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Lenibus atque utinam scriptis adjuncta foret vis,
Comica ut æquato virtus polleret honore
Cum Græcis. I wish that his (Terence's) smoothly-flowing lines had such force, as to make his comic talents take equal rank with the Greek dramatists. Cæsar is far from denying Terence a comica virtus, but only considers it as falling short of the Greek models.
5267. Vis consili expers mole ruit sua;
Vim temperatam Di quoque provehunt
In majus iidem odere vires
Omne nefas animo moventes. (L.) Hor. C. 3, 4, 65.
Must needs be wrecked; but force controll'd
5268. Vis recte vivere?
Si virtus hoc una potest dare; fortis omissis
(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 6, 29.
You wish to live aright (and who does not?)
Be off with pleasure, and be on with her.
But no you think all morals sophist's tricks,
Bring virtue down to words, a grove to sticks.-Conington.
5269. Vis unita fortior. (L.)-Power is strengthened by union Motto of the Earl of Mountcashel, Lord Wrottesley, and Woodmongers' Company.
5270. Vitæ est avidus, quisquis non vult
Mundo secum pereunte mori. (L.) Sen. Thyest. 882.
When all the world around is perishing.-Ed.
5271. Vita post-scenia. (L.) Lucret. 4, 1182.—The back scenes (or behind the scenes) of life.
5272. Vitæ via virtus. (L.)-Virtue is the way of life. Motto of Earl of Portarlington.
5273. Vita hominis sine literis mors est. (L.) Sen. Life without literary studies is death. Derby Grammar School.
5274. Vitam quæ faciunt beatiorem,
Jucundissime Martialis, hæc sunt:
(L.) Mart. 10, 47, 1.
The elements of happiness.
Nights free from revelry and care.-Ed.
5275. Vitanda est improba Siren
Desidia aut, quicquid vita meliore parasti,
(L.) Hor. S. 2, 3, 14. Then stop your ears to sloth's enchanting voice,
Or give up your best hopes: there lies your choice.-Conington.
5276. Vita patris or v. p. (L.)—During the life of his father. 5277. Vita sine proposito vaga est. (L.) Sen. Ep. 95.-A life without an aim is a sadly desultory one.
5278. Vitiosum est ubique, quod nimium est. (L.) Sen. Tranq. 9.-Excess (redundancy) in everything is a fault.
5279. Vitium commune omnium est,
Quod nimium ad rem in senecta attenti sumus. (L.) Ter. Ad. 5, 8, 31.—It is a failing common to us all, that as we grow old, we get more and more attached to worldly interests.
5280. Vivamus mea Lesbia atque amemus:
Rumoresque senum severiorum
Live we and love we, Lesbia dear;
Suns may set and rise again,
But we, when vanished this brief light,
Must sleep in one unending night.—Ed.
(L.) Cat. 5, 1.
5281. Vivat Rex (Regina). (L.)—Long live the king (queen)! 5282. Vivâ voce. (L.)-By the voice. By oral testimony, in contradistinction to what is committed to writing.
5283. Vive la bagatelle. (Fr.)-Long life to folly! Long may trifling prevail !
5284. Vive la Nation! (Fr.)-Long live the nation! The cry of the first French Revolution, and declared by Siéyès to have originated with himself.
5285. Vivendum est recte, quum propter plurima, tum his Præcipue causis, ut linguas mancipiorum
Contemnas, nam lingua mali pars pessima servi.
(L.) Juv. 9, 118.
Keep right for many reasons; specially
For this, that servants' tongues you may defy.
The tongue of a bad servant 's his worst part.-Ed.
5286. Vivent les gueux! (Fr.)-Long live the beggars!
Cry dating from the Spanish Netherlands in 16th cent., when a body of nobles under Count Louis of Nassau and Henry de Brederode, banded themselves together under the name of the Gueux, to oppose the introduction of the Inquisition by Philip II. The struggle, thus inaugurated, ended some eighty years after in the formation of the Dutch Republic. The words are repeated now without any political allusion.
5287. Vivere est cogitare.
(L.) Cic. Tusc. 5, 38.—The essence of life is thinking. To live is to think. Cf. Descartes' Cogito, ergo sum, I think, therefore I exist.
5288. Vivere, mi Lucili, militare est. (L.) Sen. Ep. 96.-To live, my Lucilius, is to fight. Cf. Volt. Mahomet, 2, 4, Ma vie est un combat. (Fr.)-My life is a warfare, words adopted by Beaumarchais as his motto; and see Vulg. Iob, 7, 1, Militia est vita hominis super terram. (L.)—Man's life on earth is a warfare.
5289. Vivere sat vincere. (L.)-To conquer is to live sufficiently long. Motto of Earl of Sefton and Lord Ventry.
5290. Vivere si recte nescis, decede peritis. (L.) Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 13. If live you cannot as befits a man
Make room, at least, you may for those who can.-Conington.
5291. Vive sine invidia, mollesque inglorius annos
Exige, amicitias et tibi junge pares. (L.) Ov. T. 3, 4, 43.
Choose friends from equals, only such endure. -Ed.
5292. Vive ut vivas. (L.)-Live that you may live. L. Abercromby. 5293. Vive, valeque. (L.) Hor. S. 2, 5, 110.-Adieu, good-bye. Good-bye, God bless you!
5294. Vivite felices, quibus est fortuna peracta
Jam sua! nos alia ex aliis in fata vocamur.
(L.) Virg. A. 3, 493.
Live and be blest! 'tis sweet to feel
Has many another page to turn.-Conington.
5295. Vivit post funera virtus.
(L.)-Virtue survives death.
Motto of the Earl of Shannon.
5296. Vivitur exiguo melius: natura beatis Omnibus esse dedit, si quis cognoverit uti.
(L.) Claud. Ruf. 1, 215.
Small means are best: nature puts happiness
5297. Vivitur parvo bene, cui paternum Splendet in mensa tenui salinum,
Nec leves somnos timor, aut cupido
(L.) Hor. C. 2, 16, 13.
More happy he, whose modest board
His light sleep frightens.-Conington.
5298. Vivo et regno, simul ista reliqui
Quæ vos ad cœlum fertis rumore secundo.
Country v. Town.
(L.) Hor. Ep. 1, 10, 8.
I breathe, and am a king, when once I'm free
5299. Vivre, c'est penser et sentir son âme. (Fr.) Joubert? The essence of life consists in thinking, and being conscious of one's soul.
5300. Vivunt in venerem frondes, omnisque vicissim
Felix arbor amat; nutant ad mutua palmæ
Et platani platanis, alnoque assibilat alnus.
The loves of the Trees.
(L.) Claud. Nupt. 65.
The leaves, like mortals, live to love,
Plane yearns to plane, and alder trees
Whisper their loves with every breeze. -Ed.
These precious lines have the honour of anticipating by 1300 years the theory of the sexual system in botany, demonstrated afterwards by Linnæus.
5301. Vix a te videor posse tenere manus. (L.) Ov. Am. 1, 4, 10.-I am scarcely able to keep my hands off you! as Sydney Smith said to the lady in red velvet, whose gown reminded him so vividly of his pulpit cushion.
5302. Vix duo tresve mihi de tot superestis amici; Cætera Fortunæ, non mea, turba fuit.
(L.) Ov. T. 1, 5, 33.
Friend after friend departs.
Two or three friends are all that now remain,
5303. Vix equidem credo, sed et insultare jacenti
(L.) Ov. Ep. 4, 3, 27.
I scarce can credit it, yet fame affirms
You flout my downfall in unmeasured terms.-Ed.
5304. Vixere fortes ante Agamemnona
Multi: sed omnes illacrymabiles
Urgentur, ignotique longa
Nocte, carent quia vate sacro. (L.) Hor. C. 4, 9, 25.
Before Atrides men were brave,
But ah! oblivion, dark and long,
Has locked them in a tearless grave,
For lack of consecrating song.-Conington.
Cf. Ov. Ep. 4, 8, 47:
Carmine fit vivax virtus: expersque sepulcri,
Song makes great deeds immortal, cheats the tomb,
5305. Vocalis Nymphe, quæ nec reticere loquenti
(L.) Ov. M. 3, 357.
Responsive Echo! vocal Nymph, that ne'er
Can learn to hold her tongue when others speak,
5306. Vogue la galère! (Fr.)-Come what may! (Lit. Let the galley sail!)
Saying as old as the 16th cent., as the following rondo of that date
Il y avoit trois filles, toutes trois d'un grand,
Vogue la galée!
(See MM. des Marets and Rathery, Rabelais, 1, 19, n.)