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He gave a deep sigh; I saw the iron enter into
his soul. STERNE-Sentimental Journey. The Captive.
Nulli jactantius mærent quam qui maxime lætantur.
None grieve so ostentatiously as those who rejoice most in heart. TACITUS-Annales. II. 77.
Men are we, and must grieve when even the
Shade Of that which once was great is passed away. WORDSWORTH-On the Extinction of the Vene
tian Republic. GROWTH (See also EVOLUTION, PROGRESS,
SUCCESS) What? Was man made a wheel-work to wind up, And be discharged, and straight wound up anew? No! grown, his growth lasts; taught, he ne'er
forgets; May learn a thousand things, not twice the same. ROBERT BROWNING—A Death in the Desert.
Arts and sciences are not cast in a mould, but are found and perfected by degrees, by often handling and polishing, as bears leisurely lick their cubs into shape. MONTAIGNE-A pology for Raimond Sebond. Bk. II. Ch. XII.
(See also VERGIL) “Oh! what a vile and abject thing is man unless he can erect himself above humanity." Here is a bon mot and a useful desire, but equally absurd. For to make the handful bigger than the hand, the armful bigger than the arm, and to hope to stride further than the stretch of our legs, is impossible and monstrous.
He may lift himself if God lend him His hand of special grace; he may lift himself by means wholly celestial. It is for our Christian religion, and not for his Stoic virtue, to pretend to this divine and miraculous metamorphosis. MONTAIGNE—Essays. Bk. II. Ch. XII.
(See also WORDSWORTH)
Heu quotidie pejus! haec colonia retroversus crescit tanquam coda vituli.
Alas! worse every day! this colony grows backward like the tail of a calf. PETRONIUS–Cena. 44.
Treading beneath their feet all visible things,
(See also T'ENNYSON) Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.
Deuteronomy. XXXII. 15.
The lofty oak from a small acorn grows. LEWIS DUNCOMBE—Translation of De Minimis Maxima.
(See also EVERETT under ORATORY)
Fungino genere est; capite se totum tegit.
He is of the race of the mushroom; he covers himself altogether with his head. PLAUTUS-Trinummus. IV. 2. 9.
17 Post id, frumenti quum alibi messis maxima'st Tribus tantis illi minus reddit, quam obseveris. Heu! istic oportet obseri mores malos, Si in obserendo possint interfieri.
Besides that, when elsewhere the harvest of wheat is most abundant, there it comes up less by one-fourth than what you have sowed. There, methinks, it were a proper place for men to sow their wild oats, where they would Pot Spring Prinummus. IV. 4. 128.
It is not growing like a tree
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May, Although it falls and die that night, It was the plant and flower of Light. BEN JONSON—Pindaric Ode on the Death of
Sir H. Morison.
Grows with his growth, and strengthens with his
strength. POPE- Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 136.
'Tis thus the mercury of man is fix’d, Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd.
POPE-Essay on Man. Ep. II. L. 178.
“Ay," quoth my uncle Gloucester, "Small herbs have grace, great weeds do grow
apace:” And since, methinks, I would not grow so fast, Because sweet flowers are slow and weeds make
haste. Richard III. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 12.
Quo me cumque rapit tempestas deferor hospes.
Wherever the storm carries me, I go a willing guest. HORACE-Epistles. I. 1. 15.
Sometimes, when guests have gone, the host re
Henry VI. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 55.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 11.
I held it truth, with him who sings
To one clear harp in divers tones, That men may rise on stepping-stones Of their dead selves to higher things.
TENNYSON-In Memoriam. Pt. I. (See also COLERIDGE, LONGFELLOW, MONTAIGNE, WORDSWORTH, YOUNG, also LONGFEL
Low under VICE)
TENNYSON—In Memoriam. LV.
HENRY VAUGHAN—The Seed Growing Secretly. Lambendo effingere.
Lick into shape.
Lambendo paulatim figurant. Licking a
(See also MONTAIGNE) And that unless above himself he can Erect himself, how poor a thing is man. WORDSWORTH-Excursion. V. 158. (Knight's
ed.) From DANIEL'S Essay XIV, in COLERIDGE–Friend. Introductory. Quam contempta res est homo, nisi super humana se
erexerit. As said by SENECA. Amator Jesu et veritatis
potest se elevare supra seipsum in spiritu. A lover of Jesus and of the truth . can lift himself above himself in spirit. THOMAS À KEMPIS-Imitatio. II. 1.
(See also MONTAIGNE, TENNYSON) Teach me, by this stupendous scaffolding, Creation's golden steps, to climb to Thee. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX.
(See also TENNYSON)
Be bright and jovial among your guests to-night. Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 28.
See, your guests approach: Address yourself to entertain them sprightly, And let's be red with mirth.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 52.
Winter's Tale. Act IV. Sc. d. L. 405.
SHELLEY-Hymn to Mercury. St. 5.
GUILT In ipsa dubitatione facinus inest, etiamsi ad id non pervenerint.
Guilt is present in the very hesitation, even though the deed be not committed. CICERO_De Officiis. III. 8.
Let no guilty man escape, if it can be avoided. No personal consideration should stand in the way of performing a public duty. ULYSSES S. GRANT—Indorsement of a Letter
relating to the Whiskey Ring, July 29, 1875. What we call real estate the solid ground to build a house on-is the broad foundation on which nearly all the guilt of this world rests. HAWTHORNE—The House of the Seven Gables.
The Flight of Two Owls. 23 How guilt once harbour'd in the conscious breast, Intimidates the brave, degrades the great. SAMUEL JOHNSON–Irene. Act IV. Sc. 8.
The gods Grow angry with your patience. 'Tis their care, And must be yours, that guilty men escape not: As crimes do grow, justice should rouse itself.
BEN JONSON—Catiline. Act III. Sc. 5.
sow our habits, and we reap our characters; we
sow our characters, and we reap our destiny. A civil habit
C. A. HALL. Oft covers a good man.
(See also KAINES, MURRAY, READE, also BORDBEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Beggar's Bush.
MAN under THOUGHT) Act II. Sc. 3. L. 210.
Clavus clavo pellitur, consuetudo consuetuConsuetudo quasi altera natura effici.
dine vincitur. Habit is, as it were, a second nature.
A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is CICERO —De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum. V. overcome by habit. 25. Tusculanarum Disputationum. II. 17.
(See also À KEMPIS) Habit with him was all the test of truth; "It must be right: I've done it from my
A man used to vicissitudes is not easily dejected.
SAMUEL JOHNSON—Rasselas. Ch. XII. youth.” CRABBE—The Borough. Letter III.
Habits form character and character is destiny.
JOSEPH KAINES—Address. Oct. 21, 1883. Our We sow our thoughts, and we reap our actions; Daily Faults and Failings. we sow our actions, and we reap our habits; we
(See also HALL)
An harmless flaming meteor shone for hair,
ABRAHAM COWLEY-Davideis. Bk. II. L. 803. (See also GRAY, SHAKESPEARE, also MILTON
His head, Not yet by time completely silver'd o'er, Bespoke him past the bounds of freakish youth, But strong for service still, and unimpair'd. COWPER—The Task. Bk. II. The Timepiece.
Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny. CHAS. READE.
(See also HALL) Consuetudo natura potentior est.
Habit is stronger than nature.
Alexandri Magni. V. 5. 21.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. L. 1.
12 Vulpem pilum mutare, non mores.
The fox changes his skin but not his habits. SUETONIUS—Vespasianus. 16.
13 Inepta hæc esse, nos quæ facimus sentio; Verum quid facias? ut homo est, ita morem geras.
I perceive that the things that we do are silly; but what can one do? According to men's habits and dispositions, so one must yield to them. TERENCE—Adelphi. III. 3. 76.
14 Quam multa injusta ac prava fiunt moribus!
How many unjust and wicked things are done from mere babit. TERENCE—Heauton timoroumenos. IV. 7. 11.
And yonder sits a maiden,
The fairest of the fair,
And she combs her golden hair.
pray thee let me and my fellow have A hair of the dog that bit us last night. JOHN HEYWOOD—Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI.
You collect your straggling hairs on each side, Marinus, endeavoring to conceal the vast expanse of your shining bald pate by the locks which still grow on your temples. But the hairs disperse, and return to their own place with every gust of wind; flanking your bare poll on either side with crude tufts. We might imagine we saw Hermeros of Cydas standing between Speudophorus and Telesphorus. Why not confess yourself an old man? Be content to seem what you really are, and let the barber shave off the rest of your hair. There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.
MARTIAL—Epigrams. Bk. X. Ep. 83. The very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Matthew. X. 30.
But she is vanish'd to her shady home Under the deep, inscrutable; and there Weeps in a midnight made of her own hair. HOOD/Hero and Leander. 116.
(See also CORNWALL)
Munditiis capimur: non sine lege capillis.
We are charmed by neatness of person; let not thy hair be out of order. OVID-Ars Amatoria. III. 133.
Her head was bare; But for her native ornament of hair; Which in a simple knot was tied above, Sweet negligence, unheeded bait of love! Ovm Metamorphoses. Meleager and Atalan
ta. L. 68. DRYDEN's trans.
One hair of a woman can draw more than a hundred pair of oxen. JAMES HOWELL-Familiar Letters. Bk. 2. Sect. 4. To T. D., Esq.
(See also DRYDEN)
A mystery of mysteries.
Of slow event and many sighs.
Hoary whiskers and a forky beard.
POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto III. L. 37.
21 Then cease, bright nymph! to mourn thy ravish'd