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Sure if they cannot cut, it may be said
His saws are toothless, and his hatchets lead.
POPE-Epilogue to Satires. Dialogue II: L.


It has been the providence of nature to give this creature nine lives instead of one.





He talks of wood: it is some carpenter.

Henry VI. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 90. Speak, what trade art thou? Why, sir, a carpenter.

Where is thy leather apron and thy rule? What dost thou with thy best apparel on?

Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 5. A carpenter's known by his chips.

SWIFTPolite Conversation. Dialogue II.


The carpenter dresses his plank—the tongue of his fore-plane whistles its wild ascending lisp. WALT WHITMAN—Leaves of Grass. Pt. Xỹ.

St. 77. 6 The house-builder at work in cities or anywhere, The preparatory jointing, squaring, sawing, mor

tising, The hoist-up of beams, the push of them in their

places, laying them regular, Setting the studs by their tenons in the mor

tises, according as they were prepared, The blows of the mallets and hammers. WALT WHITMAN-Song of the Broad-Axe. Pt. III. St. 4.


While cassias blossom in the zone of calms.

JEAN INGELOW-Sand Martins.


To all facts there are laws, The effect has its cause, and I mount to the

cause. OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt.

II. Canto III. St. 8. 16 Causa latet: vis est notissima.

The cause is hidden, but the result is known. OVID-Metamorphoses. IV. 287.

17 Ask you what provocation I have had? The strong antipathy of good to bad.

POPE-Epilogue to Satires. Dialogue 2. L. 205.

18 Your cause doth strike my heart.

Cymbeline. Act I. Sc. 6. L. 118.

Find out the cause of this effect,
Or rather say, the cause of this defect,
For this effect defective comes by cause.

Hamlet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 101.


God befriend us, as our cause is just!

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 120.

21 Mine's not an idle cause.

Othello. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 95.

22 Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.

Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things. VERGIL-Georgics. . II. 490.

CAT A cat may look at a king.

Title of a Pamphlet. (Published 1652)



Lauk! what a monstrous tail our cat has got! HENRY CAREYThe Dragon of Wantley. Act

II. Sc. 1.


Cedrus O’er yon bare knoll the pointed cedar shadows Drowse on the crisp, gray moss.

LOWELL-An Indian-Summer Reverie. Thus yields the cedar to the axe's edge, Whose arms gave shelter to the princely eagle.

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 11.




Mrs. Crupp had indignantly assured him that there wasn't room to swing a cat there; but as Mr. Dick justly observed to me, sitting down on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, “You know, Trotwood, I don't want to swing a cat. I never do swing a cat. Therefore what does that signify to me!"

DICKENS-David Copperfield. Vol. II. Ch. VI.


Confound the cats! All cats—alway-
Cats of all colours, black, white, grey;
By night a nuisance and by day-

Confound the cats! ORLANDO Thos. DOBBIN-A Dithyramb on


High on a hill a goodly Cedar grewe, Of wond'rous length and streight proportion, That farre abroad her daintie odours threwe; 'Mongst all the daughters of proud Libanon, Her match in beautie was not anie one. SPENSER—Visions of the World's Vanitie. St. . 7.


Eyes of some men travel far
For the finding of a star;
Up and down the heavens they go,

Men that keep a mighty rout!
I'm as great as they, I trow,

Since the day I found thee out, Little Flower!—I'll make a stir, Like a sage astronomer.

WORDSWORTH-To the Small Celandine.



The Cat in Gloves catches no Mice.

BENJ. FRANKLIN—Poor Richard's Almanac.


The cat would eat fish, and would not wet her

HEYWOOD-Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI.

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Le hasard c'est peut-être le pseudonyme de Dieu, quand il ne veut pas signer.

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when He did not want to sign. ANATOLE FRANCE-Le Jardin d'Epicure.

P. 132. Quoted “Le hasard, en defin

itive, c'est Dieu." 18 I shot an arrow into the air It fell to earth I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight.

LONGFELLOWThe Arrow and the Song.



When love begins to sicken and decay,
It useth an enforced ceremony,
There are no tricks in plain and simple faith.
Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 20.

To feed were best at home;
From thence the sauce to meat is ceremony;
Meeting were bare without it.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 36.

Ceremony was but devised at first
To set a gloss on faint deeds, hollow welcomes,
Recanting goodness, sorry ere 'tis shown;
But where there is true friendship, there needs

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Which erring men call chance.

MILTON-Comus. L. 587.


Chance is blind and is the sole author of creation.

J. X. B. SAINTINE-Picciola. Ch. III.


Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 15.





Ours is no sapling, chance-sown by the fountain,

Blooming at Beltane, in winter to fade.
SCOTT-Hail to the Chief. Lady of the Lake.

Canto II. Quoted by SENATOR VEST in

nominating BLAND in Chicago. Chance will not do the work-Chance sends the

breeze; But if the pilot slumber at the helm, The very wind that wafts us towards the port May dash us on the shelves.—The steersman's

part is vigilance, Blow it or rough or smooth.

SCOTT—Fortunes of Nigel. Ch. XXII.

If not, resolve, before we go,
That you and I must pull a crow.
Y' 'ad best (quoth Ralpho), as the Ancients
Say wisely, have a care o' the main chance.
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L.

I never in my life
Did hear a challenge urg'd more modestly,
Unless a brother should a brother dare
To gentle exercise and proof of arms.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 52.

There I throw my gage,
To prove it on thee to the extremest point
Of mortal breathing.

Richard II. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 46.




I shall show the cinders of my spirits
Through the ashes of my chance.

Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 173.


to weep.




Against ill chances men are ever merry;

Weep not that the world changes did it keep But heaviness foreruns the good event.

A stable, changeless state, it were cause indeed Henry IV. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 82. 2

But as the unthought-on accident is guilty
To what we wildly do, so we profess

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs Ourselves to be the slaves of chance, and flies

Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom Of every wind that blows.

flings. Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 519.

BYRON-Childe Harold. Canto I. St. 82. 3 Quam sæpe forte temere eveniunt, quæ non

14 I am not now audeas optare!

That which I have been. How often things occur by mere chance, BYRON---Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 185. which we dared not even to hope for.

15 TERENCEPhormio. V. 1. 31.

And one by one in turn, some grand mistake

Casts off its bright skin yearly like the snake. A lucky chance, that oft decides the fate

BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. St. 21. Of mighty monarchs.

16 THOMSONThe Seasons. Summer. L. 1,285.

A change came o'er the spirit of my dream. 5

BYRON—Dream. St. 3. Er spricht Unsinn; für den Vernünftigen

17 Menschen giebt es gar keinen Zufall. He talks nonsense; to a sensible man there

Shrine of the mighty! can it be,

That this is all remains of thee? is no such thing as chance. LUDWIG TIECK-Fortunat.

BYRON–Giaour. L. 106. Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can

How chang'd since last her speaking eye exist without a cause.

Glanc'd gladness round the glitt'ring room, VOLTAIRE-A Philosophical Dictionary. Where high-born men were proud to wait

Where Beauty watched to imitate.

BYRON—Parisina. St. 10.

vu les grands, mais je n'avais pas vu Today is not yesterday: we ourselves change; les petits.

how can our Works and Thoughts, if they are I had seen the great, but I had not seen the always to be the fittest, continue always the small.

same? Change, indeed, is painful; yet ever ALFIERIReason for Changing his Democratic needful; and if Memory have its force and worth, Opinions.

so also has Hope. 8

CARLYLE-Essays. Characteristics. Nè spegner pud per star nell'acqua il foco;

20 Nè può stato mutar per mutar loco.

Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis. Such fire was not by water to be drown'd,

Astra regunt homines, sed regit astra Deus. Nor he his nature changed by changing ground.

Times change and we change with them. ARIOSTO—Orlando Furioso. XXVIII.89.

The stars rule men but God rules the stars.

CELLARIUSHarmonia Macrocosmica. (1661) Joy comes and goes, hope ebbs and flows

The phrase "Tempora mutantur" Like the wave;

“Omnia mutantur" attributed by BORChange doth unknit the tranquil strength of men. BONIUS to EMPEROR LOTHARIUS I, in Love lends life a little grace,

Delitic Poetarum Germanorum. CICERO A few sad smiles; and then,

De Officiis. Bk. I. Ch. 10. Ovm-MetaBoth are laid in one cold place,

mor. Bk. III. 397. LACTANTIUS. Bk. III. In the grave.

Fable V. HOLINSHED Description of Great MATTHEW ARNOLD--A Question. St. 1.

Britain. (1571) Il n'y a rien de changé en France; il n'y a

Sancho Panza by name my own self, if I qu'un Français de plus.

was not changed in my cradle. Nothing has changed in France, there is only CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. 4. Ch. XXX. a Frenchman the more. Proclamation pub. in the Moniteur, April, An id exploratum cuiquam potest esse, quo

1814, as the words of COMTE D'ARTOIS modo sese habitarum sit corpus, non dico ad
(afterwards CHARLES X), on his entrance annum sed ad vesperam?
into Paris. Originated with COUNT Can any one find out in what condition his
BEUGNOT. Instigated by TALLEYRAND. body will be, I do not say a year hence, but
See M. DE VAULABELLEHist. des Deux this evening?
Restaurations. 3d Édit. II. Pp. 30, 31. CICERO—De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. II.
Also Contemporary Review, Feb., 1854.

228. 11 Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure. Non tam commutandarum, quam evertendarROBERT BROWNING—Rabbi Ben Ezra. St. 27. um rerum cupidi.






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