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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Everything a man to Eyes will not see

Everything a man parts with is the cost of something. Everything he receives is the compensation of something.J. G. Holland.

Everything calls for interest, only it must be an interest divested of self-interest and sincere.Desjardins.

Everything comes if a man will only wait.Disraeli.

Everything, even piety, is dangerous in a man without judgment.Stanislaus.

Everything good in a man thrives best when properly recognised.J. G. Holland.

Everything good in man leans on what is higher.Emerson.

Everything good is on the highway.Emerson.

Everything great is not always good, but all good things are great.Demosthenes.

Everything holy is before what is unholy; guilt presupposes innocence, not the reverse; angels, but not fallen ones, were created.Jean Paul.

Everything in life, to be of value, must have a sequence.Goethe.

Everything in nature contains all the power of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.Emerson.

Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.Emerson.

Everything in nature has a positive and a negative pole.Emerson.

Everything in nature is a puzzle until it finds its solution in man, who solves it in some way with God, and so completes the circle of creation.T. T. Munger.

Everything in the world can be borne except a long succession of beautiful days.Goethe.

Everything in this world depends upon will.Disraeli.

Everything in this world is a tangled yarn; we taste nothing in its purity; we do not remain two moments in the same state.Rousseau.

Everything is as you take it.Proverb.

Everything is beautiful, seen from the point of the intellect; but all is sour if seen as experience.Emerson.

Everything is good as it comes from the hands of the Creator; everything degenerates in the hands of man.Rousseau.

Everything is mere opinion.M. Aurelius.

Everything is sold to skill and labour.Hume.

Everything is sweetened by risk.A. Smith.

Everything is what it is, and not another thing.Bishop Butler.

Everything is worth the money that can be got for it.Publius Syrus.

Everything looks easy that is practised to perfection.Goethe.

Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay.Sallust.

Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed; and to carry the danger to the edge of ruin, Nature causes each man’s peculiarity to superabound.Emerson.

Everything springs into being and passes away according to law, yet how fluctuating is the lot that presides over the life which is to us so priceless.Goethe.

Everything that exceeds the bounds of moderation has an unstable foundation.Seneca.

Everything that happens, happens of necessity.Schopenhauer.

Everything that happens in this world is part of a great plan of God running through all time.Ward Beecher.

Everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind it, and everything insensibly contributes to make us what we are.Goethe.

Everything that is exquisite hides itself.Joseph Roux.

Everything that is popular deserves the attention of the philosopher; although it may not be of any worth in itself, yet it characterises the people.Emerson.

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low as when occupied with the present.Landor.

Everything that tends to emancipate us from external restraint without adding to our own power of self-government is mischievous.Goethe.

Everything unnatural is imperfect.Napoleon.

Everything useful to the life of man arises from the ground, but few things arise in that condition which is requisite to render them useful.Hume.

Every thought that arises in the mind, in its rising aims to pass out of the mind into act; just as every plant, in the moment of generation, struggles up to the light.Emerson.

Every thought was once a poem.Charles H. Parkhurst.

Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.Emerson.

Every time a man smiles, much more when he laughs, it adds something to his fragment of life.Sterne.

Every time you forgive a man you weaken him and strengthen yourself.American Proverb.

Every transition is a crisis, and a crisis presupposes sickness.Goethe.

Every traveller has a home of his own, and he learns to appreciate it the more from his wandering.Dickens.

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.Jesus.

Every true man’s apparel fits your thief.Meas. for Meas., iv. 2.

Every tub must stand on its own bottom.Proverb.

Every unpleasant feeling is a sign that I have become untrue to my resolutions.Jean Paul.

Every unpunished murder takes away something from the security of every man’s life.Daniel Webster.

Every vicious habit and chronic disease communicates itself by descent, and by purity of birth the entire system of the human body and soul may be gradually elevated, or by recklessness of birth degraded, until there shall be as much difference between the well-bred and ill-bred human creature (whatever pains be taken with their education) as between a wolf-hound and the vilest mongrel cur.Ruskin.

Every violation of truth is a stab at the health of society.Emerson.

Every wanton and causeless restraint of the will of the subject, whether practised by a monarch, a nobility, or a popular assembly, is a degree of tyranny.Blackstone.

Everywhere I am hindered of meeting God in my brother, because he has shut his own temple doors, and recites fables merely of his brother’s or his brother’s brother’s God.Emerson.

Everywhere in life the true question is, not what we gain, but what we do; so also in intellectual matters it is not what we receive, but what we are made to give, that chiefly contents and profits us.Carlyle.

Everywhere the formed world is the only habitable one.Carlyle.

Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of two everlasting, hostile empires, Necessity and Free Will.Carlyle.

Everywhere the individual seeks to show himself off to advantage, and nowhere honestly endeavours to make himself subservient to the whole.Goethe.

Every white will have its black, / And every sweet its sour.T. Percy.

Every why hath a wherefore.Comedy of Errors, ii. 2.

Every wise woman buildeth her house, but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.Bible.

Every word was once a poem.Emerson.

Every worm beneath the moon / Draws different threads, and late and soon / Spins, toiling out his own cocoon.Tennyson.

Every youth, from the king’s son downwards, should learn to do something finely and thoroughly with his hand.Ruskin.

E vestigio—Instantly.

Evil and good are everywhere, like shadow and substance; (for men) inseparable, yet not hostile, only opposed.Carlyle.

Evil, be thou my good.Milton.

Evil comes to us by ells and goes away by inches.Proverb.

Evil communications corrupt good manners.Proverb.

Evil events from evil causes spring.Aristophanes.

Evil is a far more cunning and persevering propagandist than good, for it has no inward strength, and is driven to seek countenance and sympathy.Lowell.

Evil is generally committed under the hope of some advantage the pursuit of virtue seldom obtains.B. R. Haydon.

Evil is merely privative, not absolute; it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity.Emerson.

Evil is wrought by want of thought / As well as want of heart.T. Hood.

Evil, like a rolling stone upon a mountain-top, / A child may first impel, a giant cannot stop.Trench.

Evil men understand not judgment, but they that seek the Lord understand all things.Bible.

Evil news rides post, while good news bates.Milton.

Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.Joseph Roux.

Evil, what we call evil, must ever exist while man exists; evil, in the widest sense we can give it, is precisely the dark, disordered material out of which man’s freewill has to create an edifice of order and good. Ever must pain urge us to labour; and only in free effort can any blessedness be imagined for us.Carlyle.

Evils can never pass away; for there must always remain something which is antagonistic to good.Plato.

Evils that take leave, / On their departure most of all show evil.King John, iii. 4.

Evolare rus ex urbe tanquam ex vinculis—To fly from the town into the country, as though from bonds.Cicero.

Ewig jung zu bleiben / Ist, wie Dichter schreiben / Hochstes Lebensgut; / Willst du es erwerben / Musst du frühe sterben—To continue eternally young is, as poets write, the highest bliss of life; wouldst thou attain to it, thou must die young.Rückert.

Ewig zu sein in jedem Momente—To be eternal at every moment.Schleiermacher.

Ex abrupto—Without preparation.

Ex abundante cautela—From excessive precaution.Law.

Ex abusu non arguitur ad usum—There is no arguing from the abuse of a thing against the use of it.Law.

Ex abusu non argumentum ad desuetudinem—The abuse of a thing is no argument for its discontinuance.Law.

Exact justice is commonly more merciful in the long run than pity, for it tends to foster in men those stronger qualities which make them good citizens.Lowell.

Ex æquo—By right.

Ex æquo et bono—In justice and equity.

Exaggeration is a blood relation to falsehood.H. Ballou.

Exaggeration is to paint a snake and add legs.Chinese Proverb.

Examine the religious principles which have, in fact, prevailed in the world. You will scarcely be persuaded that they are anything but sick men’s dreams.Hume.

Examine your soul and its emotions, and thoughts will be to you so many glorious revelations of the Godhead.Nourisson.

Example acquires tenfold authority when it speaks from the grave.W. Phillips.

Example has more followers than reason.Bovee.

Example is a hazardous lure; where the wasp gets through, the gnat sticks.La Fontaine.

Example is more efficacious than precept.Johnson.

Example is more forcible than precept. People look at me six days in the week, to see what I mean on the seventh.Cecil.

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.Burke.

Examples of rare intelligence, yet more rarely cultivated, are not lights kindled for a moment; they live on here in their good deeds, and in their venerated memories.Gladstone.

Examples would indeed be excellent things, were not people so modest that none will set them, and so vain that none will follow them.Hare.

Ex animo—From the soul; heartily.

Ex aperto—Openly.

Ex auribus cognoscitur asinus—An ass is known by his ears.Proverb.

Ex cathedra—From the chair; with authority.

Excellence is never granted to man but as the reward of labour.Sir Jos. Reynolds.

Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul, / But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, / Chaos is come again.Othello, iii. 3.

Excelsior—Still higher.

Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.Jesus.

Except by mastership and servantship, there is no conceivable deliverance from tyranny and slavery.Carlyle.

Except I be by Silvia in the night, / There is no music in the nightingale.Two Gent. of Verona, iii. 1.

Except in knowing what it has to do and how to do it, the soul cannot resolve the riddle of its destiny.James Wood.

Except in obedience to the heaven-chosen is freedom not so much as conceivable.Carlyle.

Except pain of body and remorse of conscience, all our evils are imaginary.Rousseau.

Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it; except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.Bible.

Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.Jesus.

Exceptio probat regulam—The exception proves the rule.

Exceptis excipiendis—The requisite exceptions being made.

Excepto quod non simul esses, cætera lætus—Except that you were not with me, in other respects I was happy.


Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.Plato.

Excess in apparel is costly folly. The very trimming of the vain world would clothe all the naked ones.William Penn.

Excess of wealth is cause of covetousness.Marlowe.

Excessit ex ephebis—He has come to the age of manhood.Terence.

Excessive distrust is not less hurtful than its opposite. Most men become useless to him who is unwilling to risk being deceived.Vauvenargues.

Excitari, non hebescere—To be spirited, not sluggish.Motto.

Exclusa opes omnes—All hope is gone.Plautus.

Ex commodo—Leisurely.

Ex concesso—Admittedly.

Ex confesso—Confessedly.

Ex curia—Out of court.

Excusing of a fault / Doth make the fault worse by the excuse.King John, iv. 2.

Ex debito justitiæ—From what is due to justice; from a regard to justice.

Ex delicto—From the crime.

Ex desuetudine amittuntur privilegia—Rights are forfeited by disuse.Law.

Ex diuturnitate temporis omnia præsumuntur esse solemniter acta—Everything established for a length of time is presumed to have been done in due form.Law.

Exeat—Let him depart.

Exegi monumentum ære perennius—I have reared a memorial of myself more durable than brass.Horace.

Exempli gratia—By way of example.

Exemplo plus quam ratione vivimus—We live more by example than reason.

Exemplumque Dei quisque est in imagine parva—Each man is the copy of his God in small.Manilius.

Exercise is labour without weariness.Johnson.

Exercise the muscles well, but spare the nerves always.Schopenhauer.

Exercitatio optimus est magister—Practice is the best master.Proverb.

Exercitatio potest omnia—Perseverance conquers all difficulties.

Exeunt omnes—All retire.

Ex facie—Evidently.

Ex factis non ex dictis amici pensandi—Friends are to be estimated from deeds, not words.Livy.

Ex facto jus oritur—The law arises out of the fact, i.e., it cannot till then be put in force.Law.

Ex fide fortis—Strong from faith.Motto.

Ex fumo dare lucem—To give light from smoke.Motto.

Ex humili magna ad fastigia rerum / Extollit, quoties voluit fortuna jocari—As oft as Fortune is in a freakish mood, she raises men from a humble station to the imposing summit of things.Juvenal.

Ex hypothesi—Hypothetically.

Exigite ut mores teneros ceu pollice ducat, / Ut si quis cera vultum facit—Require him as with his thumb to mould their youthful morals, just as one fashions a face with plastic wax.Juvenal.

Exigui numero, sed bello vivida virtus—Few in number, yet their valour ardent for war.Virgil.

Exiguum est ad legem bonum esse—It is but a small matter to be good in the eye of the law only.Seneca.

Exile is terrible to those who have, as it were, a circumscribed habitation; but not to those who look upon the whole globe as one city.Cicero.

Exilioque domos et dulcia limina mutant / Atque alio patriam quærunt sub sole jacentem—They exchange their home and sweet thresholds for exile, and seek under another sun another home.Virgil.

Ex improviso—Unexpectedly.

Ex industria—Purposely.

Ex inimico cogita posse fieri amicum—Think that you may make a friend of an enemy.Seneca.

Ex integro—Anew; afresh.

Ex intervallo—At some distance.

Existence is not to be measured by mere duration.Caird.

Exitio est avidium mare nautis—The greedy sea is destruction to the sailors.Horace.

Ex malis eligere minima—Of evils to choose the least.Cicero.

Ex malis moribus bonæ leges natæ sunt—From bad manners good laws have sprung.Coke.

Ex mero motu—Of one’s own free will.

Ex nihilo nihil fit—Nothing produces nothing.

Ex officio—By virtue of his office.

Ex opere operato—By the external act.

Exoriare aliquis nostris ex ossibus ultor—An avenger shall arise out of my bones.Virgil.

Ex otio plus negotii quam ex negotio habemus—Our leisure gives us more to do than our business.

Ex parte—One-sided.

Ex pede Herculem—We judge of the size of the statue of Hercules by the foot.

Expect injuries; for men are weak, and thou thyself doest such too often.Jean Paul.

Expediency is the science of exigencies.Kossuth.

Expense of time is the most costly of all expenses.Theophrastus.

Experience, a jewel that I have purchased at an infinite rate.Merry Wives, ii. 2.

Experience converts us to ourselves when books fail us.A. B. Alcott.

Experience is a text to which reflection and knowledge supply the commentary.Schopenhauer.

Experience is by industry achieved, / And perfected by swift course of time.Two Gent. of Verona, i. 3.

”Experience is the best teacher,” only the school-fees are heavy.Hegel. (?)

Experience is the grand spiritual doctor.Carlyle.

Experience is the mistress of fools.Proverb.

Experience is the only genuine knowledge.Goethe.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that; for it is true we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct.Ben. Franklin.

Experience makes even fools wise.Proverb.

Experience makes us see a wonderful difference between devotion and goodness.Pascal.

Experience takes dreadfully high school-wages, but teaches as no other.Carlyle.

Experience teaches us again and again that there is nothing men have less command over than their tongues.Spinoza.

Experience teacheth that resolution is a sole help in need. (?)

Experience that is bought is good, if not too dear.Proverb.

Experience to most men is like the stern-lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed.Coleridge.

Experientia docet—Experience teaches.Proverb.

Experimentum crucis—A decisive experiment.

Expert men can execute, but learned men are more fit to judge and censure.Bacon.

Experto credite—Believe one who has had experience.Virgil.

Expertus metuit—He who has had experience is afraid.Horace.

Expetuntur divitiæ ad perficiendas voluptates—Riches are coveted to minister to our pleasures.

Explorant adversa viros; perque aspera duro / Nititur ad laudem virtus interrita clivo—Adversity tries men, and virtue struggles after fame, regardless of the adverse heights.Silius Italicus.

Ex post facto—After the event.Law.

Expression alone can invest beauty with supreme and lasting command over the eye.Fuseli.

Expressio unius est exclusio alterius—The naming of one man is the exclusion of another.Law.

Ex professo—As one who knows; professedly.

Ex quovis ligno non fit Mercurius—A Mercury is not to be made out of any log.Proverb.

Ex scintilla incendium—From a spark a conflagration.Proverb.

Ex tempore—Off-hand; unpremeditated.

Extended empire, like expanded gold, exchanges solid strength for feeble splendour.Johnson.

External manners of lament / Are merely shadows to the unseen grief / That swells with silence in the tortured soul.Richard II., iv. 1.

Extinctus amabilis idem—He will be beloved when he is dead (who was envied when he was living).Horace.

Extinguished theologians lie about the cradle of every science, as the strangled snakes beside that of Hercules.Huxley.

Extra ecclesiam nulla salus—Outside the Church there is no safety.

Extra lutum pedes habes—You have got your feet out of the mud.Proverb.

Extra muros—Beyond the walls.

Extra telorum jactum—Beyond bow-shot.

Extrema gaudii luctus occupat—Grief treads on the confines of gladness.Proverb.

Extrema manus nondum operibus ejus imposita est—The finishing hand has not yet been put to his works.

Extreme justice is often extreme injustice.

Extremes beget extremes.Proverb.

Extreme in all things! hadst thou been betwixt, / Thy throne had still been thine, or never been.Byron.

Extremes in nature equal ends produce; / In man they join to some mysterious use.Pope.

Extremes meet.Proverb.

Extremes, though contrary, have the like effects; extreme heat mortifies, like extreme cold; extreme love breeds satiety as well as extreme hatred; and too violent rigour tempts chastity as much as too much license.Chapman.

Extremis malis extrema remedia—Extreme remedies for extreme evils.Proverb.

Extremity is the trier of spirits.Coriolanus, iv. 1.

Exuerint sylvestrem animum, cultuque frequenti, / In quascunque voces artes, haud tarda sequentur—They lay aside their rustic ideas, and by repeated instruction will advance apace into whatever arts you may initiate them.Virgil.

Ex umbra in solem—Out of the shade into the sunshine.Proverb.

Ex ungue leonem—The lion may be known by his claw.

Ex uno disce omnes—From one judge of all.

Ex vita discedo, tanquam ex hospitio, non tanquam ex domo—I depart from life as from an inn, not as from a home.Cicero.

Ex vitio alterius sapiens emendat suum—From the faults of another a wise man will correct his own.Labertius.

Ex vitulo bos fit—From a calf an ox grows up.

Ex vultibus hominum mores colligere—To construe men’s characters by their looks.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.St. Paul.

Eye Nature’s walks, shoot folly as it flies, / And catch the manners living as they rise.Pope.

Eyes are better, on the whole, than telescopes or microscopes.Emerson.

Eyes bright, with many tears behind them.Carlyle, on his Wife.

Eyes not down-dropp’d nor over-bright, but fed with the clear-pointed flame of chastity.Tennyson.

Eyes / Of microscopic power, that could discern / The population of a dewdrop.J. Montgomery.

Eyes raised towards heaven are always beautiful, whatever they be.Joubert.

Eyes speak all languages; wait for no letter of introduction; they ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning, nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time.Emerson.

Eyes will not see when the heart wishes them to be blind; desire conceals truth as darkness does the earth.Seneca.