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LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS
USED IN THIS DICTIONARY.
Lucan. Lucr., Lucret. Lucretius. M.
Motto. Macrob. Macrobius. Mart.
Petronius. Phæd., Phædr. Phædrus. Plaut.
Publius Syrus. Quinct. Quinctilian. Russ.
Statius. St. Aug.
St. Augustine. Sueton,
DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS .
A' are guid lasses, but where do a'the ill wives Ab extra-From without.
25 come frae? Sc. Pr.
Abgründe liegen im Gemüthe, die tiefer als die A' are no freens that speak us fair. Sc. Pr. Hölle sind-There are abysses in the mind that A aucun les biens viennent en dormant-Good are deeper than hell. Platen.
things come to some while asleep. Fr. Pr. Ab honesto virum bonum nihil deterret Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequentia- Nothing deters a good man from what honour The abuse of a thing is no argument against its
requires of him. Sen. use. L. Max.
A big head and little wit. Pr. 5 Ab actu ad posse valet illatio-From what has Ab igne ignem-Fire from fire.
happened we may infer what may happen. Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit-He has left, gone 80 A bad beginning has a bad, or makes a worse, off, escaped, broken away. Cic. of Catiline's ending. Pr.
flight. A bad dog never sees the wolf. Pr.
Ability to discern that what is true is true, A bad thing is dear at any price. Pr.
and that what is false is false, is the charAb alio expectes, alteri quod feceris--As
acteristic of intelligence. Swedenborg.
you do to others, you may expect another to do to Ab iacunabilis-From the cradle. you. Laber.
Ab initio-From the beginning. 10 A barren sow was never good to pigs. Pr.
Ab inopia ad virtutem obsepta est via-The A bas-Down! down with! Fr.
way from poverty to virtue is an obstructed one.
35 A beau is everything of a woman but the sex, Ab irato-In a fit of passion. and nothing of a man beside it. Fielding.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, A beau jeu beau retour-One good turn deserves Pr. another. Fr. Pr.
A bis et à blanc-By fits and starts. 15 A beautiful form is better than a beautiful A bitter and perplex'd "What shall I do?" is
face, and a beautiful behaviour than a beau- worse to man than worst necessity. Schiller. tiful form. Emerson. A black hen will lay a white egg. Pr.
40 A beautiful object doth so much attract the A blind man should not judge of colours. Pr.
sight of all men, that it is in no man's power A blockhead can find more faults than a wise not to be pleased with it. Clarendon.
man can mend. Gael, Pr. A beautiful woman is the "hell" of the soul. A blue-stocking despises her duties as a
the "purgatory " of the purse, and the "paradise" of the eyes. Fontenelle.
woman, and always begins by making here
self a man. Rousseau. A beggarly account of empty boxes Rom. Abnormis sapiens-Wise without learning. Hor.
and Jul., v. 1. A beggar's purse is always empty. Pr.
A bon chat bon rat-A good rat to match a good 45 20 A belief in the Bible, the fruit of deep medita, A bon chien il ne vient jamais un bon os—A
cat. Tit for tat. Pr. tion, has served me as the guide of my moral and literary life. I have found it a capital
good bone never falls to a good dog. Fr. Pr. safely invested, and richly productive of inte- A bon droit-Justly; according to reason. rest. Goethe.
A bon marché--Cheap. Fr. Abends wird der Faule fleissig- Towards even. A book may be as great a thing as a battle,
ing the lazy man begins to be busy. Ger. Pr. Pisraeli. A beneficent person is like a fountain watering A book should be luminous, but not volumi- 50
the earth and spreading fertility. Epicurus. nous. Bovee. Aberrare a scopo—To miss the mark.
Ab origine--Froin the beginning. Abeunt studia in mores-Pursuits assiduously About Jesus we must believe no one but him. prosecuted become habits.
Above all Greek, above all Roman fame. Pope. “A cat may look at a king," but can it see a
king when it looks at him? Ruskin, goras.
A causa perduta parole assai-Plenty of words Above the cloud with its shadow is the star
when the cause is lost. It. Pr. with its light. Victor Hugo.
Accasca in un punto quel che non accasca in 40 Ab ovo-From the beginning (lit. from the egg). cento anni-That may happen in a moment which 5 Ab ovo usque ad mala-From the beginning to
may not occur again in a hundred years. It. Pr. the end (lit, from the egg to the apples).
Accedas ad curiam-You may go to the court. A bras ouverts-With open arms.
A writ to remove a case to a higher court. L. A brave man is clear in his discourse, and keeps Accensa domo proximi, tua quoque pericli
Term. close to truth. Arist.
tatur-When the house of your neighbour is on A brave spirit struggling with adversity is a spectacle for the gods. Sen.
fire, your own is in danger. Pr. A breath can make them, as a breath has Accent is the soul of speech; it gives it feeling
and truth. Rousseau, made. Goldsmith. 10 Abrégé-Abridgment. Fr.
Acceptissima semper / Munera sunt, auctor Absence lessens weak, and intensifies violent,
quæ pretiosa facit-Those presents are always passions, as wind extinguishes a taper and
the most acceptable which owe their value to the lights up a fire. La Roche.
giver. Ovid." Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Bayly.
Accident ever varies; substance can never 45
suffer change or decay. Wm. Blake. Absence of occupation is not rest; ! A mind Accidents rule men, not men accidents. Hero. quite vacant is a mind distress'd. Cowper.
dotus. Absens hæres non erit-The absent one will not Accipe nunc, victus tenuis quid quantaque be the heir. P,
secum afferat. 15 Absent in body, but present in spirit.
In primis valeas bene
Now learn what and how great benefits a modePaul.
rate diet brings with it. Before all, you will enjoy Absit invidia-Envy apart.
Hor. Absit omen-May the omen augur no evil. Accipere quam facere præstat injuriam-It is Absolute fiends are as rare as angels, perhaps better to receive than to do an injury. Cic. rarer. J. S. Mill.
Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat-The Absolute freedom is inhuman, Rahel.
mind attracted by what is false has no relish for 20 Absolute individualism is an absurdity. Amiel, better things. Hor.
Absolute nothing is the aggregate of all the Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo--No 50 contradictions of the world. Jonathan Ed.
man is bound to accuse himself unless it be before wards.
God. L. Max. Absque argento omnia vana-Without money Accuse not Nature; she hath done her part;/ all is vain.
Do thou thine. Milton. Abstineto a fabis-Having nothing to do with Acer et vehemens bonus orator-A good orator elections (lit. Abstain from beans, the ballot at
is pointed and impassioned. Cic. Athens having been by beans).
Acerrima proximorum odia--The hatred of those Absurdum est ut alios regat, qui seipsum most closely connected with us is the bitterest. regere nescit - It is absurd that he should
Tac. govern others, who knows not how to govern Acerrimus ex omnibus nostris sensibus est himself. L. Mar.
sensus videndi- The keenest of all our senses 25 Abundat dulcibus vitiis-He abounds in charm- is the sense of sight. Cic. ing faults of style. Quint,
A certain degree of soul is indispensable to 55 Ab uno ad omnes-From one to all. J.
save us the expense of salt. Ben Jonson. Ab uno disce omnes-From a single instance you a certain tendency to insanity has always may infer the whole.
attended the opening of the religious sense Ab urbe condita (A.U.C.) From the building of
in men, as if they had been “blasted with the city, i.e., of Rome.
excess of light." Emerson. A bureaucracy always tends to become a
A chacun selon sa capacité, à chaque capapedantocracy. J. s. Mill.
cité selon ses cuvres-Every one according
to his talent, and every talent according to its 30 A burnt child dreads the fire. Pr.
works. Fr. Pr. Abusus non tollit usum-Abuse is no argument A chacun son fardeau pèse-Every one thinks against use. Pr.
his own burden heavy. Fr. Pr.
A chaque fou plaît sa marotte-Every fool is 60
pleased with his own hobby. Fr. Pr.
Ach! aus dem Glück entwickelt sich Schmerz 35 A careless master makes a negligent servant. --Alas! that from happiness there so often springs Pr.
pain. Goethe. A carper will cavil at anything. Pr.
A cheerful life is what the Muses love ; | A A carrion kite will never make a good hawk. soaring spirit is their prime delight. Word's. Pr
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Acheruntis pabulum-Food for Acheron. Plaut. A creation of importance can be produced only 35 Ach! es geschehen keine Wunder mehr-Alas!
when its author isolates himself; it is ever there are no more any miracles. Schiller.
a child of solitude. Goethe. A child is a Cupid become visible. Nivalis.
Acribus initiis, incurioso fine-Full of ardour at A child may have too much of its mother's A critic should be a pair of snuffers. He is
the beginning, careless at the end. Tac. blessing. Pr. 5 A chill air surrounds those who are down in
often an extinguisher, and not seldom a
thief. Hare. the world. George Eliot. A chip of the old block.
A crowd is not company.
Bacon. A Christian is God Almighty's gentleman. A crown / Golden in show, is but a wreath of
thorns. Milton. Hare.
A crown is no cure for the headache. Pr. Ach! unsre Thaten selbst, so gut als unsre
M. Leiden Sie hemmen unsers Lebens Gang A cruce salus-Salvation from the cross. -- We are hampered, alas! in our course of life A cruel story runs on wheels, and every hand quite as much by what we do as by what we
oils the wheels as they run. Ouita. suffer. Goethe.
A crust of bread and liberty. Pope. Ach! vielleicht indem wir hoffen ! Hat uns Acta exteriora indicant interiora secreta-Out.
Unheil getroffen--Ah! perhaps while we are ward acts betray the secret intention. L. Max. hoping, mischief has already overtaken us. Act always so that the immediate motive of 45 Schiller.
thy will may become a universal rule for all 10 Ach wie glücklich sind die Todten! Ah! how intelligent beings. kant. happy the dead are! Schilier.
Acti labores jucundi—The remembrance of past Ach! zu des Geistes Flügeln, wird so leicht labours is pleasant.
kein körperlicher Flügel sich gesellen-Alas! Action can be understood and again repreno fleshly pinion will so easily keep pace with sented by the spirit alone. Goethe. the wings of the spirit. Goethe.
Action is but coarsened thought. miel. A circulating library in a town is an ever-green Action is the right outlet of emotion. Ward tree of diabolical knowledge. Sheridan.
Beccher. A circumnavigator of the globe is less in- Actions speak louder than words. Pr. 50
fuenced by all the nations he has seen than by his nurse. Jean Paul.
Actis ævum implet, non segnibus annis---His A clear conscience is a sure card. Pr.
lifetime is full of deeds, not of indolent years.
Ovid. 15 A cock aye craws crousest (boldest) on his ain Activity is the presence, and character the midden-head. Sc. Pr.
record, of function. Greenough. A caur ouvert-With open heart; with candour. Actum est de republicâ-It is all over with the
republic. A caur vaillant rien d'impossible-To a valiant Actum ne agas-What has been done don't do heart nothing is impossible. Fr. Pr.
over again. Cic. A cold hand, a warm heart. Pr.
Actus Dei nemini facit injuriam- The act of 55 A combination, and a form, indeed / Where
God does wrong to no man.
L. Mar. every god did seem to set his seal / To
Actus legis nulli facit injuriam-The act of the give the world assurance of a man. Ham.,
law does wrong to no man.
L. Mar. 111. 4. 20 A' complain o' want o'siller ; nane o' want o' Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus
An act I do against my will is not my act. L. sense. Sc. Pr.
Maur. A compte-In part payment (lit. on account). Actus non facit reum, nisi mens sit rea--The A confesseurs, médecins, avocats, la vérité ne
act does not make a man guilty, unless the mind cèle de ton cas-Do not conceal the truth from Act well your part; there all the honour lies.
be guilty. 1. Jix. confessors, doctors, and lawyers. Fr. Pr. A conscience without God is a tribunal without A cuspide corona-From the spear a crown, i.e., 60
Pope. a judge. Lamartine. A consistent man believes in destiny, a cap- a custom | More honoured in the breach than
honour for military exploits. II. ricious man in chance. Disracli. 25 A constant fidelity in small things is a great Adam muss eine Eve haben, die er zeiht was
the observance. Bar., and heroic virtue. Bonaventura. A constant friend is a thing hard and rare to
er gethan -Adam must have an Eve, to blame
for what he has done, Ger. Pr. find. Plutarch. A contre cœur--Against the grain. Fr.
Ad amussim-Made exactly by rule, A corps perdu-With might and main. Fr.
A danger foreseen is half avoided. Pr. A countenance more in sorrow than in anger. Adaptiveness is the peculiarity of human 65 Ham., i. 2.
nature. Emerson. 30 A courage to endure and to obey. Tennyson. Ad aperturam-Wherever a book may
opened. A couvert-Under cover,
Ad arbitrium-At pleasure. Acqua lontana non spegne fuoco vicino-Water Ad astra per ardua--To the stars by steep paths.
11. afar won't quench a fire at hand. It. Pr. A crafty knave needs no broker. Pr. quoted A Daniel come to judgment. Aler. of Ven., iv. I. in llen, IT,
Ad avizandum-Into consideration. Scots Law. 70 A craw's nae whiter for being washed. Sc. I'r. A day may sink or save a realm. Tennyson.
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A day of grace (Gunst) is as a day in harvest; A dog winna yowl if you fell him wi' a bane. 40
one must be diligent as soon as it is ripe. Sc. Pr. Goethe.
Adolescentem verecundum decet - A A day wasted on others is not wasted on one's young man ought to be modest. Plaut. self. Dickens.
Ad omnem libidinem projectus homo--A man Ad calamitatem quilibet rumor valet--When a addicted to every lust.
disaster happens, every report confirming it ob- Adó sacan y non pon, presto llegan al hondon tains ready credence.
- By ever taking out and never putting in, one Ad captandum vulgus-To catch the rabble. soon reaches the bottom. Sp. Pr. 5 Addere legi justitiam decus-It is to one's honour Ad patres-Dead; to death (lit. to the fathers). to combine justice with law. M.
A downright contradiction is equally mys- 45 A death-bed repentance seldom reaches to terious to wise men as to fools. Goethe. restitution. Junius.
Ad perditam securim manubrium adjicere--To A deep meaning resides in old customs. throw the helve after the hatchet, i.l'., to give up Schiller.
in despair. A democracy is a state in which the govern. Ad perniciem solet agi sinceritas-Honesty is
ment rests directly with the majority of the often goaded to ruin. Phædr. citizens. Ruskin.
Ad pænitendum properat, cito qui judicat-He A Deo et rege-From God and the king. M. who decides in haste repents in haste. Pub. Syr. 10 Adeo in teneris consuescere multum est-So Ad populum phaleras, ego te intus et in cute
much depends on habit in the tender years of novi-To the vulgar herd with your trappings; youth. Virg.
for me, I know you both inside and out. Pers. Ad eundem-To the same degree. Said of a Ad quæstionem legis respondent judices, ad 50
graduate passing from one university to another. quæstionem facti respondent juratores-It Ad extremum--At last.
is the judge's business to answer to the question Ad finem-To the end.
of law, the jury's to answer to the question of
fact. L. Ad Græcas kalendas-At the Greek calends, i.e.,
Ad quod damnum-To what damage. L. 15 Ad gustum-To one's taste.
Ad referendum-For further consideration. Adhibenda est in jocando moderatio-Modera. Ad rem-To the point (lit. to the thing). tion should be used in joking. Cic.
A droit-To the right. Fr. Ad hoc-For this purpose.
A drop of honey catches more flies than a 55 Ad hominem-Personal (lit, to the man).
hogshead of vinegar, Pr. Adhuc sub judice lis est—The affair is not yet A drop of water has all the properties of water, decided.
but it cannot exhibit a storm. Emerson. 20 Adhuc tua messis in herba est-Your crop is A drowning man will catch at a straw. Pr. still in grass. Ovid.
Adscriptus glebæ-- Attached to the soil. A die-From that day.
Adsit regula, peccatis quæ pænas irroget Adieu la voiture, adieu la boutique-Adieu to æquas---Have a rule apportioning to each offence the carriage, adieu to the shop, i.e., to the busi
its appropriate penalty. Hor. Fr. Pr.
Adstrictus necessitate--Bound by necessity. Cic. 60 Adieu, paniers ! vendanges sont faites-Fare. Ad summum-To the highest point. well, baskets! vintage is over. Fr.
Ad tristem partem strenua est suspicio-One Ad infinitum-To infinity.
is quick to suspect where one has suffered harm 25 Ad interim-Meanwhile.
before. Pub. Syr. Ad internecionem-To extermination.
Ad unguem-To a nicety (lit, to the nail). A Dio spiacente ed a' nemici sui-Hateful to Ad unum omnes-All to a (lit. one) man. God and the enemies of God. Dante.
A dur âne dur aiguillon-A hard goad for a stub- 65
born ass. Fr. Pr. A Dios rogando y con el mazo dando- Praying to God and smiling with the hammer. Sp. Pr.
Ad utrumque paratus-Prepared for either case. A discrétion-Without any restriction (lit. at Ad valorem--According to the value. discretion). Fr.
Advantage is a better soldier than rashness. 30 Ad libitum-At pleasure.
Hen. V., iii. 6. Ad majorem Dei gloriam-To the greater glory Adversa virtute repello—I repel adversity by
valour. M. of God (M. of the Jesuits). Ad mala quisque animum referat sua-Let each Adversity is a great schoolmistress, as many 70 recall his own woes. Ovid.
a poor fellow knows that has whimpered over
his lesson before her awful chair. Thackeray. Admiration praises; love is dumb. Börne. Ad modum-In the manner.
Adversity's sweet milk-philosophy. Rom. and
Jul., iii. 3. 35 Ad nauseam-To disgust; sickening.
Adversus solem ne loquitor-Speak not against Ad ogni santo la sua torcia-To every saint his the sun, i.e., don't argue against what is sun-clear. own torch, i.e., his place of honour. It. Pr.
Pr. Ad ogni uocello suo nido è bello-Every bird Ad vitam aut culpam-Till some misconduct be thinks its own nest beautiful. 11. Pr.
proved (lit. for life or fault). Ad ognuno par più grave la croce sua-Every Ad vivum-To the life. one thinks his own cross the hardest to bear.
A dwarf sees farther than the giant when he 75 It. Pr.
has the giant's shoulders to mount on. Cole A dog's life-hunger and ease.