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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Litteræ non to Love is vanity

Litteræ non erubescunt—A letter does not blush.Cicero.

Little and often fills the purse.Proverb.

Little bantams are great at crowing.Proverb.

Little boats must keep near shore.Proverb.

Little bodies have great souls.Proverb.

Little by little the little bird builds its nest.Proverb.

Little children, little sorrows; big children, great sorrows.Proverb.

Little chips light great fires.Proverb.

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, / Make our earth an Eden like the heaven above.F. S. Osgood.

Little dew-drops of celestial melody.Carlyle, of Burns’ songs.

Little do men perceive what solitude is, and how far it extendeth; for a crowd is not company, and faces are but a gallery of pictures, and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love.Bacon.

Little drops of rain pierce the hard marble.Lilys.

Little drops of water, little grains of sand, / Make the mighty ocean and the pleasant land. / Thus the little minutes, humble though they be, / Make the mighty ages of eternity.F. S. Osgood.

Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.Proverb.

Little fishes should not spout like whales.Proverb.

Little flower—if I could understand / What you are, root and all, and all in all, / I should know what God and man is.Tennyson.

Little folks like to talk about great folks.Proverb.

Little gear, less care.Scotch Proverb.

Little griefs are loud, great sorrows are silent.Proverb.

Little is done when every man is master.Proverb.

Little joys refresh us constantly, like house-bread, and never bring disgust; and great ones, like sugar-bread, briefly, and then with satiety.Jean Paul.

Little kingdom is great household, and great household little kingdom.Bacon.

Little-minded people’s thoughts move in such small circles that five minutes’ conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve.Holmes.

Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune, but great minds rise above it.Washington Irving.

Little minds are too much wounded by little things; great minds see all, and are not even hurt.La Rochefoucauld.

Little minds, like weak liquors, are soonest soured.Proverb.

Little odds between a feast and a fu’ wame (stomach).Scotch Proverb.

Little of this great world can I speak, / More than pertains to feats of broil and battle; / And, therefore, little shall I grace my cause / In speaking for myself. Yet by your gracious patience, / I will a round unvarnish’d tale deliver / Of my whole course of love.Othello, i. 3.

Little ones are taught to be proud of their clothes before they can put them on.Locke.

Little opportunities should be improved.Fénelon.

Little pigeons can carry great messages.Proverb.

Little pigs eat great potatoes.Proverb.

Little pitchers have long ears—i.e., children have.Proverb.

Little pot, / Don’t get hot / On the spot.Proverb.

Little pots soon boil over.German Proverb.

Little souls on little shifts rely.Dryden.

Little strokes fell great oaks.Proverb.

Little thieves have iron chains and great thieves gold ones.Dutch Proverb.

Little things blame not: Grace may on them wait. / Cupid is little; but his godhead’s great.Anonymous.

Little things please little minds.Proverb.

Little troubles are great to little people.Proverb.

Little waves with their soft white bands efface the footprints in the sands.Longfellow.

Little wealth, little sorrow.Proverb.

Little wit in the head makes much work for the feet.Proverb.

Little wrongs done to others are great wrongs done to ourselves.Proverb.

Littore quot conchæ, tot sunt in amore dolores—There are as many pangs in love as shells on the sea-shore.Ovid.

Littus ama, altum alii teneant—Hug thou the shore, let others stand out to sea.Virgil.

Live and learn; and indeed it takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.Ruskin.

Live and let live.Proverb.

Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.Southey.

Live for to-day! to-morrow’s light, / To-morrow’s cares shall bring to sight; / Go sleep, like closing flowers, at night, / And Heaven thy morn will bless.Keble.

Live in to-day, but not for to-day.Proverb.

Live, live to-day; to-morrow never yet / On any human being rose or set.Marsden.

Live not for yourself alone.Proverb.

Live not to eat, but eat to live.Proverb.

Live on, brave lives, chained to the narrow round / Of Duty; live, expend yourselves, and make / The orb of Being wheel onward steadfastly / Upon its path—the Lord of Life alone / Knows to what goal of Good; work on, live on.Lewis Morris.

Live on what you have; live if you can on less; do not borrow either for vanity or pleasure—the vanity will end in shame, and the pleasure in regret.Johnson.

Live only a moment at a time.Proverb.

Live thou! and of the grain and husk, the grape, / And ivy berry, choose; and still depart / From death to death thro’ life and life, and find / Nearer and ever nearer Him, who wrought / Not Matter, nor the finite-infinite, / But this main miracle, that thou art thou, / With power on thine own act and on the world.Tennyson.

Live to learn and learn to live.Proverb.

Live upon trust, / And pay double you must.Proverb.

Live virtuously, and you cannot die too soon nor live too long.Lady R. Russel.

Live we how we can, yet die we must.3 Henry VI., v. 2.

Live with a singer if you would learn to sing.Proverb.

Live with thy century, but be not its creature; produce for thy contemporaries, however, what they need, not what they applaud.Schiller.

Live with your friend as if he might become your enemy.Proverb.

Lively feeling of situations, and power to express them, make the poet.Goethe.

Lives of great men all remind us, / We can make our lives sublime; / And departing leave behind us / Footprints on the sands of time.Longfellow.

Living religion grows not by the doctrines, but by the narratives of the Bible.Jean Paul.

Living well is the best revenge.Proverb.

Lo ageno siempre pia por su dueño—What is another’s always chirps for its master.Spanish Proverb.

Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.Jesus to His disciples.

Lo que hace el loco á la derreria, hace el sabio á la primeria—What the fool does at length the wise man does at the beginning.Spanish Proverb.

Lo que no acaece en un año, acaece en un rato—A thing that may not happen in a year may happen in two minutes.Spanish Proverb.

Lo! the poor Indian, whose untutored mind / Sees God in clouds, or hears Him in the wind; / His soul proud science never taught to stray / Far as the solar walk or milky way; / Yet simple nature to his hope has given, / Behind the cloud-topt hills, a humbler heaven.Pope.

Loan oft loses both itself and friend.Hamlet, i. 3.

Loans and debts make worries and frets.Proverb.

Loans should come laughing home.Proverb.

Loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.Shakespeare.

Loaves put awry in the oven come out awry.Proverb.

Loci communes—Topics.

Lock the stable before you lose the steed.Proverb.

Locking the stable door when the steed is stolen.Proverb.

Loco citato—In the place quoted.

Locum tenens—A deputy or substitute.

Locus classicus—A classical passage.

Locus est et pluribus umbris—There is room for more introductions.Horace.

Locus in quo—The place in which; the place previously occupied.

Locus penitentiæ—Place for repentance.

Locus sigili—The place for the seal; pointed out in documents by the letters L.S.

Locus standi—Standing in a case; position in an argument.

Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.Joseph Roux.

Logic works; metaphysic contemplates.Joubert.

Loin de la cour, loin du souci—Far front court, far from care.Proverb.

Long customs are not easily broken; he that attempts to change the course of his own life very often labours in vain.Johnson.

Long experience made him sage.Gay.

Long lent is not given.Proverb.

Long talk makes short work.Proverb.

Long talking begets short hearing, for people go away.Jean Paul.

Longa est injuria, longæ / Ambages—Long is the story of her wrongs, tedious the details.Virgil.

Longa mora est, quantum noxæ sit ubique repertum / Enumerare: minor fuit ipsa infamia vero—It would take long to enumerate how great an amount of crime was everywhere perpetrated; even the report itself came short of the truth.Ovid.

Longe aberrat scopo—He is wide of the mark; has gone quite out of his sphere.

Longe absit—Far be it from me; God forbid.

Longe mea discrepat istis / Et vox et ratio—Both my language and my sentiments differ widely from theirs.Horace.

Longo sed proximus intervallo—Next, with a long interval between.Virgil.

Longum iter est per præcepta, breve et efficax per exempla—The road to learning by precept is long, by example short and effectual.Seneca.

Look above you, and then look about you.Proverb.

Look, as I blow this feather from my face, / And as the air blows it to me again / … Commanded always by the greater gust; / Such is the lightness of you common men.3 Henry VI., iii. 1.

Look at home, father priest, mother priest; your church is a hundredfold heavier responsibility than mine can be. Your priesthood is from God’s own hands.Ward Beecher.

Look at paintings and fightings from a distance.Proverb.

Look at the bright side of a failure as well as the dark.Anonymous.

Look at your own corn in May, / And you’ll come weeping away.Proverb.

Look before you leap.Proverb.

Look before you, or you’ll have to look behind you.Proverb.

Look for squalls, but don’t make them.Proverb.

Look how the floor of heaven / Is thick inlaid with patines of bright gold; / There’s not the smallest orb which thou behold’st / But in his motion like an angel sings, / Still quiring to the young-eyed cherubims.Mer. of Ven., v. 1.

Look how we can, or sad or merrily, / Interpretation will misquote our looks.1 Henry IV., v. 2.

Look in the glass when you with anger glow, / And you’ll confess you scarce yourself would know.Ovid.

Look in thy heart and write.Sir P. Sidney.

Look not a gift horse in the mouth.Proverb.

Look not mournfully into the past—it comes not back again; wisely improve the present—it is thine; go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.Longfellow.

Look not on pleasures as they come, but go. / Defer not the least virtue; life’s poor span / Make not an ell by trifling in thy woe. / If thou do ill, the joy fades, not the pains; / If well, the pain doth fade, the joy remains.George Herbert.

Look not to what is wanting in any one; consider that rather which still remains to him.Goethe.

Look out for a people entirely destitute of religion. If you find them at all, be assured that they are but few degrees removed from brutes.Hume.

Look round the habitable world, how few / Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.Dryden, after Juvenal.

Look, the morn, in russet mantle clad, / Walks o’er the dew of yon high eastern hill.Hamlet, i. 1.

Look through a keyhole, and your eye will be sore.Proverb.

Look to the players;… / They are the abstract and brief chroniclers of the times.Hamlet, ii. 2.

Look to thy mouth; diseases enter there.George Herbert.

Look to thyself; reach not beyond humanity.Sir P. Sidney.

Look unto those they call unfortunate; / And, closer viewed, you’ll find they are unwise.Young.

Look upon every day, O youth, as the whole of life, not merely as a section, and enjoy the present without wishing, through haste, to spring on to another.Jean Paul.

Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.Marcus Aurelius.

Lookers-on see more than the players.Proverb.

Looking round on the noisy inanity of the world, words with little meaning, actions with little worth, one loves to reflect on the great empire of silence. The noble silent men, scattered here and there each in his department, silently thinking, silently working; whom no morning newspaper makes mention of.Carlyle.

Looking where others looked, and conversing with the same things, we catch the charm which lured them.Emerson.

Looks kill love, and love by looks reviveth.Shakespeare.

Loop’d and window’d raggedness.King Lear, iii. 4.

Loquacity storms the ear, but modesty takes the heart.Proverb.

Loquendum ut vulgus, sentiendum ut docti—We should speak as the populace, think as the learned.Coke.

Lord, help me through this warld o’ care, / I’m weary sick o’t late and air; / Not but I hae a richer share / Than mony ithers; / But why should ae man better fare, / And a’ men brithers?Burns.

Lord, keep my memory green!Dickens.

Lord of himself, that heritage of woe.Byron.

Lord of himself, though not of lands; having nothing yet hath all.Sir Henry Wotton. (?)

Lord of the lion heart and eagle eye, / Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare, / Nor heed the storm that howls along the sky.Smollett.

Lord of thy presence and no land beside.King John, i. 1.

Lord, we know what we are, but know not what we may be.Hamlet, iv. 5.

Lorsqu’une pensée est trop faible pour porter une expression simple, c’est la marque pour la rejeter—When a thought is too weak to bear a simple expression, it is a sign that it deserves rejection.Vauvenargues.

Lose the habit of hard labour with its manliness, and then, / Comes the wreck of all you hope for in the wreck of noble men.Dr. Walter Smith.

Lose thy fun rather than thy friend.Proverb.

Losing the bundles gathering the wisps.Gaelic Proverb.

Losses are comparative, only imagination makes them of any moment.Pascal.

Lost time is never found again.Proverb.

Lotis manibus—With clean-washen hands.

Loud clamour is always more or less insane.Carlyle.

Loud laughter is the mirth of the mob, who are only pleased with silly things; for true wit or good sense never excited a laugh since the creation of the world.Chesterfield.

Loudness is a foe to melody.Proverb.

Louer les princes des vertus qu’ils n’ont pas, c’est leur dire impunement des injures—To praise princes for virtues which they do not possess, is to insult them with impunity.La Rochefoucauld.

Louis ne sut qu’aimer, pardonner et mourir; / Il aurait su régner s’il avait su punir—Louis (XVI.) knew only how to love, paraon, and die; had he known now to punish, he would have known how to reign.Tilly.

Love abounds in honey and poison.Spanish Proverb.

Love accomplishes all things.Petrarch.

Love all, trust a few, / Do wrong to none; be able for thine enemy / Rather in power than use; and keep thy friend / Under thy own life’s key; be checked for silence, / But never tax’d for speech.All’s Well, i. 1.

Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.B. R. Haydon.

Love and friendship exclude each other.Du Cœur.

Love and gratitude are seldom found in the same breast without impairing each other … we cannot command both together.Goldsmith.

Love and light winna hide.Scotch Proverb.

Love and lordship like not fellowship.Proverb.

Love and poverty are hard to hide.Proverb.

Love and pride stock Bedlam.Proverb.

Love and religion are both stronger than friendship.Disraeli.

Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea.Fielding.

Love and the Soul, working together, might go on producing Venuses without end, each different, and all beautiful; but divorced and separated, they may continue producing indeed, yet no longer any being, or even thing, truly godlike.James Wood.

Love and trust are the only mother-milk of any man’s soul.Ruskin.

Love, and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as the two sides of an algebraic equation.Emerson.

Love asks faith, and faith asks firmness.Proverb.

Love at two-and-twenty is a terribly intoxicating draft.Ruffini.

Love betters what is best, / Even here below, but more in heaven above.Wordsworth.

Love breaks in with lightning flash: friendship comes like dawning moonlight. Love will obtain and possess; friendship makes sacrifices but asks nothing.Geibel.

Love can do much, but duty still more.Goethe.

Love can hope where reason would despair.Lyttleton.

Love can neither be bought nor sold; its only price is love.Proverb.

Love cannot clasp all it yearns for in its bosom, without first suffering for it.Ward Beecher.

Love concedes in a moment what we can hardly attain by effort after years of toil.Goethe.

Love converts the hut into a palace of gold.Hölty.

Love delights in paradoxes. Saddest when it has most reason to be gay, sighs are the signs of its deepest joy, and silence the expression of its yearning tenderness.Bovee.

Love delights to bring her best, / And where love is, that offering evermore is blest.Keble.

Love dies by satiety, and forgetfulness inters it.Du Cœur.

Love divine, all love excelling, / Joy of heaven to earth come down.Toplady.

Love does much, but money does more.Proverb.

Love ends with hope: the sinking statesman’s door / Pours in the morning worshipper no more.Johnson.

Love ever flows downward.Quoted by Hare.

Love, free as air, at sight of human ties, / Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.Pope.

Love, friendship, charity are subjects all / To envious and calumniating time.Troil. and Cress., iii. 3.

Love furthers knowledge.Proverb.

Love gives itself, and is not bought.Longfellow.

Love goes toward love, as schoolboys from their books; / But love from love, toward school with heavy looks.Romeo and Juliet, ii. 2.

Love has made its best interpreter a sigh.Byron.

Love has no age, as it is always renewing itself.Pascal.

Love has the tendency of pressing together all the lights, all the rays emitted from the beloved object, by the burning-glass of fantasy, into one focus, and making of them one radiant sun without spots.Goethe.

Love hath a large mantle.Proverb.

Love hides ugliness.Gaelic Proverb.

Love in the heart is better than honey in the mouth.Proverb.

Love is a bottomless pit; it is a cormorant—a harpy that devours everything.Swift.

Love is a boy by poets spoiled.S. Butler.

Love is a debt which inclination always pays, obligation never.Pascal.

Love is a familiar; love is a devil: there is no evil angel but love. Yet was Samson so tempted, and he had an excellent strength; yet was Solomon so seduced, and he had a very good wit.Love’s L’s. Lost, i. 2.

Love is a personal debt.George Herbert.

Love is a reality which is born in the fairy region of romance.Talleyrand.

Love is a secondary passion in those who love most, a primary in those who love least. He who is inspired by it in a high degree is inspired by honour in a higher; it never reaches its plenitude of growth and perfection but in the most exalted minds.Landor.

Love is a secret no man knows / Till it within his bosom glows.Proverb.

Love is a sleep; love is a dream; and you have lived if you have loved.Alfred De Musset.

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs; / Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers’ eyes; / Being vex’d, a sea nourish’d with lovers’ tears: / What is it else? A madness most discreet, / A choking gall, and a preserving sweet.Romeo and Juliet, i. 1.

Love is a spirit all compact of fire; / Not gross to sink, but light and will aspire.Shakespeare.

Love is a superstition that doth fear the idol which itself hath made.Sir T. Overbury.

Love is a sweet idolatry, enslaving all the soul.Tupper.

Love is an exotic of the most delicate constitution.Goldsmith.

Love is an image of God, and not a lifeless image; not one painted on paper, but the living essence of the divine nature, which beams full of all goodness.Luther.

Love is as warm among cottars as courtiers.Scotch Proverb.

Love is as warm in fustian as in velvet.Proverb.

Love is blind, and lovers cannot see the pretty follies that themselves commit.Mer. of Ven., ii. 6.

Love is blind, and the figure of Cupid is drawn with a bandage round his eyes. Blind: yes, because he does not see what he does not like; but the sharpest-sighted hunter in the universe is Love for finding what he seeks, and only that.Emerson.

Love is deemed the tenderest (zärteste) of our affections, as even the blind and the deaf know; but I know, what few believe, that true friendship is more tender still.Platen.

Love is eternally awake, never tired with labour, nor oppressed with affliction, nor discouraged by fear.Thomas à Kempis.

Love is ever busy with his shuttle, is ever wearing into life’s dull warp bright gorgeous flowers and scenes Arcadian.Longfellow.

Love is ever the beginning of knowledge, as fire is of light; and works also more in the manner of fire.Carlyle.

Love is ever the gift, the sacrifice of self.Canon Liddon.

Love is full of unbefitting strains; / All wanton as a child, skipping and vain; / Formed by the eye, and therefore, like the eye, / Full of strange shapes, of habits, and of forms, / Varying in subjects as the eye doth roll / To every varied object in his glance.Love’s L’s. Lost, v. 2.

Love is incompatible with fear.Publius Syrus.

Love is indestructible, / Its holy flame for ever burneth; / From heaven it came, to heaven returneth.Southey.

Love is just another name for the inscrutable presence by which the soul is connected with humanity.Simms.

Love is kin to duty.Lewis Morris.

Love is life’s end—an end, but never ending…. Love is life’s wealth; ne’er spent, but ever spending…. Love’s life’s reward, rewarded in rewarding.Spenser.

Love is like the painter, who, being to draw the picture of a friend having a blemish in one eye, would picture only the other side of his face.South.

Love is loveliest when embalmed in tears.Scott.

Love is merely a madness.As You Like It, iii. 2.

Love is mightier than indignation.Ward Beecher.

Love is more pleasing than marriage, because romances are more amusing than history.Chamfort.

Love is neither bought nor sold.Proverb.

Love is never lasting which flames before it burns.Feltham.

Love is not a fire which can be confined within the breast; everything betrays it; and its fires imperfectly covered, only burst out the more.Racine.

Love is not altogether a delirium, yet has it many points in common therewith … I call it rather a discerning of the Infinite in the Finite, of the Idea made Real; which discerning again may be either true or false, either seraphic or demonic, Inspiration or Insanity.Carlyle.

Love is not blind; it is an extra eye, which shows us what is most worthy of regard.J. M. Barrie.

Love is not love / Which alters when it alteration finds.Shakespeare.

Love is not to be reason’d down or lost / In high ambition or a thirst of greatness.Addison.

Love is old, old as eternity, but not outworn; with each new being born or to be born.Byron.

Love is omnipresent in nature as motive and reward.Emerson.

Love is sparingly soluble in the words of men, therefore they speak much of it; but one syllable of woman’s speech can dissolve more of it than a man’s heart can hold.Holmes.

Love is strong as death. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.Bible.

Love is strongest in pursuit, friendship in possession.Emerson.

Love is swift, sincere, pious, pleasant, gentle, strong, patient, faithful, prudent, long-suffering, manly, and never seeking her own.Thomas à Kempis.

Love is the bond which never corrodes.Dr. Parker.

Love is the business of the idle, but the idleness of the busy.Bulwer Lytton.

Love is the eldest, noblest, and mightiest of the gods, and the chiefest author and giver of virtue in life and happiness after death.Plato.

Love is the greatest thing that God can give us, and it is the greatest we can give God.Jeremy Taylor.

Love is the joining of two souls on their way to God.J. M. Barrie.

Love is the master-key that opens every ward of the heart of man.J. H. Evans.

Love is the most easy and agreeable, and gratitude the most humiliating, affection of the mind.Goldsmith.

Love is the mother of love.Proverb.

Love is the occupation of an idle man, the amusement of a busy one, and the shipwreck of a sovereign.Napoleon.

Love is the only ink which does not fade.Dr. Parker.

Love is the only memory which strengthens with time.Dr. Parker.

Love is vanity, / Selfish in its beginning as its end.Byron.