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THE NEW CYCLOPEDIA
You are a devil at everything, and there is no The self-same thing they will abhor
kind of thing in the 'versal world but what you One way, and long another for.
can turn your hand to. BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 219. CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III.
Ch. XI. 2
Boils and plagues Plaster you o'er, that you may be abhorr'd Etiam illud adjungo, sæpius ad laudem atque Further than seen.
virtutem naturam sine doctrina, quam sine Coriolanus. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 37.
natura valisse doctrinam.
I add this also, that natural ability without How abhorred in my imagination it is!
education has oftener raised man to glory and Hamlet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 206.
virtue, than education without natural ability.
CICERO—Oratio Pro Licinio Archia. VII. few things loves better Than to abhor himself.
The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when Timon of Athens. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 60. he has the giant's shoulders to mount on. 5
COLERIDGE—The Friend. Sect. I. Essay VIII. * * more abhorr'd
(See also BUTLER) Than spotted livers in the sacrifice. Troilus and Cressida. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 18.
Pigmies placed on the shoulders of giants see
more than the giants themselves. * make the abhorrent eye
DIDACTUS STELLA-Lucan. Vol. II. 10. Quoted Roll back and close.
by BURTON-Anatomy of Melancholy. De
mocritus to the Reader. SOUTHEY-Curse of Kehama. VIII. 9.
(See also BUTLER) 7 ABILITY
Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soft desire. He'll find a way.
DRYDEN—Alexander's Feast. L. 160. BARRIE—Sentimental Tommy. (Corp's belief in Tommy and Tommy's in himself.)
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of
our abilities. Men who undertake considerable things, even FROUDE-Short Studies on Great Subjects. in a regular way, ought to give us ground to Education. presume ability
17 BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France. Every person is responsible for all the good
within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, For as our modern wits behold,
and none can tell whose sphere is the largest. Mounted a pick-back on the old,
GAIL HAMILTON—Country Living and CounMuch farther off, much further he,
try Thinking. Men and Women. Rais'd on his aged Beast, could see.
18 BUTLER—Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. L. 971. A Dwarf on a Giant's shoulder sees farther of
Same idea in MACAULAY Essay on SIR JAMES the two.
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19 He could raise scruples dark and nice,
C'est une grande habileté que de savoir And after solve 'em in a trice:
cacher son habileté. As if Divinity had catch'd
To know how to hide one's ability is great The itch, on purpose to be scratch'd.
skill. BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I. L. 163. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maximes. 245.
Absent in body, but present in spirit.
I Corinthians. V. 3.
14 Where'er I roam, whatever realms to see, My heart untravelled, fondly turns to thee; Still to my brother turns, with ceaseless pain, And drags at each remove a lengthening chain.
GOLDSMITH-Traveller. L. 7.
Achilles absent, was Achilles still.
HOMER—Iliad. Bk. 22. L. 415. POPE's trans.
A Traveller at Sparta, standing long upon one leg, said to a Lacedæmonian, "I do not believe you can do as much." "True," said he, "but every goose can.” PLUTARCH-Laconic Apothegms. Remarkable
Speeches of Some Obscure Men. Illud tamen in primis testandum est, nihil præcepta atqueartes valere nisi adjuvante natura.
One thing, however, I must premise, that without the assistance of natural capacity, rules and precepts are of no efficacy.
QUINTILIAN-Proæmium. I. 4. Die Menschen gehen wie Schiesskugeln weiter, wenn sie abgeglättet sind.
Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.
JEAN PAUL RICHTER—Titan. Zykel 26. Parvus pumilio, licet in monte constiterit; colossus magnitudinem suam servabit, etiam si steterit in puteo.
A dwarf is small even if he stands on a mountain; a colossus keeps his height, even if he stands in a well. SENECA-Epistles. 76.
(See also BUTLER) The world is like a board with holes in it, and the square men have got into the round holes.
SYDNEY SMITH, as quoted in Punch.
What shall I do with all the days and hours
That must be counted ere I see thy face? How shall I charm the interval that lowers
Between this time and that sweet time of grace? FRANCES ANNE KEMBLE-Absence.
Cum autem sublatus fuerit ab oculis, etiam cito transit a mente.
But when he (man) shall have been taken from sight, he quickly goes also out of mind. THOMAS & KEMPIS— Imitation of Christ. Bk.
I. Ch. XXIII. 1.
Les méchants sont toujours surpris de trouver de l'habileté dans les bons.
The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good. VAUVENARGUES—Réflexions. CIII.
Oft in the tranquil hour of night,
When stars illume the sky,
Possunt quia posse videntur.
They are able because they think they are able. VERGIL- Æneid. V. 231.
Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler.
BYRON—Don Juan. Canto III. St. 22.
For there's nae luck about the house;
Attributed to W. J. MICKLE—There's Nae