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Talk of nothing but business, and despatch that business quickly.
The empire is peace.*
The guard dies, but never surrenders.
The king reigns, but does not govern.
Pelion with all its growth of leafy woods
BRYANT: Odyssey, book ri. 390.
Drake, stanza 99 (1596). Ter sunt conati imponere Pelio Ossam. – Virgil: Georgics, i. 281. i See Shakespeare, page 64. 2 See Rabelais, page 771.
Æschines (Adv. Ctesiphon, c. 53) ascribes to Demosthenes the expression υποτίτμηται τα νεύρα των πραγμάτων, “The sinews of afairs are cut.” Diogenes Laertius, in his Life of Bion (lib. iv. c. 7, sect. 3), represents that philosopher as saving, Tov TAOÛTOV elvai veúpa a payuátwv, — "Riches were the sinews of business," or, as the phrase may mean,
"of the state." Referring perhaps to this maxim of Bion, Plutarch says in his Life of Cleo menes (c. 27), “Ile who first called money the sinews of the state seems to have said this with special reference to war." Accordingly we find money called expressly tà veūpa Toù modéuov, “the sinews of war," in Libani!“, Orat. xlvi. (vol. ii. p. 477, ed. Reiske), and by the scholast on Pindar
, Olymp. i. 4 (compare Photius, Lex. s.v. Meydropos Tloutou). So Cicero, Philipp. v. 2, "nervos belli, infinitam pecuniam."
3 A placard of Aldus on the door of his printing-office. — DIBDIX: Intro duction, vol. i. p. 436.
4 This saying occurs in Louis Napoleon's speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Bordeaux, Oct. 9, 1852. 5 Words engraved upon the monument erected to Cambronne at Nantes.
This phrase, attributed to Cambronne, who was made prisoner at Waterloo, was vehemently denied by him. It was invented by Rougemont, a prolific author of mots, two days after the battle, in the “Indépendant.” – FOURNIER : L'Esprit dans l'Histoire.
6 A motto adopted by Thiers for the “ Nationale," July 1, 1803. In the beginning of the seventeenth century Jan Zamoyski in the Polish parliament said, “The king reigns, but does not govern."
The style is the man himself.1
“There is no other royal path which leads to geometry,” said Euclid to Ptolemy 1.2 There is nothing new except what is forgotten.' They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.' We are dancing on a volcano. Who does not love wine, women, and song Remains a fool his whole life long God is on the side of the strongest battalions."
Terrible he rode alone,
With his Yemen sword for aid;
The Death Feud. An Arab War-song. 8
? BUFFON : Discours de Reception (Recueil de l'Académie, 175,3).
See Burton, page 186. 2 Proclus : Commentary
on Euclid's Elements, buok ii, chap. iv. 8 Attributed to Madeinoiselle Bertin, milliner to Marie An:oinette.
** There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated,”. motto of the "Revue Rétrospective.”.
* This saying is attributed to Talleyrand. In a letter of the Chevalier de Panat to Mallet du Pan, January, 1796, it occurs almost literally, — “No one is right ; no one could forget anything, nor learn anything."
6 Words uttered by Conte de Salvandy (1796-1856) at a fete given by the Duke of Orleans to the King of Naples, 1830.
6 Attributed to Luther, but more probably a saying of J. H. Voss (17511826), according to Redlich, “ Die poetischen Beiträge zum Wandsbecker Botben," Hamburg, 1871, p. 67. – King: Classical and Foreign Quotations (1887).
Napoleon said, “ Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.” 8 Anonymous translation from “ Tait's Magazine," July, 1850. The poem is of an age earlier than that of Mahomet.
7 See Gibbon, page 430.
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis i. 3. It is not good that the man should be alone. Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh.
They sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot. n. 9.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
it. 6. Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and
In a good old age.
and hand against him.
man's zvi. 12 rix, 26.
Old and well stricken in age.
Genesis xviii. 11. His wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
The voice is Jacob's voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
xxvii. 22. They stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours.
xxxvii. 23, Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
xlii. 38. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel. I have been a stranger in a strange land. Exodus ii. 22. A land flowing with milk and honey.
iir. 8; Jeremiah xxxii. 22. Darkness which may be felt.
The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.
Leviticus xiz. 18.
Numbers xxii. 28.
When we sat by the fleshpots.
The Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times ?
Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his !
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
Man doth not live by bread only.
Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Deuteronomy viii. 3.
Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Deuteronomy tarii. 6
Julges c. 7.
I am going the way of all the earth. Joshua xziü. 14.
At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down : at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer ? He smote them hip and thigh. The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. From Dan even to Beer-sheba. The people arose as one man.
Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodg. est, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. .
Quit yourselves like men.
David therefore departed thence and escaped to the cave Adullam.
Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.
Ruth i. 16.
1 Samuel ir. 9.
2 Samuel i. 20