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Unless you light your lamp ere dawn and read
Upon your pillow, envious, lovesick, cross. —Conington. 3358. Nisi caste saltem caute. (L.)-If not chastely, at least
cautiously. 3359. Nisi Dominus, frustra. (L.)— Without the Lord all is in
vain. Motto of the City of Edinburgh. 3360. Nisi prius. (L.) Law Term.- Unless before.
Legal proviso by which judges try causes on circuit, the condition being that the case be heard at Westminster, unless before the day appointed, the judges of assize come to the county in question, which, in practice, they always do. Since 1852 this proviso has been disused, the trial taking place on circuit as a matter of course. Causes triable at Nisi prius in London or Middlesex, are tried at
the London and Westminster sittings, held in and after every term. 3361. Nitimur in vetitum semper, cupimusque negata. (L.)
Ov. Am. 3, 4, 17.-We are always striving after things
Quicquid servatur, cupimus magis, ipsaque furem
Cura vocat. Pauci, quod sinit alter, amant. – Whatever is carefully guarded we covet all the more, and the very care employed invites a thief. Few long for what others leave alone. Quod licet ingratum est : quod non licet acrius urit. Ov. Am. 2, 193.-What is lawful is unattractive, what is unlawful excites all the more keenly. Permissum fit vile nefas. Gallus. El. 3, 77.-Crime
loses its price when once it becomes lawful. 3362. Nitor in adversum, nec me, qui cætera vincit Impetus, et rapido contrarius evehor orbi.
(L.) Ov. M. 2, 72.
But bears me on against a whirling world.— Ed.
Milton. 3363. Ni trop haut, ni trop bas; c'est le souverain style. (Fr.)
Ronsard ? Not too high nor too low is the sovereign mode. Applicable to an age when, like that of Addison and Pope, poetry had become an art with fixed rules, in which smoothly-flowing rhymes and elegant antitheses
took the place of real poetic genius. 3364. Nobis non licet esse tam disertis,
Qui musas colimus severiores. (L.) Mart. 9, 12, 16.
We who court a graver muse
3365. Noblesse oblige. (Fr.)-Mobility compels. Motto of the
Dukes of Lévis (France).
(L.) Virg. A. 3, 583.
Nor know the horror's cause. --Conington. 3367. Nodum in scirpo quæris. (L.) Prov. Ter. 5, 4, 38.
You are looking for a difficulty where there is none (lit. a
knot in a bulrush). 3368. No hay tal razon como la del baston. (S.) Prov.-There
is no argument equal to that of a stick. Argumentum
baculinum q. v. 3369. Nolens Volens. (L.)—Whether I will or no. Willy Nilly. 3370. Noli affectare quod tibi non est datum,
Delusa ne spes ad querelam recidat. (L.) Phædr. 3, 18, 14.- Do not aspire to gifts which have not been vouchsafed to you, lest disappointed hopes end in vain repinings.
Juno to the peacock desiring the voice of the nightingale. 3371. Noli irritare leones. (L.)— Don't irritate lions. Lord Lyons. 3372. Noli me tangere. (L.) Vulg. S. Joan. 20, 17.-Touch
me not. 3373. Noli pugnare duobus. (L.) Catull. 62, 64.–Do not fight
against two opponents at once. 3374. Nolle prosequi. (L.) Law Term.—To be unwilling to
prosecute. 3375. Nolo episcopari. (L.)—I do not wish to be a bishop.
Reply made, as matter of form, by any person to whom a bishoprick is offered ; also applied to those who affect indifference about a thing
which it is the great object of their ambition to obtain. 3376. Nom de guerre, or Nom de plume. (Fr.)-An assumed
An alias used by an author instead of his own
3377. Nomen amicitia est, nomen inane fides. (L.) Ov. A. A.
1, 740.-Friendship, fidelity are but empty names. 3378. Non adeo cecidi, quamvis abjectus, ut infra Te quoque sim ; inferius quo nihil esse potest.
(L.) Ov. T. 5, 8, 1. I have not sunk so low, though great my fall, As to reach thee, the lowest depth of all. -Ed.
3379. Non agitur de vectigalibus, non de sociorum injuriis :
libertas et anima nostra in dubio est. (L.) Sall. C. 52.
- It is no question now of state revenues, or of the honour
of our allies : our own lives and liberty are in the balance. 3380. Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare ;
Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te. (L.) Mart. 1, 33.
I do not love thee, doctor Fell,
I do not love thee, doctor Fell. (?) 3381. Non Angli sed angeli. (L.) Bed. 2, 1.—Not Angles but
America, it takes the cake.
(L.) Ov. M, 2, 846. Ill-matched are love and majesty, the throne
Is not love's dwelling-place. — Ed.
Line 1 is quotable of any two conflicting things. 3383. Non bene junctarum discordia semina rerum.
(L.) Ov. M. 1, 9. The jarring seeds of ill-assorted things. 3384. Non bene olet qui bene semper olet. (L.) Mart. Ep. 2,
12.—That smells not sweet, that always sweetly smells. May be applied, morally, to those faultless people, who from their very perfection pall upon one like too strong
perfumes. 3385. Non constat. (L.) Law Term.—It does not appear.
It is not confirmed in evidence before the court. 3386. Non convivere, nec videre saltem,
Non audire licet : nec Urbe tota
(L.) Mart. 1, 87.
get a glimpse of him, or hear:
So far from me, and yet so near. 3387. Non credo tempori. (L.)-I trust not to time. Order of
St Nicholas (Russian).
3388. Non cuicunque datum est habere nasum. (L.) Mart. 1, 42, 18.—It is not every man that has a nose.
All men are not equally sharp, acute. 3389. Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum.
Sedit, qui timuit ne non succederet : esto:
(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 17, 36.
One makes the journey ; he's a man indeed !—Conington. The proverb, Non cuivis, etc., is quoted of any rare or difficult attainment which only energy or good fortune can achieve. In Greek it is, oυ παντός άνδρός εις Κόρινθος čo ' ó redous.—The voyage to Corinth is not within every
man's means. 3390. Non decipitur qui scit se decipi. (L.) Law Max.--He is
not deceived who is deceived with his own knowledge. 3391. Non eadem est ætas, non mens. (L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 1, 4.
My age, my tastes, no longer are the same. 3392. Non eadem ratio est, sentire et demere morbos : Sensus inest cunctis : tollitur arte malum.
(L.) Ov. Ep. 3, 9, 16. 'Tis not the same to feel and heal a smart:
All men can feel : disease is cured by art. - Ed. 3393. Non ebur neque aureum
Mea renidet in domo lacunar. (L.) Hor. C. 2, 18, 1.
Carven ivory have I none;
No golden cornice in my dwelling shines. —Conington. 3394. Non ego avarum Quum te veto fieri, vappam iubeo ac nebulonem.
(L.) Hor. S. 1, 1, 103. Est modus in rebus. In bidding you a miser's life forsake
I say not, Be a spendthrift or a rake -Ed. 3395. Non ego mordaci distrinxi carmine quenquam,
Nec meus ullius crimina versus habet.
Nor do my works a single charge contain:
Breathes poison, tho' conveyed in joking strain. -Ed.
Crebillon says, Aucun fiel n'a jamais empoisonné ma
plume. (Fr.)-My pen was never dipped in gall. 3396. Non ego omnino lucrum omne esse utile homini existimo.
Scio ego, multos jam lucrum luculentos homines reddidit;
lucrum. (L.) Plaut. Capt. 2, 2, 75.-(Hegio loq.) For my part I don't altogether reckon all gains to be serviceable to a man.
I know that gain has made many a man distinguished; and again there are times when it is better
to lose than win. 3397. Non ego sum stultus, ut ante fui. (L.) Ov. Am. 3, 11,
32.—I am no longer the fool I was. I have learned by
experience. 3398. Non enim si malum dolor est, carere eo malo satis est ad
bene vivendum. Hoc diceret potius Ennius, “Nimium boni est, cui nihil est mali.” (L.) Cic. Fin. 2, 13, 41.Granted that physical pain is an evil, yet the absence of it does not necessarily constitute a happy life. Ennius will tell you rather,
“He lives too well who has no ill." 3399. Non equidem in video, miror magis. (L.) Virg. E. 1, 11.
-I do not, indeed, envy you, I am only the ruther
surprised. 3400. Non equidem studeo, bullatis ut mihi nugis Pagina turgescat, dare pondus idonea fumo.
(L.) Pers. 5, 19. It is not my intent my book to choke
With vapid bombast, so much food for smoke. -Ed. 3401. Non est de sacco tanta farina tuo. (L.) Prov.-So much
meal cannot all have come from your own sack. Don't
palm off other men's work as your own. 3402. Non est in medico semper relevetur ut æger; Interdum docta plus valet arte malum.
(L.) Ov. Ep. 1, 3, 17. Doctors can't always cure a man that's ill ;
Sickness sometimes defeats all human skill.-Ed. 3403. Non est inventus. (L.) Law Term.—He is not to be
found. Formal Latin words anciently used in the sheriff's return to a writ of capias, that the defendant. was not to be found within his bailiwick. It is also used to imply any one's sudden disappearance.