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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

A light heart to A man must carry

A light heart lives long.Proverb.

Alii sementem faciunt, alii metentem—Some do the sowing, others the reaping.

Aliis lætus, sapiens sibi—Cheerful for others, wise for himself.Proverb.

A l’impossible nul n’est tenu—No one can be held bound to do what is impossible.French Proverb.

A l’improviste—Unawares.French.

Aliorum medicus, ipse ulceribus scates—A physician to others, while you yourself are full of ulcers.

Alio sub sole—Under another sky (lit. sun).

Aliquando bonus dormitat Homerus—Sometimes even the good Homer nods.Horace.

Aliquis non debet esse judex in propria causa—No one may sit as judge in his own case.Law.

Alis volat propriis—He flies with his own wings.Motto.

A little body often harbours a great soul.Proverb.

A little fire is quickly trodden out; / Which being suffered, rivers cannot quench.3 Henry VI., iv. 8.

A little is better than none.Proverb.

A little learning is a dangerous thing / Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.Pope.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.Proverb.

A little more than kin, and less than kind.Hamlet, i. 2.

A little neglect may breed great mischief.Franklin.

A little philosophy inclineth a man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.Bacon.

A little spark maks muckle wark.Scotch Proverb.

Alitur vitium vivitque tegendo—Evil is nourished and grows by concealment.Virgil.

Aliud est celare, aliud tacere—To conceal is one thing, to say nothing is another.Law Maxim.

Aliud et idem—Another and the same.

Aliud legunt pueri, aliud viri, aliud senes—Boys read books one way, men another, old men another.Terence.

A living dog is better than a dead lion.Proverb.

Alle anderen Dinge müssen; der Mensch ist das Wesen, welches will—All other things must; man is the only creature who wills.Schiller.

Alle Frachten lichten, sagte der Schiffer, da warf er seine Frau über Bord—All freights lighten, said the skipper, as he threw his wife into the sea.German Proverb.

Allegans contraria non est audiendus—No one is to be heard whose evidence is contradictory.Law Maxim.

Allen gehört, was du denkest; dein eigen ist nur, was du fühlest—What you think belongs to all; only what you feel is your own.Schiller.

Alter Anfang ist heiter; die Schwelle ist der Platz der Erwartung—Every beginning is cheerful; the threshold is the place of expectation.Goethe.

Aller Anfang ist schwer, sprach der Dieb, und stahl zuerst einen Amboss—Every beginning is difficult, said the thief, when he began by stealing an anvil.German Proverb.

Alle Schuld rächt sich auf Erden—Every offence is avenged on earth.Goethe.

Alles Gescheidte ist schon gedacht worden; man muss nur versuchen, es noch einmal zu denken—Everything wise has already been thought; one can only try and think it once more.Goethe.

Alles Vergängliche ist nur ein Gleichniss—Everything transitory is only an allegory.Goethe.

Alles wanket, wo der Glaube fehlt—All is unsteady (lit. wavers) where faith fails.German Proverb.

Alles wäre gut, wär keln Aber dabel—Everything would be right if it were not for the “Buts.”German Proverb.

Alles, was ist, ist vernünftig—Everything which is, is agreeable to reason.Hegel.

Alles zu retten, muss alles gewagt werden—To save all, we must risk all.Schiller.

All advantages are attended with disadvantages.Hume.

All are but parts of one stupendous whole / Whose body Nature is, and God the soul.Pope.

All argument will vanish before one touch of Nature.Colman.

All are not hunters that blow the horn.Proverb.

All are not saints that go to church.Proverb.

All are not soldiers that go to the wars.Proverb.

All are not thieves that dogs bark at.Proverb.

All art is great, and good, and true, only so far as it is distinctively the work of manhood in its entire and highest sense.Ruskin.

All balloons give up their gas in the pressure of things, and collapse in a sufficiently wretched manner erelong.Carlyle.

All battle is misunderstanding.Goethe.

All beginnings are easy; it is the ulterior steps that are of most difficult ascent and most rarely taken.Goethe.

All cats are grey in the dark.Proverb.

All censure of a man’s self is oblique praise; it is in order to show how much he can spare.Johnson.

All cruelty springs from weakness.Seneca.

All death in nature is birth.Fichte.

All deep joy has something of awful in it.Carlyle.

All delights are vain; but that most vain / Which, with pain purchas’d, doth inherit pain.Love’s L’s. Lost, i. 1.

All destruction, by violent revolution or howsoever it be, is but new creation on a wider scale.Carlyle.

All disputation makes the mind deaf, and when people are deaf I am dumb.Joubert.

[Greek]—Sometimes justice does harm.Sophocles.

All evil is as a nightmare; the instant you begin to stir under it, the evil is gone.Carlyle.

All evils, when extreme, are the same.Corneille.

All faults are properly shortcomings.Goethe.

All faiths are to their own believers just / For none believe because they will, but must.Dryden.

All feet tread not in one shoe.Proverb.

All flesh consorteth according to its kind, and a man will cleave to his like.Ecclesiasticus.

All forms of government are good, so far as the wise and kind in them govern the unwise and unkind.Ruskin.

All good colour is in some degree pensive, and the purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.Ruskin.

All good government must begin at home.H. R. Haweis.

All good has an end but the goodness of God.Gaelic Proverb.

All good things / Are ours, nor soul helps flesh more now / Than flesh helps soul.Browning.

All good things go in threes.German and French Proverb.

All governments are to some extent a treaty with the Devil.Jacobi.

All great art is the expression of man’s delight in God’s work, not in his own.Ruskin.

All great discoveries are made by men whose feelings run ahead of their thinkings.C. H. Parkhurst.

All great peoples are conservative.Carlyle.

All great song has been sincere song.Ruskin.

All healthy things are sweet-tempered.Emerson.

All his geese are swans.Proverb.

All history is an inarticulate Bible.Carlyle.

All immortal writers speak out of their hearts.Ruskin.

All imposture weakens confidence and chills benevolence.Johnson.

All inmost things are melodious, naturally utter themselves in song.Carlyle.

All is but toys.Macbeth, ii. 3.

All is good that God sends us.Proverb.

All is influence except ourselves.Goethe.

All is not gold that glitters.Proverb.

All is not lost that’s in peril.Proverb.

All live by seeming.Old Play.

All living objects do by necessity form to themselves a skin.Carlyle.

Allmächtig ist doch das Gold; auch Mohren kann’s bleichen—Gold is omnipotent; it can make even the Moor white.Schiller.

All mankind love a lover.Emerson.

All man’s miseries go to prove his greatness.Pascal.

All martyrdoms looked mean when they were suffered.Emerson.

All measures of reformation are effective in proportion to their timeliness.Ruskin.

All men are bores except when we want them.Holmes.

All men are born sincere and die deceivers.Vauvenargues.

All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.Boileau.

All men commend patience, though few be willing to practise it.Thomas à Kempis.

All men have their price.Anonymous.

All men honour love, because it looks up, and not down.Emerson.

All men, if they work not as in the great taskmaster’s eye, will work wrong.Carlyle.

All men live by truth, and stand in need of expression.Emerson.

All men may dare what has by man been done.Young.

All men that are ruined are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.Burke.

All men think all men mortal but themselves.Young.

All men would be masters of others, and no man is lord of himself.Goethe.

All men who know not where to look for truth, save in the narrow well of self, will find their own image at the bottom and mistake it for what they are seeking.Lowell.

All minds quote. Old and new make up the warp and woof of every moment.Emerson.

All mischief comes from our inability to be alone.La Bruyère.

All money is but a divisible title-deed.Ruskin.

All my possessions for a moment of time!Queen Elizabeth’s last words.

All nature is but art unknown to thee: / All chance, direction which thou canst not see: / All discord, harmony not understood; / All partial evil, universal good.Pope.

All nobility in its beginnings was somebody’s natural superiority.Emerson.

All objects are as windows through which the philosophic eye looks into infinitude.Carlyle.

All orators are dumb when beauty pleadeth.Shakespeare.

[Greek]—Zeus, however, does not give effect to all the schemes of man.Homer.

[Greek]—Alter ego.Zeno’s definition of a friend.

All our evils are imaginary, except pain of body and remorse of conscience.Rousseau.

All our most honest striving prospers only in unconscious moments.Goethe.

All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.Chamfort.

All pleasure must be bought at the price of pain.John Foster.

All power appears only in transition.Novalis.

All power, even the most despotic, rests ultimately on opinion.Hume.

All power of fancy over reason is a degree of insanity.Johnson.

All promise outruns performance.Emerson.

All public disorder proceeds from want of work.Courier.

All speech, even the commonest, has something of song in it.Carlyle.

All strength lies within, not without.Jean Paul.

All strong men love life.Heine.

All strong souls are related.Schiller.

All’s well that ends well.Proverb.

All talent, all intellect, is in the first place moral.Carlyle.

All that a man has he will give for right relations with his mates.Emerson.

All that glisters is not gold: / Gilded tombs do worms infold.Mer. of Ven., ii. 7.

All that is best in the great poets of all countries is not what is national in them, but what is universal.Longfellow.

All that is human must retrograde, if it do not advance.Gibbon.

All that is noble is in itself of a quiet nature, and appears to sleep until it is aroused and summoned forth by contrast.Goethe.

All that lives must die, / Passing through nature to eternity.Hamlet, i. 2.

All that man does and brings to pass is the vesture of a thought.Sartor Resartus.

All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, it is all lying in magic preservation in the pages of books.Carlyle.

All that tread the globe are but a handful to the tribes that slumber in its bosom.Bryant.

All the armed prophets have conquered, all the unarmed have perished.Machiavelli.

All the arts affecting culture (i.e., the fine arts) have a certain common bond, and are connected by a certain blood relationship with each other.Cicero.

All the difference between the wise man and the fool is, that the wise man keeps his counsel, and the fool reveals it.Gaelic Proverb.

All the diseases of mind, leading to fatalest ruin, are due to the concentration of man upon himself, whether his heavenly interests or his worldly interests, matters not.Ruskin.

All the faults of the man I can pardon in the player; no fault of the player can I pardon in the man.Goethe.

All the good of which humanity is capable is comprised in obedience.J. S. Mill.

All the great ages have been ages of belief.Emerson.

All the keys don’t hang at one man’s girdle.Proverb.

All the makers of dictionaries, all the compilers of opinions already printed, we may term plagiarists, but honest plagiarists, who arrogate not the merit of invention.Voltaire.

All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.Macbeth, v. 1.

All the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, and in all of them a woman is only a weaker man.Plato.

All the thinking in the world does not bring us to thought; we must be right by nature, so that good thoughts may come.Goethe.

All the wit in the world is not in one head.Proverb.

All the wit in the world is thrown away upon the man who has none.La Bruyère.

All the world’s a stage / And all the men and women merely players.As You Like It, ii. 7.

All things are double, one against another. Good is set against evil, and life against death.Ecclesiasticus.

All things are for the sake of the good, and it is the cause of everything beautiful.Plato.

All things are in perpetual flux and fleeting.Proverb.

All things are symbolical, and what we call results are beginnings.Plato.

All things happen by necessity; in Nature there is neither good nor bad.Spinoza.

All things that are / Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed.Mer. of Ven., ii. 6.

All things that love the sun are out of doors.Wordsworth.

All this (in the daily press) does not concern one in the least; one is neither the wiser nor the better for knowing what the day brings forth.Goethe.

All true men are soldiers in the same army, to do battle against the same enemy—the empire of darkness and wrong.Carlyle.

All truth is not to be told at all times.Proverb.

All virtue is most rewarded, and all wickedness most punished, in itself.Bacon.

All went as merry as a marriage-bell.Byron.

All, were it only a withered leaf, works together with all.Carlyle.

All will be as God wills.Gaelic Proverb.

All wise men are of the same religion, and keep it to themselves.Lord Shaftesbury.

All women are good, viz., for something or nothing.Proverb.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.Proverb.

Allzugrosse Zartheit der Gefühle ist ein wahres Unglück—It is a real misfortune to have too great delicacy of feeling.C. J. Weber.

Allzustraff gespannt, zerspringt der Bogen—If the bow is overstrained, it breaks.Schiller.

Allzuviel ist nicht genug—Too much is not enough.German Proverb.

Alma mater—A benign mother; applied to one’s university, also to the “all-nourishing” earth.

Al molino, ed alla sposa / Sempre manca qualche cosa—A mill and a woman are always in want of something.Italian Proverb.

Almost all our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.Schopenhauer.

Almsgiving never made any man poor.Proverb.

A loan should come laughing home.Proverb.

A l’œuvre on connaît l’artisan—By the work one knows the workman.La Fontaine.

A loisir—At leisure.French.

Alomban és szerelemben nincs lehetetlenséej—In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.János Arany.

Along the cool sequester’d vale of life / They kept the noiseless tenor of their way.Gray.

A los bobos se les aperece la Madre de Dios—The mother of God appears to fools.Spanish Proverb.

A lover’s eyes will gaze an eagle blind.Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 3.

Alte fert aquila—The eagle bears me on high.Motto.

Altera manu fert lapidem, altera panem ostentat—He carries a stone in one hand, and shows bread in the other.Proverb.

Altera manu scabunt, altera feriunt—They tickle with one hand and smite with the other.Proverb.

Alter ego—Another or second self.

Alter idem—Another exactly the same.

Alter ipse amicus—A friend is a second self.Proverb.

Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest—Let no man be slave of another who can be his own master.Motto of Paracelsus.

Alter remus aquas, alter mihi radat arenas—Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch the sands, i.e., so as not to go out of my depth.

Alterum tantum—As much more.

Although men are accused of not knowing their weakness, yet perhaps as few know their strength.Swift.

Although the last, not least.King Lear, i. 1.

Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labuntur—The deepest rivers flow with the least noise.Curtius.

Alt ist das Wort, doch bleibet hoch und wahr der Sinn—Old is the Word, yet does the meaning abide as high and true as ever.Faust.

Altro diletto che’ mparar, non provo—Learning is my sole delight.Petrarch.

Always filling, never full.Cowper.

Always have two strings to your bow.Proverb.

Always strive for the whole; and if thou canst not become a whole thyself, connect thyself with a whole as a ministering member.Schiller.

Always there is a black spot in our sunshine, the shadow of ourselves.Carlyle.

Always to distrust is an error, as well as always to trust.Goethe.

Always win fools first; they talk much, and what they have once uttered they will stick to.Helps.

Amabilis insania—A fine frenzy.Horace.

A machine is not a man or a work of art; it is destructive of humanity and art.William Blake.

A madness most discreet, / A choking gall and a preserving sweet.—i.e., love is.Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.

A mad world, my masters.Middleton.

A main armée—By force of arms.French.

Ama l’amico tuo con il diffetto suo—Love your friend with all his faults.Italian Proverb.

A man at sixteen will prove a child at sixty.Proverb.

A man belongs to his age and race, even when he acts against them.Renan.

A man, be the heavens praised, is sufficient for himself; yet were ten men, united in love, capable of being and doing what ten thousand singly would fail in.Carlyle.

A man can be so changed by love as to be unrecognisable as the same person.Terence.

A man can do no more than he can.Proverb.

A man can keep another’s secret better than his own; a woman, her own better than another’s.La Bruyère.

A man canna wive and thrive the same year.Scotch Proverb.

A man can never be too much on his guard when he writes to the public, and never too easy towards those with whom he converses.D’Alembert.

A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven.John Baptist.

A man cannot be in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth at one and the same moment.Carlyle’s experience while editing Cromwell’s Letters.

A man cannot spin and reel at the same time.Proverb.

A man cannot whistle and drink at the same time.Proverb.

A man dishonoured is worse than dead.Cervantes.

A man does not represent a fraction, but a whole number; he is complete in himself.Schopenhauer.

A man hears only what he understands.Goethe.

A man he was to all the country dear, / And passing rich with forty pounds a year.Goldsmith.

A man in a farm and his thoughts away, is better out of it than in it.Gaelic Proverb.

A man in debt is so far a slave.Emerson.

A man in the right, with God on his side, is in the majority, though he be alone.American Proverb.

A man is a fool or his own physician at forty.Proverb.

A man is a golden impossibility.Emerson.

A man is always nearest to his good when at home, and farthest from it when away.J. G. Holland.

A man is king in his own house.Gaelic Proverb.

A man is never happy till his vague striving has itself marked out its proper limitation.Goethe.

A man is not born the second time, any more than the first, without travail.Carlyle.

A man is not as God, / But then most godlike being most a man.Tennyson.

A man is not strong who takes convulsion fits, though six men cannot hold him; only he that can walk under the heaviest weight without staggering.Carlyle.

A man is only a relative and a representative nature.Emerson.

A man is the façade of a temple wherein all wisdom and all good abide.Emerson.

A man is the prisoner of his power.Emerson.

A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things.Carlyle.

A man may be proud of his house, and not ride on the rigging (ridge) of it.Scotch Proverb.

A man may do what he likes with his own.Proverb.

A man may smile, and smile, and be a villain.Hamlet, i. 5.

A man may spit in his nieve and do little.Scotch Proverb.

A man may survive distress, but not disgrace.Gaelic Proverb.

A man / More sinn’d against than sinning.King Lear, iii. 2.

A man must ask his wife’s leave to thrive.Proverb.

A man must become wise at his own expense.Montaigne.

A man must be healthy before he can be holy.Mme. Swetchine.

A man must be well off who is irritated by trifles, for in misfortune trifles are not felt.Schopenhauer.

A man must carry knowledge with him if he would bring home knowledge.Johnson.