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As used by JACQUES DELILLE—La ConversaAs sure as ever God puts His children in the tion, earlier than DAUDET. furnace, He will be in the furnace with them. Ce ne sont jamais les coups d'épingle qui décident SPURGEON—Gleanings among the Sheaves. de la fortune des États. Privileges of Trial.

It is never the pin pricks which decide the for

tune of states. Trials teach us what we are; they dig up DE VERGENNES—Letter to D'Angiviller. Aug. the soil, and let us see what we are made of; 11, 1777, they just turn up some of the ill weeds on to

(See also NAPOLEON) the surface.

Hæ nugæ seria ducent SPURGEON— Gleanings among the Sheaves.

In mala. The Use of Trial.

These trifles will lead to serious mischief.

HORACE-Ars Poetica. 451.
TRIFLES

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For precept must be upon precept, precept And eagerly pursues imaginary joys.

upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here AKENSIDE The Virtuoso. St. 10.

a little, and there a little.

Isaiah. XXVIII. 10. This is a gimcrack That can get nothing but new fashions on you. A little one shall become a thousand, and a BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER Older Brother.

small one a strong nation. Act III. Sc. 3.

Isaiah. LX. 22.
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Little drops of water, little grains of sand
Make the mighty ocean, and the pleasant land

Atque utinam his potius nugis tota illa dedisset JULIA FLETCHER CARNEY-Little Things.

Tempora sævitiæ.

Would to heaven he had given up to (See also YOUNG)

trifles like these all the time which he devoted Little deeds of kindness, little words of love,

to cruelty.

JUVENAL—Satires. IV. 150.
Help to make earth happy, like the heaven above.
Changed by later compilers to “make this
earth an Eden."

Ex parvis sæpe magnarum momenta rerum JULIA FLETCHER CARNEYLittle Things. pendent.

Events of great consequence often spring He that contemneth small things shall fall

from trifling circumstances. by little and little.

LIVY-Annales. XXVII. 9. Ecclesiasticus. XIX. 1.

The soft droppes of raine perce the hard He that despiseth small things will perish Marble, many strokes overthrow the tallest Oke. by little and little.

LYLY-Euphues. ARBER's reprint. P. 81. EMERSON-Prudence.

(1579) Small things are best:

They made light of it.
Grief and unrest

Matthew. XXII. 5.
To rank and wealth are given;
But little things

It was possible to live under the regulations On little wings

established by Sir George (Cockburn), but now Bear little souls to Heaven.

we are tortured to death by pin-point wounds. Rev. F. W. FABER-Written in a Little Lady's NAPOLEON according to LADY MALCOLMLittle Album.

Diary of St. Helena. 10 Das kleinste Haar wirft seinen Schatten.

For the maintenance of peace, nations should The smallest hair throws its shadow.

avoid the pin-pricks which forerún cannon-shots. GOETHE-Sprüche in Prosa. III.

NAPOLEON to the CZAR ALEXANDER. At 11

Tilsit, June 22, 1807. These little things are great to little man.

(See also HAYE)

22 GOLDSMITH-The Traveller. L. 42.

De multis grandis acervus erit. Coups d'épingle.

Out of many things a great heap will be formed.

OVID-Remedia Amoris. 424.
Policy of pin pricks.

L. M. DE LA HAYE—Vicomte de Cormenin.
Des coups d'épée. . Mais pas de coups

Peu de chose nous console, parceque peu de d'épingle.

chose nous afflige. A stroke of the sword ... but not a pin prick. A little thing comforts us because a little DAUDETTartarin de Tarascon. Part of title thing afflicts us. of Ch. XI. Phrase at end of chapter.

PASCAL-Pensées. VI. 25.
J'aime à réver, mais ne veux pas
Qu'à coups d'épingle on me réveille.

At every trifle scorn to take offence;
I love to dream, but do not wish

That always shows great pride or little sense. To have a pin prick rouse me.

POPE-Essay on Criticism. L. 386.

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What dire offence from amorous causes springs, Die Müh'ist klein, der Spass ist gross. What mighty contests rise from trivial things. The trouble is small, the fun is great.

POPE-Rape of the Lock. Canto I. L. 1. GOETHE-Faust. I. 21. 218.

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This peck of troubles.

CERVANTESDon Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. LIII.

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Jucunda memoria est præteritorum malorum.

The memory of past troubles is pleasant.
CICERODe Finibus. Bk. II. 32.

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You may batter your way through the thick of

Trust in God, and keep your powder dry. CROMWELL. See BLACKER-Col. Oliver's Ad

vice. In Ballads of Ireland. I. 191. A little trust that when we die We reap our sowing, and so Good-bye. GEORGE B. DUMAURIER-Trilby. Inscribed

on his Memorial Tablet, Hampstead Churchyard.

Dear, I trusted you As holy men trust God. You could do naught That was not pure and loving—though the

deed Might pierce me unto death.

GEORGE ELIOTThe Spanish Gypsy. Bk. III.

the fray,

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You may sweat, you may swear, you may

grunt; You may be a jack-fool, if you must, but this rule

Should ever be kept at the front; Don't fight with your pillow, but lay down your

head And kick every worriment out of the bed. EDMUND VANCE COOKE-Don't take your

Trouble's to Bed.

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Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great. EMERSON-Essays. On Prudence.

I too Will cast the spear and leave the rest to Jove. HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XVII. L. 622. BRYANT'S

trans. 29 Thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed.

Isaiah. XXXVI. 6.

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Sweet is the remembrance of troubles when you are in safety.

EURIPIDES--Andromeda. 10. 2. (Fragm.)

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To be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. GEORGE MACDONALD_The Marquis of Lossie.

Ch. IV. That, in tracing the shade, I shall find out the

, I sun, Trust to me! OWEN MEREDITH (Lord Lytton)-Lucile. Pt.

II. Canto VI. St. 15.

Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute laws which the people have made and within the limits of a constitution which they have established. GROVER CLEVELAND-Letter of Acceptance as

Candidate for Governor. Oct. 7, 1882. See

W.O. STODDARD's Life of Cleveland. Ch. IX. 16

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. GROVER CLEVELAND Inaugural Address.

March 4, 1885. See also speech in accepting the nomination to the Mayoralty of Buffalo. First Message as Mayor. Reply to the committee appointed by the Nat. Democratic Convention to inform him of his nomination to the Presidency, July 28, 1884.

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I well believe Thou wilt not utter what thou dost not know; And so far will I trust thee.

Henry IV. Pt. I. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 114.

The appointing power of the Pope is treated as a public trust, and not as a personal perquisite.

W. W. CRAPO.

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Let every eye negotiate for itself,
And trust no agent.
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L.

185.

All power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist. BENJ. DISRAELI–Vivian Grey. Bk. VI. Ch.

VII.
(See also LINCOLN under GOVERNMENT)

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I am sorry I must never trust thee more,
But count the world a stranger for thy sake:
The private wound is deepest.
Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act V. Sc. 4. L.

69.

Public office is a public trust, the authority and opportunities of which must be used as absolutely as the public moneys for the public benefit, and not for the purposes of any individual or party. DORMAN B. EATONThe SpoilsSystem

and Civil-Service Reform. Ch. III. The Merit System.

TRUST (PUBLIC) (See also GOVERNMENT)

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All government is a trust. Every branch of government is a trust, and immemorially acknowledged to be so.

JEREMY BENTHAM. 11.

All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society.

BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France.

To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.

BURKE-Reflections on the Revolution in France.

If you use your office as you would a private trust, and the moneys as trust funds, if you faithfully perform your duty, we, the people, may put you in the Presidential chair. Hon. R. P. FLOWER. On the night of Mr.

Cleveland's election as Governor of New

York. It is not fit the public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any till they are first proved and found fit for the business they are to be entrusted with. MATTHEW HENRY-Commentaries. Timothy.

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GIORDANO BRUNODegli Eroici Furori. CarThe phrase "public office is a public trust,” DINAL D'ESTE. Of ARIOSTO's Orlando Fuhas of late become common property.

rioso. CHAS. SUMNER—Speech in the United States

Senate. May 31, 1872. According to Col. Truth crushed to earth shall rise again:
JOHN S. WOLF, of Champaign, it originated

Th' eternal years

God are hers; in a decision of JUSTICE SAMUEL D. LOCK- But Error, wounded, writhes in pain, WOOD, of the Illinois Supreme Court, prior And dies among his worshippers. to 1840. He served from 1825 to 1848. BRYANT-The Battle Field. St. 9. Washington Star, May 5, 1891, assigns it to THOMAS M. COOLEY. See Constitutional Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one Law. (Pub. 1880.) P. 303. CHARLES JAMES track of light-every eye looking on finds its Fox. (1788) SYDNEY Smith in Edinburgh Review. (1825) WEBSTER-Bunker Hill BULWER-LYTTONCaxtoniana. Essay XIV. Address. (1825) PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON'S Message. (1867) ABRAM S. Arm thyself for the truth! Hewitt-Speech. (1883) DANIEL S. BULWER-LYTTONLady of Lyons. Act V. LAMONT. Motto of Pamphlet. (1884)

Sc. 1.

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Better be cheated to the last,

Than lose the blessed hope of truth. Yet the deepest truths are best read between MRS. BUTLER (Fanny Kemble). the lines, and, for the most part, refuse to be written.

For truth is precious and divine; AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT - Concord Days. Too rich a pearl for carnal swine. June. Goethe.

BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L.

257. But no pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.

'Tis not antiquity, nor author, BACONEssays. Of Truth.

That makes truth truth, altho' time's daughter

BUTLERHudibras. Pt. II. Canto III. How sweet the words of Truth, breath'd from

(See also GELLIUS) the lips of Love. BEATTIE-The Minstrel. Bk. II. St. 53. More proselytes and converts use t' accrue

To false persuasions than the right and true; 5 Το the truth, though I say 't that should

For error and mistake are infinite, say not say 't.

But truth has but one way to be i' th' right. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-Wit at Several

BUTLERMiscellaneous Thoughts. L. 113. Weapons. Act II.

No words suffice the secret soul to show, 6 La vérité n'a point cet air impétueux.

For Truth denies all eloquence to Woe.

BYRON—Corsair, Canto III. St. 22.
Truth has not such an urgent air.
BOILEAU-L'Art Poétique. I. 198.

'Tis strange_but true; for truth is always

strange, Le vrai peut quelquefois n'être pas vraisem- Stranger than fiction. blable.

BYRONDon Juan. Canto XIV. St. 101. At times truth may not seem probable. BOILEAU-L'Art Poétique. III. 48.

A man protesting against error is on the way

towards uniting himself with all men that beThink truly, and thy thoughts

lieve in truth. Shall the world's famine feed.

CARLYLE-Heroes and Hero Worship. IV. Speak truly, and each word of thine Shall be a fruitful seed.

Truths turn into dogmas the moment they are Live truly, and thy life shall be

disputed. A great and noble creed.

G. K. CHESTERTON-Heretics.
HORATIUS BONAR-Hymns of Faith and Hope. 22
P. 113. (Ed. 1867)

When fiction rises pleasing to the eye,

Men will believe, because they love the lie; Magna est veritas et prævalebit.

But truth herself, if clouded with a frown, Truth is mighty and will prevail.

Must have some solemn proof to pass her down. THOMAS BROOKS is said to have been the first CHURCHILL-Epistle to Hogarth. L. 291.

to use the expression. (1662) Found in
SCOTT Talisman. Ch. XIX. Bishop Qui semel a veritate deflexit, hic non majore
JEWEL. Purchas-Microcosmus. THACK- religione ad perjurium quam ad mendacium per-
ERAY-Roundabout Papers.

duci consuevit, O magna vis veritas. Found in CICERO He who has once deviated from the truth, Oratio Pro Cælio Rufo. XXVI.

usually commits perjury with as little scruple

as he would tell a lie. Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato.

CICERO Oratio Pro Quinto Roscio Comædo. If it is not true it is very well invented.

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"It was as true,” said Mr. Barkis, "as taxes is. And nothing's truer than them.”

DICKENSDavid Copperfield. Ch. XXI.

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The first great work (a task performed by fewv)
Is that yourself may to yourself be true.
WENTWORTH Dillon-An Essay on Trans-
lated Verse. L. 71.

(See also HAMLET)

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For truth has such a face and such a mien,
As to be lov'd needs only to be seen.
DRYDENThe Hind and the Panther. Pt. I.
L. 33.

(See also POPE under VICE)

Truth is immortal; error is mortal.
Mary B. G. EDDY-Science and Health. Ch.

XIV.

Alius quidam veterum poetarum cuius nomen mihi nunc memoriæ non est veritatem temporis filiam esse dixit.

There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said Truth is the daughter of Time. AULUS GELLIUS—Noctes Attico. XII. 11.

Par. 2. Veritas temporis filia. Found on the reverse of several coins of QUEEN MARY I.

(See also BUTLER)
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Her terrible tale

You can't assail,
With truth it quite agrees;

Her taste exact

For faultless fact Amounts to a disease.

W. S. GILBERT-Mikado. Act II. 22 Truth like a torch, the more 'tis shook, it shines. SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON-Discussions on Philosophy. Title Page.

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One truth discovered is immortal, and entitles its author to be so: for, like a new substance in nature, it cannot be destroyed. HAZLITTThe Spirit of the Age. Jeremy Ben

tham. 24 All truths are not to be told.

HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.

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HERBERT-The Temple. The Church Porch.

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Though love repine and reason chafe,

There came a voice without reply, “'Tis man's perdition to be safe,

When for the truth he ought to die.” EMERSON—Quatrains. Sacrifice.

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Vincer veris.

I am conquered by truth.
ERASMUS-Diluculum.

Truth is tough. It will not break, like a bubble, at a touch; nay, you may ki about all day, like a foot-ball, and it will be round and full at evening.

HOLMESProfessor at the Breakfast Table. V.

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