the Christian’s vital breath, / The Christian’s native air.    James Montgomery.  18562
  Prayer is the slender nerve that moves the muscles of Omnipotence.    Martin Tupper.  18563
  Prayer is the soul’s sincere desire, / Uttered or unexpressed, / The motion of a hidden fire that trembles in the breast.    J. Montgomery.  18564
  Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven; and meditation the eye with which we see God.    St. Ambrose.  18565
  Prayer knocks till the door opens.    Proverb.  18566
  Prayer, like Jonathan’s bow, returns not empty.    Gurnall.  18567
  Prayer moves the hand that moves the universe.    Anonymous.  18568
  Prayer must not come from the roof of the mouth, but from the root of the heart.    Proverb.  18569
  Prayer purifies; it is a self-preached sermon.    Jean Paul.  18570
  Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.    Proverb.  18571
  Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. As a means to effect a private end, it is meanness and theft.    Emerson.  18572
  Prayers are but the body of the bird; desires are its angel’s wings.    Jeremy Taylor.  18573
  Praying’s the end of preaching.    George Herbert.  18574
  Preaching is of much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument that you can offer to the sceptic.    H. Ballou.  18575
  Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.    Emerson.  18576
  Précepte commence, exemple achève—Precept begins, example perfects.    French.  18577
  Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones at hand do more toward a happy life than whole volumes that we know not where to find.    Seneca.  18578
  Preces armatæ—Armed prayers, i.e., with arms to back them up.  18579
  Precious beyond price are good resolutions. Valuable beyond price are good feelings.    H. R. Haweis.  18580
  Precious ointments are put in small boxes.    Proverb.  18581
  Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.    Disraeli.  18582
  Prefer loss before unjust gain; for that brings grief but once, this for ever.    Chilo.  18583
  Prejudice is a prophet which prophesies only evil.    Proverb.  18584
  Prejudice is the child of ignorance.    Hazlitt.  18585
  Prejudice squints when it looks, and lies when it talks.    Duchess d’Abrantes.  18586
  Prejudice, which he pretends to hate, is man’s absolute lawgiver; mere use-and-wont everywhere leads him by the nose: thus let but a rising of the sun, let but a creation of the world happen twice, and it ceases to be marvellous, to be noteworthy or noticeable.    Carlyle.  18587
  Prendre la clef des champs—To run away (lit. take the key of the fields).    French Proverb.  18588
  Prendre les choses au pis—To regard matters in the most unfavourable light.    French.  18589
  Prends le premier conseil d’une femme et non le second—Take a woman’s first advice and not her second.    French Proverb.  18590
  Prends moi tel que je suis—Take me as I am.    Motto.  18591
  Present fears / Are less than horrible imaginings.    Macbeth, i. 3.  18592
  Preserve the rights of inferior places, and think it more honour to direct in chief than to be busy in all.    Bacon.  18593
  Pressure alone causes water to rise and directs it.    Renan.  18594
  Presumption is our natural and original disease.    Montaigne.  18595
  Presumptuousness, which audaciously strides over all the steps of gradual culture, affords little encouragement to hope for any masterpiece.    Goethe.  18596
  Prêt d’accomplir—Ready to accomplish.    Motto.  18597
  Prêt pour mon pays—Ready for my country.    Motto.  18598
  “Pretty Pussy” will not feed a cat.    Proverb.  18599
  Prevention is better than cure.    Proverb.  18600
  Pria Veneziani, poi Christiane—Venetian first, Christian afterwards.    Venetian Proverb.  18601
  Pride adds to a man’s stature; vanity only puffs him out.    Chamfort.  18602
  Pride and grace ne’er dwell in ae place.    Scotch Proverb.  18603
  Pride and poverty are ill met, yet often live together.    Proverb.  18604
  Pride feels no cold.    Proverb.  18605
  Pride flows from want of reflection and ignorance of ourselves. Knowledge and humility come upon us together.    Addison.  18606
  Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.    Bible.  18607
  Pride hath no other glass to show itself but pride.    Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.  18608
  Pride, ill-nature, and want of sense are the three great sources of ill-manners; without some one of these defects no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.    Swift.  18609
  Pride is a flower that grows in the devil’s garden.    Howell.  18610
  Pride is lofty, calm, immovable; vanity is uncertain, capricious, and unjust.    Chamfort.  18611
  Pride is still aiming at the blest abodes; / Men would be angels, angels would be gods; / Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell, / Aspiring to be angels, men rebel.    Pope.  18612
  Pride is the source of a thousand virtues; vanity is that of nearly all vices and all perversities.    Chamfort.  18613
  Pride must suffer pain.    Proverb.  18614
  Pride never leaves its master till he gets a fa’.    Scotch Proverb.  18615
  Pride of origin, whether high or low, springs from the same principle in human nature; one is but the positive, the other the negative, pole of a single weakness.    Lowell.  18616
  Pride, the never-failing vice of fools.    Pope.  18617
  Pride will have a fall; for pride goeth before, and shame cometh after.    Proverb.  18618
  Pride with pride will not abide.    Proverb.  18619
  Pride would never owe, nor self-love ever pay.    La Rochefoucauld.  18620
  Pride’s chickens have bonny feathers, but bony bodies.    Proverb.  18621
  Priestcraft is no better than witchcraft.    Proverb.  18622
  Priesthoods that do not teach, aristocracies that do not govern; the misery of that, and the misery of altering that, are written in Belshazzar fire-letters on the history of France.    Carlyle.  18623
  Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill.    2 Henry VI., v. 2.  18624
  Prima et maxima peccantium est pœna peccasse—The first and greatest punishment of sinners is the conscience of sin.    Seneca.  18625
  Prima facie—At first sight or view of a case.  18626
  Primo avulso non deficit alter / aureus—The first being wrenched away, another of gold succeeds.    Virgil.  18627
  Primum mobile—The primary motive power.  18628
  Primus in orbe Deos fecit timor—It was fear that first suggested the existence of the gods.    Statius.  18629
  Primus inter pares—The first among equals.  18630
  Primus sapientiæ gradus est falsa intelligere—The first step towards wisdom is to distinguish what is false.  18631
  Princes and lords are but the breath of kings, / “An honest man’s the noblest work of God.”    Burns.  18632
  Princes and lords may flourish or may fade; / A breath can make them, as a breath has made.    Goldsmith.  18633
  Principes mortales, rempublicam æternam—Princes are mortal, the republic is eternal.    Tacitus.  18634
  Principibus placuisse viris non ultima laus est—To have earned the goodwill of the great is not the least of merits.    Horace.  18635
  Principiis obsta; sero medicina paratur, / Cum mala per longas convaluere moras—Resist the first beginnings; a cure is attempted too late when through long delay the malady has waxed strong.    Ovid.  18636
  Principis est virtus maxima nosse suos—It is the greatest merit of a prince to know those his subjects.    Martial.  18637
  Principle is a passion for truth. (?)  18638
  Principle is ever my motto, not expediency.    Disraeli.  18639
  Prisoners of hope.    Bible.  18640
  Pristinæ virtutis memores—Mindful of ancient valour.    Motto.  18641
  Priusquam incipias consulto, et ubi consulueris mature facto opus est—Before you begin, consider; but having considered, use despatch.    Sallust.  18642
  Private affection bereaves us easily of a right judgment.    Thomas à Kempis.  18643
  Private credit is wealth; public honour is security. The feather that adorns the royal bird supports its flight; strip him of his plumage, and you fix him to the earth.    Junius.  18644
  Private judgment with the accent on “private” is self-will; but with the accent on “judgment,” it is freedom, free-will.    J. Hutchison Stirling.  18645
  Private opinion is weak, but public opinion is almost omnipotent.    Ward Beecher.  18646
  Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.    Proverb.  18647
  Private self-regard must have been wholly subordinated to, if not entirely cast out by, a higher principle of action and a purer affection before a man can become either truly moral or religious.    J. C. Sharp.  18648
  Privatorum conventio juri publico non derogat—No bargain between individuals derogates from a law.    Law.  18649
  Privatus illis census erat brevis, / Commune magnum—Their private property was small, the public revenue great.    Horace.  18650
  Privilegium est quasi privata lex—Privilege is as it were private law.    Law.  18651
  Pro aris et focis—For our altars and our hearths.  18652
  Pro bono publico—For the public good.  18653
  Pro Christo et patria—For Christ and country.    Motto.  18654
  Pro confesso—As confessed or admitted.  18655
  Pro Deo et rege—For God and king.    Motto.  18656
  Pro et con.—For and against.  18657
  Pro forma—For form’s sake.  18658
  Pro hac vice—For this turn; on this occasion.  18659
  Pro libertate patriæ—For the liberty of my country.    Motto.  18660
  Pro patria et rege—For king and country.    Motto.  18661
  Pro rata (parte)—In proportion, proportionally.  18662
  Pro re nata—For circumstances that have arisen.  18663
  Pro rege et patria—For king and country.    Motto.  18664
  Pro rege, lege, et grege—For king, law, and people.    Motto.  18665
  Pro tanto—For so much.  18666
  Pro tempore—For the time.  18667
  Pro virtute bellica—For valour in war.    Motto.  18668
  Pro virtute felix temeritas—Instead of valour successful rashness.    Seneca, of Alexander the Great.  18669
  Probably imposture is of a sanative, anodyne nature, and man’s gullibility not his worst blessing.    Carlyle.  18670
  Probably men were never born demigods in any century, but precisely god-devils as we see; certain of whom do become a kind of demigods.    Carlyle.  18671
  Probatum est—It has been settled.  18672
  Probitas laudatur, et alget—Integrity is praised and is left out in the cold.    Juvenal.  18673
  Probitas verus honos—Integrity is true honour.    Motto.  18674
  Probitate et labore—By honesty and labour.    Motto.  18675
  Probity is as rarely in accord with interest as reason is with passion.    Saneal-Dubay.  18676
  Probum non pœnitet—The upright man has no regrets.    Motto.  18677
  Procellæ quanto plus habent virium tanto minus temporis—The more violent storms are, the sooner they are over.    Seneca.  18678
  Procrastination is the thief of time.    Young.  18679
  Procul a Jove, procul a fulmine—Far from Jove, far from his thunderbolts.    Proverb.  18680
  Procul O! procul este, profani—Away, I pray you; keep off, ye profane.    Virgil.  18681
  Prodesse quam conspici—To be of service rather than to be conspicuous.    Motto.  18682
  Prodigus et stultus donat quæ spernit et odit. / Hæc seges ingratos tulit, et feret omnibus annis—The spendthrift and fool gives away what he despises and hates. This seed has ever borne, and will bear, an ungrateful brood.    Horace.  18683
  Productions (of a certain artistic quality) are at present possible which are nought (Null) without being bad—nought, because there is nothing in them, and not bad, because a general form after some good model has hovered vaguely (vorschwebt) before the mind of the author.    Goethe.  18684
  Profaneness is a brutal vice; he who indulges in it is no gentleman.    Chapin.  18685
  Professional critics are incapable of distinguishing and appreciating either diamonds in the rough state or gold in bars. They are traders, and in literature know only the coins that are current. Their critical laboratory has scales and weights, but neither crucible nor touchstone.    Joubert.  18686
  Proffered service stinks—i.e., is not appreciated.    Proverb.  18687
  Profligacy consists not in spending years of time or chests of money, but in spending them off the line of your career.    Emerson.  18688
  Profound joy has more of severity than gaiety in it.    Montaigne.  18689
  Progress begins with the minority.    G. W. Curtis.  18690
  Progress is the law of life—man is not man as yet.    Browning.  18691
  Progress, man’s distinctive mark alone, / Not God’s and not the beasts: God is, they are; / Man partly is, and wholly hopes to be.    Browning.  18692
  Progress—the stride of God.    Victor Hugo.  18693
  Prohibetur ne quis faciat in suo, quod nocere potest in alieno—No one is allowed to do on his own premises what may injure those of a neighbour.    Law.  18694
  Prolonged endurance tames the bold.    Byron.  18695
  Promettre c’est donner, espérer c’est jouir.    Delille.  18696
  Promise is most given when the least is said.    Chapman.  18697
  Promises make debts, and debts make promises.    Dutch Proverb.  18698
  Promises may get friends, but it is performance that must nurse and keep them.    Owen Feltham.  18699
  Proof of a God? A probable God! The smallest of finites struggling to prove to itself … and include within itself, the Highest Infinite, in which, by hypothesis, it lives and moves and has its being! Man, reduced to wander about, in stooping posture, with painfully-constructed sulphur-match, and farthing rushlight, or smoky tar-link, searching for the sun.    Carlyle.  18700
  Prope ad summum, prope ad exitum—Near the summit, near the end.    Proverb.  18701
  Propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.    Hume.  18702
  Proper words in proper places make the true definition of a style.    Swift.  18703
  Properly speaking, the land belongs to these two: to the Almighty God and to all His children of men that have ever worked well on it, or shall ever work well on it.    Carlyle.  18704
  Properly thou hast no other knowledge but what thou hast got by working.    Carlyle.  18705
  Property has its duties as well as its rights.    Drummond.  18706
  Property, O brother? Of my body I have but a life-rent…. But my soul, breathed into me by God, my Me, and what capability is there, I call that mine and not thine. I will keep that, and do what work I can with it; God has given it me; the devil shall not take it away.    Carlyle.  18707
  Property there is among us valuable to the auctioneer; but the accumulated manufacturing, commercial, economic skill which lies impalpably warehoused in English hands and heads, what auctioneer can estimate?    Carlyle.  18708
  Prophecy, not poetry, is the thing wanted in these days. How can we sing and paint when we do not yet believe and see?    Carlyle.  18709
  Prophete rechts, Prophete links / Das Weltkind in der Mitten—Prophets to right, prophets to left, the world-child between.    Goethe.  18710
  Propositi tenax—Tenacious of my purpose.    Motto.  18711
  Propriæ telluris herum natura, neque illum, / Nec me, nec quemquam statuit. Nos expulit ille: / Illum aut nequities, aut vafri inscitia juris, / Postremo expellet certe vivacior hæres—Nature has appointed neither him nor me, nor any one, lord of this land in perpetuity. That one has ejected us; either some villany or quirk at law, at any rate, an heir surviving him, will at last eject him.    Horace.  18712
  Propriety of thought and propriety of diction are commonly found together. Obscurity and affectation are the two greatest faults of style.    Macaulay.  18713
  Proprio motu—Of his own motion; spontaneously.  18714
  Proprio vigore—Of one’s own strength.  18715
  Proprium humani ingenii est odisse quem læseris—It is a weakness of your human nature to hate those whom you have wronged.    Tacitus.  18716
  Proque sua causa quisque disertus erat—Every one was eloquent in his own cause.    Ovid.  18717
  Prose, words in their best order; poetry, the best words in the best order.    Coleridge.  18718
  Prosperity destroys fools and endangers the wise.    Proverb.  18719
  Prosperity doth best discover vice, and adversity doth best discover virtue.    Bacon.  18720
  Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.    Bacon.  18721
  Prosperity is the blessing of the Old Testament; adversity is the blessing of the New, which carrieth the greater benediction and the clearer revelation of God’s favour.    Bacon.  18722
  Prosperity is the touchstone of virtue; for it is less difficult to bear misfortunes than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.    Tacitus.  18723
  Prosperity seems to be scarcely safe, unless it be mixed with a little adversity.    H. Ballou.  18724
  Prosperity tries the fortunate, adversity the great.    Pliny the Younger.  18725
  Prosperum et felix scelus / Virtus vocatur—Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.    Seneca.  18726
  Protectio trahit subjectionem, et subjectio protectionem—Protection involves allegiance, and allegiance protection.    Law.  18727
  Protestantism is a revolt against false sovereigns; the painful but indispensable first preparation for true sovereigns getting place among us.    Carlyle.  18728
  Proud people are intolerably selfish, and the vain are gentle and giving.    Emerson.  18729
  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.    St. Paul.  18730
  Proverbs are easily made in cold blood.    Joe Willet.  18731
  Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond-fields of the mind.    W. R. Alger.  18732
  Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.    Cervantes.  18733
  Proverbs are the abridgments of wisdom.    Joubert.  18734
  Proverbs are the daughters of daily experience.    Dutch Proverb.  18735
  Proverbs are the wisdom of ages.    German Proverb.  18736
  Proverbs are the wisdom of the streets.    Proverb.  18737
  Proverbs cover the whole field of man as he is, and life as it is, not of either as they ought to be.    John Morley.  18738
  Proverbs have been always dear to the true intellectual aristocracy of a nation.    Trench.  18739
  Proverbs have, not a few of them, come down to us from remotest antiquity, borne safely upon the waters of that great stream of time which has swallowed so much beneath its waves.    Trench.  18740
  Proverbs have pleased not one nation only, but many, so that they have made themselves a home in the most different lands.    Trench.  18741
  Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.    Emerson.  18742
  Proverbs please the people, and have pleased them for ages.    Trench.  18743
  Proverbs possess so vigorous a principle of life, as to have maintained their ground, ever new and ever young, through all the centuries of a nation’s existence.    Trench.  18744
  Proverbs were anterior to books, and formed the wisdom of the vulgar, and in the earliest ages were the unwritten laws of morality.    I. Disraeli.  18745


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