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CLASSICAL AND FOREIGN QUOTATIONS.
1. A aucun les biens viennent en dormant. (Fr.) Prov.
Good things come to some people while they sleep. 2. Ab abusu ad usum non valet consequentia. (L.) Law
Max.—The abuse of anything is no argument against its
proper use. 3. Ab actu ad posse valet illatio. (L.)—From what has
taken place we may infer what will happen.
which we may conclude that a similar condition of things
on the one as he did on the other, ab actu ad posse, etc. 4. Ab alio expectes alteri quod feceris. (L.) P. Syr. ap. Sen. Ep. 94.–A8
you have done to others, expect others to do to you. Cf. Vulg. Luc. 6, 31. 5. A barbe de fol on apprend à raire. (Fr.) Prov.-Men learn
to shave by beginning on the beard of a fool. Similar to
Fiat experimentum, etc., q.v. 6. A ben conoscer la natura dei popoli, convien esser principe,
conoscer ben quella dei principi convien esser popolare. (It.) Mach. ?—To be well acquainted with the dispositions of a people, one should be a prince; and to know well the disposition of a prince, one should be of
the people. 7. Abends wird der Faule fleissig. (G.) Prov.-Towards
evening the lazy man begins to be busy.
8. Abeunt studia in mores. (L.) ?-Pursuits grow into habits.
One can by habit get absorbed in what was at first most
distasteful. 9. Abi hinc in malam crucem! (L.) Plaut. Most. 3, 2, 163.
-Go and be hanged ! (2.) Abi in malam rem! Plaut.
Pers. 2, 4, 7.-Go to the deuce! 10. Abiit, excessit, evasit, erupit. (L.)
Cic. Cat. 2, 1,
1.He has departed, retreated, escaped, broken away. Said of Catiline's flight from the senate on the discovery of his
conspiracy. A good description of any one absconding. 11. Abi, ludis me, credo. (L.) Plaut. Most. 5, 1, 32.—0f
with you, you are fooling me, I guess. 12. Ab initio. (L.)— From the beginning. Anything which
has been irregularly done must be begun ab initio, afresh,
as though nothing had been done in the matter. 13. Ab inopia ad virtutem obsepta est via.
virtutem obsepta est via. (L.) Prov.Poverty obstructs the road to virtue. It is so easy to be
good when one is well off. 14. Abnormis sapiens crassaque Minerva. (L.) Hor. Ep. 2,
2, 3.--Of plain good sense, untutored in the school. Full
of mother-wit. A shrewd sensible fellow. 15. A bon chat bon rat. (Fr.) Prov.-A good rat for a good
cat. Opponents should be well matched. Set a thief to catch a thief. An old poacher makes the best game
keeper. 16. Ab ovo Usque ad mala. (L.) Hor. S. 1, 3, 6.-From
eggs to apples. From the beginning to the end : eggs and apples being respectively the first and last courses at a Roman dinner. The phrase applies to any topic, or speaker, monopolising the whole of the conversation at dinner from soup to dessert, or at
any other time. 17. Abracadabra. Ancient cabalistic word of Persian origin,
said to contain the name of Mithras the sun-god. A
a bra ca da bra
18. Absente auxilio perquirimus undique frustra,
Use of an index.
(See Notes and Queries, 2d Ser. 6, 146.) 19. Absentem qui rodit amicum,
Qui non defendit alio culpante, solutos
(L.) Hor. S. 1, 4, 81.
His heart is black, of such an one beware. — Ed. 20. Absint inani funere næniæ,
Luctusque turpes et querimoniæ;
Weep not for me.
No weak lament, no mournful stave ;
And vain the tribute of a grave.—Conington. 21. Absit invidia. (L.)- All offence apart. 22. Absit invidia verbo. (L.) Liv. 9, 19, 15.— I say it with
out offence. 23. Absit omen. (L.)—May the omen mean nothing. I pray
there be no ugly meaning in it ! 24. Abstineto a fabis. (L.) L-Abstain from beans. I.e., keep
clear of elections : where, as at Athens, the election of
public magistrates was balloted for with beans. 25. Abundans cautela non nocet. (L.) Law Max.—Excessive
precaution cannot do any harm. E.g., in the purchase of property the buyer cannot be too careful in requiring
a good title with the estate he is treating for. 26. Abundant dulcibus vitiis. (L.) Quint. 10, 1, 129.-They
abound in seductive faults. Said of any one whose very errors are charming.
27. Ab uno ad omnes. (L.)–From one to all. Motto of Earl
of Perth and Melfort. 28. Ab urbe conditâ, or A. U. C. (L.)- From the building of the City.
The date from which the Romans reckoned : generally considered as being 752 B.C. 29. Abyssus abyssum invocat. (L.) Ps. 41, 7.-Deep calleth
unto deep. 30. A causa perduta parole assai. (It.) Prov. -- Words in
plenty when the cause is lost. Plenty of advice when it
is useless. 31. Accedas ad curiam. (L.) Law Term.—You may go to the
Courts. A writ which removes a plaint from an inferior
court (generally the county court) to a higher one. 32. Accede ad ignem hunc; jam calesces plus satis. (L.) Ter.
Eun. 1, 2, 5.--Approach this fire, you will soon be warmer than
you like. Said of the beauty of Thaïs. 33. Acceptissima semper Munera sunt, auctor quæ pretiosa
facit. (L.) Ov. H. 17, 71.—Those presents which derive
Cf. Shakesp. Hamlet, 3, 1, 98 :
As made the things more rich.
(L.) Virg. A. 2, 65.
established against him. Crimine ab uno disce omnes. 35. Accipe nunc victus tenuis quid quantaque secum
Affert. Imprimis valeas bene." (L.) Hor. S. 2, 2, 70.
Imprimis, health.-Conington. 36. Accipe quæ nimios vincant umbracula soles ; Sit licet et ventus te tua vela tegent. (L.) Mart. 14, 28.
Or it may serve as shelter from the wind. -Ed. 37. Acclinis falsis animus meliora recusat. (L.) Hor. S. 2, 2, 6.
The mind that's ta'en with outward shows
38. Accusare nemo se debet nisi coram Deo. (L.) Law Max.
-No man is bound to accuse himself unless it be before his God. When culprits wish to make confession, it is not received without their being cautioned by the court as to the consequences and permitted to put in a plea of
(L.) Luc. 1, 146.
Pleased at the ruins that bestrewed his way.-Ed. 40. Acheruntis pabulum. (L.) Plaut. Cas. 2, 1, 12.--Food
for Acheron. A vicious abandoned character. A ne'er
do-weel. 41. Ach! warum, ihr Götter, ist unendlich Alles, alles, endlich unser Glück nur? (G.) Goethe,
, Pandora.—Alas! why, ye gods, is all, all eternal, our
happiness alone fleeting! 42. Ach wie glücklich sind die Todten! (G.) Schill. Das
Siegesfest. —Ah! how happy are the dead! 43. A caur vaillant rien d'impossible. (Fr.)—Nothing is im
possible to a valiant heart. Motto of Jeanne d'Albret of Navarre, mother of Henry IV., and adopted by him as
his own devise. 44. A confesseurs, médecins, avocats, la vérité ne cèle de ton
(Fr.) Prov.-From confessors, physicians, and lawyers, do not hide the truth of your case. Tell them the worst, that the remedy may be all the more speedy
and effectual. 45. Acribus, ut ferme talia, initiis, incurioso fine. (L.) Tac.
A. 6, 17.-A8 is generally the case with such movements, an impulsive beginning and a careless termination. It is comparatively easy to launch a movement amid every sign of excitement and zeal, the difficulty is to sustain action when the first novelty of the thing has worn off.