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The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.
Maxim 511. A rolling stone gathers no moss. 2
Maxim 524. Never promise more than you can perform. Maxim 528. A wise man never refuses anything to necessity.3
Maxim 540 No one should be judge in his own cause. Maxim 545. Necessity knows no law except to conquer. Maxim 553. Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.
Maxim 557. We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.
Maxim 559. It is only the ignorant who despise education.
Maxim 571. Do not turn back when you are just at the goal.?
Maxim 580. It is not every question that deserves an answer.
Maxim 581. No man is happy who does not think himself so.8
Maxim 584. Never thrust your own sickle into another's corn.'
Maxim 593. You cannot put the same shoe on every foot.
1 See Shakespeare, page 48.
2 See Heywood, page 14. 8 Yet do I hold that mortal foolish who strives against the stress of necessity. – EURIPIDES: Hercules Furens, line 281.
4 It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause. — PASCAL: Thoughts, chap. iv. 1. 5 See Milton, page 232.
6 See Chaucer, page 3. 7 When men are arrived at the goal, they should not turn back. — PluTARCH: Of the Training of Children.
8 No man can enjoy happiness without thinking that he enjoys it. — Johnson: The Rambler, p. 150.
9 Did thrust as now in others' corn his sickle. Du BARTAS: Divine Weekes and Workes, part ii. Second Weeke.
Not presuming to put my sickle in another man's corn. – NICHOLAS Yoxge: Musica T'ransalpini. Epistle Dedicatory. 1588.
He bids fair to grow wise who has discovered that he is not so.
Maxim 598. A guilty conscience never feels secure.1 Maxim 617.
Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.?
Maxim 633. Familiarity breeds contempt.
Maxim 640. Money alone sets all the world in motion. Macim 656. He who has plenty of pepper will pepper his cabbage.
Maxim 673. You should go to a pear-tree for pears, not to an elm.*
Maxim 674. It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.
Maxim 675. We should provide in peace what we need in war."
Maxim 709. Look for a tough wedge for a tough log. Maxim 723.
How happy the life unembarrassed by the cares of business!
Macim 725. They who plough the sea do not carry the winds in their hands.
Maxim 759. He gets through too late who goes too fast. Maxim 767.
In every enterprise consider where you would come out.?
1 See Shakespeare, page 136.
2 Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. — MARCUS AURELIUS : Meditations, ii. 5.
8 See Shakespeare, page 45.
4 You may as well expect pears from an elm. - CERVANTES: Don Quixote, part ii. book ii. chap. xl.
6 See Washington, page 425.
6 The pilot cannot mitigate the billows or calm the winds. - PLUTARCH : Of the Tranquillity of the Mind.
7 In every affair consider what precedes and what follows, and then undertake it. — EPICTETUS : That ererything is to be undertaken with circumspection, chap. xv.
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.
Marion 780. The highest condition takes rise in the lowest.
Marim 781. It matters not what you are thought to be, but what
Maxim 785. No one knows what he can do till he tries. Marim 786. The next day is never so good as the day before.
Marim 815. He is truly wise who gains wisdom from another's mishap.
Maxim 825. Good health and good sense are two of life's greatest blessings.
Maxim 827. It matters not how long you live, but how well.
Maxim 829. It is vain to look for a defence against lightning.'
Maxim 835. No good man ever grew rich all at once.? Maxim 837. Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.3
Maxim 847. It is better to learn late than never.4
Maxim 864. Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.5
Marim 865. Better use medicines at the outset than at the last moment.
Marim 866. Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them.
Marim 872. Whom Fortune wishes to destroy she first makes mad.
Maxim 911. Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
Maxim 914. He knows not when to be silent who knows not when to speak.
Maxim 930. 1 Syrus was not a contemporary of Franklin. ? No just man ever became rich all at once. - MENANDER: Fragment. 8 See Butler, page 213.
4 See Shakespeare, page 64. 6 See Bacon, page 166.
6 See Dryden, page 269.
You need not hang up the ivy-branch over the wine that will sell."
Maxim 968. It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.
Maxim 995. Unless degree is preserved, the first place is safe for no one.3
Maxim 1042. Confession of our faults is the next thing to innocency.
Maxim 1060. I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
Maxim 1070. Keep the golden mean 5 between saying too much and too little.
Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.
SENECA. 8 B. C.-65 A. D.
Epistolæ. 63, 16.
Not lost, but gone before.
De Ira. 11, 33.
Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.
De Providentia. 5, 9. There is no great genius without a tincture of madness.
De Tranquillitate Animi. 17. Do you seek Alcides' equal ? None is, except himself.10
Hercules Furens. i. 1, 84.
i See Shakespeare page 72.
2 See Maxim 144. 3 See Shakespeare, page 102.
4 Simonides said “that he never repented that he held his tongue, but often that he had spoken.". PLUTARCH : Rules for the Preservation of Health.
5 See Cowper, page 424. 8 See Rogers, page 455. 7 See Dryden, page 275. 8 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 197. 9 See Dryden, page 267.
10 See Theobald, page 352.
Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.1
Hercules Furens. 255. A good man possesses a kingdom.” Thyestes. 380.
I do not distinguish by the eye, but by the mind, which is the proper judge of the man.3
On a Happy Life. 2. (L'Estrange's Abstract, Chap. i.)
PHÆDRUS. 8 A. D.
(Translation by H. T. Riley, B. A.4) Submit to the present evil, lest a greater one befall you.
Book i. Fable 2, 31. He who covets what belongs to another deservedly loses his own.
Fable 4, 1. That it is unwise to be heedless ourselves while we are giving advice to others, I will show in a few lines.
Fable 9, 1. Whoever has even once become notorious by base fraud, even if he speaks the truth, gains no belief. Fable 10, 1.
By this story [The Fox and the Raven) it is shown how much ingenuity avails, and how wisdom is always an overmatch for strength.
Fable 13, 13. No one returns with good will to the place which has done him a mischief.
Fable 18, 1. It has been related that dogs drink at the river Nile running along, that they may not be seized by the crocodiles.5
Fable 25, 3.
1 See Harrington, page 39.
2 See Dyer, page 22. 3 See Watts, page 303.
4 Bohn's Classical Library. 5 Pliny in his “ Natural History,” book viii, sect. 148, and Ælian in his • Various Histories"' relate the same fact as to the dogs drinking from the Nile. “To treat a thing as the dogs do the Nile' was a common proverb with the ancients, signifying to do it superficially.