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LUCRETIUS. 95–55 B. C.

Continual dropping wears away a stone.

De Rerum Natura. i. 313. What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.”

iv. 637. In the midst of the fountain of wit there arises something bitter, which stings in the very flowers.


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Brave men were living before Agamemnon.

Odes. iv. 9, 25. In peace, as a wise man, he should make suitable preparation for war.

Satires. ii. 2. (111.) You may see me, fat and shining, with well-cared-for hide, a hog from Epicurus's herd.

4, 15. What the discordant harmony of circumstances would and could effect.?

Epistles. i. 12, 19. If you wish me to weep, you yourself must feel grief.

Ars Poetica, 102. The mountains will be in labour; an absurd mouse will be born.o


Even the worthy Homer sometimes nods.10


i See Lyly, page 32.
2 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 199.
8 See Byron, page 510.

4 See Byron, page 6 See Washington, page 425.

6 See Mason, page 893. 7 See Burke, page 409

8 See Churchill, page 412. 9 A mountain was in labour, sending forth dreadful groans, and there was in the region the highest expectation. After all, it brought forth a mouse. — PHEDRUS : Fables, iv. 22, 1.

The old proverb was now made good : “ The mountain had brought forth a mouse." - PLUTARCH : Life of Agesilaus II.

10 See Pope, page 323.

OVID. 43 B. C.-18 A. D.

may be seen. 1

They come to see; they come that they themselves

The Art of Lore. i. 99. Nothing is stronger than custom.

ii. 345. Then the omnipotent Father with his thunder made Olyinpus tremble, and from Ossa hurled Pelion.?

Metamorphoses. i. It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.3

xiii. The mind, conscious of rectitude, laughed to scorn the falsehood of report.

Fasti. iv. 311.


Love thyself, and many will hate thee.

Frag. 146. Practice in time becomes second nature.5

Frag. 227. When God is planning ruin for a man, He first deprives 1,53 him of his reason.

Frag. 379.
When I am dead let fire destroy the world;

It matters not to me, for I am safe. Frag. 430.
Toil does not come to help the idle.

Frag. 440.

1 See Chaucer, page 3. 2 See Pope, page 344.

I would have you call to mind the strength of the ancient giants, that undertook to lay the high mountain Pelion on the top of Ossa, and set among those the shady Olympus. RABELAIS: Works, book iv. chap. xxxvii.

8 See Watts, page 303.

4 And the mind conscious of virtue may bring to thee suitable rewards. VIRGIL: Æneid, i. 604

5 Custom is almost a second nature. - PLUTARCH: Rules for the Preservation of Health, 18. 6 See Dryden. page 269.

This may hare been the original of the well known (but probably postclassical) line, “Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat prius." Publius Syrus has, “Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere."

(Translation by Darius Lyman. The numbers are those of the

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.

Maxim 1. To do two things at once is to do neither. Maxim 7.

We are interested in others when they are interested in us.?

Marim 16. Every one excels in something in which another fails.

Maxim 17. The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.3

Maxim 24. A god could hardly love and be wise.*

Maxim 25. The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.Maxim 38. He sleeps well who knows not that he sleeps ill.

Maxim 77. A good reputation is more valuable than money.

Maxim 108. It is well to moor your bark with two anchors.

Maxim 119. Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.?

Marim 120. An agreeable companion on a journey is as good as a carriage.

Maxim 143. Society in shipwreck is a comfort to all.8 Maxim 144. Many receive advice, few profit by it.

Maxim 149.


1 Commonly called Publius, but spelled Publilius by Pliny (Natural History, 35, sect. 199).

2 We always like those who admire us. · RocheFOUCAULD: Maxim 294. 8 See Edwards, page 21. 4 It is impossible to love and be wise. Bacon : Of Love (quoted). 5 See Shakespeare, page 154.

6 A good name is better than riches. — CERVANTEs: Don Quixote, part ii. book ii. chap. xxxiii.

7 The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to profit by the folly of others. — Pliny: Natural History, book xviii. sect. 31.

8 See Maxim 995.

Patience is a remedy for every sorrow.' Maxim 170. While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity.

Maxim 185. Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.

Maxim 191. Even a single hair casts its shadow.

Maxim 228. It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.

Maxim 233. We may with advantage at times forget what we know.

Maxim 234. You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot.?

Maxim 262. What is left when honour is lost?

Maxim 265. A fair exterior is a silent recommendation. Maxim 267. Fortune is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.

Maxim 274. When Fortune is on our side, popular favour bears her company.

Maxim 275. When Fortune flatters, she does it to betray. Maxim 277.

Fortune is like glass, — the brighter the glitter, the more easily broken.

Maxim 280. It is more easy to get a favour from fortune than to keep it.

Maxim 282. His own character is the arbiter of every one's fortune.3

Maxim 283. There are some remedies worse than the disease. 4

Marim 301. Powerful indeed is the empire of habit. Maxim 305. Amid a multitude of projects, no plan is devised.

Marim 319. 1 See Plautus, page 701.

2 See Heywood, page 10. 3 See Bacon, page 167. 4 See Bacon, page 165.

Marius said, “I see the cure is not worth the pain.” – PLUTARCH : Life of Caius Marius.

5 Habit is second nature. MONTAIGNE : Essays, book ii. chap. x.

6 He that hath many irons in the fire, some of them will cool. – Hazlitt: English Proverbs.

It is easy for men to talk one thing and think another.

Maxim 322. When two do the same thing, it is not the same thing after all.

Maxim 338. A cock has great influence on his own dunghill.

Maxim 357. Any one can hold the helm when the sea is calm.2

Maxim 358. No tears are shed when an enemy dies. Maxim 376. The bow too tensely strung is easily broken.

Maxim 388. Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.

Maxim 401. No pleasure endures unseasoned by variety.*

Marim 406. The judge is condemned when the criminal is acquitted.*

Maxim 407. Practice is the best of all instructors.5

Maxim 439. He who is bent on doing evil can never want occasion.

Maxim 459. One man's wickedness may easily become all men's

Maxim 463. Never find your delight in another's misfortune.

Maxim 467. It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.

Maxim 469. It is better to have a little than nothing. Maxim 484. It is an unhappy lot which finds no enemies.

Maxim 499. I See Heywood, page 14.

2 The sea being smooth,

shallow bauble boats dare sail
Upon her patient breast.

SHAKESPEARE : Troilus and Cressida, act i. sc. 3. 8 See Cowper, page 419.

4 Judex damnatur cum nocens absolvitur, – the motto adopted for the “ Edinburgh Review."

5 Practice makes perfect. — Proverb.


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