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Ferreus assiduo consumitur anulus usu.

The iron ring is worn out by constant use.
OVID-Ars Amatoris. Bk. I. 473.
Aut petis, aut urgues ruiturum, Sisyphe,

Either you pursue or push, O Sisyphus, the stone destined to keep rolling. OVID-Metamorphoses, 4, 459.

(See also LONGFELLOW) What the Puritans gave the world was not thought, but action. WENDELL PHILLIPS—Speech. The Pilgrims.

Dec. 21, 1855.



Not always actions show the man; we find Who does a kindness is not therefore kind.

POPE–Moral Essays. Epistle I. L. 109.

What's done can't be undone.
Macbeth. Act. V. Sc. 1.

(See also MONTAIGNE)
So smile the Heavens upon this holy act
That after hours with sorrow chide us not!

Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 6. L. 1.

24 How my achievements mock me! I will go meet them.

Troilus and Cressida. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 71.
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet and blossom in their dust.
JAMES SHIRLEY-Contention of Ajax and

Ulysses. Sc. 3. L. 23. (''In the dust” in
PERCY's Reliques. Misquoted “Ashes of
the dust" on old tombstone at St. Augustine,


Iron sharpeneth iron.
Proverbs. XXVII. 17.

(See also HORACE) 11 So much to do; so little done. CECIL RHODESLast words.

(See also TENNYSON)



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Prius quam incipias consulto, et ubi consulueris mature facto opus est.

Get good counsel before you begin: and when you have decided, act promptly.

SALLUST—Catilina. I.
Wer gar zu viel bedenkt, wird wenig leisten.

He that is overcautious will accomplish little. SCHILLER—Wilhelm Tell. III. 1. 72.

Rightness expresses of actions, what straightness does of lines; and there can no more be two kinds of right action than there can be two kinds of straight line. HERBERT SPENCER — Social Statics. Ch.

XXXII. Par. 4.




The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.

Tate and BRADYPsalm 112. (Ed. 1695)

Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than the ears.

Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 75.


15 *

So many worlds, so much to do,

So little done, such things to be. TENNYSON-In Memoriam. LXXII. 1.

(See also RHODES)


* the blood moré stirs To rouse a lion, than to start a hare.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 197.



I profess not talking: only this,
Let each man do his best.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 92.

Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.

TENNYSON—Charge of the Light Brigade. St. 2.


Dicta et facta.

Said and done. Done as soon as said. TERENCE—Eunuchus. 5. 4. 19.

For fools admire, but men of sense approve.

POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 391.

14 Season your admiration for awhile.

Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 192.


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Actum ne agas.

Do not do what is already done. TERENCEPhormio. II. 3. 72. 3

A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends; and that the most liberal professions of goodwill are very far from being the surest marks of it. GEORGE

WASHINGTON Social Maxims. Action is transitory, a step, a blow, The motion of a muscle this way or that.

WORDSWORTHThe Borderers. Act III. And all may do what has by man been done. YOUNG—Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 611.

ADMIRATION "Not to admire, is all the art I know (Plain truth, dear Murray, needs few flowers

of speech) To make men happy, or to keep them so,"

(So take it in the very words of Creech) Thus Horace wrote we all know long ago;

And thus Pope quotes the precept to re-teach From his translation; but had none admired, Would Pope have sung, or Horace been inspired? BYRON-Don Juan. Canto V. 100. POPE

First Book of the Epistles of Horace. Ep. I.
L. 1. (See also CREECH)

Qui ne s'adventure n'a cheval ny mule, ce dist Salomon.-Qui trop, dist Echephron, s'adventureperd cheval et mule, respondit Malcon.

He who has not an adventure has not horse or mule, so says Solomon.–Who is too adventurous, said Echepbron, loses horse and mule. replied Malcon. RABELAIS–Gargantua. Bk. I. Ch. 33.


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No nobler feeling than this, of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man's life.

CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship.

8 To admire nothing, (as most are wont to do;) Is the only method that I know, To make men happy, and to keep them so. THOMAS CREECH-Translation. Horace. I.

Ep. VI. 1. (See also BYRON)

Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and Adversity is not without comforts and hopes.

Bacon-Of Adversity.
And these vicissitudes come best in youth;

For when they happen at a riper age,
People are apt to blame the Fates, forsooth,

And wonder Providence is not more sage. Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm or woman's

rage, Whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, Has won the experience which is deem'd so

weighty. BYRON— Don Juan. Canto XII. St. 50.



Heroes themselves had fallen behind! -Whene'er he went before.


Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. CARLYLEHeroes and Hero Worship. Lec

ture V.



In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.

Ecclesiastes. VIII. 14.


On dit que dans ses amours
Il fut caressé des belles,
Qui le suivirent toujours,
Tant qu'il marcha devant elles.
Chanson sur le fameux La Palisse. Attributed


GOLDSMITH's lines.)
The king himself has follow'd her

When she has walk'd before.
GOLDSMITH-Elegy on Mrs. Mary Blaize.

We always love those who admire us, and we do not always love those whom we admire.


Aromatic plants bestow
No spicy fragrance while they grow;
But crush'd or trodden to the ground,
Diffuse their balmy sweets around.
GOLDSMITH-The Captivity. Act I.

(See also ROGERS) 24 Thou tamer of the human breast, Whose iron scourge and tort'ring hour The bad affright, afflict the best!

GRAY-Hymn to Adversity. St. 1.




Dans l'adversité de nos meilleurs amis nous trouvons toujours quelque chose qui ne nous deplaist pas.

In the adversity of our best friends we often find something which does not displease us. LA ROCHEFOUCAULD-Maxim 99. (Ed. 1665.

Suppressed in 3rd ed. Quoted as old saying.)

ADVICE The worst men often give the best advice. Our deeds are sometimes better than our thoughts. BAILEY-Festus. Sc. A Village Feast. Evening. L. 917.

(See LOWELL, under ACTION)
Un fat quelquefois ouvre un avis important.

A fop sometimes gives important advice.
BOILEAU—L'Art Poétique. IV. 50.





Ah, gentle dames! it gars me greet, To think how mony counsels sweet, How mony lengthened, sage advices, The husband frae the wife despises.

BURNS—Tam o' Shanter. L. 33.



Adversæ res admonent religionum.

Adversity reminds men of religion.
Live-Annales. V. 51.
The Good are better made by IUI,
As odours crushed are sweeter still.
SAM'L ROGERSJacqueline. St. 3.

(See also GOLDSMITH) Ecce spectaculum dignum, ad quod respiciat intentus operi suo Deus. Ecce par Deo dignum, vir fortis cum mala fortuna compositus.

Behold a worthy sight, to which the God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune. SENECA–Lib. de Divina Providentia.

(See also SYDNEY SMITH) Gaudent magni viri rebus adversis non aliter, quam fortes milites bellis.

Great men rejoice in adversity just as brave soldiers triumph in war. SENECA-De Providentia. IV.

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Sweet are the uses of adversity;
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous,
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head.

As You Like It. Act II. Sc. I. L. 12.

Dicen, que el primer consejo
Ha de ser de la muger.

They say that the best counsel is that of woman. CALDERON—El Médico de su Honra. I. 2.

19 Let no man value at a little price A virtuous woman's counsel; her wing'd spirit Is feather'd oftentimes with heavenly words. GEORGE CHAPMANThe Gentleman Usher.

Act IV. Sc. 1.



A wretched soul, bruis’d with adversity,
We bid be quiet when we hear it cry;.
But were we burthen'd with like weight of pain,
As much, or more, we should ourselves com-

Comedy of Errors. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 34.
Let me embrace thee, sour adversity,
For wise men say it is the wisest course.

Henry VI. Pt. III. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 24.

'Twas good advice, and meant, “My son, be good.” GEORGE CRABBEThe Learned Boy. Vol. V.

Tale XXI.



Know when to speake; for many times it brings Danger to give the best advice to kings.

HERRICK—Caution in Councell.



His overthrow heap'd happiness upon him; For then, and not till then, he felt himself, And found the blessedness of being little.

Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 64.

Quidquid præcipies esto brevis.

Whatever advice you give, be short. HORACE-Ars Poetica. CCCXXXV.



Then know, that I have little wealth to lose;
A man I am cross'd with adversity.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act IV. Sc. 1.

L. 11.

We give advice, but we do not inspire conduct.




In rebus asperis et tenui spe fortissima quæque consilia tutissima sunt.

In great straits and when hope is small, the boldest counsels are the safest. LIVY-Annales. XXV. 38.


A wise man struggling with adversity is said by some heathen writer to be a spectacle on which the gods might look down with pleasure. SYDNEY SMITH-Sermon on the Duties of the Queen. (1837)

(See also SENECA) 12 In all distresses of our friends We first consult our private ends.

SWIFT- On the Death of Dr. Swift.

No adventures mucho tu riqueza
Por consejo de hombre que ha pobreza.

Hazard not your wealth on a poor man's advice. MANUEL-Conde Lucanor.

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Facile omnes, quum valemus, recta consilia ægrotis damus.

We all, when we are well, give good advice to the sick. TERENCE-Andria. II. 1. 9.

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C'est une importune garde, du secret des princes, à qui n'en à que faire.

The secret counsels of princes are a troublesome burden to such as have only to execute them. MONTAIGNEEssays. III. 1.

3 Primo dede mulieris consilio, secundo noli.

Take the first advice of a woman and not the second. GILBERTUS COGNATUS NOXERANUSSylloge.

See J. J. GRYNÆUS-Adagia. P. 130. LANGIUS— Polyanthea Col. (1900) same sentiment. (Prends le premier conseil d'une

femme et non le second. French for same.) Consilia qui dant prava cautis hominibus, Et perdunt operam et deridentur turpiter.

Those who give bad advice to the prudent, both lose their

pains and are laughed to scorn. PHÆDRUS-Fabulæ. I. 25.

5 Be niggards of advice on no pretense; For the worst avarice is that of sense.

POPE—Essay on Criticism. L. 578. In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Proverbs. XI. 14; XXIV. 6.

He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind.

Psalms. XVIII. 10.


For I dipt into the future far as human eye could

see, Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonder

that would be; Saw the heavens fill with commerce, argosies of

magic sails, Pilots of the purple twilight, dropping down

with costly bales; Heard the heavens fill with shouting, and there

rain'd a ghastly dew From the nations' airy navies grappling in the

central blue. TENNYSON—Locksley Hall. 117.



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"Wal, I like flyin' well enough,"
He said, “but the ain't sich a thundern' sight
O’ fun in't when ye come to light."
TROWBRIDGE-Darius Green and his Flying





Bosom up my counsel, You'll find it wholesome.

Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 112.

When a wise man gives thee better counsel, give me mine again.

King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 76.

10 Here comes a man of comfort, whose advice Hath often stilld my brawling discontent.

Measure for Measure. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 8.

I pray thee cease thy counsel,
Which falls into mine ears as profitless
As water in a sieve.

Much Ado About Nothing. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 3.

Darius was clearly of the opinion
That the air is also man's dominion
And that with paddle or fin or pinion,
We soon or late shall navigate
The azure as now we sail the sea.
TROWBRIDGE-Darius Green and his Flying



"The birds can fly, an' why can't I? Must we give in,” says he with a grin, “That the bluebird an' phoebe are smarter 'n

we be?TROWBRIDGE-Darius Green and his Flying



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Quæ regio in terris nostri non plena laboris.

What region of the earth is not full of our calamities? VERGIL-Æneid. I. 460.


Talk not of wasted affection, affection never

was wasted. If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters,

returning Back to their springs, like the rain, shall fill

them full of refreshment; That which the fountain sends forth returns

again to the fountain. LONGFELLOW_Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 1.

4 Affection is a coal that must be coold; Else, suffer'd, it will set the heart on fire.

Venus and Adonis. L. 387.

5 Of such affection and unbroken faith As temper life's worst bitterness.

SHELLEYThe Cenci. Act III. Sc. 1.

With silence only as their benediction,

God's angels come
Where in the shadow of a great affliction,

The soul sits dumb!
WHITTIER—To my Friend on the Death of his



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Affliction is the good man's shining scene;
Prosperity conceals his brightest ray;
As night to stars, woe lustre gives to man.
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night LX. L. 415.

Flow gently, sweet Afton, among thy green

braes, Flow gently, I'll sing thee a song in thy praise. BURNSFlow Gently, Sweet Afton.

It is always in season for old men to learn.




Now let us thank th' eternal power, convinc'd That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction: That oft the cloud which wraps the present

hour, Serves but to brighten all our future days!

JOHN BROWN—Barbarossa. Act V. Sc. 3.



Weak withering age no rigid law forbids,
With frugal nectar, smooth and slow with balm,
The sapless habit daily to bedew,
And give the hesitating wheels of life
Gliblier to play.
JOHN ARMSTRONG—Art of Preserving Health.

Bk. II. L. 484.


Affliction's sons are brothers in distress;
A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!

BURNS—A Winter Night.

9 Damna minus consueta movent.

The afflictions to which we are accustomed, do not disturb us.

CLAUDIANUS-In Eutropium. II. 149. Crede mihi, miseris coelestia numina parcunt; Nec semper læsos, et sine fine, premunt.

Believe me, the gods spare the afflicted, and do not always oppress those who are unfortunate. OVIDEpistolæ Ex Ponto. III. 6. 21.


What is it to grow old?
Is it to lose the glory of the form,
The lustre of the eye?
Is it for Beauty to forego her wreath?
Yes; but not this alone.



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On one occasion some one put a very little wine into a wine cooler, and said that it was sixteen years old. “It is very small for its age,” said Gnathæna.

ATHENÆUS--Deipnosophists. XIII. 46.



Thou art a soul in bliss; but I am bound Upon a wheel of fire; that mine own tears Do scald like molten lead.

King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 7. L. 46.

Men of age object too much, consult too long, adventure too little, repent too soon, and seldom drive business home to the full period, but content themselves with a mediocrity of success.

BACON-Essay XLII. Of Youth and Age.

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