James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
Mourning to Nations
Mourning only lasts till morning with the children of the morning.Saying.
Mourning tendeth to mending.Proverb.
Movet cornicula risum / Furtivis nudata coloribus—The crow, stript of its stolen colours, provokes our ridicule.Horace.
Moving accidents by flood and field.Othello, i. 3.
Mrs. Chatterbox is the mother of mischief.Proverb.
Much bruit, little fruit.Proverb.
Much corn lies under the straw that is not seen.Proverb.
Much debating goes on about the good that has been done and the harm by the free circulation of the Bible. To me this is clear: it will do harm, as it has done, if used dogmatically and fancifully; and do good, as it has done, if used didactically and feelingly.Goethe.
Much exists under our very noses which has no name, and can get none.Carlyle.
Much food is in the tillage of the poor.Bible.
Much in the world may be done by severity, more by love, but most of all by discernment and impartial justice.Goethe.
Much learning is a weariness of the flesh.Proverb.
Much learning shows how little mortals know; much wealth, how little worldlings can enjoy.Young.
Much lies among us convulsively, nay, desperately, struggling to be born.Carlyle.
Much meat, much disease.Proverb.
Much might be said on both sides.Addison.
Much of the good or evil that befalls persons arises from the well or ill managing of their conversation.Judge Hale.
Much of the pleasure, and all the benefit of conversation, depends upon our own opinion of the speaker’s veracity.Paley.
Much of this world’s wisdom is still acquired by necromancy—by consulting the oracular dead.Hare.
Much of what is great, and to all men beneficial, has been wrought by those who neither intended nor knew the good they did; and many mighty harmonies have been discoursed by instruments that had been dumb and discordant but that God knew their stops.Ruskin.
Much reading makes one haughty and pedantic; much observation (Sehen) makes one wise, sociable, and helpful.Lichtenberg.
Much religion, but no goodness.Proverb.
Much rust needs a rough file.Proverb.
Much there is that appears unequal in our life, yet the balance is soon and unexpectedly restored. In eternal alternation a weal counterbalances the woe, and swift sorrows our joys. Nothing is constant. Many an incongruity (Missverhältniss), as the days roll on, is gradually and imperceptibly dissolved in harmony. And ah! love knows how to reconcile the greatest discrepancy and unite earth with heaven.Goethe.
Mucho sabe la zorra, pero mas el que la toma—The fox is cunning, but he is more cunning who takes him.Spanish Proverb.
Mud chokes no eels.Proverb.
Mudar costumbre a par de muerte—To change a custom is next to death.Spanish Proverb.
Muddy spring, muddy stream.Proverb.
Mugitus labyrinthi—The bellowing of the labyrinth (a threadbare theme among weak poets).Juvenal.
Mules deliver great discourses because their ancestors were horses.Proverb.
Mulier cupido quod dicit amanti, / In vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua—What a woman says to an ardent lover ought to be written on the winds and the swiftly flowing water.Catullus.
Mulier profecto nata est ex ipsa mora—Woman is surely born of tardiness itself.Plautus.
Mulier quæ sola cogitat male cogitat—The thoughts of a woman when alone tend to mischief.Proverb.
Mulier recte olet ubi nihil olet—A woman smells sweetest when she smells not at all.Plautus.
Multa cadunt inter calicem supremaque labra—Many things fall between the cup and the lip.Labertius.
Multa dies, variusque labor mutabilis ævi, / Retulit in melius—Many a thing has time and the varying sway of changeful years altered for the better.Virgil.
Multa docet fames—Hunger (i.e., necessity) teaches us many things.Proverb.
Multa fero ut placeam genus irritabile vatum—Much I endure to appease the irritable race of poets.Horace.
Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum; / Multa recedentes adimunt—The coming years bring with them many advantages; as they recede they take many away.Horace.
Multa gemens—Groaning deeply.Virgil.
Multa me docuit usus, magister egregius—Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things.Pliny the younger.
Multa novit vulpis, sed felis unum magnum—The fox knows many shifts, the cat only one great one, viz., to run up a tree.Proverb.
Multa paucis—Much in little.
Multa petentibus / Desunt multa—Those who crave much want much.Horace.
Multa quidem scripsi; sed quæ vitiosa putavi, / Emendaturis ignibus ipse dedi—Much have I written; but what I considered faulty I myself committed to the correcting flames.Ovid.
Multa renascentur quæ jam cecidere, cadentque / Quæ nunc sunt in honore vocabula, si volet usus, / Quem penes arbitrium est, et jus, et norma loquendi—Many words now in disuse will revive, and many now in vogue will be forgotten, if usage wills it, in whose hands is the choice and the right to lay down the law of language.Horace.
Multa rogant utenda dari; data reddere nolunt—They ask many a sum on loan, but they are loath to repay.Ovid.
Multa senem circumveniunt incommoda—Many are the discomforts that gather round old age.Horace.
Multa tacere loquive paratus—Ready to suppress much or speak much.
Multa tulit, fecitque puer, sudavit et alsit—Much from early years has he suffered and done, sweating and chilled.Horace.
Multæ manus onus levius faciunt—Many hands make light work.Proverb.
Multæ regum aures et oculi—Kings have many ears and eyes.
Multæ terricolis linguæ, cœlestibus una—The inhabitants of earth have many tongues, those of heaven have but one.
Multarum palmarum causidicus—A pleader who has gained many causes.
Multas amicitias silentium diremit—Silence, or neglect, dissolves many friendships.Proverb.
Multi adorantur in ara qui cremantur in igne—Many are worshipped at the altar who are burning in flames.St. Augustine.
Multi / Committunt eadem diverso crimina fato, / Ille crucem sceleris pretium tulit, hic diadema—Many commit the same crimes with a different destiny; one bears a cross as the price of his villany, another wears a crown.Juvenal.
Multi mortales, dediti ventri atque somno, indocti incultique vitam sicuti peregrinantes transiere; quibus profecto contra naturam corpus voluptati, anima oneri—Many men have passed through life like travellers in a strange land, without spiritual or moral culture, and given up to the lusts of appetite and indolence, whose bodies, contrary to their nature, were enslaved to indulgence, and their souls a burden.Sallust.
Multi multa, nemo omnia novit—Many know many things, no one everything.Coke.
Multi nil rectum nisi quod placuit sibi ducunt—Many deem nothing right but what suits their own conceit.Horace.
Multi te oderint si teipsum ames—Many will detest you if you spend all love on yourself.
Multis ille bonis flebilis occidit / Nulli flebilior quam tibi—He fell lamented by many good men, by none more lamented than by thee (Virgil).Horace, of Quintilius.
Multis minatur, qui uni facit injuriam—He who wrongs one threatens many.Publius Syrus.
Multis parasse divitias non finis miseriarium fuit, sed mutatio; non est in rebus vitium sed in animo—The acquisition of riches has been to many, not the end of their miseries, but a change in them; the fault is not in the riches, but in the disposition.Seneca.
Multis terribilis caveto multos—If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.Ausonius.
Multitudinem decem faciunt—Ten constitute a crowd.Coke.
Multo plures satietas quam fames perdidit viros—Many more die of surfeit than of hunger.
Multos castra juvant, et lituo tubæ / Permistus sonitus, bellaque matribus / Detestata—The camp and the clang of the trumpet mingled with the clarion, and wars detested by mothers, have delights for many.Horace.
Multos in summa pericula misit / Venturi timor ipse mali—The mere apprehension of coming evil has driven many into positions of great peril.Proverb.
Multos ingratos invenimus, plures facimus—We find many men ungrateful; we make more.Proverb.
Multos qui conflictari adversis videantur, beatos; ac plerosque, quanquam magnas per opes, miserrimos—We may see many struggling against adversity who yet are happy; and more, although abounding in wealth, who are most wretched.Tacitus.
Multum abludit imago—The picture is outrageously unlike.Horace.
Multum demissus homo—A modest reserved man.Horace.
Multum in parvo—Much in little.
Multum, non multa—Much, not many.Pliny.
Multum sapit qui non diu desipit—He is very wise who does not long persist in folly.Proverb.
Mundæque parvo sub lare pauperum / Cœnæ, sine aulæis et ostro, / Sollicitam explicuere frontem—A neat, simple meal under the humble roof of the poor, without hangings and purple, has smoothed the wrinkles of an anxious brow.Horace.
Munditiæ, et ornatus, et cultus hæc feminarum insignia sunt, his gaudent et gloriantur—Neatness, ornament, and dress, are peculiar badges of women; in these they delight and glory.Livy.
Munditiis capimur—We are captivated by neatness.Ovid.
Mundus est Dei viva statua!—The world is the living image of God.T. Campanella.
Mundus universus exercet histrionem—All men practise the actor’s art.Petronius.
Mundus vult decipi; ergo decipiatur—The world wishes to be deceived; therefore let it be deceived.
Munera accipit frequens, remittit nunquam—He often receives presents, but never gives any.Plautus.
Munera, crede mihi, capiunt hominesque deosque; / Placatur donis Jupiter ipse datis!—Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and gods; Jupiter himself is won over and appeased by gifts.Ovid.
Munificence is not quantity, but quality.Pascal.
Munit hæc, et altera vincit—This defends and the other conquers.Motto.
Munus Apolline dignum—A present worthy of Apollo.Horace.
Munus ornare verbis—To enhance the value of a present by words.Terence.
Murder, though it have no tongue, will speak / With most miraculous organ.Hamlet, ii. 2.
Murder will out.Chaucer.
Murus æneus conscientia sana—A sound conscience is a wall of brass.Motto.
Mus in pice—A mouse in pitch; “a fly wading through tar.”
Mus non uni fidit antro—The mouse does not trust to one hole only.Plautus.
Music fills up the present moment more decisively than anything else, whether it awakens thought or summons to action.Goethe.
Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast.Congreve.
Music in the best sense has little need of novelty (Neuheit); on the contrary, the older it is, the more one is accustomed to it, the greater is the effect it produces.Goethe.
Music, in the works of its greatest masters, is more marvellous, more mysterious, than poetry.H. Giles.
Music is a kind of inarticulate unfathomable speech, which leads us to the edge of the infinite, and lets us for moments gaze into that.Carlyle.
Music is a language directed to the passions; but the rudest passions put on a new nature and become pleasing in harmony.James Usher.
Music is a prophecy of what life is to be, the rainbow of promise translated out of seeing into hearing.Mrs. Child.
Music is an invisible dance, as dancing is a silent music.Jean Paul.
Music is but wild sounds civilised into time and tune.Fuller.
Music is our fourth great material want—first food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.Bovee.
Music is the art of the prophets, the only art which can calm the agitations of the soul.Luther.
Music is the crystallisation of sound.Thoreau.
Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.Beethoven.
Music is the most immediate means possessed by the will for the manifestation of its inner impulse.A. R. Parsons.
Music is the only one of the fine arts in which not only man, but all other animals, have a common property.Jean Paul.
Music is the only sensual gratification which mankind may indulge in to excess without injury to their moral and religious feelings.Addison.
Music is the poor man’s Parnassus.Emerson.
Music is the true universal speech of mankind.Weber.
Music makes people milder and gentler, more moral and more reasonable.Luther.
Music, of all the arts, has the greatest influence over the passions, and the legislator ought to give it the greatest encouragement.Napoleon.
Music of the spheres.Pericles, v. 1.
Music oft hath such a charm / To make bad good, and good provoke to harm.Meas. for Meas., iv. 1.
Music, once admitted into the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.Bulwer Lytton.
Music so softens and disarms the mind, / That not an arrow does resistance find.Waller.
Music stands in a much closer connection with pure sensation than any of the other arts.Helmholtz.
Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.Auerbach.
Music, when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order; and also when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.Ruskin.
Music will not cure the toothache.Proverb.
Music wraps us in melancholy, and elevates in joy.James Usher.
Musik ist der Schlüssel vom weiblichen Herzen—Music is the key to the female heart.Seume.
Musik ist die wahre allgemeine Menschensprache—Music is the true universal speech of mankind.C. J. Weber.
Muss ist eine harte Nuss—Must is a hard nut to crack.German Proverb.
Müsset im Naturbetrachen / Immer eins wie alles achten; / Nichts ist drinnen, nichts ist draussen, / Denn was innen, das ist aussen. / So ergreifet ohne Säumness / Heilig öffentlich Geheimniss—In the study of Nature you must ever regard one as all; nothing is inner, nothing is outer, for what is within that is without. Without hesitation, therefore, seize ye the holy mystery thus lying open to all.Goethe.
Müssiggang ist aller Laster Anfang—Idleness is the beginning of all vices.
Must is a hard nut to crack, but it has a sweet kernel.Spurgeon.
“Must” is hard, but by “must” alone can man show what his inward condition is. Any one can live unrestrainedly.Goethe.
Must not a great history be always an epic?Dr. Walter Smith.
Mutability is the badge of infirmity.Charron.
Mutare vel timere sperno—I disdain either to change or to fear.Motto.
Mutatis mutandis—After making the necessary changes.Law.
Mutato nomine, de te / Fabula narratur—Change but the name, the story’s told of you.Horace.
Mutum est pictura poema—A picture is a poem without words.
My alms-people are to be the ablest bodied I can find, the ablest minded I can make, and every day will be a duty … shall stand with tools at work, mattock or flail, axe or hammer.Ruskin.
My ancient but ignoble blood / Has crept through scoundrels ever since the Flood. (?)
My better half.Sir Philip Sidney.
My bounty is as boundless as the sea, / My love as deep; the more I give to thee, / The more I have, for both are infinite.Romeo and Juliet, ii. 2.
My dame fed her hens on thanks, but they laid no eggs.Proverb.
My days are in the yellow leaf; / The flowers and fruits of love are gone; / The worm, the canker, and the grief / Are mine alone.Byron.
“My family begins with me, yours ends with you.”Iphicrates, when upbraided by a young aristocrat for his low birth.
My fate cries out, / And makes each petty artery in this body / As hardy as the Nemean lion’s nerve.Hamlet, i. 4.
My first and last secret of Art is to get a thorough intelligence of the fact to be painted, represented, or, in whatever way, set forth—the fact deep as Hades, high as heaven, and written so, as to the visual face of it on this poor earth.Carlyle.
My grief lies onward, and my joy behind.Lucrece.
“My hand,” said Napoleon, “is immediately connected with my head,” but the sacred courage is connected with the heart.Emerson.
My heart leaps up when I behold / A rainbow in the sky: / So was it when my life began, / So is it now I am a man; / So be it when I shall grow old, / Or let me die.Wordsworth.
My heart is true as steel.Mid. N.’s Dream, ii. 2.
My heart resembles the ocean; has storm, and ebb, and flow; / And many a beautiful pearl / Lies hid in its depths below.Heine.
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here.Burns.
My highest wish is to find within the God whom I find everywhere without.Kepler.
My house is my castle.Proverb.
My house, my house, though thou art small, / Thou art to me the Escurial.Proverb.
“My ideal of a society is one in which I would be guillotined as a Conservative.”Proudhon, to Prince Napoleon.
My inheritance how wide and fair! / Time is my seed-field, to Time I’m heir.Goethe.
My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.Emerson.
My joy is death;— / Death, at whose name I oft have been afeared, / Because I wish’d this world’s eternity.2 Henry VI., ii. 4.
My mind can take no hold on the present world, nor rest in it a moment, but my whole nature rushes onward with irresistible force towards a future and better state of being.Fichte.
My mind to me a kingdom is, / Such perfect joy therein I find.Byrd.
My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills my father feeds his flock.Home.
My notions of life are much the same as they are about travelling; there is a good deal of amusement on the road, but, after all, one wants to be at rest.Southey.
My offence is rank; it smells to heaven.Hamlet, iii. 3.
My only books / Were woman’s looks,— / And folly’s all they’ve taught me.Moore.
My opinion, my conviction, gains infinitely in strength and sureness the moment a second mind has adopted it.Novalis.
My pen was never dipped in gall.Crébillon.
My perception of a fact is as much a fact as the sun.Emerson.
My pulse, as yours, doth temperately keep time, / And makes as healthful music.Hamlet, iii. 4.
My purposes lie in the churchyard.Philip Henry.
My rigour relents: I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.Burke.
My son, be not now negligent, for the Lord hath chosen thee to stand before Him.2 Chronicles, 29:11.
My son is my son till he have got him a wife, / But my daughter’s my daughter all the days of her life.Proverb.
My soul, what’s lighter than a feather? Wind. / Than wind? The fire. And what than fire? The mind. / What’s lighter than the mind? A thought. Than thought? / This bubble world. What than this bubble? Nought.Quarles.
My strength is as the strength of ten, because my heart is pure.Tennyson.
My way of life / Is fall’n into the sere, the yellow leaf; / And that which should accompany old age, / As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends, / I must not look to have; but in their stead, / Curses, not loud, but deep, mouth-honour, breath / Which the poor heart would fain deny, but dare not.Macbeth, v. 3.
My words fly up, my thoughts remain below; / Words, without thoughts, never to heaven go.Hamlet, iii. 3.
My yoke is easy and my burden light.Jesus.
Myn leeren is spelen, myn spelen is leeren—My learning is play, and my play is learning.Van Alphen.
Mysteries are due to secrecy.Bacon.
Mysteries which must explain themselves are not worth the loss of time which a conjecture about them takes up.Sterne.
Mysterious to all thought, / A mother’s prime of bliss, / When to her eager lips is brought / Her infant’s thrilling kiss.Keble.
Mystery magnifies danger, as a fog the sun; the hand that warned Belshazzar derived its horrifying influence from the want of a body.Colton.
Mystic, deep as the world’s centre, are the roots a man has struck into his native soil; no tree that grows is rooted so.Carlyle.
Mysticism consists in the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for a universal one.Emerson.
Mythology is not religion. It may rather be regarded as the ancient substitute, the poetical counterpart, for dogmatic theology.Hare.
N’aboyez pas à la lune—Do not cry out to no purpose (lit. don’t bark at the moon).French Proverb.
N’est on jamais tyran qu’avec un diadème?—Is a man never a tyrant except he wear a crown?Chénier.
N’oubliez—Do not forget.Motto.
Naboth was right to hold on to his home. There were garnered memories that all the wealth of Ahab could not buy.Ward Beecher.
Nace en la huerta lo que no siembra el hortelano—More grows in the garden than the gardener ever sowed there.Spanish Proverb.
Nach Canossa gehen wir nicht—We are not going to Canossa (where Henry IV. humbled himself before the Pope).Bismarck.
Nach Ehre geizt die Jugend; / Lass dich den Ehrgeiz nicht verführen—Youth is covetous of honour; let not this covetousness seduce thee.Schiller.
Nach Freiheit strebt der Mann, das Weib nach Sitte—The man strives after freedom, the woman after good manners.Goethe.
Nach Golde drängt, / Am Golde hängt, / Doch alles. Ach, wir Armen!—Yet after gold every one presses, on gold everything hangs. Alas! we poor ones.Goethe.
Nach Gottes Wesenheit ist gar nicht dein Beruf zu forschen; forsche du nach Wesen, die er schuf—Thou art not required to search into the nature of God, but into the nature of the beings which he has created.Rückert.
Nacheifern ist beneiden—To emulate is to envy.Lessing.
Nachgeben stillt allen Krieg—Yielding stills all war.German Proverb.
Nacht muss es sein, wo Friedlands Sterne strahlen—It must be night where Friedland’s stars shine.Schiller.
Næ amicum castigare ob meritam noxiam / Immune est facinus—Verily, it is a thankless office to censure a friend for a fault when he deserves it.Plautus.
Nae butter ’ll stick to my bread, i.e., no good fortune ever comes my way.Scotch Proverb.
Nae freen’ like the penny.Scotch Proverb.
Nae fules like auld fules.Scotch Proverb.
Nae man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of him till he’s unhappy.Scotch Proverb.
Nae man can live at peace unless his neighbours let him.Scotch Proverb.
Nae man can mak’ his ain hap (destiny).Scotch Proverb.
Nae man can tether time or tide.Burns.
Nae man can thrive unless his wife will let him.Scotch Proverb.
Nae man has a tack (lease) o’ his life.Scotch Proverb.
Nae man is wise at a’ times, nor wise on a’ things.Scotch Proverb.
Nae treasures nor pleasures / Could mak’ us happy lang, / The heart aye’s the part aye / That mak’s us right or wrang.Burns.
Nae wonder ye’re auld like; ilka thing fashes (bothers) ye.Scotch Proverb.
Naething is a man’s truly but what he cometh by duly.Scotch Proverb.
Naething is got without pains but an ill name.Scotch Proverb.
Naething is got without pains except dirt and long nails.Scotch Proverb.
Naething is ill said if it’s no ill ta’en.Scotch Proverb.
Nager entre deux eaux—To waver between two parties.French.
Naiv muss jedes wahre Genie sein, oder es ist keines—Every true genius must be natural, or it is none.Schiller.
Naked truth is out of place before the eyes of the profane vulgar; it can only make its appearance thickly veiled.Schopenhauer.
Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body; and it addeth no small reverence to men’s manners and actions if they be not altogether open.Bacon.
Nam de mille fabæ modiis dum surripis unum, / Damnum est, non facinus mihi pacto lenius isto—If from a thousand bushels of beans you steal one, my loss, it is true, is in this case less, but not your villany.Horace.
Nam dives qui fieri vult, / Et cito vult fieri—He who wishes to become rich wishes to become so quickly too.Juvenal.
Nam ego illum periisse duco, cui quidem periit pudor—I regard that man as lost who has lost his sense of shame.Plautus.
Nam et majorum instituta tueri sacris cerimoniisque retinendis, sapientis est—For it is the part of a wise man to protect the institutions of his forefathers by retaining the sacred rites and ceremonies.
Nam neque divitibus contingunt gaudia solis, / Nec vixit male qui natus moriensque fefellit—Joys do not fall to the rich alone; nor has he lived ill of whose birth and death no one took note.Horace.
Nam nunc mores nihil faciunt quod licet, nisi quod lubet—Nowadays it is the fashion to make nothing of what is proper, but only what is pleasant.Plautus.
Nam pro jucundis aptissima quæque dabunt di, / Carior est illis homo quam sibi—The gods will give what is most suitable rather than what is most pleasing; man is dearer to them than he is to himself.Juvenal.
Nam quæ inscitia est adversum stimulum calces—It is the height of folly to kick against the pricks (lit. the goad).Terence.
Nam quum magna malæ superest audacia causæ, / Creditur a multis fiducia—When great impudence comes to the help of a bad cause, it is taken by many for honest confidence.Juvenal.
Nam scelus intra se tacitum qui cogitat ullum / Facti crimen habet—He who secretly meditates a crime has all the guilt of the deed.Juvenal.
Nam tua res agitur, paries cum proximus ardet!—Your property is in peril surely if your neighbour’s house is on fire!Horace.
Nam vitiis nemo sine nascitur; optimus ille est, / Qui minimis urgetur—No man is born without faults; he is the best who is influenced by the fewest.Horace.
Namen nennen dich nicht! Dich bilden Griffel und Pinsel sterblicher Künstler nicht nach!—Names do not name thee! Graver and pencil of mortal artist can give no idea of thee!Ueltzen.
Names alter, things never alter.William Blake.
Nane are so weel but they hope to be better.Scotch Proverb.
Napoleon affords us an example of the danger of elevating one’s self to the Absolute, and sacrificing everything to the carrying out of an idea.Goethe.
Napoleon, for the sake of a great name, broke in pieces almost half a world.Goethe.
Narrative is linear, but Action, having breadth and depth as well as length, is solid.Carlyle.
Narratur et prisci Catonis / Sæpe mero caluisse virtus—It is said that the virtue even of the elder Cato was often warmed by wine.Horace.
Nascentes morimur, finisque ab origine pendet—We are born but to die (lit, die in being born), and our end hangs on to our beginning.Manilius.
Nascimur poetæ, fimus oratores—We are born poets, we become orators.Cicero.
Natales grate numeras? ignoscis amicis? / Lenior et melior fis accedente senecta?—Do you count your birthdays thankfully? forgive your friends? grow gentler and better with advancing age?Horace.
Natio comœda est—The nation is composed of actors.Juvenal.
National character varies as it fades under invasion or corruption; but if ever it glows again into a new life, that life must be tempered by the earth and sky of the country itself.Ruskin. (?)
National enthusiasm is the great nursery of genius.Tuckerman.
National suffering is, if thou wilt understand the words, verily a judgment of God; it has ever been preceded by national crime.Carlyle.
Nations and empires flourish and decay, / By turns command, and in their turn obey.Dryden, after Ovid.
Nations and men are only the best when they are the gladdest, and deserve heaven when they enjoy it.Jean Paul.
Nations are only transitional forms of humanity; they must undergo obliteration, as do the transitional forms offered by the animal series. There is no more an immortality for them than there is an immobility for an embryo or any one of the manifold forms passed through in its progress of development.Draper.
Nations, like individuals, are born, proceed through a predestined growth, and die. One comes to its end at an early period and in an untimely way; another, not until it has gained maturity. One is cut off by feebleness in its infancy, another is destroyed by civil disease, another commits political suicide, another lingers in old age. But for every one there is an orderly way of progress to its final term, whatever that term may be.Draper.