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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Laudari a viro to Learn young

Laudari a viro laudato maxima est laus—To be commended by a man of high repute is the greatest possible praise.

Laudat venales qui vult extrudere merces—He praises his wares who wishes to palm them off upon others.Horace.

Laudato ingentia rura, Exiguum colito—Praise a large estate, but cultivate a small one.Virgil.

Laudator temporis acti—The praiser of bygone times.Horace.

Laudatur ab his, culpatur ab illis—Some praise him, others censure him.Horace.

Laudatus abunde, / Non fastiditus si tibi, lector, ero—Abundantly, reader, shall I be praised if I do not cause thee disgust.Ovid.

Laudem virtutis necessitati damus—We give to necessity the praise of virtue.Quintilian.

Laudibus arguitur vini vinosus—He is convicted of being a wine-bibber by his praises of wine.Horace.

Laudo Deum verum, plebem voco, congrego clerum, / Defunctos ploro, pestem fugo, festa decoro—I praise the true God, I summon the people, I call together the clergy, I bewail the dead, I put to flight the plague, I celebrate festivals.Inscription on a church bell.

Laudo manentem; si celeres quatit / Pennas, resigno quæ dedit, et mea / Virtute me involvo probamque / Pauperiem sine dote quæro—I praise her (Fortune) while she stays with me; if she flaps her swift pinions, I resign all she has given me, and wrap myself up in my own virtue and pay my addresses to honest undowered poverty.Horace.

Laugh and be fat.Ben Jonson.

Laugh at all twaddle about fate. A man’s fate is what he makes it, nothing else.Anonymous.

Laugh at leisure; ye may greet (weep) ere nicht.Scotch Proverb.

Laugh not too much: the witty man laughs least: / For wit is news only to ignorance. / Less at thine own things laugh: lest in the jest / Thy person share, and the conceit advance.George Herbert.

Laugh where we must, be candid where we can, / But vindicate the ways of God to man.Pope.

Laughing cheerfulness throws the light of day on all the paths of life; sorrow is more confusing and distracting than so-called giddiness.Jean Paul.

Laughter almost ever cometh of things most disproportioned to ourselves.Sir P. Sidney.

Laughter and tears are meant to turn the wheels of the same machinery of sensibility; one is wind-power, and the other water-power, that is all.Holmes.

Laughter, holding both his sides.Milton.

Laughter is akin to weeping, and true humour is as closely allied to pity as it is abhorrent to derision.H. Giles.

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.Leigh Hunt.

Laughter is the cipher-key wherewith we decipher the whole man.Carlyle.

Laughter leaves us doubly serious shortly after.Byron.

Laughter makes good blood.Italian Proverb.

Laughter should dimple the cheek, not furrow the brow.Feltham.

Laus Deo—Praise be to God.Motto.

Laus est facere quod decet, non quod licet—It is doing what we ought to do, and not merely doing what we may do, that is the ground of praise.

Laus in proprio ore sordescit—Self-praise is offensive.Proverb.

Laus magna natis obsequi parentibus—Great praise is the meed of children who respect the wishes of their parents.Phædrus.

Lavish promises lessen credit.Horace.

Lavishness is not generosity.Proverb.

Law and equity are two things which God hath joined, but which man hath put asunder.Colton.

Law cannot persuade when it cannot punish.Proverb.

Law has her seat in the bosom of God, her voice in the harmony of the world.Hooker.

Law is a bottomless pit; keep far from it.Proverb.

Law is a lottery.Proverb.

Law is not law if it violates the principles of eternal justice.L. M. Child.

Law is powerful, necessity more so.Goethe.

Law it is which is without name, or colour, or hands, or feet; which is smallest of the least, and largest of the large; all, and knowing all things; which hears without ears, sees without eyes, moves without feet, and seizes without hands.Emerson.

Law licks up a’.Scotch Proverb.

Law-makers should not be law-breakers.Proverb.

Law, man’s sole guardian ever since the day when the old brazen age in sadness saw love fly the world.Schiller.

Law teaches us to know when we commit injury and when we suffer it.Johnson.

Law that shocks equity is reason’s murderer.A. Hill.

Lawless are they that make their wills their law.Shakespeare.

Laws act after crimes have been committed; prevention goes before them both.Zimmermann.

Laws and rights are transmitted like an inveterate hereditary disease.Goethe.

Laws are generally found to be nets of such texture as the little creep through, the great break through, and the middle size are alone entangled in.Shenstone.

Laws are intended to guard against what men may do, not to trust what they will do.Junius.

Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.Swift.

Laws are like spider webs, small flies are ta’en, / While greater flies break in and out again.Braithwaite.

Laws are not made for particular cases, but for men in general.Johnson.

Laws are not made like nets—to catch, but like sea-marks—to guide.Sir P. Sidney.

Laws are not masters, but servants, and he rules them who obeys them.Ward Beecher.

Laws are not our life, only the house wherein our life is led; nay, they are but the bare walls of the house; all whose essential furniture, the inventions and traditions and daily habits that regulate and support our existence, are the work not of Dracos and Hampdens, but of Phœnician mariners, of Italian masons, and Saxon metallurgists, of philosophers, alchymists, prophets, and the long-forgotten train of artists and artisans, who from the first have been jointly teaching us how to think and how to act, how to rule over spiritual and physical nature.Carlyle.

Laws are the silent assessors of God.W. R. Alger.

Laws are the sovereigns of sovereigns.Louis XIV.

Laws are the very bulwarks of liberty. They define every man’s rights, and stand between and defend the individual liberties of all.J. G. Holland.

Laws are usually most beneficial in operation on the people who would have most strongly objected to their enactment.Ruskin.

Law’s costly; tak’ a pint and ’gree.Scotch Proverb.

Laws exist in vain for those who have not the courage and the means to defend them.Macaulay.

Laws grind the poor, and rich men rule the law.Goldsmith.

Laws, like cobwebs, catch flies, but let hornets go free.Proverb.

Laws of Nature are God’s thoughts thinking themselves out in the orbs and the tides.C. H. Parkhurst.

Laws should be like death, which spares no one.Montesquieu.

Laws undertake to punish only overt acts.Montesquieu.

Laws were made for rogues.Italian Proverb.

Laws, written, if not on stone tables, yet on the azure of infinitude, in the inner heart of God’s creation, certain as life, certain as death, are there, and thou shalt not disobey them.Carlyle.

Lawyers and painters can soon make black white.Proverb.

Lawyers and woodpeckers have long bills.Proverb.

Lawyers are always more ready to get a man into troubles than out of them.Goldsmith.

Lawyers are needful to keep us out of law.Proverb.

Lawyers’ houses are built of fools’ heads.French Proverb.

Lawyers, of whose art the basis / Is raising feuds and splitting cases.Butler.

Lawyers’ robes are lined with the obstinacy of litigants.Italian Proverb.

Lawyers will live as long as mine and thine does.German Proverb.

Lay by, like ants, a little store, / For summer lasts not evermore.Proverb.

Lay by something for a rainy day.Proverb.

Lay not all the load on the lame horse.Proverb.

Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.Hamlet, iii. 4.

Lay not thine heart open to every one, but treat of thy affairs with the wise and such as fear God.Thomas à Kempis.

Lay the blame at the right door.Proverb.

Lay the proud usurpers low! / Tyrants fall in every foe! / Liberty’s in every blow! / Forward! let us die.Burns.

Lay thy hand upon thy halfpenny twice before thou partest with it.Proverb.

Lay up and lay out should go together.Proverb.

Lay up that you may lay out.Proverb.

Lazarus did not go to Abraham’s bosom because he was poor, or every sluggard would go there easily.Spurgeon.

Laziness begins with cobwebs and ends with iron chains.Proverb.

Laziness is nothing unless you carry it out.Proverb.

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.Ben. Franklin.

Lazy as Ludlam’s dog, that laid his head against the wall to bark.Proverb.

Lazy folks ask for work with their lips, but their hearts pray God that they may not find it.Creole saying.

Lazy folk’s stomachs don’t get tired.Uncle Remus.

Lazy is the hand that ploughs not.Gaelic Proverb.

Le beau monde—The fashionable world.French.

Le bestemmie fanno come le processioni; ritornano donde partirono—Curses are like processions, they come back to whence they set out.Italian Proverb.

Le bien ne se fait jamais mieux que lorsqu’il opère lentement—Good is never more effectually done than when it is produced slowly.French Proverb.

Le bon sens vulgaire est un mauvais juge quand il s’agit des grandes choses—Good common-sense is a bad judge when it is a question of high matters.Renan.

Le bon temps viendra—The good time will come.Motto.

Le bonheur de l’homme en cette vie ne consiste pas à être sans passions, il consiste à en être le maître—The happiness of man in this life does not consist in being devoid of passions, but in mastering them.French.

Le bonheur des méchants comme un torrent s’écoule—The happiness of the wicked passes away like a brook.Racine.

Le bonheur des peuples dépend et de la félicité dont ils jouissent au dedans et du respect qu’ils inspirent au dehors—The welfare of nations depends at once on the happiness which they enjoy at home and the respect which they command abroad.Helvetius.

Le bonheur et le malheur des hommes ne dépendent pas moins de leur humeur que de la fortune—The happiness and unhappiness of men depend as much on their dispositions as on fortune.La Rochefoucauld.

Le bonheur n’est pas chose aisée; il est trèsdifficile de le trouver en nous, et impossible de le trouver ailleurs—Happiness is no easy matter; it is very hard to find it within ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere.Chamfort.

Le bonheur ne peut être / Où la vertu n’est pas—Happiness cannot exist where virtue is not.Quinault.

Le bonheur ou le malheur vont ordinairement à ceux qui ont le plus de l’un ou de l’autre—Good fortune or bad generally falls to those who have the greatest share of either.La Rochefoucauld.

Le bonheur semble fait pour être partagé—Happiness seems appointed to be shared.Racine.

Le bruit est si fort, qu’on n’entend pas Dieu tonner—The noise (of things) is so deafening that we cannot hear God when He thunders.French Proverb.

Le bruit est pour le fat, la plainte est pour le sot, / L’honnête homme trompé s’éloigne et ne dit mot—Blustering is for the fop, whimpering for the fool; the sensible man when deceived goes off and says nothing.Lanoue.

Le chemin est long du projet à la close—The road is a long one from the projection of a thing to its accomplishment.Molière.

Le ciel me prive d’une épouse qui ni m’a jamais donné d’autre chagrin que celui de sa mort—Heaven bereaves me of a spouse who never caused me any other vexation than by her death.Louis XIV. of his wife.

Le citoyen peut périr, et l’homme rester—The citizen may perish and man remain.Montesquieu.

Le cœur a ses raisons, que la raison ne connaît pas—The heart has its reasons, which reason does not know.Pascal.

Le cœur de l’homme n’est jamais si inflexible que son esprit—The heart of man is never so inflexible as his intellect.Lamartine.

Le cœur d’une femme est un vrai miroir qui reçoit toutes sortes d’objets sans s’attacher à aucun—The heart of woman is a real mirror, which reflects every object without attaching itself to any.French.

Le congrès ne marche pas; il danse—The Congress does not advance; it dances.The Prince de Ligne of the Vienna Congress.

Le conquérant est craint, le sage est estimé, / Mais le bienfaiteur plait, et lui seul est aimé—The conqueror is held in awe, the sage is esteemed, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections and is alone beloved.French.

Le conseil manque à l’âme, / Et le guide au chemin—The soul wants counsel, and the road a guide.French.

Le contraire des bruits qui courent des affaires, ou des personnes, est souvent la vérité—The converse of what is currently reported about things and people is often the truth.La Bruyère.

Le contrat du gouvernement est tellement dissous par despotisme que le despot n’est le maître qu’aussi long temps qu’il est le plus fort; et que si tôt qu’on peut l’expulser, il n’a point à réclaimer contre la violence—The contract of government is so dissolved by despotism, that the despot is master only so long as he is the strongest, and that as soon as there is power to expel him, he has no right to protest against the violent proceeding.Rousseau.

Le corps politique, aussi bien que le corps de l’homme, commence à mourir dès sa naissance, et porte en lui-même les causes de sa destruction—The body politic, like the body of man, begins to die as soon as it is born, and bears within it the seeds of its own dissolution.Rousseau.

Le cose non sono come sono, ma come si vedono—Things are not as they are, but as they are regarded.Italian Proverb.

Le courage est souvent un effet de la peur—Courage is often an effect of fear.French Proverb.

Le coûte en ôte le goût—The cost takes away from the relish.French Proverb.

Le cri d’un peuple heureux est la seule éloquence qui doit parler des rois—The acclaim of a happy people is the only eloquence which ought to speak in the behalf of kings.

Le crime fait la honte, et non pas l’échafaud—It is the crime that’s the disgrace, not the scaffold.Corneille.

Le désespoir comble non seulement notre misère, mais notre faiblesse—Despair gives the finishing blow not only to misery, but to weakness.Vauvenargues.

Le désespoir redouble les forces—Despair doubles our powers.French Proverb.

Le despotisme tempéré par l’assassinat, c’est notre Magna Charta—Despotism tempered by assassination is our Magna Charta.A Russian noble to Count Münster on the murder of the Czar Paul.

Le dessous des cartes—The lower side of the cards.French.

Le devoir, c’est l’âme intérieure, c’est la vie de l’éducation—Duty is the inner soul, the life of education.Michelet.

Le devoir des juges est de rendre justice, leur métier est de la différer; quelques uns savent leur devoir, et font leur métier—The duty of judges is to administer justice, but their practice is to delay it; some of them know their duty, but adhere to the practice.La Bruyère.

Le diable était beau quand il était jeune—The devil was handsome when he was young.French Proverb.

Le divorce est le sacrement de l’adultère—Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.

Le doute s’introduit dans l’âme qui rêve, la foi descend dans l’âme qui souffre—Doubt insinuates itself into a soul that is dreaming; faith comes down into one that struggles and suffers.

Le droit est au plus fort en amour comme en guerre, / Et la femme qu’on aime aura toujours raison—Right is with the strongest in love as in war, / And the woman we love will always be right.A. de Musset.

Le feu qui semble éteint souvent dort dans la cendre—The fire which seems extinguished often slumbers in the ashes.Corneille.

Le génie c’est la patience—Genius is just patience.French Proverb.

Le génie n’est autre chose qu’une grand aptitude à la patience—Genius is nothing else than a sovereign capacity for patience.Buffon.

Le géologue est un nouveau genre d’antiquaire—The geologist is a new species of antiquarian. (?)

Le gouvernement représentatif est la justice organisée, la raison vivante, la morale armée—Representative government is justice organised, reason in living action, and morality armed.Royer Collard.

Le grand art de la supériorité, c’est de saiser les hommes par leur bon côté—The great art of superiority is getting hold of people by their right side.Mirabeau.

Le grand monarque—The grand monarch, Louis XIV.

Le grandeur et le discernement sont des choses différentes, et l’amour pour la vertu, et pour les vertueux une troisième chose—High rank and discernment are two different things, and love for virtue and for virtuous people is a third thing.La Bruyère.

Le hazard donne les pensées; le hazard les ôte: point d’art pour conserver ni pour acquérir—Chance suggests thoughts; changes deprive us of them: there is no rule for preserving or acquiring them.Pascal.

Le hazard est un sobriquet de la Providence—Chance is a nickname for Providence.Chamfort.

Le jeu est le fils de l’avarice et le père du désespoir—Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.French Proverb.

Le jeu n’en vaut pas la chandelle—The game is not worth the candle.French Proverb.

Le jour viendra—The day will come.Motto.

Le masque tombe, l’homme reste / Et le héros s’évanouit—The mask falls off, the man remains, and the heroic vanishes.J. B. Rousseau.

Le mauvais métier que celui de censeur—A bad business that of censor.Guy Patin.

Le méchant n’est jamais comique—A bad man is never amusing.De Maistre.

Le médicin Tant-pis et le médicin Tantmieux—The pessimist and the optimist (lit. Doctor So-much-the-worse and Doctor So-much-the-better).La Fontaine.

Le mérité est souvent un obstacle à la fortune; c’est qu’il produit toujours deux mauvais effets, l’envie et la crainte—Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.French.

Le mieux est l’ennemi du bien—Better is the enemy of well.French Proverb.

Le moindre grain de mil serait bien mieux mon affaire—The smallest grain of millet would serve my needs better.La Fontaine, “The Cock and the Pearl.”

Le moineau en la main vaut mieux que l’oie qui vole—A sparrow in the hand is worth a goose on the wing.French Proverb.

Le monde, chère Agnès, est une étrange chose—The world, dear Agnes, is a queer concern.Molière.

Le monde est le livre des femmes—The world is the book of women.Rousseau.

Le monde est plein de fous, et qui n’en veut pas voir / Doit se tenir tout seul et casser son miroir—The world is full of madmen, and he who would not see one must keep himself quite alone and break his looking-glass.

Le monde paye d’ingratitude—The world pays with ingratitude.French Proverb.

Le monde savant—The learned world.French.

Le mort est le dernier trait du tableau de la vie—Death is the finishing touch in the picture of life.French.

Le mot de l’énigme—The key to the riddle.French.

Le moy est haïssable—Egotism is hateful.Pascal.

Le moyen le plus sûr de se consoler de tout ce qui peut arriver, c’est de s’attendre toujours au pire—The surest way to console one’s self against whatever may happen is always to expect the worst.French.

Le nombre des élus au Parnasse est complet—The list of the elect of Parnassus is made up. (?)

Le nombre des sages sera toujours petit—The wise will always be few in number.

Le parjure est une vertu, / Lorsque le serment fut un crime—Perjury is a virtue when the oath was a crime.Voltaire.

Le pas—Precedence in place or rank.French.

Le pays du mariage a cela de particulier, que les étrangers ont envie de l’habiter, et les habitans naturels voudroient en être exilés—The land of matrimony possesses this peculiarity, that strangers to it would like to dwell in it, and the natural inhabitants wish to be exiled.Montaigne.

Le pédant et l’instituteur disent à peu près les mêmes choses; mais le premier les dit à tout propos: le second ne les dit que quand il sûr de leur effet—The pedant and the teacher say nearly the same things; but the former on every occasion, the latter only when he is sure of their effect.Rousseau.

Le petit monde—The lower orders.French.

Le peuple anglais pense être libre; il ne l’est que durant l’élection des membres du parlement—The English think they are free; they are free only during the election of members of Parliament.Rousseau.

Le peuple est le cœur du pays—The people is the heart of a country.Lamartine.

Le peuple ne comprend que ce qu’il sent. Les seuls orateurs pour lui sont ceux qui l’émeuvent—The people understand only what they feel; the only orators that can affect them are those who move them.Lamartine.

Le plaisir le plus délicat est de faire celui d’autrui—The most exquisite pleasure consists in promoting the pleasures of others.La Bruyère.

Le plus âne des trois n’est pas celui qu’on pense—The greatest ass of the three is not the one who seems so.La Fontaine, “The Miller, his Son, and his Ass.”

Le plus dangereux ridicule des vieilles personnes qui sont aimables, c’est d’oublier qu’elles ne le sont plus—For old people, however estimable, to forget that they are no longer old is to expose themselves to certain ridicule.La Rochefoucauld.

Le plus lent à promettre est toujours le plus fidèle à tenir—He who is slow in promising is always the most faithful in performing.Rousseau.

Le plus sage est celui qui ne pense point l’être—The wisest man is he who does not think he is so.Boileau.

Le plus semblable aux morts meurt le plus à regret—He who most resembles the dead dies with most reluctance.La Fontaine.

Le plus véritable marque d’être né avec de grandes qualités, c’est d’être né sans envie—The sure mark of being born with noble qualities is being born without envy.La Rochefoucauld.

Le premier écu est plus difficile à gagner que le second million—The first five shillings are harder to win than the second million.French Proverb.

Le premier soupir de l’amour est le dernier de la sagesse—The first sigh of love is the last of wisdom.Charron.

Le present est gros de l’avenir—The present is big with coming events.Leibnitz.

Le présent est pour ceux qui jouissent, l’avenir pour ceux qui souffrent—The present is for those who enjoy, the future for those who suffer.French.

Le public! combien faut-il de sots pour faire un public?—The public! How many fools must there be to make a public?Chamfort.

Le réel est étroit, le possible est immense—The real is limited, the possible is unlimited.Lamartine.

Le refus des louanges est souvent un désir d’être loué deux fois—The refusal of praise often proceeds from a desire to have it repeated.

Le repos est une bonne chose, mais l’ennui est son frère—Repose is a good thing, but ennui is his brother.Voltaire.

Le reste ne vaut pas l’honneur d’être nommé—The rest don’t deserve to be mentioned.Corneille.

Le roi est mort; vive le roi!—The king is dead; long live the king!The form of announcing the death of a French king.

Le roy et l’état—The king and the state.Motto.

Le roi le veut—The king wills it.The formula of royal assent in France.

Le roi régne et ne gouverne pas—The king reigns but does not govern.Thiers at the accession of Louis Philippe.

Le roi s’avisera—The king will consider it.The form of a royal veto in France.

Le sage entend à demi-mot—A hint suffices for a wise man.French Proverb.

Le sage quelquefois évite le monde de peur d’être ennuyé—The wise man sometimes shuns society from fear of being bored.La Bruyère.

Le sage songe avant que de parler à ce qu’il doit dire; le fou parle, et ensuite songe à ce qu’il a dit—A wise man thinks before he speaks what he ought to say; the fool speaks and thinks afterwards what he has said.French Proverb.

Le savoir faire—Knowing how to act; ability.

Le savoir vivre—Knowing how to live; good manners.

Le secret d’ennuyer est celui de tout dire—The secret of boring people is saying all that can be said on a subject.Voltaire.

Le sens commun est le génie de l’humanité—Common sense is the genius of humanity.Goethe.

Le sentiment de la liberté est plus vif, plus il y entre de malignité—The passion for liberty is the keener the greater the malignity associated with it.French.

Le silence du peuple est la leçon des rois—The silence of the people is a lesson to kings.M. de Beauvais.

Le silence est l’esprit des sots, / Et l’une des vertus du sage—Silence is the wit of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise man.Bonnard.

Le silence est la vertu de ceux qui ne sont pas sages—Silence is the virtue of those who want it.Bouhours.

Le silence est le parti le plus sûr pour celui qui se défie de soi-même—Silence is the safest course for the man who is diffident of himself.La Rochefoucauld.

Le soleil ni la mort ne se peuvent regarder fixement—Neither the sun nor death can be looked at fixedly.La Rochefoucauld.

Le sort fait les parents, le choix fait les amis—It is to chance we owe our relatives, to choice our friends.Delille.

Le style est l’homme même—The style is the man himself.Buffon.

Le superflu, chose très-nécessaire—The superfluous, a thing highly necessary.Voltaire.

Le temps est un grand maître, il régle bien les choses—Time is a great master; it regulates things well.Corneille.

Le temps guérit les douleurs et les querelles, parcequ’on change, on n’est plus le même personne—Time heals our griefs and wranglings, because we change, and are no longer the same.Pascal.

Le temps n’épargne pas ce qu’on fait sans lui—Time preserves nothing that has been done without her, i.e., that has taken no time to do.Favolle.

Le tout ensemble—The whole together.French.

Le travail du corps délivre des peines de l’esprit; et c’est ce qui rend les pauvres heureux—Bodily labour alleviates the pains of the mind, and hence arises the happiness of the poor.La Rochefoucauld.

Le travail éloigne de nous trois grand maux, l’ennui, le vice, et le besoin—Labour relieves us from three great evils, ennui, vice, and want.French.

Le trépas vient tout guérir; / Mais ne bougeons d’où nous sommes: / Plutôt souffrir que mourir, / C’est la devise des hommes—Death comes to cure everything, but let us not stir from where we are. “Endure sooner than die,” is the proper device for man.La Fontaine.

Le trident de Neptune est le sceptre du monde—The trident of Neptune is the sceptre of the world.Lemierre.

Le vesciche galleggiano sopre aqua, mentre le cose di peso vanno al fondo—Bladders swim on the surface of the water, while things of weight sink to the bottom.Italian Proverb.

Le vivre et le couvert, que faut-il davantage?—Life and good fare, what more do we need?La Fontaine, “The Rat in Retreat.”

Le vrai mérite ne depend point du temps ni de la mode—True merit depends on neither time nor mode.French Proverb.

Le vrai moyen d’être trompé, c’est de se croire plus fin que les autres—The most sure way to be imposed on is to think one’s self cleverer than other people.La Rochefoucauld.

Le vrai n’est pas toujours vraisemblable—The true is not always verisimilar.French Proverb.

Le vrai peut quelquefois n’être pas vraisemble—What is true may sometimes seem unlike truth.Boileau.

Lead, kindly light, amid th’ encircling gloom, / Lead thou me on.Newman.

Lead thine own captivity captive, and be Cæsar within thyself.Sir Thomas Browne.

Leal heart leed never.Scotch Proverb.

Lean liberty is better than fat slavery.Proverb.

Lean not upon a broken reed, which will not only let thee fall, but pierce thy arm too.Thomas à Kempis.

Lean, rent, and beggared by the strumpet wind!Mer. of Ven., ii. 6.

Learn a craft while you are young, that you may not have to live by craft when you are old.Proverb.

Learn never to repine at your own misfortunes, or to envy the happiness of another.Addison.

Learn of the little nautilus to sail, / Spread the thin oar and catch the driving gale.Pope.

Learn taciturnity; let that be your motto.Burns.

Learn that nonsense is none the less nonsense because it is in rhyme; and that rhyme without a purpose or a thought that has not been better expressed before is a public nuisance, only to be tolerated because it is good for trade.C. Fitzhugh.

Learn the value of a man’s words and expressions, and you know him. Each man has a measure of his own for everything; this he offers you inadvertently in his words. He who has a superlative for everything wants a measure for the great or small.Lavater.

Learn to be good readers, which is perhaps a more difficult thing than you imagine. Learn to be discriminative in your reading; to read faithfully, and with your best attention, all kinds of things which you have a real interest in—a real, not an imaginary—and which you find to be really fit for what you are engaged in.Carlyle to students.

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth so far as it makes us of benefit to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for; and with obscurity, for being unenvied.Plutarch.

Learn to creep before you leap.Proverb.

Learn to hold thy tongue. Five words cost Zecharias forty weeks’ silence.Fuller.

Learn to labour and to wait.Longfellow.

Learn to say before you sing.Proverb.

Learn to say No! and it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.Spurgeon.

Learn wisdom from the follies of others.Proverb.

Learn you a bad habit, an’ ye’ll ca’d a custom.Scotch Proverb.

Learn young, learn fair; / Learn auld, learn mair.Scotch Proverb.