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As the saying is, I have got a wolf by the ears.?

Phormio. Act iii. Sc. 2, 21. (506.) I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.

Adelphoe. Act iii. Sc. 3, 61. (415.) According as the man is, so must you humour him.

77. (431.) It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.?

Act v. Sc. 3, 18. (803.) What comes from this quarter, set it down as so much gain.

30. (816.) It is the common vice of all, in old age, to be too intent upon our interests.8

Sc 8, 30. (953.)

CICERO. 106-43 B. C.

De Oratore. 78.


For as lack of adornment is said to become some women, so this subtle oration, though without embellishment, gives delight."

Thus in the beginning the world was so made that. certain signs come before certain events.

De Divinatione. i. 118. He is never less at leisure than when at leisure. 8

De Officiis. iii. 1. While the sick man has life there is hope.?

Epistolarum ad Atticum. ix. 10, 4. 1. A proverbial expression, which, according to Suetonius, was frequently

in the mouth of Tiberius Cæsar.

2 All things are in Diogenes, vi.

common among friends. — DIOGENES LAERTIUS :

Cicero quotes this passage (Tusculan Questions, book iii.), and the maxim was a favourite one with the Stoic philosophers.

5 See Coleridge, page 504.
7 See Gay, page 349.

4 See Thomson, page 356. 6 See Rogers, page 455.

LUCRETIUS. 95–55 B. C.

Continual dropping wears away a stone."

D: Rerum Natura. 1,313. What is food to one man may be fierce poison to others.

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


HORACE. 65–8 B. C.


4. 15.

Brave men were living before Agamemnon.

Odes. ir. 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.

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.'

dis l'oetica, 102. The mountains will be in labour; an absurd mouse will be born.

Even the worthy Homer sometimes nods.10



1 See Lyly, page 32.
2 See Beaumont and Fletcher, page 199.
8 See Byron, page 540.

4 See Byron, page 555. 6 See Washington, page 425.

6 See Mason, page 393. 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. — PHÆDRUS : Fables, iv. 22, 1.

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

10 See Pope, page 323.

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

They come to see; they come that they themselves may be seen. 1

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

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

Metamorphoses.. i It is the mind that makes the man, and our vigour is in our immortal soul.8

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

Fasti. iv. 311.

falsehood of report.

him of his reason.

OF UNKNOWN AUTHORSHIP. 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

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.

i 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. xxxviii. 8 See Watts, page 303. 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 Preserdation of Health, 18. 6 See Dryden, page 269. This may have been the original of the well known (hut probably post

Publius classical) line, “Quem Jupiter vult perdere, dementat prius." Syrus has, “Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere."

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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.?

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

Marim 17. The anger of lovers renews the strength of love.

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

Nazim 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.

Marim 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 Marin 144. Many receive advice, few profit by it. Maxim 149.


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

2 We always like those who admire us. - ROCHEFOUCAULD: Maxim 294. 3 See Edwards, page 21. 4 It is impossible to love and be wise. Bacox : Of Love (quoted). 8 See Shakespeare, page 154.

6 A good name is better than riches. - CERVANTES: Don Quixote, port ü. book ii.chap. xxxiii.

7 The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to proît 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.

Macim 234. You should hammer your iron when it is glowing hot."

Maxim 262. What is left when honour is lost?

Maxim 205, 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.

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

Maxim 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. 8 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.

6. Habit is second nature. – MONTAIGNE : Essays, book iii. chap. z. oce that hath many irons in the tire, some of them will cool. --- HAZLITT English Proverbs


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