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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Make hay to Man perfected

Make hay while the sun shines.Proverb.

Make it an invariable and obligatory law to yourself never to mention your own mental diseases. When you talk of them, it is plain that you want either praise or pity; for praise there is no room, and pity will do you no good.Johnson.

Make knowledge circle with the winds; / But let her herald, Reverence, fly / Before her to whatever sky / Bear seed of men and growth of minds.Tennyson.

Make no enemies; he is insignificant indeed that can do thee no harm.Colton.

Make not a bosom friend of a melancholy sad soul…. He goes always heavy-loaded, and thou must bear half.Fénelon.

Make not another’s shoes by your own foot.Proverb.

Make not thy friend too cheap to thee, nor thyself to thy friend.Proverb.

Make not thy sport abuses; for the fly, / That feeds on dung, is coloured thereby.George Herbert.

Make not thy tail broader than thy wings.Proverb.

Make not two sorrows of one.Proverb.

Make short the miles with talk and smiles.Proverb.

Make temperance thy companion, so shall health sit on thy brow.Dodsley.

Make the most and the best of your lot, and compare yourself not with the few that are above you, but with the multitudes which are below you.Johnson.

Make the most of time, it flies away so fast; yet method will teach you to win time.Goethe.

Make the night night, and the day day, and you will have a pleasant time of it.Portuguese Proverb.

Make the plaster as large as the sore.Proverb.

Make thee my knight? my knights are sworn to vows / Of utter hardihood, utter gentleness, / And, loving, utter faithfulness in love, / And uttermost obedience to the king.Tennyson.

Make thick my blood, / Stop up the access and passage to remorse, / That no compunctious visitings of Nature / Shake my fell purpose.Macbeth, i. 5.

Make thy claim of wages for this world, and all worlds, at zero—at nothing; thus, and thus only, hast thou the world at thy feet.Carlyle.

Make your educational laws strict, and your criminal ones may be gentle; but leave youth its liberty, and you will have to dig dungeons for age.Ruskin.

Make your hay as best you may.Proverb.

Make your mark, but mind what your mark is.Proverb.

Make yourself an ass, and you’ll have every man’s sack on your shoulders.Danish Proverb.

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one rascal less in the world.Carlyle.

Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread.Emerson.

Make yourselves necessary to somebody.Emerson.

Mal à propos—Ill-timed; unseasonable.French.

Mala causa silenda est—’Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.Ovid.

Mala fides—Bad faith.

Mala gallina, malum ovum—Bad ben, bad egg.Proverb.

Mala grammatica non vitiat chartam—Bad grammar does not vitiate a deed.Law.

Mala mali malo mala contulit omnia mundo—The jawbone of the evil one by means of an apple brought all evils into the world.

Mala mens, malus animus—Bad mind, bad heart.Terence.

Mala merx hæc, et callida est—She’s a bad bargain and a crafty one.Plautus.

Mala ultro adsunt—Misfortunes come unsought.Proverb.

Maladie du pays—Home-sickness.French.

Male cuncta ministrat / Impetus—Violence (of passion) conducts everything badly.Statius.

Male imperando summum imperium amittitur—By misgovernment the supreme rule is lost.Publius Syrus.

Male parta male dilabuntur—Things ill gotten go ill.Proverb.

Male partum male disperit—Property ill got is ill spent; lightly come, lightly go.Plautus.

Male secum agit æger, medicum qui hæredem facit—A sick man acts foolishly for himself who makes his doctor his heir.

Male verum examinat omnis / Corruptus judex—Badly is the truth weighed by a corrupt judge.Horace.

Male vivunt qui se semper victuros putant—They live ill who think they will live for ever.Publius Syrus.

Malebranche saw all things in God, and M. Necker saw all things in Necker.Mirabeau.

Maledicus a malefico non distat nisi occasione—An evil-speaker differs from an evil-doer in nothing but want of opportunity.Quintilian.

Malesuada fames—Hunger that tempts to evil.Virgil.

Malheureux celui qui est en avance de son siècle—Unhappy is the man who is in advance of his time.French Proverb.

Mali principii malus finis—Bad beginnings have bad endings (lit. a bad end of a bad beginning).Terence.

Malice is a passion so impetuous and precipitate, that it often involves the agent and the patient.Government of the Tongue.

Malice sucks up the greatest part of our own venom, and poisons herself.Montaigne.

Malim indisertam prudentiam, quam stultitiam loquacem—I prefer sense that is faulty in expression to loquacious folly.Cicero.

Malim inquietam libertatem quam quietum servitium—I would prefer turbulent liberty to quiet slavery.

Malis avibus—With a bad omen (lit. with bad birds).Cicero.

Malo benefacere tantumdem est periculum / Quantum bono malefacere—To do good to the bad is a danger just as great as to do bad to the good.Plautus.

Malo cum Platone errare, quam cum aliis recte sentire—I had rather be wrong with Plato than think right with others.Cicero.

Malo mihi male quam molliter esse—I prefer being ill to being idle.Seneca.

Malo mori quam fœdari—I had rather die than be disgraced.Motto.

Malo nodo malus quærendus cuneus—For a hard knot a hard tool must be sought.Proverb.

Malorum facinorum ministri quasi exprobrantes aspiciuntur—Accomplices in evil actions are always regarded as reproaching the deed.Tacitus.

Malum consilium consultori pessimum—Bad advice is most pernicious to the adviser.Verrius Flaccus.

Malum est consilium quod mutari non potest—That is bad counsel which cannot be changed.Publius Syrus.

Malum in se—A thing evil in itself.

Malum nascens facile opprimitur; inveteratum fit robustius—An evil habit is easily subdued in the beginning, but when it becomes inveterate it gains strength.Cicero.

Malum prohibitum—A crime because forbidden by law, such as smuggling.Law.

Malum vas non frangitur—A worthless vessel is seldom broken.Proverb.

Malus bonum ubi se simulat, tunc est pessimus—A bad man, when he pretends to be a good one, is worst of all.Publius Syrus.

Malus est enim custos diuturnitatis metus, contraque benevolentia fidelis vel ad perpetuitatem—Fear is a bad preserver of that which is intended to last; whereas mildness and good-will ensure fidelity for ever.Cicero.

Malus usus est abolendus—An evil custom should be abolished.Law.

Mammon has enriched his thousands, and has damned his ten thousands.South.

Mammon, the least erected spirit that fell / From heaven.Milton.

Mammon wins his way where seraphs might despair.Byron.

Man alone is born crying, lives complaining, and dies disappointed.Sir W. Temple.

Man always worships something; always he sees the infinite shadowed forth in something finite; and indeed can and must so see it in any finite thing, once tempt him well to fix his eyes thereon.Carlyle.

Man am I grown, a man’s work must I do. / Follow the deer? follow the Christ, the King, / Live pure, speak true, right wrong, follow the King— / Else wherefore born?Tennyson.

Man and man only can do the impossible; / … He to the moment endurance can lend.Goethe.

Man becomes greater in proportion as he learns to know himself and his faculty. Let him once become conscious of what he is, and he will soon also learn to be what he should.Schelling.

Man becomes man only by the intelligence, but he is man only by the heart.Amiel.

Man, behind his everlasting blind, which he only colours differently, and makes no thinner, carries his pride with him from one step to another, and on the higher step blames only the pride of the lower.Jean Paul.

Man can dispense with much but not with men.Börne.

Man can elect the universal man, / And live in life that ends not with his breath.R. W. Dixon.

Man can invent nothing nobler than humanity.Ruskin.

Man can only learn to rise from the consideration of that which he cannot surmount.Jean Paul.

Man cannot be a naturalist, until he satisfies all the demands of the spirit.Emerson.

Man cannot choose his duties.George Eliot.

Man cannot live without his formulas.Dr. Walter Smith.

Man carries under his hat a private theatre, wherein a greater drama is acted than ever on the mimic stage, beginning and ending in eternity.Carlyle.

Man consists in truth. If he exposes truth, he exposes himself. If he betrays truth, he betrays himself. We speak not here of lies, but of acting against conviction.Novalis.

Man could direct his ways by plain reason, and support his life by tasteless food; but God has given us wit, and flavour, and brightness, and laughter, and perfumes, to enliven the day of man’s pilgrimage, and to charm his pained steps over the burning marl.Sydney Smith.

Man creeps into childhood, bounds into youth, sobers into manhood, and softens into age.H. Giles.

Man darf nur sterben, um gelobt zu werden—One has but to die to be praised.German Proverb.

Man delights not me; no, nor woman neither.Hamlet, ii. 2.

Man disputirt mehr über die Schaale, als über den Kern—People dispute more about the shell than the kernel.German Proverb.

Man does not willingly submit himself to reverence; or rather, he never so submits himself: it is a higher sense which must be communicated to his nature, which only in some peculiarly favoured individuals unfolds itself spontaneously, who on this account too have of old been looked upon as saints and gods.Goethe.

Man does not wish to be told the truth.Pascal.

Man doth what he can, and God what He will.Proverb.

Man dreams of fame while woman wakes to love.Tennyson.

Man ever tends to reckon his own insight as final, and goes upon it as such.Carlyle.

Man everywhere is the born enemy of lies.Carlyle.

Man findet tausend Gelehrte, bis man auf einen weisen Mann stösst—We may come upon a thousand men of learning before we stumble upon a single wise man.Klinger.

Man for the field and woman for the hearth; / Man for the sword and for the needle she: / Man with the head and woman with the heart: / Man to command and woman to obey; / All else confusion.Tennyson.

Man, forget not death, for death certainly forgets not thee.Turkish Proverb.

Man gives up all pretension to the infinite while he feels here that neither with thought nor without it is he equal to the finite.Goethe.

Man had not a hammer to begin, not a syllabled articulation; they had it all to make—and they have made it.Carlyle.

Man has a brief flowering season and a long fading.Uhland.

Man has a silent and solitary literature written by his heart upon the tables of stone in Nature; and next to God’s finger, a man’s heart writes the most memorable things.Ward Beecher.

Man has a soul as certainly as he has a body; nay, much more certainly; properly it is the course of his unseen spiritual life, which informs and rules his external visible life, rather than receives rule from it, in which spiritual life the true secret of his history lies.Carlyle.

Man has always humour enough to make merry with what he cannot help.Goethe.

Man has ever been a striving, struggling, and, in spite of wide-spread calumnies to the contrary, a veracious creature.Carlyle.

Man has in his own soul an Eternal; can read something of the Eternal there, if he will look.Carlyle.

Man has not a greater enemy than himself.Petrarch.

Man has quite a peculiar pleasure in making proselytes; in causing others to enjoy what he enjoys, in finding his own likeness represented and reflected back to him.Goethe.

Man has seldom an offer of kindness to make to a woman but she has a presentiment of it some moments before.Sterne.

Man has two and a half minutes here below—one to smile, one to sigh, and half a one to love; for in the midst of this minute he dies.Jean Paul.

Man, if he compare himself with all he can see, is at the zenith of his power; but if he compare himself with all he can conceive, he is at the nadir of his weakness.Colton.

Man is a born owl.Carlyle.

Man is a bundle of habits.Proverb.

Man is a darkened being; he knows not whence he comes, nor whither he goes; he knows little of the world and least of himself.Goethe.

Man is a fallen god, who remembers heaven, his former dwelling-place.Lamartine.

Man is a forked radish with head fantastically carved.Swift.

Man is a forked straddling animal with bandy legs.Swift.

Man is a military animal, / Glories in gunpowder and loves parade.P. J. Bailey.

Man is a noble animal, splendid in ashes, and pompous in the grave.Sir T. Browne.

Man is a poetical animal, and delights in fiction.Hazlitt.

Man is a spirit, and bound by invisible bonds to all men.Carlyle.

Man is a stream whose source is hidden.Emerson.

Man is a substance clad in shadows.John Sterling.

Man is a sun; his senses are the planets.Novalis.

Man is a tool-using animal;… without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.Carlyle.

Man is actually here, not to ask questions but to do work; in this time, as in all times, it must be the heaviest evil for him if his faculty of action lie dormant, and only that of sceptical inquiry exert itself.Carlyle.

Man is an animal that cooks his victuals.Burke.

Man is an animal that makes bargains; no other animal does this.Adam Smith.

Man is an imitative creature, and whoever is foremost leads the herd.Schiller.

Man is, and always was, a blockhead and dullard; much readier to feel and digest than to think and consider.Carlyle.

Man is, beyond dispute, the most excellent of created beings, and the vilest animal is a dog; but the sages agree that a grateful dog is better than an ungrateful man.Saadi.

Man is born not to solve the problems of the universe, but to find out where the problem begins, and then to restrain himself within the limits of the comprehensible.Goethe.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.Bible.

Man is but a little thing in the midst of the objects of nature, yet, by the moral quality radiating from his countenance, he may abolish all considerations of magnitude, and, in his manners, equal the majesty of the world.Emerson.

Man is but a reed, the weakest thing in nature, but he is a reed that thinks.Pascal.

Man is created free, is free, even if he were born in chains.Schiller.

Man is created to fight; he is perhaps best of all definable as a born soldier; his life “a battle and a march” under the right generals.Carlyle.

Man is emphatically a proselytising creature.Carlyle.

Man is ever the most interesting object to man, and perhaps should be the only one to interest him.Goethe.

Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history.Emerson.

Man is fire and woman tow; the devil comes and sets them in a blaze.Proverb.

Man is first a spirit, bound by invisible bonds to all men; and secondly, he wears clothes, which are the visible emblems of that fact.Carlyle, the two main ideas emphasised in “Sartor.”

Man is for ever the born thrall of certain men, born master of certain other men, born equal of certain others, let him acknowledge the fact or not.Carlyle.

Man is for ever the brother of man.Carlyle.

Man is free as the bird is in its cage: he can move about within certain limits.Lavater.

Man is God’s image; but a poor man is / Christ’s stamp to boot: both images regard. God reckons for him, counts the favour His.George Herbert.

Man is greater than a world, than systems of worlds; there is more mystery in the union of soul with the physical than in the creation of a universe.H. Giles.

Man is his own star, and the soul that can / Render an honest and a perfect man, / Commands all light, all influence, all fate; / Nothing to him falls early or too late.Beaumont and Fletcher.

Man is intended for a limited condition; objects that are simple, near, determinate, he comprehends, and he becomes accustomed to employ such means as are at hand; but on entering a wider field he now knows neither what he would nor what he should.Goethe.

Man is like the worker at Gobelins, who weaves on the wrong side a tapestry of which he does not see the design.Renan.

Man is made great or little by his own will.Schiller.

Man is man by virtue of willing, not by virtue of knowing and understanding; and as he is, so he sees.Emerson.

Man is man everywhere.Carlyle.

Man is man only as he makes life and nature happier to us.Emerson.

Man is more often injured than helped by the means he uses.Emerson.

Man is more than constitutions.Whittier.

Man is neither an angel nor a brute, and it is his evil destiny if he aspires to be the former, to sink into the latter.Pascal.

Man is neither the vile nor the excellent being which he sometimes imagines himself to be.Disraeli.

Man is not a piece of clay to be moulded, but a plant to be cultivated.Garve.

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

Man is not born to be free, and for the noble there is no fairer fortune than to serve a prince whom he honours.Goethe.

Man is not God, but hath God’s end to serve, / A master to obey, a course to take, / Somewhat to cast off, somewhat to become.Browning.

Man is not made to question, but adore.Young.

Man is not the creature of circumstances; circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.Disraeli.

Man is nothing but contradiction; the less he knows it the more dupe he is.Amiel.

Man is of the earth, but his thoughts are with the stars. A pigmy standing on the outward crest of this small planet, his far-reaching spirit stretches outward to the infinite, and there alone finds rest.Carlyle.

Man is often a wolf to man, a serpent to God, and a scorpion to himself.Spurgeon.

Man is one, and he hath one great heart.Bailey.

Man is one world, and hath / Another to attend him.George Herbert.

Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.Disraeli.

Man is only what he becomes, but he becomes only what he is.Amiel.

Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.Emerson.

Man is placed in this world as a spectator; when he is tired with wondering at all the novelties about him, and not till then, does he desire to be made acquainted with the causes that create those wonders.Goldsmith.

Man is properly an incarnated word; the word that he speaks is the man himself.Carlyle.

Man is properly speaking, based upon Hope, he has no other possession but Hope; this world of his is emphatically the Place of Hope.Carlyle.

Man is quite sufficiently saddened by his own passions and destiny, and need not make himself more so by the darkness of a barbaric past. He needs enlightening and cheering influences, and should therefore turn to those eras in art and literature during which remarkable men obtained perfect culture.Goethe.

Man is so inconsistent a creature that it is impossible to reason from his belief to his conduct, or from one part of his belief to another.Macaulay.

Man is so prone to occupy himself with what is most common, the soul and the senses are so easily blunted to the impressions of the beautiful and perfect, that one ought by all means to preserve the capability of feeling it. We ought every day at least to hear a little song, read a good poem, see an excellent painting, and, if possible, speak a few reasonable words.Goethe.

Man is that noble endogenous plant which grows, like the palm, from within outward.Emerson.

Man is the arch-machine of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is.Emerson.

Man is the circled oak, woman the ivy.Aaron Hill.

Man is the dwarf of himself.Emerson.

Man is the end towards which all the animal creation has tended.Agassiz.

Man is the favourite (Günstling) of Nature, not in the sense that Nature has done everything for him, but that she has given him the power of doing everything for himself.Zachariae.

Man is the higher sense of our planet, the star which connects it with the upper world, the eye which it turns towards heaven.Novalis.

Man is the jewel of God, who has created this material world to keep his treasure in.Theo. Parker.

Man is the maker of expedients, but not of laws. In his solicitude as to his approaching lot, he has neither time nor desire to raise his eyes to the heavens to watch and record their phenomena; no leisure to look upon himself and consider what and where he is. In the imperious demand for a present support, he dare not venture on speculative attempts at ameliorating his state; he is doomed to be a helpless, isolated, spell-bound savage, or, if not isolated, the companion of other savages as careworn as himself.Draper.

Man is the merriest species of the creation.Addison.

Man is the Messiah of Nature.Novalis.

Man is the meter of all things; the hand is the instrument of instruments, and the mind is the form of forms.Aristotle.

Man is the Missionary of Order; he is the servant not of the devil and chaos, but of God and the universe.Carlyle.

Man is the nobler growth our realms supply, / And souls are ripened in our northern sky.Mrs. Barbauld.

Man is the slave of beneficence.Arabian Proverb.

Man is the sum-total of all the animals.Oken.

Man is the sun of the world; more than the real sun. The fire of his wonderful heart is the only light and heat worth gauge or measure. Where he is, are the tropics; where he is not, the ice-world.Ruskin.

Man is the weeping animal born to govern all the rest.Pliny.

Man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie enfolded already in the first man.Emerson.

Man is the will and woman is the sentiment. In this ship of humanity, Will is the rudder and Sentiment the sail; when woman affects to steer, the rudder is only a masked sail.Emerson.

Man is to man the sorest, surest ill…. / Earth trembles ere her yawning jaws devour; / And smoke betrays the wide-consuming fire; / Ruin from man is most conceal’d when near, / And sends the dreadful tidings in the blow.Young.

Man is too near all kinds of beasts—a fawning dog, a roaring lion, a thieving fox, a robbing wolf, a dissembling crocodile, a treacherous decoy, a rapacious vulture.Cowley.

Man ist nur eigentlich lebendig, wenn man sich des Wohlwollens Anderer freut—A man is only truly alive when he enjoys the good-will of others.Goethe.

Man, it’s surely a pity that thou should’st sit yonder, with nothing but the eye of Omniscience to see thee, and thou with such gift to speak.James Carlyle to his son, when he first discovered this gift in him.

Man kan geen loopend paard beslaan—One cannot shoe a running-horse.Dutch Proverb.

Man kann den Menschen nicht verwehren, / Zu denken, was sie wollen—There is no hindering people from thinking what thoughts they like.Schiller.

Man kann ein klarer Denker ohne Gefühl, aber kein starker, kühner Denker ohne dasselbe sein—Without feeling one may be a clear thinker, but not a powerful and a bold.Klinger.

Man kann in wahrer Freiheit leben / Und doch nicht ungebunden sein—One may enjoy true freedom, and yet be in chains.Goethe.

Man kann nicht stets das Fremde meiden, / Das Gute liegt uns oft so fern. / Ein echter deutscher Mann mag keinen Franzen leiden, / Doch ihre Weine trinkt er gern—We cannot always avoid what is foreign; what is good often lies so far off. A true German cannot abide the French, and yet he will drink their wines with the most genuine relish.Goethe.

Man kann nicht wider sein Geshick—There is no striving against one’s fate.Schiller.

Man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience.Wieland.

Man kommt zu schaun, Man will am liebsten sehn—People come to look; their greatest pleasure is to feast their eyes.Goethe.

Man lebt nur einmal in der Welt—Only once is it given us to live in the world.Goethe.

Man, like the gen’rous vine, supported, lives; / The strength he gains is from the embrace he gives.Pope.

Man little knows what calamities are beyond his patience to bear till he tries them.Goldsmith.

Man lives in Time, has his whole earthly being, endeavour, and destiny shaped for him by Time; only in the transitory Time-symbol is the ever-motionless eternity we stand on made manifest.Carlyle.

Man lives where he acts.Renan.

Man, living, feeling man, is the easy sport of the overmastering present.Schiller.

Man lobt den Künstler dann erst recht, wenn man über sein Werk sein Lob vergisst—We first truly praise an artist when the merit of his work is such as to make us forget himself.Lessing.

Man löst sich nicht allmählich von dem Leben!—It is by no gradual process we detach ourselves from (lose our hold of) life.Schiller.

Man loves before he sees; his heart is open before his eyes; love must irradiate his world for him before he well knows he is in it, what it is made of, and what to make of it.James Wood.

Man loves little and often, woman much and rarely.Basta.

Man, made of the dust of the world, does not forget his origin; and all that is yet inanimate will one day speak and reason.Emerson.

Man mag Amphion sein und Fels und Wald bewegen, / Deswegen kann man doch nicht Bauern widerlegen—One may be a very Amphion and be able to move trees and rocks, and yet be unable to reduce peasants to reason.Gellert.

Man may doubt here and there, but mankind does not doubt.H. R. Haweis.

Man muss die Menschen nur mit dem Krämergewicht, keinesweges mit der Goldwage wiegen—We must weigh men with merchant’s scales, and by no means with the goldsmith’s.Goethe.

Man muss handeln können, wie man will, um zu handeln, wie man soll—We must be able to act as we would in order to act as we should.Zachariae.

Man muss keinem Menschen trauen, der bei seinen Versicherungen die Hand auf’s Herz legt—We should trust no man who in his protestations lays his hand on his heart.Lichtenberg.

Man muss nicht reicher scheinen wollen, als man ist—We must not wish to appear richer than we are.Lessing.

Man muss seine Irrthümer theuer bezahlen, wenn man sie los werden will, und dann hat man noch von Glück zu sagen—Men must pay dearly for their errors, if they would be free from them, and then they may regard it a happiness to do so.Goethe.

Man muss, will man ein Glück geniessen, / Die Freiheit zu behaupten wissen—If we would enjoy what fortune gives us, we must know how to maintain our freedom.Gellert.

Man must hold fast by the belief that the incomprehensible is comprehensible, otherwise he would not search.Goethe.

Man must serve his time to every trade / Save censure; critics all are ready made.Byron.

Man never comprehends how anthropomorphic he is.Goethe.

Man, never so often deceived, still watches for the arrival of a brother who can hold him steady to a truth until he has made it his own.Emerson.

Man, on the dubious waves of error tost.Cowper.

Man only can create music, for nothing is perfect until, in some way, it touches or passes through man.T. T. Munger.

Man only mars kind Nature’s plan, / And turns the fierce pursuit on man.Scott.

Man ought always to have something which he prefers to life.Seume.

Man partly is and wholly hopes to be.Browning.

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice.Aristotle.