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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Of the soul to On parle peu

Of the soul, the body form doth take, / For soul is form, and doth the body make.Spenser.

Of the three requisitions of genius, the first is soul; the second, soul; and the third, soul.Whipple.

Of the wealth of the world each has as much as he takes.Italian Proverb.

Of the Wrong we are always conscious, of the Right never.Goethe.

Of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.Jesus.

Of thy word unspoken thou art master; thy spoken word is master of thee.Eastern Proverb.

Of two evils choose the least.Proverb.

Of unwise admiration much may be hoped, for much good is really in it; but unwise contempt is itself a negation; nothing comes of it, for it is nothing.Carlyle.

Of what does not concern you say nothing, good or bad.Italian Proverb.

Of what significance are the things you can forget?Thoreau.

Of wild creatures, a tyrant; and of tame ones, a flatterer.Bias.

Off with his head! so much for Buckingham.Richard III., iv. 3.

Offenders never pardon.Proverb.

Offerir molto è spezie di negare—Offering extravagantly is a kind of denial.Italian Proverb.

Oft have I heard, and now believe it true, / Whom man delights in, God delights in too.An old Minnesinger.

Oft kommt ein nützlich Wort aus schlechtem Munde—A serviceable word often issues from worthless lips.Schiller.

Oft leiden kranke Seelen durch selbstgeschaffnen Wahn—Sick souls often suffer through conceits of their own creation.G. Rossini.

Oft schiessen trifft das Ziel—Shooting often hits the mark.German Proverb.

Oft sogar es ist weise, zu entdecken, / Was nicht verschwiegen bleiben kann—It is often wise to disclose what cannot be concealed.Schiller.

Oft when blind mortals think themselves secure, in height of bliss, they touch the brink of ruin.Thomson.

Oft zum Dichter macht die Liebe; / Selbst ein Wunder, zeugt sie Wunder—Love often makes a poet; herself a wonder, she works wonders.Bodenstedt.

Ofte er Skarlagens Hierte under reven Kaabe—There is often a royal heart under a tattered coat.Danish Proverb.

Often a man’s own angry pride / Is cap-and-bells for a fool.Tennyson.

Often the cock-loft is empty in those whom Nature hath built many storeys high.Fuller.

Oftentimes the gods send strong delusions to ensnare too credulous hearts.Lewis Morris.

Oftentimes, to win us to our harm, / The instruments of darkness tell us truths; / Win us with honest trifles, to betray us / In deepest consequence.Macbeth, i. 3.

Ofttimes nothing profits more / Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right.Milton.

Ofttimes the pupil goes beyond his master.Lucillius.

Ogni cosa è d’ogni anno—Everything is of every year.Italian Proverb.

Ogni debole ha sempre il suo tiranno—Every weak man has always his tyrant.Italian Proverb.

Ogni medaglio ha il suo riverso—Every medal has its reverse.Italian Proverb.

Ogni monte ha la sua valle—Every mountain has its valley.Italian Proverb.

Ogni vero non è buono a dire—Every truth is not good to be told.Italian Proverb.

Ognuno vede quel che tu pari, pochi sentono quel che tu sei—Every one sees what you seem, few know what you are.Machiavelli.

Oh, be he king or peasant, he is happiest / Who in his home finds peace.Goethe.

Oh, call my brother back to me! / I cannot play alone; / The summer comes with flower and bee,— / Where is my brother gone?Mrs. Hemans.

Oh, Death! the poor man’s dearest friend— / The kindest and the best! / Welcome the hour my aged limbs / Are laid with thee at rest! / The great, the wealthy fear thy blow, / From pomp and pleasure torn! But oh! a bless’d relief to those / That weary-laden mourn!Burns.

Oh, for a lodge in some vast wilderness, / Some boundless contiguity of shade, / Where rumour of oppression and deceit, / Of unsuccessful or successful war, / May never reach me more.Cowper.

Oh,… for a man with heart, head, hand. / … Whatever they call him, what care I, / Aristocrat, democrat, autocrat—one / Who can rule and dare not lie!Tennyson.

Oh, how sweet it is to hear our own conviction from another’s lips!Goethe.

Oh, it is excellent / To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous / To use it like a giant.Meas. for Meas., ii. 2.

Oh! Kritisieren, lieber Heir, ist federleicht, / Doch Bessermachen schwierig—Oh, criticising, good sir, is as easy as a feather is light; ’tis making better that’s the difficulty.Platen.

Oh, love for ever lost, / And with it faith gone out! what is’t remains / But duty, though the path be rough and trod / By bruised and bleeding feet?Lewis Morris.

Oh, Love, how perfect is thy mystic art, / Strengthening the weak, and trampling on the strong!Byron.

Oh, Love! no habitant of earth thou art— / An unseen seraph, we believe in thee.Byron.

Oh, no! we never mention her; / Her name is never heard; / My lips are now forbid to speak / That once familiar word.T. H. Bayly.

Oh, nostra folle / Mente, ch’ogn aura di fortuna estolle—How our heart swells if only a breath of happiness breathe through it!Tasso.

Oh, that mine adversary had written a book.Job.

Oh, that my lot might lead me in the path of holy purity of thought and deed, the path which august laws ordain—laws which in the highest heaven had their birth;… The power of God is mighty in them, and doth not wax old.Sophocles.

Oh, that this too too solid flesh would melt, / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew! / Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d / His canon ’gainst self-slaughter.Hamlet, i. 2.

Oh! the dulness and the hardness of the heart of man, which contemplates only the present, and does not rather provide for the future.Thomas à Kempis.

Oh, the heart is a free and a fetterless thing— / A wave of the ocean, a bird on the wing.J. Pardoe.

Oh, there is something in marriage like the veil of the temple of old, / That screened the Holy of Holies with blue and purple and gold; / Something that makes a chamber where none but the one may come, / A sacredness too, and a silence, where joy that is deepest is dumb.Dr. Walter Smith.

Oh, were I seated high as my ambition, / I’d place this naked foot on necks of monarchs.Walpole.

Oh, what a fall was there, my countrymen! / Then I, and you, and all of us fell down, / Whilst bloody treason flourished over us.Julius Cæsar, iii. 2.

Oh, what damned minutes tells he o’er, / Who dotes, yet doubts; suspects, yet soundly loves.Othello, iii. 3.

Oh, what is death but parting breath? / On mony a bloody plain / I’ve dared his face, and in this place / I scorn him yet again.Burns, “M’Pherson’s Farewell.”

Oh, whistle and I’ll come to ye, my lad.Burns.

Oh, woman, lovely woman! Heaven designed you / To temper man! We had been brutes without you.Burns.

Oh, worse than all! Oh, pang all pangs above, / Is kindness counterfeiting absent love!Coleridge.

Oh, would they stay aback frae courts, / And please themsels wi’ country sports, / It wad for every ane be better, / The laird, the tenant, and the cottar.Burns.

Ohe! jam satis est—Stay! that is enough.Horace.

Ohne Begeisterung schlafen die besten Kräfte des Gemüths. Es ist ein Zunder in uns, der Funken will—Without inspiration the best powers of the mind are dormant. There is a tinder in us which needs to be quickened with sparks.Herder.

Ohne die Freiheit, was wärest du, Hellas? / Ohne dich, Hellas, was wäre die Welt?—Without freedom, what wert thou, Greece? Without thee, Greece, what were the world?W. Müller.

Ohne eine Gottheit gibt’s für den Menschen weder Zweck, noch Ziel, noch Hoffnung, nur eine zitternde Zukunft, ein ewiges Bangen vor jeder Dunkelheit—Without a deity there is for man neither aim, nor goal, nor hope; only an ever-wavering future, and eternal anxiety in every moment of darkness.Jean Paul.

Ohne Hast, aber ohne Rast—Unhasting, yet unresting.Goethe’s motto. Said originally of the sun.

Ohne Haut—Without a skin.

Ohne Mehl und Wasser ist übel backen—It is ill baking without meal and water.German Proverb.

Ohne Wahl verteilt die Gaben, / Ohne Billigkeit das Glück; / Denn Patroklus liegt begraben, / Und Thersites kommt zurück—Gifts and dispensed without election, fortune without fairness; Patroclus lies buried, and Thersites comes back.Schiller.

Ohne Wissen, ohne Sünde—Where there’s no knowledge there’s no sin.German Proverb.

[Greek]—They who eat the fruit of the field.Homer.

[Greek]—The unhappy derive comfort from the worse misfortunes of others.Æsop.

[Greek]—The dice of Zeus always fall luckily.Sophocles.

[Greek]—The majority of mankind are bad.Bias, one of the seven sages.

[Greek]—As is the generation of leaves, such is that of men.Homer.

Oil, wine, and friends improve with age.Italian Proverb.

[Greek]—Alas! but why alas? We only suffer what other mortals do.

[Greek]—Where there is no longer any wine there is no love.Euripides.

[Greek]—What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does heal, fire will.Hippocrates.

Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually, as is thought.Rahel.

Old age, especially an honoured old age, has so great authority, that it is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.Cicero.

Old age is a heavy burden.Proverb.

Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.La Rochefoucauld.

Old age is honourable.Proverb.

Old age is not in itself matter for sorrow. It is matter for thanks if we have left our work done behind us.Carlyle to his mother.

Old age is sad (trübe), not because our joys, but because our hopes are cut short.Jean Paul.

Old age is the repose of life, the rest which precedes the rest that remains.R. Collyer.

Old age is wise for itself, but not wise for the community.Bryant.

Old age—the words are comparative, not positive.Anonymous.

Old age, though despised, is coveted by all.Proverb.

Old age was naturally more honoured in times when people could not know much more than they had seen.Joubert.

Old birds are hard to pluck.Proverb.

Old birds are not caught with chaff.Proverb.

Old books, as you well know, are books of the world’s youth, and new books are fruits of its age.Holmes.

Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good.Izaak Walton.

Old friends are best.King James I., as he slipt on his old shoes.

Old friends burn dim, like lamps in noisome air; / Love them for what they are; nor love them less; / Because to thee they are not what they were.Coleridge.

Old head and young hand.Proverb.

Old head upon young shoulders.Proverb.

Old heads will not suit young shoulders.Proverb.

Old houses mended / Cost little less than new before they’re ended.Colley Cibber.

Old long-vexed questions, not yet solved in logical words or parliamentary laws, are fast solving themselves in facts, somewhat unblessed to behold.Carlyle.

Old men are twice children.Proverb.

Old men lose one of the most precious rights of man, that of being judged by their peers.Goethe.

Old men should have more care to end life well than to live long.Capt. John Brown.

Old men’s lives are lengthened shadows; their evening sun falls coldly on the earth, but the shadows all point to the morning.Jean Paul.

Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order.John Adams.

Old ovens are soon heated.Proverb.

Old oxen have stiff horns.Proverb.

Old shoes are easiest.Proverb.

Old signs do not deceive.Danish Proverb.

Old wood to burn, old books to read, old wine to drink, and old friends to converse with.Alphonso of Castile.

Old wounds soon bleed.Proverb.

Olet lucernam—It smells of the lamp, or midnight study.

Oleum adde camino—Add fuel to the fire.Horace.

Oleum et operam perdidi—I have lost both the oil and my pains.Plautus.

Olla male ferret—It does not look hopeful; the pot boils poorly.Proverb.

Olim meminisse juvabit—It will delight us to recall these things some day hereafter.Virgil.

Oliver Cromwell, dead two hundred years ago, does yet speak; nay, perhaps, now first begins to speak.Carlyle.

Omina sunt aliquid—There is something in omens.Ovid.

[Greek]—The presence of the master is, meseems, the eye of a house.Æschylus.

Omne actum ab agentis intentione judicandum—Every act is to be judged of by the intention of the agent.Law.

Omne ævum curæ: cunctis sua displicet ætas—Every age has its own care: each one thinks his own time of life disagreeable.Ansonius.

Omne animal seipsum diligit—Every animal loves itself.Cicero.

Omne animi vitium tanto conspectius in se / Crimen habet, quanto major qui peccat habetur—Every vice of the mind involves a condemnation the more glaring, the higher the rank of the person who is guilty.Juvenal.

Omne capax movet urna nomen—In the capacious urn of death every name is shaken.Horace.

Omne corpus mutabile est; ita efficitur ut omne corpus mortale sit—Every body is subject to change; hence it comes to pass that every body is subject to death.Cicero.

Omne epigramma sit instar apis, aculeus illi, / Sint sua mella, sit et corporis exigui—Every epigram should be like a bee: have a sting like it, honey, and a small body.Martial.

Omne in præcipiti vitium stetit—Every vice ever stands on the brink of a precipice.Juvenal.

Omne malum nascens facile opprimitur: inveteratum fit plerumque robustius—Every evil is easily crushed at its birth; when grown old, it generally becomes more obstinate.Cicero.

Omne nimium vertitur in vitium—Every excess develops into a vice.Proverb.

Omne scibile—Everything knowable.

Omne solum forti patria est—To the brave man every land is his native land.Ovid.

Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci / Lectorem delectando, pariterque monendo—He gains universal applause who mingles the useful with the agreeable, at once delighting and instructing the reader.Horace.

Omnem crede diem tibi diluxisse supremum—Believe that each day which shines on you is your last.Horace.

Omnem movere lapidem—To leave no stone unturned.Proverb.

Omnes amicos habere operosum est; satis est inimicos non habere—It is an arduous task to make all men your friends; it is enough to have no enemies.Seneca.

Omnes composui—I have laid them all at rest (in the grave).Horace.

Omnes eodem cogimur; omnium / Versatur urna serius, ocius, / Sors exitura, et nos in æter- / Num exsilium impositura cymbæ—We are all driven to the same ferry; the lot of each is shaken in the urn, destined sooner or later to come forth, and place us in Charon’s wherry for eternal exile.Horace.

Omnes homines, qui de rebus dubiis consultant, ab odio, amicitia, ira, atque misericordia vacuos esse decet—All men, who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.Sallust.

Omnes omnium caritates patria una complectitur—Our country alone comprehends all our affections for all.Cicero.

Omnes, quibus res sunt minus secundæ, magis sunt, nescio quomodo / Suspiciosi: ad contumeliam omnia accipiunt magis; / Propter suam impotentiam se credunt negligi—All those whose affairs are unprosperous are, somehow or other, extremely suspicious; they take every hint as an affront, and think the neglect with which they are treated is due to their humble position.Terence.

Omnes sapientes decet conferre et fabulari—All wise people ought to confer and hold converse with each other.Plautus.

Omnes una manet nox, / Et calcanda semel via lethi—One night awaits us all, and the path of death must once be trodden by us.Horace.

Omni ætati mors est communis—Death is common to every age.Cicero.

Omnia bonos viros decent—All things are becoming in good men.Proverb.

Omnia conando docilis solertia vincit—By application a docile shrewdness surmounts every difficulty.Manilius.

Omnia cum amico delibera, sed de te ipso prius—Consult your friend on everything, but particularly on what affects yourself.Seneca.

Omnia desuper—All things come from above.Motto.

Omnia ejusdem farinæ—All things are of the same stuff, lit. grain.Proverb.

Omnia fert ætas, animum quoque—Age carries all away, and the powers of the mind too.Virgil.

Omnia Græce! / Cum sit turpe magis nostris nescire Latine—All things must be in Greek! when it is more shameful for our Romans to be ignorant of Latin.Juvenal.

Omnia inconsulti impetus cœpta, initiis valida, spatio languescunt—All enterprises which are entered on with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigour at first, but are sure to collapse in the end.Tacitus.

Omnia jam fient, fieri quæ posse negabam: / Et nihil est de quo non sit habenda fides—All things will now come to pass which I used to think impossible; and there is nothing which we may not hope to see take place.Ovid.

Omnia mala exempla bonis principiis orta sunt—All bad precedents have had their rise in good beginnings.

Omnia mea mecum porto—All that belongs to me I carry with me.Bias.

Omnia mutantur, nihil interit—All things but change, nothing perishes.Ovid.

Omnia mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis—All things change, and we ourselves change along with them.Borbonius.

Omnia non pariter rerum sunt omnibus apta—All things are not alike fit for all men.Propertius.

Omnia orta occident—All things that rise also set.Sallust.

Omnia perdidimus, tantummodo vita relicta est—We have lost everything, only life is left.Ovid.

Omnia perversas possunt corrumpere mentes—All things tend to corrupt perverted minds.Ovid.

Omnia præclara rara—All excellent things are rare.Cicero.

Omnia præsumuntur rite et solenniter esse acta—All things are presumed to have been done duly and in the usual manner.Law.

Omnia prius experiri, quam armis, sapientem decet—It becomes a wise man to try all methods before having recourse to arms.Terence.

Omnia profecto, cum se a cœlestibus rebus referet ad humanas, excelsius magnificentiusque et dicet et sentiet—When a man descends from heavenly things to human, he will certainly both speak and feel more loftily and nobly on every theme.Cicero.

Omnia quæ nunc vetustissima creduntur, nova fuere … et quod hodie exemplis tuemur, inter exempla erit—Everything which is now regarded as very ancient was once new, and what we are defending to-day by precedent, will by and by be a precedent itself.Tacitus.

Omnia rerum principia parva sunt—All beginnings are small.Cicero.

Omnia Romæ / Cum pretio—All things may be bought at Rome with money.Juvenal.

Omnia serviliter pro dominatione—Servile in all his actions for the sake of power.Tacitus, of Otho.

Omnia subjecisti sub pedibus, oves et boves—Thou hast placed all things beneath our feet, both sheep and oxen.Motto of the Butchers’ Company.

Omnia sunt hominum tenui pendentia filo; / Et subito casu, quæ valuere, ruunt—All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong of a sudden falls and sinks in ruins.Ovid.

Omnia tuta timens—Distrusting everything that is perfectly safe.Virgil.

Omnia venalia Romæ—All things can be bought at Rome.Proverb.

Omnia vincit amor, nos et cedamus amori—Love conquers all the world, let us too yield to love.Virgil.

Omnibus bonis expedit rempublicam esse salvam—It is for the interest of every good man that the commonwealth shall be safe.Cicero.

Omnibus hoc vitium est cantoribus, inter amicos / Ut nunquam inducant animum cantare rogati, / Injussi nunquam desistant—This is a general fault of all singers, that among their friends they never make up their minds to sing, however pressed; but when no one asks them, they will never leave off.Horace.

Omnibus hostes / Reddite nos populis, civile avertite bellum—Commit us to hostility with every other nation, but avert from us civil war.Lucan.

Omnibus in terris, quæ sunt a Gadibus usque / Auroram et Gangem, pauci dignoscere possunt / Vera bona, atque illis multum diversa, remota / Erroris nebula—In all the lands which stretch from Gades even to the region of the dawn and the Ganges, there are few who are able by removing the mist of error to distinguish between what is really good and what is widely diverse.Juvenal.

Omnibus modis, qui pauperes sunt homines, miseri vivunt; / Præsertim quibus nec quæstus est, nec didicere artem ullam—The poor live wretchedly in every way; especially those who have no means of livelihood and have learned no craft.Plautus.

Omnis ars imitatio est naturæ—All art is an imitation of nature.Seneca.

Omnis commoditas sua fert incommoda secum—Every convenience brings its own inconveniences along with it.Proverb.

Omnis dolor aut est vehemens, aut levis; si levis, facile fertur, si vehemens, certe brevis futurus est—All pain is either severe or slight; if slight, it is easily borne; if severe, it will without doubt be brief.Cicero.

Omnis enim res / Virtus, fama, decus, divina humanaque pulchris / Divitiis parent; quas qui construxerit, ille / Clarus erit, fortis, justus—All things divine and human, as virtue, fame, and honour, defer to fair wealth, and he who has amassed it will be illustrious, brave, and just.Horace.

Omnis pœna corporalis, quamvis minima, major est omni pœna pecuniaria, quamvis maxima—The slightest corporal punishment falls more heavily than the largest pecuniary penalty.Law.

Omnis stulitia laborat fastidio sui—All folly is afflicted with a disdain of itself.Seneca.

Omnium consensu capax imperii, nisi imperasset—He would have been universally deemed fit for empire, if he had never reigned.Said of Galba by Tacitus.

Omnium horarum homo—A man ready for whatever may chance.Quintilius.

Omnium rerum, ex quibus aliquid acquiritur, nihil est agricultura melius, nihil uberius, nihil dulcius, nihil homine libero dignius—Of all pursuits from which profit accrues, nothing is superior to agriculture, nothing more productive, nothing more enjoyable, nothing more worthy of a free man.Cicero.

Omnium rerum, heus, vicissitudo est—There are changes, mark ye, in all things.Terence.

On a beau prêcher à qui n’a cure de bien faire—It is no use preaching to him who has no wish to do well.French Proverb.

On a long journey even a straw is heavy.Proverb.

On a souvent besoin d’un plus petit que soi—One has often need of one inferior to one’s self.La Fontaine.

On a winged word hath hung the destiny of nations.Landor.

On affaiblit toujours tout ce qu’on exagère—We always weaken everything which we exaggerate.La Harpe.

On aime bien à deviner les autres, mais l’on aime pas à être deviné—We like well to see through other people, but we do not like to be seen through ourselves.La Rochefoucauld.

On aime sans raison, et sans raison l’on hait—We love without reason, and without reason we hate.Regnard.

On apprend en faillant—One learns by failing.French Proverb.

On attrape plus de mouches avec du miel qu’ vinaigre—More flies are caught with honey than vinegar.French Proverb.

On avale à pleine gorgée le mensonge qui nous flatte, et l’on boit goute à goute une vérité qui nous est amère—We swallow at one draught the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.Diderot.

On commence par être dupe, / On finit par être fripon—People begin by being dupes, and end by being knaves.Mme. Deshoulières, on gambling.

On connaît les amis au besoin—Friends are known in time of need.French Proverb.

On devient innocent quand on est malheureux—We become innocent when we are unfortunate.La Fontaine.

On dit—They say; a flying rumour or current report.French.

On dit de gueux qu’ils ne sont jamais dans leur chemins, parce qu’ils n’ont point de demeure fixe. Il en est de même de cause qui disputent, sans avoir des notions déterminées—It is said of beggars that they are never on their way, for they have no fixed dwelling-place; it is the same with people who dispute without having definite ideas.French.

On dit, est souvent un grand menteur—“They say” is often a great liar.French Proverb.

On dit, et sans horreur je ne puis le redire—It has been said, and I cannot without horror repeat it.Racine.

On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons—They say God is always with the heaviest battalions.Voltaire.

On doit être heureux sans trop penser à l’être—One ought to be happy without thinking too much of being so.French Proverb.

On doit des égards aux vivants; on ne doit aux morts que la vérité—Respect is due to the living; to the dead nothing but truth.Motte.

On donne des conseils, mais on ne donne point la sagesse d’en profiter—We may give advice, but not the sense to profit by it.La Rochefoucauld.

On eagles’ wings immortal scandals fly, / While virtuous actions are but born to die.Pope.

On entre et on crie, / Et voilà la vie! / On crie et on sort, / Et voilà la mort!—We come and cry, and that is life; we cry and go, and that is death.French.

On est aisément dupé par ce qu’on aime—We are easily duped by those we love.Molière.

On est, quand on le veut, le maître de son sort—A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate.Ferrier.

On every stage the foes of peace attend / Hate dogs their flight, and insult mocks their end.Johnson.

On every thorn delightful wisdom grows; / In every rill a sweet instruction flows.Young.

On fait souvent tort à la vérité par la manière dont on se sert pour la défendre—We often injure the truth by our manner of defending it.French.

On fait toujours le loup plus gros qu’il n’est—People always make the wolf more formidable than he is.French Proverb.

On gagne peu de choses par habileté—It is little that one gains by cleverness. (?)

On God and godlike men we build our trust.Tennyson.

On his own saddle one rides safest.Proverb.

On jette enfin de la terre sur la tête, et en voilà pour jamais—Little earth is cast in the end upon the head, and there is no more of it for ever.Pascal.

On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail, / Reason the card, but passion is the gale.Pope.

On Monday morning don’t be looking for Saturday night.Proverb.

On n’a jamais bon marché de mauvaise marchandise—Bad ware is never cheap.French Proverb.

On n’a rien pour rien—Nothing can be had for nothing.French Proverb.

On n’aime plus comme on aimait jadis—People no longer love as they used to do long ago.French.

On n’auroit guère de plaisir, si l’on ne se flattoit point—A man should have little pleasure if he did not sometimes flatter himself.French.

On n’est jamais si bien servi que par soi-même—A man is never so well served as by himself.Etienne.

On n’est jamais si heureux, ni si malheureux qu’on se l’imagine—People are never either so happy or so miserable as they imagine.La Rochefoucauld.

On n’est jamais si riche que quand on déménage—People are never so rich as when they are moving their stuff.French Proverb.

On n’est jamais si ridicule par les qualités que l’on a que par celles que l’on affecte d’avoir—We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have as by those we affect to have.La Rochefoucauld.

On n’est jamais trahi que par ses siens—A man is never betrayed except by his friends.French.

On n’est souvent mécontent des autres que parce qu’on l’est de sol-même—We are often dissatisfied with others because we are so with ourselves.French Proverb.

On ne considère pas assez les paroles comme des faits—We don’t sufficiently consider that words are deeds.French.

On ne cherche point à prouver la lumière—There is no need to prove the existence of light.French Proverb.

On ne doit pas juger du mérité d’un homme par ses grandes qualités, mais par l’usage qu’il en sait faire—We should not judge of the merit of a man by his great gifts, but by the use he makes of them.La Rochefoucauld.

On ne donne rien si libéralement que ses conseils—People are not so liberal with anything as with advice.La Rochefoucauld.

On ne gouverne les hommes que en les servant; la règle est sans exception—Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.V. Cousin.

On ne jette des pierres qu’à l’arbre chargé de fruits—People throw stones only at the tree which is loaded with fruit.French Proverb.

On ne loue d’ordinaire que pour être loué—Praise is generally given only that it may be returned.La Rochefoucauld.

On ne lui fait pas prendre des vessies pour des lanternes—You won’t get him to take bladders for lanterns.French Proverb.

On ne méprise pas tous ceux qui ont des vices, mais on méprise tous ceux qui n’ont aucune vertu—We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have no virtue.La Rochefoucauld.

On ne perd les états que par timidité—It is only through timidity that states are lost.Voltaire.

On ne peut contenter tout le monde et son père—There is no pleasing everybody and one’s father.La Fontaine.

On ne peut faire qu’en faisant—One can do only by doing.French Proverb.

On ne peut sonner les cloches et aller à la procession—One cannot ring the bells and join in the procession.French Proverb.

On ne prête qu’aux riches—People lend only to the rich.French Proverb.

On ne ramène guère un traître par l’impunité, au lieu que par la punition l’on en rend mille autres sages—No one ever reclaimed a traitor by letting him off, whereas punishment may keep thousands in the right way. (?)

On ne réussit dans ce monde qu’à la pointe de l’épée, et on meurt les armes à la main—Success in life is won at the point of the sword, and we die with the weapon in our hands. (?)

On ne sait pour qui on amasse—We know not for whom we gather.French Proverb.

On ne se blame que pour être loué—Persons only blame themselves in order to obtain praise.La Rochefoucauld.

On ne sent bien que ses propres maux—We feel only the evils that affect ourselves.French Proverb.

On ne trouve jamais l’expression d’un sentiment que l’on n’a pas; l’esprit grimace et le style aussi—It is ever impossible to express a sentiment which we do not feel; the mind grimaces, and the style too.Lamennais.

On ne va jamais si loin que lorsqu’on ne sait pas où l’on va—One never goes so far as when he does not know where he is going.French Proverb.

On ne vaut dans ce monde que ce qu’on veut valoir—A man’s worth in this world is estimated according to the value he puts upon himself.La Bruyère.

On ne vit dans la mémoire du monde que par des travaux pour le monde—One lives in the world’s memory only by what he has done in the world’s behalf.French.

[Greek]—He whom the gods love dies young.Menander.

On pardonne aisément un tort que l’on partage—We easily pardon an offence which we had part in.Jouy.

On parle peu quand la vanité ne fait pas parler—People speak little when vanity does not prompt them.La Rochefoucauld.