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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Nemo allegans to Nil debet

Nemo allegans suam turpitudinem audiendus est—No one testifying to his own baseness ought to be heard.Law.

Nemo dat quod non habet—Nobody can give what he does not legally possess.Law.

Nemo debet bis puniri pro uno delicto—No man shall be twice punished for the same offence.Law.

Nemo debet bis vexari pro una et eadem causa—No one shall be molested twice for one and the same cause.Law.

Nemo debet esse judex in propria causa—No one ought to be judge in his own cause.Law.

Nemo doctus mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse—No sensible man ever charged one with inconstancy who had merely changed his opinion.Cicero.

Nemo est tam senex qui se annum non putat posse vivere—There is no man so old as not to think he may live a year longer.Cicero.

Nemo ex proprio doto consequitur actionem—No man can sue at law upon his own fraud.Law.

Nemo impetrare potest a papa bullam nunquam moriendi—No man can ever obtain from the Pope a dispensation from death.Thomas à Kempis.

Nemo ita pauper vivit, quam pauper natus est—No one is so poor in life as he was when he was at birth.

Nemo læditur nisi a seipso—No man is harmed but by himself.Proverb.

Nemo malus felix, minime corruptor—No bad man is happy, least of all a seducer.Juvenal.

Nemo mathematicus genium indemnatus habebit—No astronomer will be held a genius until he is condemned.Juvenal.

Nemo me impune lacessit—No one provokes me with impunity.Motto of Scotland.

Nemo mortalium omnibus horis sapit—No man is wise at all moments.

Nemo patriam in qua natus est exuere nec ligeantiæ debitum ejurare possit—No one can cast off his native country or abjure his allegiance to his sovereign.Law.

Nemo potest mutare consilium suum in alterius injuriam—No one can change what he proposes to enact to the damage of another.Law.

Nemo potest nudo vestimenta detrahere—You cannot strip a garment off a naked man.Proverb.

Nemo potest personam diu ferre fictam—No one can play a feigned part long.Seneca.

Nemo præsumitur alienam posteritatem suæ prætulisse—No one is presumed to have preferred another’s offspring to his own.Law.

Nemo punitur pro alieno delicto—No one must be punished for the fault of another.Law.

Nemo quam bene vivat, sed quamdiu, curat: quum omnibus possit contingere ut bene vivat, ut diu nulli—No one concerns himself with how well he should live, only how long: while none can count upon living long, all have the chance of living well.Seneca.

Nemo repente fuit turpissimus—No man ever became extremely wicked all at once.Juvenal.

Nemo sibi nascitur—No one is born for himself.Proverb.

Nemo solus sapit—No man is wise by himself.Plautus.

Nemo tenetur se ipsum accusare—No one is held bound to criminate himself.Law.

Nemo vir magnus sine aliquo afflatu divino unquam fuit—There never was a great man who had not some divine inspiration.Cicero.

[Greek]—Fools, they don’t even know how much half is more than the whole.Hesiod, from Pittacus.

Nequaquam satis in re una consumere curam—It is by no means enough to spend all our care on a single object.Horace.

Neque culpa neque lauda teipsum—Neither blame nor praise yourself.

Neque fœmina, amissa pudicitia, alia abnuerit—When a woman has once lost her chastity, she will shrink from nothing.Tacitus.

Neque mala vel bona quæ vulgus putet—Things are not to be judged either good or bad merely because the public think so.Tacitus.

Neque opinione sed natura constitutum est jus—Not in opinion, but in nature is law founded.Cicero.

Neque quies gentium sine armis neque arma sine stipendiis neque stipendia sine tributis haberi queunt—The quiet of nations cannot be maintained without arms, nor can arms be maintained without pay, nor pay without taxation.Tacitus.

Neque semper arcum / Tendit Apollo—Apollo does not always keep his bow bent.Horace.

Nequicquam sapit qui sibi non sapit—He is wise to no purpose who is not wise for himself.Proverb.

Nervus rerum—The sinews of things.

Nescia mens hominum fati sortisque futuræ, / Et servare modum, rebus sublata secundis—Man knows not the lot appointed him, and he cannot keep within bounds when elated by prosperity.Virgil.

Nescio qua natale solum dulcedine captos / Ducit, et immemores non sinit esse sui—I know not by what sweet charm our native soil attracts us to it, and does not suffer us ever to forget it.Ovid.

Nescio qua præter solitum dulcedine læti—Elated beyond usual by some unaccountable delight.Virgil.

Nescire autem quid antea quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum. Quid enim est ætas hominis, nisi memoria rerum veterum cum superioribus contexitur?—To be unacquainted with events which took place before you were born, is to be always a child; for where is human life if the memory fails to connect past events with others before?Cicero.

Nescis tu quam meticulosa res sit ire ad judicem—You little know what a frightful thing it is to go to law.Plautus.

Nescit vox missa reverti—A word once uttered can never be recalled.Horace.

Nessun maggior dolore / Che ricordarsi del tempo felice / Nella miseria—There is no greater woe than the recollection in the midst of misery of happy days bygone.Dante.

Nessuno nasce maestro—No one is born a master.Italian Proverb.

Neu Regiment bringt neue Menschen auf, / Und früheres Verdienst veraltet schnell—A new administration of affairs raises up new men, and qualifications formerly of service become soon antiquated.Schiller.

Neutral men are the devil’s allies.Chapin.

Never a tear bedims the eye / That time and patience will not dry; / Never a lip is curved in pain / That can’t be kissed into smiles again.Bret Harte.

Never anger / Made good guard for itself.Ant. and Cleop., iv. 1.

Never anything can be amiss / When simpleness and duty tender it.Mid. N.’s Dream, v. 1.

Never ask a favour of a man until he has had his dinner.Punch.

Never be afraid to doubt, if only you have the disposition to believe.Leighton.

Never bray at an ass.Proverb.

Never burn your fingers to snuff another man’s candle.Proverb.

Never buy a pig in a poke.Proverb.

Never by reflection, only by doing what it lies on him to do, is self-knowledge possible to any man.Goethe.

Never cackle till your egg is laid.Proverb.

Never confuse a myth with a lie…. The thoughts of all the greatest and wisest men hitherto have been expressed through mythology.Ruskin.

Never deal in mistakes; they aye bring mischances.Scott.

Never deceive a friend.Hipparchus.

Never desire to appear clever and make a show of your talents before men. Be honest, loving, kindly, and sympathetic in all you say and do. Cleverness will flow from you naturally if you have it, and applause will come to you unsought from those who know what to applaud; but the applause of fools is to be shunned.Prof. Blackie to young men.

Never despise the day of small things.Proverb.

Never disregard what your enemies say.B. R. Haydon.

Never do anything of the rectitude of which you have a doubt.Pliny.

Never do that by proxy which you can do yourself.Italian Proverb.

Never do things by halves.Proverb.

Never durst poet touch a pen to write / Until his ink were temper’d with love’s sighs; / O, then his lines would ravish savage ears, / And plant in tyrants mild humility.Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 3.

Never elated when one man’s oppress’d; / Never dejected while another’s bless’d.Pope.

Never fall out with your bread and butter.Proverb.

Never find fault with the absent.Proverb.

Never fish in troubled waters.Proverb.

Never forget St. Paul’s sentence, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.” This is the steam of the social machine; but the steam requires regulation; it is regulated by intelligence and moderation.Prof. Blackie to young men.

Never fry a fish till it’s caught.Proverb.

Never give up the ship.Proverb.

Never grudge a penny for a pennyworth.Proverb.

Never grumble nor mumble.Proverb.

Never hang a man twice for one offence.Proverb.

Never have an idle hour, or an idle pound.Proverb.

Never hold a candle to the devil.Proverb.

Never indulge the notion that you have any absolute right to choose the sphere or the circumstances in which you are to put forth your powers of social action.Prof. Blackie to young men.

Never is a lang term.Scotch Proverb.

Never is a long day.Proverb.

Never king dropped out of the clouds.Power.

Never lean on a broken staff.Proverb.

Never leave a certainty for an uncertainty.Proverb.

Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.Ben. Franklin.

Never let any one see the bottom of your purse or your mind.Italian Proverb.

Never let Fortune be thy mistress, nor Misfortune thy maid.Bodenstedt.

Never let us be discouraged with ourselves. It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked; on the contrary, we are less so.Fénelon.

Never let your zeal outrun your charity; the former is but human, the latter is divine.Ballou.

Never look a gift-horse in the mouth.Proverb.

Never look for a knot in a bulrush.Proverb.

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.Cervantes.

Never make a jest of any Scripture expressions.Judge Hale.

Never meet trouble half way.Proverb.

Never mind the future: be what you ought to be; the rest is God’s affair.Amiel.

Never mind who was your grandfather. What are you?Proverb.

Never morning wore / To evening, but some heart did break.Tennyson.

Never neglect small matters and expenses.Italian Proverb.

Never offer to teach fish to swim.Proverb.

Never preach beyond your experience.Proverb.

Never put your arm out farther than you can draw it back again.Scott.

Never put your hand into a wasp’s nest.Proverb.

Never read borrowed books. To be without books of your own is the abyss of penury. Don’t endure it. And when you have to buy them, you’ll think whether they’re worth reading; which you had better, on all accounts.Ruskin to a young lady.

Never repeat old grievances.Proverb.

Never risk a joke, even the least offensive in its nature and the most common, with a person who is not well-bred, and possessed of sense to comprehend it.La Bruyère.

Never say die! / Up, man, and try!Proverb.

Never say of another what you would not have him hear.Proverb.

Never seek to tell thy love, / Love that never told can be, / For the gentle wind doth move / Silently, invisibly.William Blake.

Never shirk the hardest work.Proverb.

Never sigh, but send.Proverb.

Never since Aaron’s rod went out of practice, or even before it, was there such a wonder-working tool as a pen; greater than all recorded miracles have been performed by pens.Carlyle.

Never speak ill of those whose bread you eat.Proverb.

Never speak of love with scorn; / Such were direst treason; / Love was made for eve and morn, / And for every season.C. Kent.

Never spur a willing horse.Proverb.

Never stint soap and water.Proverb.

Never swap horses while crossing a stream.Proverb.

Never talk half a minute without pausing and giving others an opportunity to strike in.Sydney Smith.

Never tell in the parlour what you heard in the kitchen.Proverb.

Never tell your resolution before hand.Selden.

Never that I could in searching find out, has man been, by time which devours much, deprived of any faculty whatsoever that he in any era was possessed of.Carlyle.

Never throw a hen’s egg at a sparrow.Proverb.

Never till now did young men, and almost children, take such a command in human affairs.Carlyle.

Never title yet so mean could prove, / But there was eke a mind which did that title love.Shenstone.

Never too old to turn; never too late to learn.Proverb.

Never trouble yourself with trouble till trouble troubles you.Proverb.

Never trust a wolf with the care of lambs.Proverb.

Never try to prove what nobody doubts.Proverb.

Never venture all in one bottom.Proverb.

Never was scraper (miser) brave man.Herbert.

Never waste pains on bad ground; let it remain rough. Though properly looked after and cared for, it will be of best service so.Ruskin.

Never write anything that does not give you great pleasure; emotion is easily propagated from the writer to the reader.Joubert.

Never write on a subject without having first read yourself full on it; and never read on a subject till you have thought yourself hungry on it.Richter.

Never write what you dare not sign.Proverb.

Never yet created eye / Could see across eternity.Keble.

Never yet has it been our fortune to fall in with any man of genius whose conclusions did not correspond better with his premises, and not worse, than those of other men; whose genius, once understood, did not manifest itself in a deeper, fuller, truer view of all things human and divine, than the clearest of your so-called laudable “practical men” had claim to.Carlyle.

Never yet, since the proud selfish race / Of men began to jar, did passion give, / Nor can it ever give, a right decision.Thomson.

Never yet / Was noble man but made ignoble talk.Tennyson.

New acquests are more burden than strength.Bacon.

New brooms sweep clean.Proverb.

New, daring, and inspiring ideas are engendered only in a clear head over a glowing heart, as the richest wines grow over the volcanoes.F. Jacobs.

New laws, new frauds.Proverb.

New lords, new laws.Proverb.

New-made honour doth forget men’s names; / ’Tis too respective and too sociable, / For your conversion.King John, i. 1.

New presbyter is but old priest writ large.Milton.

New religion! We already, in our dim heads, know truths (of religion) by the thousand; and, yet in our dead hearts, we will not perform them by the ten, by the unit.Carlyle.

New scenes impress new ideas, enrich the imagination, and enlarge the power of reason.Johnson.

Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.Charles Lamb.

Next in importance to the matter of books are their titles.Davies.

“Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.”Wellington, after Waterloo.

Next to Christmas Day the most pleasant annual epoch in existence is the advent of the New Year.Dickens.

Next to excellence is the appreciation of it.Thackeray.

Next to nae wife, a gude wife is the best.Scotch Proverb.

Next to religion, let your care be to promote justice.Bacon.

Next to the assumption of power is the responsibility of relinquishing it.Disraeli.

Next to the consciousness of doing a good action, that of doing a civil one is the most pleasing.Chesterfield.

Next to the gods, of all man’s possessions his soul is the mightiest, being the most his own.Plato.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.Emerson.

Next to the satisfaction I receive in the prosperity of an honest man, I am best pleased with the confusion of a rascal. (?)

Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honour; and we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.Luther.

Ni l’or ni la grandeur ne nous rendent heureux—Neither wealth nor greatness render us happy.La Fontaine.

Ni l’un ni l’autre—Neither the one nor the other.French.

Ni trop haut, ni trop bas; c’est le souverain style—Neither too high nor too low, that is the sovereign rule.

Nice distinctions are out of the question upon occasions like those of speech, which return every hour.Paley, upon lying.

Nicht alle sind Diebe, die der Hund anbellt—All are not thieves whom the dog barks at.German Proverb.

Nicht alles Wünschenswerte ist erreichbar; nicht alles Erkennenswerte ist erkennbar—Not everything that is desirable is attainable, and not everything that is worth knowing is knowable.Goethe.

Nicht an die Güter hänge dein Herz, / Die das Leben vergänglich zieren! / Wer besitzt, der lerne verlieren; / Wer im Glück ist, der lerne den Schmerz!—Let not thy heart cling to the things which for so short a time deck out thy life. Let him who has, learn to lose, and him who is happy, familiarise himself with what may give pain.Schiller.

Nicht der Besitz, nur das Enthüllen, / Das leise Finden nur ist süss—Not the possession, only the unveiling and quietly finding out is sweet.Tiedge.

Nicht der ist auf der Welt verwaist, / Dessen Vater und Mutter gestorben, / Sondern der für Herz und Geist / Keine Lieb’ und kein Wissen erworben—Not he whose father and mother is dead is orphaned in the world, but he who has won for heart and mind no love and no knowledge.Rückert.

Nicht die Kinder bloss speist man / Mit Märchen ab—It is not children merely that are put off with stories.Lessing.

Nicht draussen im Strudel verrauschender Lust / Erwarte, das Glück dir zu finden: / Die Seligkeit wohnt in der eigenen Brust, / Hier musst du sie ewig begründen!—Think not to find thy happiness out there in the whirl of riotous pleasure. Thy blessedness dwells in thy own breast; here must thou for ever establish it.Heine.

Nicht grösseren Vortheil wüsst’ ich zu nennen / Als des Feindes Verdienst erkennen—I know not a greater advantage than a due appreciation of the worth of an enemy.Goethe.

Nicht immer am besten erfahren ist, / Wer am ältesten an Jahren ist, / Und wer am meisten gelitten hat, / Nicht immer die besten Sitten hat!—He who is oldest in years is not always the best experienced, and he who has suffered most has not always the best morals.Bodenstedt.

Nicht immer macht das Kleid den Mann—Clothes do not always make the man.Zachariae.

Nicht in die ferne Zeit verliere dich! / Den Augenblick ergreife, der ist dein—Lose not thyself in a far-off time. Seize thou the moment that is thine.Schiller.

Nicht in kalten Marmorsteinen, / Nicht in Tempeln dumpf und tot, / In den frischen Eichenhainen / Webt und rauscht der deutsche Gott—Not in cold marble stones, not in temples damp and dead, but in fresh oak-groves weaves and rustles the German God.Uhland.

Nicht jede Besserung ist Tugend—Not every improvement is virtue.Gellert.

Nicht Kunst und Wissenschaft allein, / Geduld will bei dem Werke sein—Not art and science only, but patience will be required for the work.Goethe.

Nicht Rosen bloss, auch Dornen hat der Himmel—Heaven has not only its roses, but also its thorns.Schiller.

Nicht so redlich wäre redlicher—Not so honest were more honest.Lessing.

Nichts Abgeschmackters find’ ich auf der Welt / Als einen Teufel, der verzweifelt—I know nothing more mawkish than a devil who despairs.Goethe.

Nichts Böses thun ist gut; / Nichts Böses wollen ist besser—To do nothing evil is good; to wish nothing evil is better.Claudius.

Nichts führt zum Guten, was nicht natürlich ist—Nothing leads to good that is not natural.Schiller.

Nichts halb zu thun ist edler Geister Art—It is the manner of noble souls to do nothing by halves.Wieland.

Nichts ist dem Menschen so schwer zu tragen, / Als eine Reihe von guten Tagen—No burden is so heavy for a man to bear as a succession of happy days.Müller.

Nichts ist göttlich, als was vernünftig ist—Nothing is divine but what is agreeable to reason.Kant.

Nichts ist höher zu schätzen, als der Wert des Tages—Nothing is to be rated higher than the value of the day.Goethe.

Nichts ist so elend als ein Mann, / Der alles will, und der nichts kann—Nothing is so miserable as a man who wills everything and can do nothing.Claudius.

Nichts stirbt, was wirklich gut und göttlich war—Nothing that was really good and godlike dies.Arndt.

Nichts thun lehrt Uebel thun—Doing nothing is a lesson in doing ill.German Proverb.

Nichtswürdig ist die Nation, die nicht / Ihr Alles freudig setzt an ihre Ehre—Worthless is the nation that does not gladly stake its all on its honour.Schiller.

Nick does not pretend to be a gentleman.Arbuthnot.

Nicknames stick to people, and the most ridiculous are the most adhesive.Haliburton.

Nie kommt das Unglück ohne sein Gefolge—Misfortune never comes without his retinue.Heine.

Niemand ist frei, der nicht über sich selbst Herr ist—No man is free who is not lord over himself.Claudius.

Niemand ist mehr Sklave, als der sich für frei hält ohne es zu sein—No one is more a slave than he who considers himself free without being so.Goethe.

Niemand weiss, wie weit seine Kräfte gehen, bis er sie versucht hat—No one knows how far his powers go till he has tried them.Goethe.

Niggardliness is not good husbandry.Addison.

Night is a good herdsman; she brings all creatures home.Gaelic Proverb.

Night is the mither (mother) of thoughts.Scotch Proverb.

Night is the Sabbath of mankind, / To rest the body and the mind.Butler.

Night! that great shadow and profile of the day.Jean Paul.

Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day / Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain-tops.Romeo and Juliet, iii. 5.

Night’s deepest gloom is but a calm, / That soothes the wearied mind; / The labour’d day’s restoring balm, / The comfort of mankind.Leigh Hunt.

Nightingales will not sing in a cage.Proverb.

Nihil a Deo vacat; opus suum ipse implet—Nothing is void of God; His work everywhere is full of Himself.Seneca.

Nihil ad rem or versum—Not to the purpose, or point.

Nihil agit qui diffidentem verbis solatur suis; / Is est amicus qui in re dubia re juvat, ubi re est opus—He does nothing who seeks to console a desponding man with words; a friend is one who aids with deeds at a critical time when deeds are called for.Plautus.

Nihil aliud necessarium ut sis miser, quam ut te miserum credas—Nothing else is necessary to make you wretched than to fancy you are so.

Nihil cum fidibus graculo—Jackdaws have nothing to do with a lute.Gellius.

Nihil enim legit, quod non excerperet. Dicere etiam solebat, nullum esse librum tam malum, ut non aliqua parte prodesset—He read no book which he did not make extracts from. He also used to say, “No book was so bad but good of some kind might be got out of it.”Pliny the Elder.

Nihil eripit fortuna nisi quod et dedit—Fortune takes nothing away but what she also gave.Publius Syrus.

Nihil est ab omni / Parte beatum—There is nothing that is blessed in every respect.Horace.

Nihil est annis velocius!—Nothing is swifter than our years.Ovid.

Nihil est aptius ad delectationem lectoris, quam temporum varietates, fortunæque vicissitudines—Nothing contributes more to the entertainment of a reader than the changes of times and the vicissitudes of fortune.Cicero.

Nihil est quod credere de se / Non possit—There is nothing that it (i.e., power, potestas) cannot believe itself capable of.Juvenal.

Nihil est quod Deus efficere non possit—There is nothing which the Deity cannot effect.Cicero.

Nihil est tam utile, quod in transitu prosit—Nothing is so useful as to be of profit after only a hasty study of it.Seneca.

Nihil est tam volucre quam maledictum, nihil facilius emittitur, nihil citius excipitur, nihil latius dissipatur—Nothing is so swift as calumny, nothing more easily uttered, nothing more readily received, nothing more widely disseminated.Cicero.

Nihil hic nisi carmina desunt—Nothing is wanting here except a song.Virgil.

Nihil honestum esse potest, quod justitia vacat—Nothing can be honourable where justice is absent.Cicero.

Nihil largiundo gloriam adeptus est—He acquired glory without bribery.Sallust.

Nihil morosius hominum judiciis—Nothing so peevish and pedantic as men’s judgments of one another.Erasmus.

Nihil potest rex nisi quod de jure potest—The king can do nothing but what the law allows.Law.

Nihil quod est inconveniens est licitum—Nothing which is inconvenient is lawful.Law.

Nihil scire est vita jucundissima—To know nothing at all is the happiest life.Proverb.

Nihil scriptum miraculi causa—Nothing is written here to excite wonder, or for effect.Tacitus.

Nihil simul inventum est et perfectum—Nothing is invented and brought to perfection all at once.Coke.

Nihil tam absurdum dici potest ut non dicatur a philosopho—There is nothing so absurd but it may be said by a philosopher.Cicero.

Nihil tam firmum est, cui periculum non sit etiam ab invalido—Nothing is so steadfast as to be free of danger from even the weakest.Quint. Curtius.

Nihil tam munitum est, quod non expugnari pecunia possit—Nothing is so strongly fortified that it cannot be taken by money.Cicero.

Nihil turpius est quam gravis ætate senex, qui nullum aliud habet argumentum, quo se probet diu vixisse, præter ætatem—There is nothing more despicable than an old man who has no other proof than his age to offer of his having lived long in the world.Seneca.

Nihil unquam peccavit, nisi quod mortua est—She never once sinned but when she died.Inscription on a wife’s tomb in Rome.

Nil actum credens, dum quid superesset agendum—He considered nothing done so long as anything remained to be done.Lucan, of Julius Cæsar.

“Nil admirari” is the motto which men of the world always affect, thinking it vulgar to wonder or be enthusiastic.Sir Egerton Brydges.

Nil admirari prope est res una, Numici, / Solaque, quæ possit facere et servare beatum—To wonder at nothing, Numicius, is almost the one and only thing which can make and keep men happy.Horace.

Nil æquale homini fuit illi—There was no consistency in that man.Horace.

Nil agit exemplum litem quod lite resolvit—An illustration which solves one difficulty by involving us in another settles nothing.Horace.

Nil consuetudine majus—Nothing is more powerful than custom, or habit.Ovid.

Nil cupientium / Nudus castra peto—Naked myself, I make for the camp of those who desire nothing.Horace.

Nil debet—He owes nothing.Law.