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Moite -It is by study that we become contemporaries of

every generation, and citizens of every country. 685. C'est plus qu'un crime, c'est une faute. (Fr.)-It is worse

than a crime, it is a blunder. Said by Fouché (Minister of Police under the First Empire) of the execution of the Duc d'Enghien. The saying is often attributed to

Talleyrand. 686. C'est posséder les biens que de savoir s'en passer. (Fr.)

Regnard, Joueur, 4, 13.-To be able to do without things
amounts to possessing them.
Cf. Sen. Ep. 29. Summæ opes, inopia cupiditatum. (L.)-

The greatest riches is to be free from all desires. 687. C'est souvent hasarder un bon mot et vouloir le perdre, que

de le donner pour sien : il n'est pas relevé, il tombe avec des gens d'esprit, ou qui se croient tels, qui ne l'ont pas dit, et qui doivent le dire. C'est, au contraire, le faire valoir

que de le rapporter comme d'un autre. . . Il est dit avec plus d'insinuation, et reçu avec moins de jalousie. (Fr.) La Bruy. Car. vol. ii. p. 84.—A good saying often runs the risk of being missed and thrown away when it is quoted as the speaker's own : having nothing to set it off, it falls somewhat flat with those who are or who claim to be witty, and should have said it themselves, only they have not done so.

On the contrary, it enhances a good saying to report it of a third person. It is told with greater insinuation, and received with less

jealousy. 688. C'est une grande difformité dans la nature qu'un vieillard

(Fr.) La Bruy. Car. vol. ii. p. 50.- An old man in love is a monstrous anomaly. 689. C'est une grande folie de vouloir être sage tout seul. (Fr.)

La Rochef. Max. p. 61, § 238.—It is a great piece of folly to wish to be wise all alone. He must be silly indeed who insists on holding the only right view of things in the

face of universal public opinion the other way. 690. C'est une grande misère que de n'avoir pas assez d'esprit

pour bien parler, ni assez de jugement pour se taire. Voilà le principe de toute impertinence. (Fr.) La Bruy. Car. vol. i. p. 84.—It is a great misfortune not to possess talent enough to speak well, nor sufficient tact to hold one's tongue. All impertinences have ro other origin than this,


soi, que

691. C'est une sphère infinie, dont le centre est partout, la cir

conférence nulle part. (Fr.) Pascal, Pensées.-It (i.e., the universe) is an infinite sphere, the centre of which is everywhere, and the circumference nowhere. But the idea was borrowed from Rabelais (Pantagruel, 5, 47), who

says of the intellectual sphere : “De laquelle en tous lieux est le centre, et n'a en lieu aucun circonférence, que nous appellons Dieu.” It is besides attributed to St

Bonaventure (1250), Gerson (1400), and others. 692. C'est un foible roseau que la prosperité. (Fr.) Daniel

D'Anchères, 1608, Tyr et Sidon.-Prosperity is but a

feeble reed to lean upon. 693. C'est un grand pas dans la finesse, que de faire penser de

l'on n'est que médiocrement fin. (Fr.) La Bruy. Car. It is a great proof of address in negotiation, to induce those with whom you treat to under-rate your

acuteness. 694. C'est un verre qui luit

Qu'un souffle peut détruire, et qu'un souffle a produit. (Fr.) De Caux (comparing the world to his hour-glass). -It is but a glittering glass that a breath can destroy, as a breath has created it. Cf. Goldsmith, Deserted

Village, 54:

A breath can make them, as a breath has made. 695. C'est un zéro en chiffres. (Fr.)-He is a mere cypher. He

is a person of no consequence or consideration whatever. 696. Cet âge est sans pitié. (Fr.) La Font. Deux Pigeons.

This age childhood) is without pity. Children have no mercy. They roar for what they want at the expense of the weaker nerves of their seniors. Observe also

their treatment of animals (kittens and such like). 697. Cet animal est très méchant,

Quand on l'attaque il se défend. (Fr.) La Ménagerie.
-This animal is extremely vicious, if you attack him he
will defend himself!
Burlesque on a passage from L'Histoire Générale des Voyages,

Walckenaer, 1826, recounting the adventures of Vasco de
Gama and his comrades amongst some "sea-wolves” of an
extraordinary size, and armed with tremendous teeth.

s. Ces animaux,” it proceeds, “sont si furieux, qu'il se défendent contre ceux qui les attaquent. It is difficult to say which is the most ludicrous, the serious prose or the burlesque verse.

698. Ceux qui n'aiment pas, ont rarement de grandes joies ;

ceux qui aiment, ont souvent de grandes tristesses. (Fr.) -Those who know not what love is, rarely experience great joys; and those who do, frequently suffer deep

griefs. 699. Ceux qui nuisent à la réputation ou à la fortune des autres,

plutôt que de perdre un bon mot, méritent une peine infamante. (Fr.) La Bruy. Car. 1Those who would injure the reputation, or the fortunes of others, rather than lose a witty saying, deserve to be branded as

infamous. 700. Ceux qui, sans nous connaître assez, pensent mal de nous

ne nous font pas tort; ce n'est pas nous qu'ils attaquent, c'est le fantôme de leur imagination. (Fr.) La Bruy. Car. vol. ii. p. 77.Those who, without adequate knowledge, form unfavourable opinions of us, do us no wrong ; since it is not us whom they are attacking, but the creation

of their own imagination. 701. Chacun à son goût. (Fr.)-Every man according to his

taste. This is not to be translated—“Every man has

the gout."

702. Chacun dit du bien de son cour, et personne n'en ose dire de

de son esprit. (Fr.) La Rochef. Max. p. 44, § 98.—Every one can say a good word for his heart, but no one is bold enough to say as much for his wits. Want of feeling we

naturally disclaim, not so readily want of perception. 703. Chacun doit balayer devant sa propre porte. (Fr.) Prov.

-Everybody ought to sweep before his own door. 704. Chacun en particulier peut tromper, et être trompé; per

sonne n'a trompé tout le monde, et tout le monde n'a trompé personne. (Fr.) Bouhours ?-An individual may deceive and be deceived, but no one has ever yet succeeded in deceiving the whole world, nor has the world ever combined to deceive


individual. If the Christian world is persuaded of the truth of Christianity,

the conviction is not the result of deceit, but because the most educated portion of mankind is convinced of the truth of the Gospel. In the same way, the general agreement of men on any subject may be taken as a guarantee of its truth. The unanimity is too large to admit of the idea of fraudulent intention. Cf, in this connection the French. Prov., Quand tout le monde a tort, tout le monde a raison (La Chaussée, Gouvernante, 1, 3).-When every one is in the wrong, every one is in the right.

705. Chacun à son métier, et les vaches seront bien gardées. (Fr.)

Prov.Every one attend to his own business, and the

cows will be well looked after. 706. Xaletà kaló. (Gr.)-What is beautiful is hard. All

fine accomplishments are difficult of attainment. 707. Chaque âge a ses plaisirs, son esprit, et ses mours.

Boil. A. P. 3, 374.-Every age has its pleasures, its style

of wit, and its own ways. 708. Chaque médaille a son revers. (Fr.) Prov.Every medal

has its reverse. There's another side to every tale. One

story is good till another is told. 709. Xápis zápiv tiktel. (Gr.) See Soph. Aj. 522.Kindness

begets kindness. 710. Charité bien ordonnée commence par soi-même. (Fr.)

Well regulated charity begins at home. 711. Chasse cousin. (Fr.)-Chace-cousin, i.e., bad wine. Such

as one would put down to drive away poor relations, or

the description of persons called hangers-on. 712. Châteaux en Espagne. (Fr.)Castles in Spain. Castles

in the air. 713. Chat échaudé craint l'eau froide. (Fr.) Prov.—A scalded

cat dreads even cold water. A burnt child dreads the fire. 714. Chef d'œuvre. (F..)A masterpiece. The best work of

any painter, poet, etc. 715. Che non men che saver, dubbiar m'aggrata.

(It.) Dante, Inf. 11, 93. Ignorance not less than knowledge charms. - Cary. 716. Chercher à connaître, c'est chercher à douter. (Fr.)T.

wish to know is to wish to doubt. Knowledge which is

not guided by faith generally ends in scepticism.
Cf. Vous ne prouvez que trop que chercher à connaître,

N'est souvent qu'apprendre à douter. -Mme. Deshoulières.
You prove but too clearly that seeking to know

Is too frequently learning to doubt. -Ed. 717. Cherchez la femme. (Fr.) Alex. Dumas père, Mohicans

de Paris, vol. ii. cap. 16.—Search for the woman. Say-
ing put into the mouth of an officer of the Paris Detective
Police Force. It has been attributed to Fouché.
Sardou introduces the phrase in his drama Ferréol ; and George

Ebers, Varda, vol. ii. cap. 14 (1876), says :

Du vergisst, dass hier eine Frau mit im Spiel ist.
Das ist sie überall, entgegnete Ameni, u. s. w.
You forget that there is a woman in this case.
That is so all the world over, replied Ameni, etc.
Sometimes the expression takes the form of est la femine?
(or in German, Wo ist sie, or wie heiszt sie ?) Where is the
woman ? where is she? what is her name? As if, according to
our own saying, Wherever there is a quarrel, there is always
a lady in the case ; or, as Richardson says (Sir C. Grandison,
vol. i. Letter 24), Such a plot must have a woman in it. (See

Büchmann, pp. 220, 221.) 718. Che sarà, sarà. (It.) Prov.-What will be, will be. Motto

of the Duke of Bedford, Earl Russell, Lord Ampthill,

and Lord de Clifford. 719. Chevalier d'industrie. (Fr.)--A swindler. A man who

lives by his wits. A sharper. 720. Chi compra ha bisogno di cent occhi,

Chi vende n'ha assai di uno. (It.) Prov.He who buys requires an hundred


while he who sells has occasion only for one. 721. Chi compra terra, compra guerra. (It.) Prov.—Who buys

land, buys war (trouble); who buys soil, buys moil. 722. Chi é causa del suo mal, pianga se stesso. (It.) Let him

who is the cause of his own misfortunes bewail his own

folly. No one else will pity him. 723. Chi fa il conto senza l'oste, gli convien farlo due volte. (It.)

-He who reckons without his host must reckon over

again. 724. Chi ha il lupo per compagno, port' il cane sotto il mantello.

(It.)-He who keeps company with a wolf should carry a

dog under his cloak. 725. Chi lingua ha, a Roma va. (It.)-He who has a tongue

goes to Rome. He who has a tongue in his head may go

anywhere. 726. Chi mal commincia peggio finisce. (It.) Prov.He who

begins badly, generally ends worse. 727. Chi niente sa, di niente dubita. (It.) Prov.-He who

knows nothing, doubts nothing. It has been said of some

that “they know too much for their peace.” 728. Chi non ha testa abbia gambe. (It.) —He who has no head,

should have legs. If you cannot save yourself by your head (wits), you must by your heels.

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