James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
Genuine morality to God helps those
Genuine morality depends on no religion, though every one sanctions it and thereby guarantees to it its support.Schopenhauer.
Genuine religion is matter of feeling rather than matter of opinion.Bovee.
Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.Burke.
Genus et proavos et quæ non fecimus ipsi, / Vix ea nostra voco—Birth, ancestry, and what we have ourselves not done, I would hardly call our own.Ovid.
Genus humanum superavit—He surpassed the human race in natural ability.Lucretius.
Genus immortale manet, multosque per annos / Stat fortuna domus, et avi numerantur avorum—The race continues immortal, and through many years the fortune of the house stands steadfast, and it numbers grandsires of grandsires.Virgil.
Genus irritabile vatum—The sensitive tribe of poets.
[Greek]—Always learning many things the older I grow.Solon.
Gerechtigkeit ist mehr die mannliche. Menschenliebe mehr die weibliche Tugend—Justice is properly the virtue of the man, charity of the woman.Schopenhauer.
Geredt ist geredt, man kann es mit einem Schwamme abwischen—What is said is said; there is no sponge that can wipe it out.German Proverb.
Gescheite Leute sind immer das beste Konversationslexikon—Clever people are always the best Conversations-lexicon.Goethe.
Geschichte ist eigentlcih nichts anderes, als eine Satire auf die Menschheit—History is properly nothing else but a satire on humanity.C. J. Weber.
Geschrei macht den Wolf grösser als er ist—Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.German Proverb.
Gesellschaft ist die Grossmutter der Menschheit durch ihre Töchter, die Erfindungen—Society is the grandmother of humanity through her daughters, the inventions.C. J. Weber.
Gesetz ist mächtig, mächiger ist die Noth—Law is powerful; necessity is more so.Goethe.
Gesetzlose Gewalt ist die furchbarste Schwache—Lawless power is the most frightful weakness.Herder.
Gespenster sind für solche Leute nur / Die sehn sie wollen—Ghosts visit only those who look for them.Holtei.
Get a good name and go to sleep.Proverb.
Get money, honestly if you can, but get money.Proverb.
Get once into the secret of any Christian act, and you get practically into the secret of Christianity itself.James Wood.
Get on the crupper of a good stout hypothesis, and you may ride round the world.Sterne.
Get place and wealth, if possible, with grace; / If not, by any means get wealth and place.Pope.
Get spindle and distaff ready, and God will send the flax.Proverb.
Get thee to a nunnery!Hamlet, iii. 1.
Get to live: / Then live and use it; else it is not true / That thou hast gotten.Herbert.
Get what ye can and keep what ye bae.Scotch Proverb.
Get your enemies to read your works in order to mend them, for your friend is so much your second self that he will judge too like you.Pope.
Geteilte Freud’ ist doppelt Freude—Joy shared is joy doubled.Goethe.
Gewalt ist die beste Beredsamkeit—Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.Schiller.
Gewinnen ist leichter als Erhalten—Getting is easier than keeping.German Proverb.
Gewöhne dich, da stets der Tod dir dräut, / Dankbar zu nehmen, was das Leben beut—Accustom thyself, since death ever threatens thee, to accept with a thankful heart whatever life offers thee.Bodenstedt.
Gewöhnlich glaubt Mensch, wenn er nur Worte hört, / Es müsse sich dabei doch auch was denken lassen—Men generally believe, when they hear only words, that there must be something in it.Goethe.
Ghosts! There are nigh a thousand million walking the earth openly at noontide; some half-hundred have vanished from it, some half-hundred have arisen in it, ere thy watch ticks once.Carlyle.
Giant Antæus in the fable acquired new strength every time he touched the earth; so some brave minds gain fresh energy from that which depresses and crushes others.Murphy.
Gibier de potence—A gallows-bird.French.
Gie a bairn his will and a whelp his fill, an’ neither will do well.Scotch Proverb.
Gie a beggar a bed, and he’ll pay you with a louse.Scotch Proverb.
Gie him tow enough and he’ll hang himsel’—i.e., give him enough of his own way.Scotch Proverb.
Gie me a canny hour at e’en, / My arms about my dearie, O, / An’ warl’ly cares an’ warl’ly men / May a’ gang tapsalteerie, O.Burns.
Gie me ae spark o’ Nature’s fire! / That’s a’ the learning I desire; / Then though I drudge through dub and mire, / At pleugh or cart, / My Muse, though hamely in attire, / May touch the heart.Burns.
Gie me a peck o’ oaten strae, / An’ sell your wind for siller.The cow to the piper who put her off with piping to her.
Gie the deil his due, an’ ye’ll gang till him.Scotch Proverb.
Gie the greedy dog a muckle bane.Scotch Proverb.
Gie wealth to some be-ledger’d cit, / In cent. per cent.; / But gie me real, sterling wit, / And I’m content.Burns.
Gie your heart to God and your awms (alms) to the poor.Scotch Proverb.
Gie your tongue mair holidays than your head.Scotch Proverb.
Giebt es Krieg, so macht der Teufel die Hölle weiter—When war falls out, the devil enlarges hell.German Proverb.
Giebt’s schönre Pflichten für ein edles Herz / Als ein Verteidiger der Unschuld sein, / Das Recht der unterdrückten zu beschirmen?—What nobler task is there for a noble heart than to take up the defence of innocence and protect the rights of the oppressed?Schiller.
Gierigheid is niet verzadigd voor zij den mond vol aarde heeft—Greed is never satisfied till its mouth is filled with earth.Dutch Proverb.
Giff-gaff maks gude friends, i.e., mutual giving.Scotch Proverb.
Gift of prophecy has been wisely denied to man. Did a man foresee his life, and not merely hope it and grope it, and so by necessity and free-will make and fabricate it into a reality, he were no man, but some other kind of creature, superhuman or subterhuman.Carlyle.
Gifts are as gold that adorns the temple; grace is like the temple that sanctifies the gold.Burkett.
Gifts are often losses.Italian Proverb.
Gifts come from on high in their own peculiar forms.Goethe.
Gifts from the hand are silver and gold, but the heart gives that which neither silver nor gold can buy.Ward Beecher.
Gifts make their way through stone walls.Proverb.
Gifts weigh like mountains on a sensitive heart.Mme. Fee.
Gigni pariter cum corpore, et una / Crescere sentimus pariterque senescere mentem—We see that the mind is born with the body, that it grows with it, and also ages with it.Lucretius.
Gin (if) ye hadna been among the craws, ye wadna hae been shot.Scotch Proverb.
Giovine santo, diavolo vecchio—A young saint, an old devil.Italian Proverb.
Gird your hearts with silent fortitude, / Suffering yet hoping all things.Mrs. Hemans.
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.Goethe.
Give a boy address and accomplishments, and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.Emerson.
Give a dog an ill name and hang him.Proverb.
Give a hint to a man of sense and consider the thing done.Proverb.
Give alms, that thy children may not ask them.Danish Proverb.
Give a man luck and throw him into the sea.Proverb.
Give ample room and verge enough.Gray.
Give an ass oats, and it runs after thistles.Dutch Proverb.
Give, and it shall be given to you.Jesus.
Give and spend, / And God will send.Proverb.
Give and take.Proverb.
Give a rogue rope enough, and he will hang himself.Proverb.
Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging.Diderot.
Give every flying minute / Something to keep in store.Walker.
Give every man his due.Proverb.
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; / Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.Hamlet, i. 3.
Give from below what ye get from above, / Light for the heaven-light, love for its love, / A holy soul for the Holy Dove.Dr. Walter Smith.
Give God the margin of eternity to justify Himself in.H. R. Haweis.
Give him an inch and he’ll take an ell.Proverb.
Give him a present! give him a halter.Mer. of Ven., ii. 2.
Give me again my hollow tree, / A crust of bread, and liberty.Pope.
Give me a look, give me a face, / That makes simplicity a grace, / Robes loosely flowing, hair as free; / Such sweet neglect more taketh me, / Than all the adulteries of art; / They strike mine eyes, but not my heart.Ben Jonson.
Give me but / Something whereunto I may bind my heart; / Something to love, to rest upon, to clasp / Affection’s tendrils round.Mrs. Hemans.
Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.Emerson.
Give me insight into to-day, and you may have the antique and future worlds…. This idea has inspired the genius of Goldsmith, Burns, Cowper, and, in a newer time, of Goethe, Wordsworth, and Carlyle. Their writing is blood-warm.Emerson.
Give me my Romeo: and, when he shall die, / Take him and cut him out in little stars, / And he will make the face of heaven so fine / That all the world will be in love with night, / And pay no homage to the garish sun.Romeo and Juliet, iii. 2.
Give me that man / Who is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him / In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of hearts.Hamlet, iii. 2.
Give me the avow’d, th’ erect, the manly foe, / Bold I can meet, perhaps may turn, his blow; / But of all plagues, good Heaven, thy wrath can send, / Save, save, oh! save me from the candid friend.Canning.
Give me the eloquent cheek, where blushes burn and die.Mrs. Osgood.
Give me the liberty to know, to think, to believe, and to utter freely, according to conscience, above all other liberties.Milton.
Give neither counsel nor salt till you are asked for it.Proverb.
Give not that which is holy to the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine.Jesus.
Give only so much to one that you may have to give to another.Danish Proverb.
Give orders, but no more, and nothing will be done.Spanish and Portuguese Proverb.
Give pleasure to the few; to please many is vain.Schiller.
Give ruffles to a man who wants a shirt.French Proverb. (?)
Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak, / Whispers the o’erfraught heart, and bids it break.Macbeth, iv. 3.
Give the devil his due.1 Henry IV., i. 2.
Give the devil rope enough and he will hang himself.Proverb.
Give thy need, thine honour, and thy friend his due.Herbert.
Give thy thoughts no tongue, / Nor any unproportioned thought his act. / Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. / The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, / Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel; / But do not dull thy palm with entertainment / Of each new-hatch’d unfledged comrade.Hamlet, i. 3.
Give to a gracious message / An host of tongues; but let ill tidings tell / Themselves when they be felt.Ant. and Cleop., ii. 5.
Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.Jesus.
Give to the masses nothing to do, and they will topple down thrones and cut throats; give them the government here, and they will make pulpits useless, and colleges an impertinence.Wendell Phillips.
Give tribute, but not oblation, to human wisdom.Sir P. Sidney.
Give unto me, made lowly wise, / The spirit of self-sacrifice; / The confidence of reason give; / And in the light of truth thy bondman let me live.Wordsworth.
Give us the man who sings at his work! Be his occupation what it may, he will be equal to any of those who follow the same pursuit in silent sullenness. He will do more in the same time; he will do it better; he will persevere longer.Carlyle.
Give way to your betters.Proverb.
Give you a reason on compulsion? If reasons were as plenty as blackberries, I would give no man a reason upon compulsion.1 Henry IV., ii. 4.
Give your tongue more holiday than your hands or eyes.Rabbi Ben Azai.
Given a living man, there will be found clothes for him; he will find himself clothes; but the suit of clothes pretending that it is both clothes and man.Carlyle.
Given a world of knaves, to educe an Honesty from their united action, is a problem that is becoming to all men a palpably hopeless one.Carlyle.
Given the men a people choose, the people itself, in its exact worth and worthlessness, is given.Carlyle.
Gives not the hawthorn bush a sweeter shade / To shepherds, looking on their silly sheep, / Than doth a rich embroider’d canopy / To kings that fear their subjects’ treachery.3 Henry VI., ii. 5.
Giving alms never lessens the purse.Spanish Proverb.
Giving away is the instrument for accumulated treasures; it is like a bucket for the distribution of the waters deposited in the bowels of a well.Hitopadesa.
Giving to the poor increaseth a man’s store.Scotch Proverb.
Gladiator in arena consilium capit—The gladiator is taking advice when he is already in the lists.Proverb.
Glänzendes Elend—Shining misery.Goethe.
Glasses and lasses are brittle ware.Scotch Proverb.
Glaube nur, du hast viel gethan / Wenn dir Geduld gewöhnest an—Assure yourself you have accomplished no small feat if only you have learned patience.Goethe.
Glebæ ascriptus—Attached to the soil.
Gleiches Blut, gleiches Gut, und gleiche Jahre machen die besten Heirathspaare—Like blood, like estate, and like age make the happiest wedded pair.German Proverb.
Gleich sei keiner dem andern; doch gleich sei jeder dem Höchsten. Wie das zu machen? Es sei jeder vollendet in sich—Let no one be like another, yet every one like the Highest. How is this to be done? Be each one perfect in himself.Goethe.
Gleich und Gleich gesellt sich gern, sprach der Teufel zum Köhler—Like will to like, as the devil said to the charcoal-burner.German Proverb.
Gleichheit est immer das festeste Band der Liebe—Equality is the firmest bond of love.Lessing.
Gleichheit ist das heilige Gesetz der Menschheit—Equality is the holy law of humanity.Schiller.
Gli alberi grandi fanno più ombra che frutto—Large trees yield more shade than fruit.Italian Proverb.
Gli amici legano la borsa con un filo di ragnatelo—Friends tie their purses with a spider’s thread.Italian Proverb.
Gli uomini alla moderna, e gli asini all’ antica—After the modern stamp men, and after the ancient, asses.Italian Proverb.
Gli uomini fanno la roba, e le donne la conservano—Men make the wealth and women husband it.Italian Proverb.
Gli uomini hanno gli anni che sentono, e le donne quelli che mostrano—Men are as old as they feel, and women as they look.Italian Proverb.
Gli uomini hanno men rispetto di offendere uno che si facci amare che uno che si facci temere—Men shrink less from offending one who inspires love than one who inspires fear.Machiavelli.
Gloria in excelsis Deo—Glory to God in the highest.
Gloria vana florece, y no grana—Glory which is not real may flower, but will never fructify.Spanish Proverb.
Gloria virtutis umbra—Glory is the shadow (i.e., the attendant) of virtue.
Gloriæ et famæ jactura facienda est, publicæ utilitatis causa—A surrender of glory and fame must be made for the public advantage.Cicero.
Gloriam qui spreverit, veram habet—He who despises glory will have true glory.Livy.
Glories, like glow-worms, afar off shine bright, / But looked at near, have neither heat nor light.Webster.
Glorious men are the scorn of wise men, the admiration of fools, the idols of parasites, and the slaves of their own vaunts.Bacon.
Glory and gain the industrious tribe provoke; / And gentle dulness ever loves a joke.Pope.
Glory fills the world with virtue, and, like a beneficent sun, covers the whole earth with flowers and fruits.Vauvenargues.
Glory grows guilty of detested crimes.Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 1.
Glory is like a circle in the water, / Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, / Till, by broad spreading, it disperse to naught.1 Henry VI., i. 2.
Glory is safe when it is deserved; not so popularity; the one lasts like mosaic, the other is effaced like a crayon drawing.Boufflers.
Glory is so enchanting that we love whatever we associate with it, even though it be death.Pascal.
Glory is the fair child of peril.Smollett.
Glory is the unanimous praise of good men.Cicero.
Glory long has made the sages smile, / ’Tis something, nothing, words, illusion, wind, / Depending more upon the historian’s style / Than on the name a person leaves behind.Byron.
Glory relaxes often and debilitates the mind; censure stimulates and contracts—both to an extreme.Shenstone.
Glück auf dem Weg—Good luck by the way.German Proverb.
Glück macht Mut—Luck inspires pluck.Goethe.
Glück und Weiber haben die Narren lieb—Fortune and women have a liking for fools.German Proverb.
Glücklich, glücklich nenn’ ich den / Dem des Daseins letzte Stunde / Schlägt in seiner Kinder Mitte—Happy! happy call I him the last hour of whose life strikes in the midst of his children.Grillparzer.
Glücklich wer jung in jungen Tagen, / Glücklich wer mit Zeit gestählt, Gelernt des Lebens Ernst zu tragen—Happy he who is young in youth, happy who is hardened as steel with time, has learned to bear life’s earnestness.Puschkin.
Gluttony and drunkenness have two evils attendant on them; they make the carcass smart as well as the pocket.Marcus Antoninus.
Gluttony is the source of all our infirmities and the fountain of all our diseases. As a lamp is choked by a superabundance of oil, a fire extinguished by an excess of fuel, so is the natural health of the body destroyed by intemperate diet.Burton.
Gluttony kills more than the sword.Proverb.
Gluttony, where it prevails, is more violent, and certainly more despicable, than avarice itself.Johnson.
Gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite / The man that mocks at it and sets it light.Richard II., i. 3.
Gnats are unnoticed whereso’er they fly, / But eagles gazed upon by every eye.Shakespeare.
Go deep enough, there is music everywhere.Carlyle.
Go down the ladder when thou marriest a wife; go up when thou choosest a friend.Rabbi Ben Azai.
Go, miser, go; for lucre sell thy soul; / Truck wares for wares, and trudge from pole to pole, / That men may say, when thou art dead and gone: / “See what a vast estate he left his son!”Dryden.
Go, poor devil, get thee gone; why should I hurt thee? This world, surely, is wide enough to hold both thee and me.Uncle Toby to the fly that had tormented him, as he let it out by the window.
Go to Jericho and let your beards grow.See 2 Samuel x. 5.
Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.Bible.
Go to your bosom; / Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know / That’s like my brother’s fault; if it confess / A natural guiltiness, such as his is, / Let it not sound a thought upon your tongue / Against my brother’s life.Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.
Go where you may, you still find yourself in a conditional world.Goethe.
Go whither thou wilt, thou shalt find no rest but in humble subjection to the government of a superior.Thomas à Kempis.
Go, wondrous creature, mount where science guides. / Go, measure earth, weigh air, and state the tides; / Instruct the planets in what orbs to run, / Correct old Time, and regulate the sun; / Go, teach Eternal Wisdom how to rule, / Then drop into thyself and be a fool.Pope.
Go you and try a democracy in your own house.Lycurgus, to one who asked why he had not instituted a democracy.
Go, you may call it madness, folly; / You shall not chase my gloom away; / There’s such a charm in melancholy, / I would not, if I could, be gay.Rogers.
Gobe-mouches—A fly-catcher; one easily gulled.French.
God alone can properly bind up a bleeding heart.Joseph Roux.
God alone is true; God alone is great; alone is God.Laboulaye.
God answers sharp and sudden on some prayers, / And thrusts the thing we have prayed for in our face, / A gauntlet with a gift in it.Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it; the only choice is how.Ward Beecher.
God asks not what, but whence, thy work is: from the fruit / He turns His eye away, to prove the inmost root.Trench.
God assists those who rise early in the morning.Spanish Proverb.
God blesses still the generous thought, / And still the fitting word He speeds, / And truth, at His requiring taught, / He quickens into deeds.Whittier.
God blesses the seeking, not the finding.German Proverb.
God builds His temple in the heart and on the ruins of churches and religions.Emerson.
God comes at last, when we think He is farthest off.Proverb.
God comes in distress, and distress goes.Gaelic Proverb.
God comes to see us without bell.Proverb.
God comes with leaden feet, but strikes with iron hands.Proverb.
God created man in his own image.Bible.
God deals His wrath by weight, but His mercy without weight.Proverb.
God deceiveth thee not.Thomas à Kempis.
God defend me from the man of one book.Proverb.
God desireth to make your burden light to you, for man hath been created weak.Koran.
God does not measure men by inches.Scotch Proverb.
God does not pay every week, but He pays at the end.Dutch Proverb.
God does not require us to live on credit; He pays what we earn as we earn it, good or evil, heaven or hell, according to our choice.C. Mildmay.
God does not smite with both hands.Spanish Proverb.
God does not weigh criminality in our scales. God’s measure is the heart of the offender, a balance so delicate that a tear cast in the other side may make the weight of error kick the beam.Lowell.
God does with His children as a master does with his pupils; the more hopeful they are, the more work He gives them to do.Plato.
God enters by a private door into every individual.Emerson.
God estimates us not by the position we are in, but by the way in which we fill it.T. Edwards.
God gave thy soul brave wings; put not those feathers / Into a bed to sleep out all ill weathers.Herbert.
God gives all things to industry.Proverb.
God gives birds their food, but they must fly for it.Dutch Proverb.
God gives every bird its nest, but does not throw it into the nest.J. G. Holland.
God gives his angels charge of those who sleep, / But He Himself watches with those who wake.Harriet E. H. King.
God gives sleep to the bad, in order that the good may be undisturbed.Saadi.
God gives strength to bear a great deal, if we only strive ourselves to endure.Hans Andersen.
God gives the will; necessity gives the law.Danish Proverb.
God gives us love. Something to love / He lends us; but when love is grown / To ripeness, that on which it throve / Falls off, and love is left alone.Tennyson.
God giveth speech to all, song to the few.Dr. Walter Smith.
God grant you fortune, my son, for knowledge avails you little.Spanish Proverb.
God hands gifts to some, whispers them to others.W. R. Alger.
God hangs the greatest weights on the smallest wires.Bacon.
God has been pleased to prescribe limits to His own power, and to work out His ends within these limits.Paley.
God has commanded time to console the unhappy.Joubert.
God has connected the labour which is essential to the bodily sustenance with the pleasures which are healthiest for the heart; and while He made the ground stubborn, He made its herbage fragrant and its blossoms fair.Ruskin.
God has delegated Himself to a million deputies.Emerson.
God has given a prophet to every people in its own tongue.Arabian Proverb.
God has given nuts to some who have no teeth.Portuguese Proverb.
God has given us wit and flavour, and brightness and laughter, and perfumes to enliven the days of man’s pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marl.Sydney Smith.
God has His little children out at nurse in many a home.Dr. Walter Smith.
God has lent us the earth for our life; it is a great entail.Ruskin.
God has made man to take pleasure in the use of his eyes, wits, and body; and the foolish creature is continually trying to live without looking at anything, without thinking about anything, and without doing anything.Ruskin.
God has made sunny spots in the heart; why should we exclude the light from them?Haliburton.
God has not said all that thou hast said.Gaelic Proverb.
God has sunk souls in dust, that by that means they may burst their way through errors to truth, through faults to virtue, and through sufferings to bliss.Engel.
God hath anointed thee to free the oppressed and crush the oppressor.Bryant.
God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.Jeremy Taylor.
God hath given you one face, and you make yourselves another: you jig, you amble, and you lisp, and you nickname God’s creatures, and make your wantonness your ignorance.Hamlet, iii. 1.
God hath many sharp-cutting instruments and rough files for the polishing of His jewels.Leighton.
God hath yoked to Guilt her pale tormentor, Misery.Bryant.
God help the children of dependence!Burns.
God help the poor, for the rich can help themselves.Scotch Proverb.
God help the rich folk, for the poor can beg.Scotch Proverb.
God help the sheep when the wolf is judge.Danish Proverb.
God help the teacher, if a man of sensibility and genius, when a booby father presents him with his booby son, and insists on lighting up the rays of science in a fellow’s head whose skull is impervious and inaccessible by any other way than a positive fracture with a cudgel.Burns.
God helps the strongest.German and Dutch Proverb.
God helps those who help themselves.Proverb.