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Ferreus assiduo consumitur anulus usu.
The iron ring is worn out by constant use.
Either you pursue or push, O Sisyphus, the stone destined to keep rolling. OVID-Metamorphoses, 4, 459.
(See also LONGFELLOW) What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. WENDELL PHILLIPS—Speech. The Pilgrims.
Dec. 21, 1855.
Not always actions show the man; we find Who does a kindness is not therefore kind.
POPE–Moral Essays. Epistle I. L. 109.
What's done can't be undone.
(See also MONTAIGNE)
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 1.
24 How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them.
Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 71.
Ulysses. Sc. 3. L. 23. (''In the dust” in
Iron sharpeneth iron.
(See also HORACE) 11 So much to do; so little done. CECIL RHODES—Last words.
(See also TENNYSON)
Prius quam incipias consulto, et ubi consulueris mature facto opus est.
Get good counsel before you begin: and when you have decided, act promptly.
He that is overcautious will accomplish little. SCHILLER—Wilhelm Tell. III. 1. 72.
Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. HERBERT SPENCER — Social Statics. Ch.
XXXII. Par. 4.
The sweet remembrance of the just
Tate and BRADY—Psalm 112. (Ed. 1695)
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than the ears.
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 75.
So many worlds, so much to do,
So little done, such things to be. TENNYSON-In Memoriam. LXXII. 1.
(See also RHODES)
* the blood moré stirs To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 197.
I profess not talking: only this,
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 92.
Theirs not to make reply,
TENNYSON—Charge of the Light Brigade. St. 2.
Dicta et facta.
Said and done. Done as soon as said. TERENCE—Eunuchus. 5. 4. 19.
For fools admire, but men of sense approve.
POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 391.
14 Season your admiration for awhile.
Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 192.
Actum ne agas.
Do not do what is already done. TERENCE–Phormio. II. 3. 72. 3
A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE
WASHINGTON Social Maxims. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle this way or that.
WORDSWORTH–The Borderers. Act III. And all may do what has by man been done. YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 611.
ADMIRATION "Not to admire, is all the art I know (Plain truth, dear Murray, needs few flowers
of speech) To make men happy, or to keep them so,"
(So take it in the very words of Creech) Thus Horace wrote we all know long ago;
And thus Pope quotes the precept to re-teach From his translation; but had none admired, Would Pope have sung, or Horace been inspired? BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. 100. POPE
First Book of the Epistles of Horace. Ep. I.
Qui ne s'adventure n'a cheval ny mule, ce dist Salomon.-Qui trop, dist Echephron, s'adventureperd cheval et mule, respondit Malcon.
He who has not an adventure has not horse or mule, so says Solomon.–Who is too adventurous, said Echepbron, loses horse and mule. replied Malcon. RABELAIS–Gargantua. Bk. I. Ch. 33.
No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.
CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.
8 To admire nothing, (as most are wont to do;) Is the only method that I know, To make men happy, and to keep them so. THOMAS CREECH-Translation. Horace. I.
Ep. VI. 1. (See also BYRON)
Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.
For when they happen at a riper age,
And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm or woman's
rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so
weighty. BYRON— Don Juan. Canto XII. St. 50.
Heroes themselves had fallen behind! -Whene'er he went before.
GOLDSMITH-A Great Man.
Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. CARLYLE—Heroes and Hero Worship. Lec
In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
Ecclesiastes. VIII. 14.
On dit que dans ses amours
to BERNARD DE LA MONNOYE. (Source of
When she has walk'd before.
We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 305.
Aromatic plants bestow
(See also ROGERS) 24 Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!
GRAY-Hymn to Adversity. St. 1.
ADVERTISEMENT (See JOURNALISM, News)
Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui ne nous deplaist pas.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 99. (Ed. 1665.
Suppressed in 3rd ed. Quoted as old saying.)
ADVICE The worst men often give the best advice. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. Evening. L. 917.
(See LOWELL, under ACTION)
A fop sometimes gives important advice.
Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet, To think how mony counsels sweet, How mony lengthened, sage advices, The husband frae the wife despises.
BURNS—Tam o' Shanter. L. 33.
Adversæ res admonent religionum.
Adversity reminds men of religion.
(See also GOLDSMITH) Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.
Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. SENECA–Lib. de Divina Providentia.
(See also SYDNEY SMITH) Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.
Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war. SENECA-De Providentia. IV.
Sweet are the uses of adversity;
As You Like It. Act II. Sc. I. L. 12.
Dicen, que el primer consejo
They say that the best counsel is that of woman. CALDERON—El Médico de su Honra. I. 2.
19 Let no man value at a little price A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words. GEORGE CHAPMAN—The Gentleman Usher.
Act IV. Sc. 1.
A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 24.
'Twas good advice, and meant, “My son, be good.” GEORGE CRABBE—The Learned Boy. Vol. V.
Know when to speake; for many times it brings Danger to give the best advice to kings.
HERRICK—Caution in Councell.
His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 64.
Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.
Whatever advice you give, be short. HORACE-Ars Poetica. CCCXXXV.
Then know, that I have little wealth to lose;
We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.
LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim. 403.
In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.
In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. LIVY-Annales. XXV. 38.
A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure. SYDNEY SMITH-Sermon on the Duties of the Queen. (1837)
(See also SENECA) 12 In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends.
SWIFT- On the Death of Dr. Swift.
No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice. MANUEL-Conde Lucanor.
Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.
We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick. TERENCE-Andria. II. 1. 9.
C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.
The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them. MONTAIGNE—Essays. III. 1.
3 Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.
Take the first advice of a woman and not the second. GILBERTUS COGNATUS NOXERANUS—Sylloge.
See J. J. GRYNÆUS-Adagia. P. 130. LANGIUS— Polyanthea Col. (1900) same sentiment. (Prends le premier conseil d'une
femme et non le second. French for same.) Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus, Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.
Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their
pains and are laughed to scorn. PHÆDRUS-Fabulæ. I. 25.
5 Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.
POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 578. In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
Proverbs. XI. 14; XXIV. 6.
He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.
Psalms. XVIII. 10.
For I dipt into the future far as human eye could
see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder
that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of
magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down
with costly bales; Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there
rain'd a ghastly dew From the nations' airy navies grappling in the
central blue. TENNYSON—Locksley Hall. 117.
"Wal, I like flyin' well enough,"
Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome.
Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 112.
When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.
King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 76.
10 Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often stilld my brawling discontent.
Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 8.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 3.
Darius was clearly of the opinion
"The birds can fly, an' why can't I? Must we give in,” says he with a grin, “That the bluebird an' phoebe are smarter 'n
we be?” TROWBRIDGE-Darius Green and his Flying
The objects that we have known in better days are the main props that sustain the weight of our affections, and give us strength to await our future lot. WM. HAZLITT—Table Talk. On the Past and
Affliction is enamour'd of thy parts,
Romeo and Juliet. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 2.
Affliction is not sent in vain, young man,
Who hath not saved some trifling thing
More prized than jewels rare,
A tress of golden hair.
Flower. 3 Talk not of wasted affection, affection never
was wasted. If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters,
returning Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill
them full of refreshment; That which the fountain sends forth returns
again to the fountain. LONGFELLOW_Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1.
4 Affection is a coal that must be coold; Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.
Venus and Adonis. L. 387.
5 Of such affection and unbroken faith As temper life's worst bitterness.
SHELLEY—The Cenci. Act III. Sc. 1.
Affliction is the good man's shining scene;
braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise. BURNS-Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.
AGE (See also ANTIQUITY)
Weak withering age no rigid law forbids,
Bk. II. L. 484.
Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
BURNS-A Winter Night.
9 Damna minus consueta movent.
The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us.
CLAUDIANUS—In Eutropium. II. 149. Crede mihi, miseris ccelestia numina parcunt; Nec semper læsos, et sine fine, premunt.
Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate. OVID—Epistolæ Ex Ponto. III. 6. 21.
What is it to grow old?
MATTHEW ARNOLD—Growing Old.
On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. “It is very small for its age,” said Gnathæna.
ATHENÆUS—Deipnosophists. XIII. 46.
Henceforth I'll bear Affliction till it do cry out itself, Enough, enough, and die.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6. L. 75.
12 Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire; that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 46.
Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.
Bacon-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age.