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Solamen miseris socios habuisse doloris.

It is a comfort to the unfortunate to have companions in woe. Quoted by DOMINICUS DE GRAVINA-Chron.

de Rebus, in Apul. Gest. THOMAS À KEMPIS— De Valle Siliorum. Ch. 16. DIONYSIUS Cato. SPINOZA-Ethics. IV. 57 (“Alorum" for "doloris." THUCYDIDES -VII. 75.

(See also MARLOWE, SENECA) It takes two for a kiss

Only one for a sigh, Twain by twain we marry

One by one we die.

FREDERICK L. KNOWLES-Grief and Joy. Joy is a partnership,

Grief weeps alone,
Many guests had Cana;

Gethsemane but one.

It is a comfort to the miserable to have comrades in misfortune, but it is a poor comfort after all. MARLOWE-Faustus.

(See also GRAVINA) Two i's company, three i's trumpery.

MRS. PARR—Adam and Eve. "LŇ. 124. Male voli solatii genus est turbu miserorum.

A crowd of fellow-sufferers is a miserable kind of comfort. SENECA-Consol. ad Marc. 12. 5.

(See also MARLOWE) 7

Ante, inquit, circumspiciendum est, cum quibos edas et bibas, quam quid edas et bibas.

(Epicurus) says that you should rather have regard to the company with whom you eat and drink, than to what you eat and drink.

SENECA—Epistles. XIX.
Nullius boni sine sociis jucunda possessio est.

No possession is gratifying without a companion.

SENECA Epistles. Ad Lucilium. VI.

'Tis light translateth night; 'tis inspiration Expounds experience; 'tis the west explains The east; 'tis time unfolds Eternity.

BAILEY--Festus. Sc. A Ruined Temple.

Glass antique! 'twixt thee and Nell
Draw we here a parallel!
She, like thee, was forced to bear
All reflections, foul or fair.

Thou art deep and bright within,
Depths as bright belong'd to Gwynne;
Thou art very frail as well,
Frail as flesh is,-80 was Nell.
L. BLANCHARD_Nell Gwynne's Looking Glass.

St. 1.




Comparisons are odious.
ARCHBISHOP BOIARDO-Orlando Innamorato.

Ch. VI. St. 4. BURTON-Anatomy of Me-
lancholy. Pt. III. Sec. III. Memb. 1.
Subsec. 2. CAREW—Describing Mount Edg-
cumbe. (About 1590) DONNE-Elegy. VIII.
(1619) FORTESCUE De Laudibus Leg.
Angliæ. Ch. 19. GABRIEL HARVEY-Ar-
chaica. Vol. II. P. 23._(1592) HERBERT
-Jacula Prudentum. HEYWOOD-Woman
Killed with Kindness. Act I. Sc. 2. LODO-

-Lloyd Marrow of History. P. 19. (1653)—Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 5. 1. 19. has odorous. W. P. in Pasquine in a Traunce. Folio 4. (1549) WHITGIFT Defence of the Answer to the Administration. (1574) Parker Society's Whitgift. Vol. II.

P. 434. (See also LYDGATE) Not worthy to carry the buckler unto him. SIR THOMAS BROWNEReligio Medici. Pt. I.

Sec. 21.






How is it less or worse
That it shall hold companionship in peace
With honour, as in war?

Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 49.

10 No blast of air or fire of sun Puts out the light whereby we run

With girdled loins our lamplit race,

And each from each takes heart of grace And spirit till his turn be done.

SWINBURNE—Songs Before Sunrise. Comes jucundus in via pro vehiculo est.

A pleasant companion on a journey is as good as a carriage. ŠTRUS-Maxims. Join the company of lions rather than assume the lead among foxes.

Talmud Aboth. IV. 20.

It's wiser being good than bad;

It's safer being meek than fierce:
It's fitter being sane than mad.

My own hope is, a sun will pierce
The thickest cloud earth ever stretched;

That, after Last, returns the First,
Though a wide compass round be fetched;

That what began best, can't end worst,
Nor what God blessed once, prove accurst.
ROBERT BROWNING—Apparent Failure. VII.

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.

BURKE-Prior's Life of Burke.
To liken them to your auld-warld squad,
I must needs say comparisons are odd.
BURNS—Brigs of Ayr. L. 177.

(See also LYDGATE)















Some say, that Seignior Bononchini

Who wer as lyke as one pease is to another. Compard to Handel's a mere Ninny;

LYLY-Euphues. P. 215. Others aver, to him, that Handel

(See also GASCOIGNE) Is scarcely fit to hold a candle. Strange! that such high Disputes shou'd be Hoc ego, tuque sumus: sed quod sum, non potes 'Twixt Tweedledum and Tweedledee. JOHN BYROM-Epigram on the Feuds between Tu quod es, e populo quilibet esse potest.

Handel and Bononcini. As given in the Such are thou and I: but what I am thou London Journal, June 5, 1725.

canst not be; what thou art any one of the

multitude may be. Some say, compared to Bononcini,

MARTIAL-Epigrams. V. 13. 9. That Mynheer Handel's

but a ninny; Others aver, that he to Handel

Sunt bona, sunt quædam mediocria, sunt Is scarcely fit to hold a Candle:

mala plura. Strange all this difference should be,

Some are good, some are middling, the most 'Twixt Tweedle dum and Tweedle dee!

are bad. JOHN BYROM's Epigram as published later, MARTIAL-Epigrams. I. 17. 1.

probably changed by himself. Not fit to hold a candle to him.

L'ape e la serpe spesso From the Roman Catholic custom of holding Suggon l'istesso umore; candles before shrines, in processions.

The bee and the serpent often sip from the (See also BROWNE)

selfsame flower.

METASTASIO—Morte d'Abele. I. Is it possible your pragmatical worship should not know that the comparisons made between Il y a fagots et fagots. wit and wit, courage and courage, beauty and There are fagots and fagots. beauty, birth and birth, are always odious and ill MOLIÈRE-Le Médecin Malgré lui. I. 6. taken? CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. I. The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in (See also BOIARDO)

the same mould.

The same reason

that makes us wrangle with a neighbour causes At whose sight, like the sun,

a war betwixt princes. All others with diminish'd lustre shone.

MONTAIGNE-Apology for Raimond de Sebond. CICEROTusculan Disp. Bk. III. Div. 18. Bk. II. Ch. XII. YONGE's trans.

A man must either imitate the vicious or hate Similem habent labra lactucam.

them. Like lips like lettuce (i. e. like has met its MONTAIGNE-Essays. Of Solitude. like).

19 CRASSUS. See CICERODe Finibus. V. 30. 92. We are nearer neighbours to ourselves than

whiteness to snow, or weight to stones.
About a donkey's taste why need we fret us? MONTAIGNE-Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XII.
To lips like his a thistle is a lettuce.
Free trans. by WM. EWART of the witticism No more like together than is chalke to coles.

that made Crassus laugh for the only time, SIR Thos. MORE-Works. P. 674.
on seeing an ass eat thistles. Quoted by
FACCIOLATI (Bailey's ed.) and by MOORE Everye white will have its blacke,
in his Diary (Lord John Russell's ed.) And everye sweet its soure.

Thos. PERCY-Reliques. Sir Curline.
Like to like.
GASCOIGNEComplaynt of Philomene.

Another yet the same.
(See also ARISTOTLE)

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Everything is twice as large, measured on a The rose and thorn, the treasure and dragon, three-year-old's three-foot scale as on a thirty- | joy and sorrow,

all mingle into one. year-old's six-foot scale.

SAADIThe Gulistan. Ch. VII. Apologue 21. HOLMESPoet at the Breakfast Table. I.

Ross' trans. Too great refinement is false delicacy, and true Einem ist sie die hohe, die himmlische Göttin, delicacy is solid refinement.

dem andern LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxims. No. 131. Eine tüchtige Kuh, die ihn mit Butter versorgt.

To one it is a mighty heavenly goddess, to And but two ways are offered to our will,

the other an excellent cow that furnishes him Toil with rare triumph, ease with safe disgrace, with butter. The problem still for us and all of human race. SCHILLER—Wissenschaft. LOWELL Under the Old Elm. Pt. VII. St. 3.

Those that are good manners at the court are Comparisons do ofttime great grievance.

as ridiculous in the country as the behaviour of JOHN LYDGATE-Bochas. Bk. III. Ch. VIII. the country is most mockable at the court. (See also BOIARDO)

As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 46.





Nature hath meal and bran, contempt and grace.

( 'ymbeline. Act. IV Sc. 2. L. 27.

2 Hyperion to a satyr.

Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 140.


No more like my father Than I to Hercules.

Hamlet. Act I, Sc. 2. L. 152.

O, the more angel she, And you the blacker devil!

Othello. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 130.

5 Crabbed age and youth cannot live together.

Passionate Pilgrim. Pt. XII.


Silphium laciniatum Look at this vigorous plant that lifts its head

from the meadow, See how its leaves are turned to the north, as

true as the magnet; This is the compass-flower, that the finger of

God has planted Here in the houseless wild, to direct the travel

ler's journey Over the sea-like, pathless, limitless waste of the

desert, Such in the soul of man is faith. LONGFELLOW-Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 4. L. 140.

COMPENSATION Each loss has its compensation

There is healing for every pain,
But the bird with a broken pinion

Never soars so high again.



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find it after many days. Ecclesiastes. XI. 1.



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Duo quum idem faciunt, sæpe ut possis dicere, Hoc licet impune facere huic, illi non licet: Non quod dissimilis res sit, sed quod is sit.

When two persons do the self-same thing, it oftentimes falls out that in the one it is criminal, in the other it is not so; not that the thing itself is different, but he who does it. TERENCE-Adelphi. V. III. 37.

9 Sic canibus catulos similes, sic matribus hædos Noram; sic parvis componere magna solebam.

Thus I knew that pups are like dogs, and kids like goats; so I used to compare great things with small. VERGI-Ecloge. I. 23. 10

Qui n'est que juste est dur, qui n'est que sage est triste.

He who is not just is severe, he who is not wise is sad. VOLTAIREEpître au Roi de Prusse. (1740) 11

The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary. Es

say. Contrast. For like to like, the proverb saith.

Thos. WYATT-The Lover Complaineth.

For as saith a proverb notable,
Each thing seeketh his semblable.
Thos. WYATT-The Re-cured Lover.

(See also ARISTOTLE)

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Earth gets its price for what Earth gives us,

The beggar is taxed for a corner to die in, The priest hath his fee who comes and shrives

us, We bargain for the graves we lie in; At the devil's booth are all things sold,


Each ounce of dross costs its ounce of gold;

For a cap and bells our lives we pay, Bubbles we buy with a whole soul's tasking,

'Tis heaven alone that is given away, 'Tis only God may be had for the asking, No price is set on the lavish summer; June may be had by the poorest comer.

CONCEIT I've never any pity for conceited people, be cause I think they carry their comfort about with them. GEORGE ELIOT-The Mill on the Floss. Bk. V.

Ch. IV.



Pt. I.



Merciful Father, I will not complain.
I know that the sunshine shall follow the rain.

JOAQUIN MILLERFor Princess Maud.



Sæpe creat molles aspera spina rosas.

The prickly thorn often bears soft roses. OVIDEpistolæ Ex Ponto. II. 2. 34.


Long pains are light ones,
Cruel ones are brief!

J. G. SAXE—Compensation.

For what are they all in their high conceit,
When man in the bush with God may meet?

EMERSONGood-Bye. St. 4.

The world knows only two, that's Rome and I.

BEN JONSON-Sejanus. Act V. Sc. 1.
In men this blunder still you find,
All think their little set mankind.


Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

Proverbs. XXVI. 12. 18

Wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.

Proverbs. XXVI. 16.

Be not wise in your own conceits.

Romans. XII. 16.
Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop
RUSKINTrue and Beautiful. Morals and

Religion. Function of the Artist.

The burden is equal to the horse's strength.

Talmud. Sota. 13.

That not a moth with vain desire
Is shrivel'd in a fruitless fire,
Or but subserves another's gain.

TENNYSON--In Memoriam. LIV.


him up.

Primo avulso non deficit alter aureus.

One plucked, another fills its room
And burgeons with like precious bloom.
VERGILÆneid. VI. 143.



Conceit in weakest bodies strongest works.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 114.


And light is mingled with the gloom,

And joy with grief;
Divinest compensations come,
Through thorns of judgment mercies bloom

In sweet relief.
WHITTIER—Anniversary Poem. St. 15.

I am not in the roll of common men.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 43.


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Conceit, more rich in matter than in words,
Brags of his substance, not of ornament:
They are but beggars that can count their worth.

Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 29.

24" Whoe'er imagines prudence all his own, Or deems that he hath powers to speak and

judge Such as none other hath, when they are known, They are found shallow.

SOPHOCLES—Antigone. 707.

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Faith, that's as well said as if I had said it myself.

SWIFT-Polite Conversation. Dialogue II.

'Twas never merry world Since lowly feigning was called compliment.

Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 109.
A woman


* always feels herself complimented by love, though it may be from a man incapable of winning her heart, or perhaps even her esteem. ABEL STEVENSLife of Madame de Staël.

Ch. III.

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Current among men, Like coin, the tinsel clink of compliment.

TENNYSON—The Princess. Pt. II. L. 40.

Confess yourself to heaven; Repent what's past; avoid what is to come.

Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 149.





CONGO (RIVER) Confess thee freely of thy sin; or to deny each article with oath

Then I saw the Congo, creeping through the Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception

black, That I do groan withal.

Cutting through the jungle with a golden track. Othello. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 54.

NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAYThe Congo. I own the soft impeachment.

CONQUEST (See also VICTORY) SHERIDANThe Rivals. Act V. Sc. 3.

Great things thro' greatest hazards are achiev'd,

And then they shine. CONFIDENCE 3

BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Loyal Subject. Confidence is that feeling by which the mind Act I. Sc. 5. embarks in great and honourable courses with a sure hope and trust in itself.

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, CICERO-Rhetorical Inwention.

Must look down on the hate of those below.

BYRONChilde Harold. Canto III. St. 45. I see before me the statue of a celebrated minister, who said that confidence was a plant of Jus belli, ut qui vicissent, iis quos vicissent, slow growth. But I believe, however gradual quemadmodum vellent, imperarent. may be the growth of confidence, that of credit It is the right of war for conquerors to treat requires still more time to arrive at maturity. those whom they have conquered according BENJ. DISRAELI—Speech. Nov. 9, 1867. to their pleasure. (See also Pitt)

CÆSAR-Bellum Gallicum. I. 36.

17 La confiance que l'on a en soi fait naître la In hoc signo vinces. plus grande partie de celle que l'on a aux autres. Conquer by this sign.

The confidence which we have in ourselves CONSTANTINE THE GREAT, after his defeat of gives birth to much of that which we have in Maxentius, at Saxe Rubra, Oct. 27, 312. others. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD Premier Supplément. A vaincre sans péril on triomphe sans gloire. 49.

We triumph without glory when we conquer

without danger. He that wold not when he might,

He shall not when he wold-a.
Thos. PERCY-Reliques. The Baffled Knight. Like Douglas conquer, or like Douglas die.
St. 14.

JOHN HOME-Douglas. Act. V. Sc. 1. L. 100.







Confidence is a plant of slow growth in an
aged bosom.
WILLIAM PITT (Earl of Chatham)—Speech.
Jan. 14, 1766.

(See also DISRAELI) Ultima talis erit quæ mea prima fides.

My last confidence will be like my first.
PROPERTIUSElegiæ. II. 20. 34.

Sai, che piegar si vede
Il docile arboscello,
Che vince allor che cede
Dei turbini al furor.

Know that the slender shrub which is seen to bend, conquers when it yields to the storm. METASTASIO 11 Trionfo di Clelia. I. 8.




Cede repugnanti; cedendo victor abibis.

Yield to him who opposes you; by yielding you conquer. OVID-Ars Amatoria. II. 197.



Your wisdom is consum'd in confidence.
Do not go forth to-day.
Julius Cæsar. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 49.

I would have some confidence with you that
decerns you nearly.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 5.

L. 3.

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Male vincetis, sed vincite.

You will hardly conquer, but conquer you
Ovid Metamorphoses. IX. 509.

Victi vincimus.

Conquered, we conquer.
PLAUTUS—Casina. Act I. 1.

Victor victorum cluet.

He is hailed a conqueror of conquerors.
PLAUTUS—Trinummus. Act II. 2.

Shall they hoist me up,
And show me to the shouting varletry.
Of censuring Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt
Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus' mud
Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies
Blow me into abhorring!

Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 55.



Nusquam tuta fides.

Confidence is nowhere safe.
VERGIL-Æneid. IV. 373.

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