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I am not the rose, but I have lived near the rose.?


I know nothing about it; I am my own ancestor.?

(When asked as to his ancestry.)

JOHANN L. UHLAND. 1787–1862.

Take, O boatman, thrice thy fee,
Take, I give it willingly;
For, invisible to thee,
Spirits twain have crossed with me.

The Passage. Edinburgh Review, October, 1832.


Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.3

Ingomar the Barbarian.4 Act ii.

1 This saying, "Je ne suis pas la rose, mais j'ai vécu avec elle," is assigned to Constant by A. Hayward in bis Introduction to the “ Autobiography and Letters" of Mrs. Piozzi. 2 See Plutarch, page 733.

Curtius Rufus seems to me to be descended from himself. (A saying of Tiberius). - Tacitus : Annals, book xi. c. azi. 16. 8 See Pope, page 340.

Zwei Seelen und ein Gedanke,

Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag. 4 Translated by Maria Lovell.


Absolutism tempered by assassination.'
A Cadmean victory.”
After us the deluge.3
All is lost save honour.*
Appeal from Philip drunk to Philip sober.5
Architecture is frozen music. 8

1 Count Münster, Hanoverian enroy at St. Petersburg, discovered that Russian civilization is “ merely artificial," and first published to Europe the short description of the Russian Constitution, that it is “ absolutism tempered by assassination."

2 A Greek proverb. A Cadmean victory was one in which the victors suffered as much as their enemies.

Συμμισγόντων δε τη ναυμαχίη, Καδμείη τις νίκη τοισι Φωκαιεύσι εγέVETO. -- HERODOTUS: i. 166.

Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise,
The man who lets the contest fall is wise.

EURIPIDES : Fragment 656. Protesilaus. 8 On the authority of Madame de Hausset (“Mémoires," p. 19), this phrase is ascribed to Madame de Poinpadour. Larouse (“Fleurs Historiques ") attributes it to Louis XV,

A It was from the imperial camp near Pavia that Francis I., before leaving for Pizzighettone, wrote to his mother the memorable letter which, thanks to tradition, has become altered to the form of this sublime laconism : “Madame, tout est perdu fors l'honneur.”

The true expression is, “Madame, pour vous faire savoir comme se porte le reste de mon infortune, de toutes choses ne m'est demeuré que l'honneur et la vie qui est sauvé." – MARTIN : Histoire de France, tome vui.

The correction of this expression was first made by Sismondi, vol. xvi. pp. 211, 212. The letter itself is printed entire in Dulaure's “ Histoire de Paris” : “ Pour vous avertir comment se porte le ressort de mon infortune, de toutes choses ne m'est demeuré que l'honneur et la vie, - qui est sauvé."

5 Inserit se tantis viris mulier alienigeni sanguinis : quæ a Philippo rege temulento immerenter damnata, Provocarem ad Philippum, inquit, sed sobrium. – Valerius MAXIMUS : Lib. vi. c. 2. 6 Since it [architecture) is music in space, as it were a frozen music.

If architecture in general is frozen music. - SCHELLING: Philosophie der Kunst, pp. 576, 593.

La vue d'un tel monument est comme une musique continuelle et fixée. – MadamE DE STAËL: Corinne, livre iv. chap. 3.

Beginning of the end."

Boldness, again boldness, and ever boldness.”

Dead on the field of honour.8

Defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies."

Extremes meet.5

Hell is full of good intentions.

History repeats itself.?

I am here : I shall remain here.8

I am the state.

It is magnificent, but it is not war. 10

1 Fournier asserts, on the written authority of Talleyrand's brother, that the only breviary used by the ex-bishop was “L'Improvisateur Français,” a compilation of anecdotes and bon-mots, in twenty-one duodecimo volumes. Whenever a good thing was wandering about in search of a parent, he adopted it; amongst others, “C'est le commencement de la fin."

See Shakespeare, page 59. 2 De l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace – DANTON : Speech in the Legislative Assembly, 1792.

See Spenser, page 28. 8 This was the answer given in the roll-call of La Tour d'Auvergne's regiment after his death.

4 See Canning, page 464.

6 Les extrêmes se touchent. - MERCIER : Tableaux de Paris (1782), vol. iv. title of chap. 348.

6 See Johnson, page 372. 7 See Plutarch, page 726.

8 The reply of Marshal MacMahon, in the trenches before the Malakoff, in the siege of Sebastopol, September, 1855, to the commander-in-chief, who had sent him word to beware of an explosion which might follow the retreat of the Russians.

9 Dulaure (History of Paris, 1863, p. 387) asserts that Louis XIV. interrupted a judge who used the expression, “ The king and the state," by saying, “I am the state."

io Said by General Pierre Bosquet of the charge of the Light Brigade at the battle of Balaklava.

Leave no stone unturned."
Let it be. Let it pass.?
Medicine for the soul.3

Nothing is changed in France; there is only one Frenchman more. 4

Order reigns in Warsaw.5
Ossa on Pelion.6

1 EURIPIDES : Heracleida, 1002.

This may be traced to a response of the Delphic oracle given to Polycrates, as the best means of finding a treasure buried by Xerxes' general, Mardonius, on the field of Platea. The oracle replied, slávta aídov kivel, ** Turn every stone." LEUTSCH AND SCHNEIDEWIN : Corpus Paræmiographorum Græcorum, vol. i. p. 146.

2 This phrase, “ Laissez faire, laissez passer !" is attributed to Gournay, Minister of Commerce at Paris, 1751; also to Quesnay, the writer on political economy. It is quoted by Adam Smith in the “Wealth of Nations."

3 Inscription over the door of the Library at Thebes. — DIODORUS SICULUS : i. 49, 3.

4 According to the “Contemporary Review," February, 1854, this phrase formed the opening of an address composed in the name of Comte d'Artois by Count Beugnot, and published in the “Moniteur," April 12, 1814.

5 General Sebastiani announced the fall of Warsaw in the Chamber of Deputies, Sept. 16, 1831: " Des lettres que je reçois de Pologne m'annoncent que la tranquillité règne à Varsovie.” - Dumas: Mémoires, Second Series, vol. iv. chap. iii. 6 See Ovid, page 707.

They were setting on
Ossa upon Olympus, and upon
Steep Ossa heavy Pelius.

CHAPMAN : Homer's Odyssey, book xi. 426.
Heav'd on Olympus tott’ring Ossa stood ;
On Ossa Pelion nods with all his wood.

Pope: Odyssey, book xi. 387.
Ossa on Olympus heave, on Ossa roll
Pelion with all his woods; so scale the starry pole.

SOTHEBY: Odyssey, book xi. 315.
To the Olympian summit they essay'd
To heave up Ossa, and to Ossa's crown
Branch-waving Pelion.

COWPER: Odyssey, book xi. 379.
They on Olympus Ossa fain would roll ;
On Ossa Pelion's leaf-quivering hill.

WORSLEY: Odyssey, book zi. 414.

To fling
Ossa upon Olympus, and to pile

Scylla and Charybdis.?

Sinews of war.2

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
On ssa.

Bryant: Odyssey, book xi. 390.
Ossa they pressed down with Pelion's weight,
And on them both impos'd Olympus' hill.
Fitz-GEFFREY : The Life and Death of Sir Francis

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 ÚTOTÉT UNTai ve üpa tw apayuátwv, “The sinews of affairs are cut." Diogenes Laertius, in his Life of Bion (lib. iv. c. 7, sect. 3), represents that philosopher as saying, τον πλούτον είναι νεύρα πραγμάτων,

Ricbes 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 Cleomenes (c. 27), “He 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 veüpa Toll Tolémov, “the sinews of war," in Libanius, Orat. xlvi. (vol. ii. p. 477, ed. Reiske), and by the scholiast on Pindar, Olymp. i. 4 (compare Photius, Lex. s. v. Meydvopos Tloutou). So Cicero, Philipp. v. 2, "nervos belli, infinitam pecuniam.”

8 A placard of Aldus on the door of his printing-office. – Diedis : Introduction, vol. i. p. 436.

4 This saying occurs in Louis Napoleon's speech to the Chamber of Commerce in Bordeaux, Oct. 9, 1852. 6 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 mois, 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."

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