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Abstruse questions must have abstruse answers.

Saying in PLUTARCH-Life of Alexander. Speech is like cloth of Arras opened and put abroad, whereby the imagery doth appear in figure; whereas in thoughts they lie but as in packs.

PLUTARCH-Life of Themistocles.

In their declamations and speeches they made use of words to veil and muffle their design. PLUTARCH On Hearing. V. (Of the Sophists.)

(See also VOLTAIRE)




And empty heads console with empty sound.

POPE-Dunciad. Bk. IV. L. 542.

When Adam first of men, To first of women Eve, thus moving speech, Turn'd him all ear to hear new utterance flow.

MILTONParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 408.

Faire de la prose sans le savoir.

To speak prose without knowing it.
MOLIÈRE-Bourgeois Gentilhomme. II. 6.

7 Quand on se fait entendre, on parle toujours bien, Et tous vos beaux dictons ne servent de rien.

When we are understood, we always speak well, and then all your fine diction serves do purpose. MOLIÈRE-Les Femmes Savantes. II. 6.


A soft answer turneth away wrath.

Proverbs. XV. 1.



Deus ille princeps, parens rerum fabricatorque mundi, nullo magis hominem separavit a ceteris, quæ quidem mortalia sunt, animalibus, quam dicendi facultate.

God, that all-powerful Creator of nature and Architect of the world, has impressed man with no character so proper to distinguish him from other animals, as by the faculty of speech. QUINTILIANDe Institutione "Oratoria. II.

17. 2.

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Il ne rend que monosyllables. Je croy qu'il feroit d'une cerise trois morceaux.

He replies nothing but monosyllables. I believe he would make three bites of a cherry. RABELAIS-Pantagruel. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.

Man lernt Verschwiegenheit am meisten unter Menschen, die Keine haben—und Plauderhaftigheit unter Verschwiegenen.

One learns taciturnity best among people who have none, and loquacity among the taciturn. JEAN PAUL RICHTERHesperus. XII.

25 Speak after the manner of men.

Romans. VI. 19.

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Verba togæ sequeris.

You follow words of the toga (language of the cultivated class). PERSIUS-Satires. 5. 14.

Was ist der langen Rede kurzer Sinn?

What is the short meaning of this long harangue? SCHILLERPiccolomini. I. 2. 160.


Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

PLATO. See PLUTARCH-Life of Pericles.



Just at the age 'twixt boy and youth,
When thought is speech, and speech is truth.

SCOTT—Marmion. Canto II. Introduction.


Odiosa est oratio, cum rem agas, longinquum loqui.

It is a tiresome way of eaking, when you should despatch the business, to beat about the bush. PLAUTUS—Mercator. III. 4. 23.

Talis hominibus est oratio qualis vita.

Men's conversation is like their life. SENECA-Epistolæ Ad Lucilium. 114.



Sermo animi est imago; qualis vir, talis et oratio est.

Conversation is the image of the mind; as the man, so is his speech. SYRUS--Maxims.



I had a thing to say,
But I will fit it with some better time.

King John. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 25.
The tongues of mocking wenches are as keen

As is the razor's edge invisible,
Cutting a smaller hair than may be seen

Above the sense of sense; so sensible Seemeth their conference; their conceits have

wings Fleeter than arrows, bullets, wind, thought,

swifter things. Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L, 256.

3 A heavy heart bears not a humble tongue.

Love's Labour's Lost. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 747.

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It may be right; but you are i' the wrong
To speak before your time.

Measure for Measure. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 86.



Here will be an old abusing of God's patience

and the king's English. Merry Wives of Windsor. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 4.





She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 255.

Rude am I in my speech, And little blessed with the soft phrase of peace;. For since these arms of mine had seven years'

pith, Till now some nine moons wasted, they have us'd Their dearest action in the tented field, And little of this great world can I speak, More than pertains to feats of broil and battle, And therefore little shall I grace my cause In speaking for myself. Othello. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 81.

(See also CORINTHIANS) Your fair discourse hath been as sugar, Making the hard way sweet and delectable.

Richard II. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 6.

I would be loath to cast away my speech, for besides that it is excellently well penn'd, I have taken great pains to con it.

Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 183.

Nullum est jam dictum quod non dictum sit prius.

Nothing is said nowadays that has not been said before. TERENCE-Eunuchus. Prologue. XLI.

On the day of the dinner of the Oystermongers' Company, what a noble speech I thought of in the cab! THACKERAYRoundabout Papers. On Two

Papers I intended to write. Oh, but the heavenly grammar did I hold Of that high speech which angels' tongues turn

gold! So should her deathless beauty take no wrong, Praised in her own great kindred's fit and cog

nate tongue. Or if that language yet with us abode Which Adam in the garden talked with God! But our untempered speech descends—poor heirs! Grimy and rough-cast still from Babel's brick

layers: Curse on the brutish jargon we inherit, Strong but to damn, not memorise, a spirit! A cheek, a lip, a limb, a bosom, they Move with light ease in speech of working-day; And women we do use to praise even so.





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Where nature's end of language is declined,
And men talk only to conceal the mind.
YOUNGLove of Fame. Satire II. L. 207.

Same idea in ST. AUGUSTINE--Enchiridion
ad Laurentium. HOMER-Iliad. IX. 313.
Traced from GOLDSMITH to BUTLER;

(See also VOLTAIRE)

Some who are far from atheists, may make themselves merry with that conceit of thousands of spirits dancing at once upon a needle's point. CUDWORTHTrue Intellectual System of the

Universe. Vol. III. P. 497. Ed. 1829.
Isaac D'ISRAELI in Curiosities of Literature.
Quodlibets, quotes from AQUINAS, “How
many angels can dance on the point of a
very fine needle without jostling each other."
The idea, not the words, are in AQUINAS-
Summa and Sentences. Credited also to

(See also ADDISON)

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That out-bound stem has branches three;

On each a thousand blossoms grow;
And old as aught of time can be,

The root stands fast in the rocks below.
JOHN STERLINGThe Spice-Tree. Sts. 1 and 3.


I am the spirit of the morning sea,

I am the awakening and the glad surprise. R. W. GILDER-Ode.



Ich bin der Geist stets verneint.

I am the Spirit that denies.
GOETHE-Faust. I. 3. 163.

SPIDER I've lately had two spiders Crawling upon my startled hopes Now though thy friendly hand has brushed 'em Yet still they crawl offensive to mine eyes: I would have some kind friend to tread upon 'em. COLLEY CIBBER-Richard III (Altered). Act

IV. Sc. 2. L. 15.

from me,



Much like a subtle spider, which doth sit

In middle of her web, which spreadeth wide: If aught do touch the utmost thread of it,

She feels it instantly on every side.
SIR JOHN DAVIESThe Immortality of the Soul.

Sec. XVIII. Feeling.

Aërial spirits, by great Jove design'd
To be on earth the guardians of mankind:
Invisible to mortal eyes they go,
And mark our actions, good or bad, below:
The immortal spies with watchful care preside,
And thrice ten thousand round their charges

They can reward with glory or with gold,
A power they by Divine permission hold.
HESIOD—Works and Days. L. 164.

(See also MILTON, POPE)


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Lo! where the rosy

bosom'd Hours Fair Venus' train appear, Disclose the long-expecting flowers, And wake the purple year.

GRAY-Ode on Spring. Compare Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite. (Hymn E.)

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