James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
No man loves to Non deficit
No man loves to frustrate expectations which have been formed in his favour.Johnson.
No man loveth his fetters, be they made of gold.Proverb.
No man needs money so much as he who despises it.Jean Paul.
No man needs to study history to find out what is best for his own culture.Thoreau.
No man or woman of the humblest sort can really be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it, without somebody being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.Phillips Brooks.
No man perhaps suspects how large and important the region of unconsciousness in him is; what a vast, unknown territory lies there back of his conscious will and purpose, and which is really the controlling power of his life.John Burroughs.
No man praises happiness as he would justice, but calls it blessed, as being something more divine and excellent.Aristotle.
No man regards an eruption upon the surface when the noble parts are invaded, and he feels a mortification approaching to his heart.Junius.
“No man,” said Pestalozzi, “in God’s wide universe, is either willing or able to help any other man.” Help must come from the bosom alone.Emerson.
No man sees far; the most see no farther than their noses.Carlyle.
No man should be so much taken up in the search of truth, as thereby to neglect the more necessary duties of active life.Cicero.
No man should enter into alliance with his enemy, even with the tightest bonds of union. Water made ever so hot will still quench fire.Hitopadesa.
No man should ever be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying, in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday.Pope.
No man should ever display his bravery who is unprepared for battle; nor bear the marks of defiance, until he hath experienced the abilities of his enemy.Hitopadesa.
No man should form an acquaintance, nor enter into any amusements, with one of an evil character. A piece of charcoal, if it be hot, burneth; and if it be cold, blackeneth the hand.Hitopadesa.
No man should part with his own individuality and become that of another.Channing.
No man should strive to precede his fellows; for, should the work succeed, the booty is equal, and if it fail, the leader is punished.Hitopadesa.
No man should think so highly of himself as to think he can receive but little light from books, nor so meanly as to believe he can discover nothing but what is to be learned from them.Johnson.
No man talks of that which he is desirous to conceal, and every man desires to conceal that of which he is ashamed.Johnson.
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.Goethe.
No man troubleth the beggar with questioning his religion or politics.Lamb.
No man was ever as rich as all men ought to be.Old saying.
No man was ever scolded out of his sins.Cowper.
No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.Lord Greville.
No man was ever written out of reputation but by himself.Monk.
No man was more foolish when he had not a pen in his hand, or more wise when he had.Johnson, of Goldsmith.
No man whatever believes, or can believe, exactly what his grandfather believed.Carlyle.
No man who does not choose, enter into and walk in some narrow way of life, will ever have any moral character, any clearness of purpose, any wisdom of intelligence, or any tenderness or strength of heart.James Wood.
No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.Carlyle.
No man who is wretched in his own heart and feeble in his own work can rightly help others.Ruskin.
No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one.Hawthorne.
No man’s conscience can tell him the rights of another man.Johnson.
No man’s pie is freed / From his ambitious finger.Henry VIII., i. 1.
No man’s religion ever survives his morals.South.
No mata la carga sino la sobrecarga—Not the load, but the overload kills.Spanish Proverb.
No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken.Emerson.
No matter what his rank or position may be, the lover of books is the richest and happiest of the children of men.J. A. Langford.
No might nor greatness in mortality / Can censure ’scape; back-wounding calumny / The whitest virtue strikes.Meas. for Meas., iii. 2.
No mill, no meal.Proverb.
No more can you distinguish of a man / Than of his outward show; which, God he knows, / Seldom or never jumpeth with the heart.Richard III., iii. 1.
No more dangerous snare is set by the fiends for human frailty than the belief that our enemies are also the enemies of God.Ruskin.
No more of your titled acquaintances boast, / And in what lordly circles you’ve been: / An insect is still but an insect at most, / Though it crawl on the head of a queen.Burns.
No more subtle master under heaven / Than is the maiden-passion for a maid, / Not only to keep down the base in man, / But teach high thought, and amiable words / And courtliness, and the desire of fame, / And love of truth, and all that makes a man.Tennyson.
No morning can restore what we have forfeited.George Meredith.
No mortal can both work and do good talking in Parliament or out of it; the feat is impossible as that of serving two hostile masters.Carlyle.
No mortal has a right to wag his tongue, much less to wag his pen, without saying something.Carlyle.
No mortal’s endeavour or attainment will, in the smallest, content the as unendeavouring, unattaining young gentleman; but he could make it all infinitely better, were it worthy of him.Carlyle.
No mother worthy of the name ever gave herself thoroughly for her child who did not feel that, after all, she reaped what she had sown.Beecher.
No nation can be destroyed while it possesses a good home life.J. G. Holland.
No nation can bear wealth that is not intelligent first.Ward Beecher.
No nation can reform itself, as the English are now trying to do, by what their newspapers call “tremendous cheers.” Reform is not joyous, but grievous; no single man can reform himself without stern suffering and stern working; how much less can a nation of men…. Medea, when she made men young again, was wont to hew them in pieces with meat-axes; cast them into caldrons, and boil them for a length of time. How much handier could they have but done it by “tremendous cheers” alone!Carlyle.
No need to teach your grandames to suck eggs.Proverb.
No news is good news.Proverb.
No, no! I am but shadow of myself; / You are deceived, my substance is not here.1 Henry VI., ii. 3.
No noble task was ever easy.Carlyle.
No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself, dwells in the breast of man.Carlyle.
No, not even faith, or hope, or any other virtue, is accepted by God without charity and grace.Thomas à Kempis.
No oath that binds to wrong can ever bind.Dr. Walter Smith.
No one can bake cakes for the whole world.Servian Proverb.
No one can be a great thinker who does not recognise that, as a thinker, it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.J. S. Mill.
No one can be despised by another until he has learned to despise himself.Seneca.
No one can be in perfect accord with any one but himself.Schopenhauer.
No one can feel and exercise benevolence towards another who is ill at ease with himself.Goethe.
No one can find himself in himself or others; in fact, he has himself to spin, from the centre of which he exercises his influence.Goethe.
No one can obtain what he does not bring with him.Goethe.
No one can teach religion who has it not.Jean Paul.
No one can teach you anything worth learning but through manual labour; the very bread of life can only be got out of the chaff of it by rubbing it in your hands.Ruskin.
No one claims kindred with the poor.Proverb.
No one easily arrives at the conclusion that reason and a brave will are given us that we may not only hold back from evil, but also from the extreme of good.Goethe.
No one eats goldfish.Proverb.
No one ever impoverished himself by almsgiving.Italian Proverb.
No one ever possessed superior intellectual qualities without knowing them.Bulwer Lytton.
No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.Plato.
No one falls low unless he attempt to climb high.Danish Proverb.
No one gets into trouble without his own help.Danish Proverb.
No one has ever learned fully to know himself.Goethe.
No one has ever yet succeeded in deceiving the whole world, nor has the world ever combined to deceive any individual. (?)
No one has seen to-morrow.Portuguese Proverb.
No one is a slave whose will is free.Tyrius Maximus.
No one is by nature noble, respected of any one, nor a wretch. His own actions conduct him either to wretchedness or to the reverse.Hitopadesa.
No one is free who is not master of himself.Claudius.
No one is more profoundly sad than he who laughs too much.Jean Paul.
No one is qualified to converse in public who is not highly contented without such conversation.Thomas à Kempis.
No one is qualified to entertain, or receive entertainment from others, who cannot entertain himself alone with satisfaction.Thomas à Kempis.
No one is rich enough to do without his neighbour.Danish Proverb.
No one is so hardy as to say God is in his debt, that he owed him a nobler being, for existence must be antecedent to merit.Jeremy Collier.
No one knows how far his powers go till he has tried.Goethe.
No one knows the weight of another’s burden.Proverb.
No one knows what he is doing while he is acting rightly, but of what is wrong we are always conscious.Goethe.
No one knows when he is well off.Punch.
No one knows where the shoe pinches but him who wears it.Proverb.
No one knows whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.Plato.
No one likes to bell the cat.Proverb.
No one shall look for effectual help to another; but each shall rest content with what help he can afford himself.Carlyle.
No one will become anything, every one will already be something.Goethe.
No one would respect thee in a beggar’s coat. What is the respect paid to woollen cloth, not to thee?Jean Paul.
No one would talk much in society if he only knew how often he misunderstands others.Goethe.
No orator can measure in effect with him who can give good nicknames.Emerson.
No order or profession of men is so sacred, no place so remote or solitary, but that temptations and troubles will find them out and intrude upon them.Thomas à Kempis.
No outward tyranny can reach the mind.Junius.
No padlocks, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden so well as her own reserve.Cervantes.
No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.William Penn.
No pains, no gains.Proverb.
No passions are without their use, none without their nobleness, when seen in balanced unity with the rest of the spirit which they are charged to defend.Ruskin.
No patient will ever recover his health merely from the description of a medicine.Hitopadesa.
No pay is receivable by any true man; but power is receivable by him in the love and faith you give him.Ruskin.
No peace was ever won from fate by subterfuge or agreement; no peace is ever in store for any of us but that which we shall win by victory over shame or sin—victory over the sin that oppresses, as well as over that which corrupts.Ruskin.
No penny, no paternoster.Proverb.
No people at the present day can be explained by their national religion. They do not feel responsible for it; it lies far outside of them.Emerson.
No person is either so happy or so unhappy as he imagines.La Rochefoucauld.
No pillow so soft as God’s promise.Saying.
No pin’s point can you mark within the wide circle of the All where God’s laws are not.Carlyle.
No place, no company, no age, no person is temptation-free; let no man boast that he was never tempted; let him not be high-minded, but fear, for he may be surprised in that very instant wherein he boasteth that he was never tempted at all.Spencer.
No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence.Emerson.
No power of good can be obtained by doing nothing and by knowing nothing.Johnson.
No prayer, no religion, or at least only a dumb and lame one.Carlyle.
No principle is more noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.Henry Giles.
No productiveness of the highest kind, no remarkable discovery, no great thought which bears fruit and has results, is in the power of any one; such things are exalted above all earthly control. Man must consider them as an unexpected gift from above, as pure children of God, which he must receive and venerate with joyful thanks,… as a vessel found worthy for the reception of such divine influence.Goethe.
No profit canst thou gain / By self-consuming care.Wesley.
No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en: / In brief, sir, study what you most affect.Tam. of Shrew, i. 1.
No property is eternal but God the Maker’s: Whom Heaven permits to take possession, his is the right; Heaven’s sanction is such permission—while it lasts.Carlyle.
No real happiness is found / In trailing purple o’er the ground.Parnell.
No really great man ever thought himself so.Hazlitt.
No receiver, no thief.Proverb.
No reckoning made, but sent to my account / With all my imperfections on my head.Hamlet, i. 5.
No reports are more readily believed than those which disparage genius and soothe envy of conscious mediocrity.Macaulay.
No rest is worth anything except the rest that is earned.Jean Paul.
No revenge is more heroic than that which torments envy by doing good. (?)
No road is long with good company.Turkish Proverb.
No sadder proof can be given by man of his own littleness than disbelief in great men.Carlyle.
No safe wading in an unknown water.Proverb.
No sensible person ever made an apology.Emerson.
No si puo volar senza ale—He would fain fly, but he wants wings.Italian Proverb.
No single action creates, however it may exhibit, a man’s character.Jeremy Taylor.
No slave, to lazy ease resign’d, / E’er triumphed over noble foes; / The monarch, Fortune, most is kind / To him who bravely dares oppose.Cervantes.
No slave’s vote is other than a nuisance, whensoever, or wheresoever, or in what manner soever, it is given.Carlyle.
No smaller spirit can vanquish a greater.Goethe.
No smoke, in any sense, but can become flame and radiance.Carlyle.
No society can be upheld in happiness and honour without the sentiment of religion.Laplace.
No sooner is a temple built to God, but the devil builds a chapel close by.George Herbert.
No soul to strong endeavour yoked for ever, / Works against the tide in vain.H. Kendall.
No sound is dissonant which tells of life.Coleridge.
No speculation in those eyes / Which thou dost glare with!Macbeth, iii. 4.
No statesman e’er will find it worth his pains / To tax our labours and excise our brains.Churchill.
No stronger castle than a poor man’s.Servian Proverb.
No surer does the Auldgarth bridge, that his father helped to build, carry the traveller over the turbulent water beneath it, than Carlyle’s books convey the reader over chasms and confusions, where before there was no way, or only an inadequate one.John Burroughs.
No sword bites so fiercely as an evil tongue.Sir P. Sidney.
No tale so good but may be spoiled in the telling.Proverb.
No teaching is spiritually profitable, that is of true vital avail, translateable into flesh and blood, unless with the teaching we imbibe the spirit that dictates it.James Wood.
No theatre for virtue is equal to the consciousness of it.Cicero.
No theological absurdities so glaring that they have not sometimes been embraced by men of the greatest and most cultivated understanding. No religious precepts so rigorous that they have not been adopted by the most voluptuous and most abandoned of men.Hume.
No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.Landor.
No thought is beautiful which is not just, and no thought can be just which is not founded on truth.Addison.
No thought is contented. The better sort, / As thoughts of things divine, are intermixed / With scruples, and do set the word itself / Against the word.Richard II., v. 5.
No trial is dangerous which there is courage to meet.Goethe.
No trouble, cross, or death / E’er shall silence faith and praise.Winkworth.
No truly great man ever founded, wilfully intended founding, a sect.Carlyle.
No two on earth in all things can agree; / All have some darling singularity.Churchill.
No two virtues, whatever relation they claim, / Nor even two different shades of the same, / Though like as was ever twin-brother to brother, / Possessing the one shall imply you’ve the other.Burns.
No useless coffin enclosed his breast, / Not in sheet nor in shroud we wound him; / But he lay like a warrior taking his rest, / With his martial cloak around him.Rev. C. Wolfe.
No vice goes alone.Proverb.
No victory worth having was ever won without cost.Ruskin.
No violent extreme endures.Carlyle.
No visor does become black villany / So well as soft and tender flattery.Pericles, iv. 4.
No weather’s ill when the wind’s still.Proverb.
No weeping for shed milk.Proverb.
No whip cuts so sharply as the lash of conscience.Proverb.
No wild beast more to be dreaded than a communicative man having nothing to communicate.Swift.
No wild enthusiast ever yet could rest / Till half mankind were like himself possess’d.Cowper.
No wind is of service to him who is bound for nowhere.French Proverb.
No wise combatant underrates his antagonist.Goethe.
No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end prove wiser than he.Hazlitt.
No wise man ever wished to be younger. (?)
No wise man should make known the loss of fortune, any malpractices in his house, his being cheated, or his having been disgraced.Hitopadesa.
No woman can be handsome by the force of features alone, any more than she can be witty only by the help of speech.Hughes.
No woman is educated who is not equal to the successful management of a family.Burnap.
No woman is so bad but we may rejoice when her heart thrills to love, for then God has her by the hand.J. M. Barrie.
No woman shall succeed in Salique land.Henry V., i. 2.
No wonder is greater than any other wonder, and if once explained, it ceases to be a wonder.Leigh Hunt.
No wonder lasts over three days.Proverb.
No wonder we are all more or less pleased with mediocrity, since it leaves us at rest, and gives the same comfortable feeling as when one associates with his equals.Goethe.
No word is ill spoken if it be not ill taken.Proverb.
No words suffice the secret soul to show, / For truth denies all eloquence to woe.Byron.
No work, no recompense.Proverb.
No working world, any more than a fighting world, can be led on without a noble chivalry of work, and laws and fixed rules which follow out of that—far nobler than any chivalry of fighting war.Carlyle.
No worth, known or unknown, can die even on this earth.Carlyle.
Nobilitatis virtus non stemma character—Virtue, not pedigree, should characterise nobility.Motto.
Nobility is a river that sets with a constant and undeviating current directly into the great Pacific Ocean of Time; but, unlike all other rivers, it is more grand at its source than at its termination.Colton.
Nobility of nature consists in doing good for the good’s sake.W. von Humboldt.
Nobility without virtue is a fine setting without a gem.Jane Porter.
Nobis non licet esse tam disertis, / Qui Musas colimus severiores—We who cultivate the graver Muse are not allowed to be diffuse.Martial.
Noble art is nothing less than the expression of a great soul; and great souls are not common things.Ruskin.
Noble housekeepers need no doors.Proverb.
Noble spirits war not with the dead.Byron.
Nobler is a limited command, / Given by the love of all your native land, / Than a sucessive title, long and dark, / Drawn from the mouldy rolls of Noah’s ark.Dryden.
Noblesse oblige—Rank imposes obligation.Motto.
Nobody calls himself rogue.Proverb.
Nobody can continue easy in his own mind who does not endeavour to become least of all and servant of all.Thomas à Kempis.
Nobody can find work easy if much work do lie in him.Carlyle.
Nobody can live by teaching any more than by learning; both teaching and learning are proper duties of human life, or pleasures of it, but have nothing whatever to do with the support of it.Ruskin.
Nobody contents himself with rough diamonds, or wears them so. When polished and set, then they give a lustre.Locke.
Nobody has a right to have opinions, but only knowledge.Ruskin.
Nobody knows who may be listening; say nothing which you would not wish put in the daily paper.Spurgeon.
Nobody should be rich but those who understand it.Goethe.
Nobody will persist long in helping those who will not help themselves.Johnson.
Nobody will use other people’s experience, nor has any of his own till it is too late to use it.Hawthorne.
Nobody would be afraid if he could help it.Smollett.
Noces de Gamache—A very sumptuous repast.French.
Nocet empta dolore voluptas—Pleasure purchased by pain is injurious.Horace.
Noch ist es Tag, da rühre sich der Mann, / Die Nacht tritt ein, wo niemand wirken kann—It is still day, in which to be up and doing; the night is setting in wherein no man can work.Goethe.
Noch lebt ein Gott, der meines Elends denkt!—A God still lives who thinks of my misery.Chamisso.
Noch niemand entfloh dent verhängten Geschick—No one has yet evaded the fate allotted to him.Schiller.
Noctemque diemque fatigat—He wears out both night and day at his work.Virgil.
Nocturna versate manu, versate diurna—Let these be your studies by night and by day.
Nodum in scirpo quæris—You look for a knot in a bulrush, i.e., are too scrupulous.Proverb.
Noisome weeds that without profit suck / The soil’s fertility from wholesome flowers.Richard II., iii. 4.
Nolens volens—Whether one will or no.
Noli irritare leones—Don’t irritate lions.Motto.
Noli me tangere—Touch me not.
Nolle prosequi—To be unwilling to prosecute.Law.
Nolo barbam vellere mortuo leoni—I won’t pluck the beard of a dead lion.Martial.
Nolo episcopari—I have no wish to be made a bishop.Applied to an affected indifference to obtaining what one really desires.
Nom de guerre—An assumed name.French.
Nom de plume—Assumed name of an author.French.
Nomen amicitia est; nomen inane fides—Friendship is but a name; fidelity but an empty name.Ovid.
Nomen atque omen—A name and at the same time an omen.Plautus.
[Greek]—Count true friends as brothers.
Non adeo cecidi, quamvis abjectus, ut infra / Te quoque sim; inferius quo nihil esse potest—Though cast off, I have not fallen so low as to be beneath thee, than which nothing can be lower.Ovid.
Non ætate verum ingenio adipiscitur sapientia—Wisdom is not attained with years, but by ability.Plautus.
Non agitur de vectigalibus, non de sociorum injuriis; libertas et anima nostra in dubio est—It is not a question of our revenues, nor of the wrongs of our allies; our liberty and very lives are in peril.Cicero in Sallust.
Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare; / Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te—I do not love thee, Sabidius, nor can I say why; this only I can say, I do not love thee.Martial.
Non Angli, sed angeli—Not Angles, but angels.Gregory the Great, on seeing some captive British youths for sale in the slave-market at Rome.
Non aqua, sed ruina—Not with water, but with ruin.
Non assumpsit—He did not assume.Law.
Non bene conveniunt, nec in una sede morantur / Majestas et amor—Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.Ovid.
Non bene imperat, nisi qui paruerit imperio—No one makes a good commander except he who has been trained to obey commands.
Non bene junctarum discordia semina rerum—The discordant seeds of things ill joined.Ovid.
Non c’ è il peggior frutto di quello che non matura mai—There is no crop worse than fruit that never ripens.Italian Proverb.
Non ci è fumo senza fuoco—There is no smoke without fire.Italian Proverb.
Non compos mentis—Not sound in mind.
Non constat—This does not appear.Law.
Non convivere, nec videre saltem, / Non audire licet; nec Urbe tota / Quisquam est tam prope, tam proculque nobis—I may not live with him, nor even see him or hear him; in all the city there is no one so near me and so far away.Martial.
Non credo tempori—I trust not to time.Motto.
Non cuicunque datum est habere nasum—Not every man is gifted with a nose, i.e., has the power of keen discernment.Martial.
Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum—It is not every man that can get to Corinth, i.e., rise in the world.Horace.
Non decipitur qui scit se decipi—He is not deceived who is knowingly deceived.Law.
Non deerat voluntas, sed facultas—Not the will, but the ability was wanting.
Non deficit alter—Another is not wanting.Virgil.