James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
Reason is a historian to Respect yourself
Reason is a historian, but the passions are the actors.Rivarol.
Reason is a very light rider, and easily shook off.Swift.
Reason is directed to the process (das Werdende) understanding to the product (das Gewordene). The former is nowise concerned about the whither, or the latter about the whence.Goethe.
Reason is like the sun, of which the light is constant, uniform, and lasting; fancy, a meteor of bright but transitory lustre, irregular in its motion and delusive in its direction.Johnson.
Reason is progressive; instinct, stationary. Five thousand years have added no improvement to the hive of the bee nor the house of the beaver.Colton.
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason.Coke.
Reason (Vernunft) is the only true despot.Rahel.
Reason is the test of ridicule, not ridicule the test of truth.Warburton.
Reason itself is true and just, but the reason of every particular man is weak and wavering.Swift.
Reason lies between bridle and spur.Italian Proverb.
Reason, looking upwards, and carried to the true above, realises a delight in wisdom, unknown to the other parts of our nature.Plato.
Reason raise o’er instinct as you can; / In this ’tis God directs, in that ’tis man.Pope.
Reason requires culture to expand it. It resembles the fire concealed in the flint, which only shows itself when struck with the steel.Gordil.
Reason serves when pressed, but honest instinct comes a volunteer.Pope.
Reason should direct, and appetite obey.Cicero.
Reason teaches us to be silent; the heart teaches us to speak.Jean Paul.
Reason’s a staff for age when Nature’s gone; / But youth is strong enough to walk alone.Dryden.
Reason’s glimmering ray / Was lent, not to assure our doubtful way, / But guide us upward to a better day.Dryden.
Reason’s whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, / Lie in three words,—health, peace, and competence.Pope.
Reasonable, or sensible, people are always the best Conversation’s Lexicon.Goethe.
Reasoning against a prejudice is like fighting against a shadow; it exhausts the reasoner, without visibly affecting the prejudice. Argument cannot do the work of instruction any more than blows can take the place of sunlight.Mildmay.
Reasoning banishes reason.Molière.
Reasons are the pillars of the fabric of a sermon, but similitudes are the windows which give the best light.Fuller.
Rebellentreue ist wankend—Fidelity among rebels is unsteady.Schiller.
Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.Inscription on a cannon.
Rebuke ought to have a grain more of salt than of sugar.Proverb.
Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.Proverb.
Rebus angustis animosus atque / Fortis appare; sapienter idem / Contrahes vento nimium secundo / Turgida vela—Wisely show yourself spirited and resolute when perils press you; likewise reef your sails when they swell too much by a favouring breeze.Horace.
Rebus in angustis facile est contemnere vitam; / Fortiter ille facit qui miser esse potest—It is easy in misfortune to despise life; but he does bravely who can endure misery.Martial.
Rebus secundis etiam egregios duces insolescere—In the hour of prosperity even the best generals are apt to be haughty and insolent.Tacitus.
Receive what cheer you may; / The night is long that never finds the day.Macbeth, iv. 3.
Receiving a new truth is adding a new sense.Liebig.
Recepto / Dulce mihi furere est amico—It is delightful to indulge in extravagance on the return of a friend.Horace.
Rechauffé—Heated again; stale.French.
Recherché—Sought for; much esteemed.
Recht geht vor Macht—Right goes before might.Count v. Schwerin.
Recht stets behält das Schicksal, denn das Herz, / In uns ist sein gebietrischer Vollzieher—Fate always carries its point, for the heart in us is its imperious executor.Schiller.
[Greek]—What has happened even the fool knows.Homer.
Recipiunt feminæ sustentacula a nobis—Women receive supports from us.Motto of the Pattenmakers’ Company.
Reckless youth maks ruefu’ age.Scotch Proverb.
Reckon no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may overlook it.Confucius.
Reckon what is in a man, not what is on him, if you would know whether he is rich or poor.Ward Beecher.
Reckoners without their host must reckon twice.Proverb.
Recommending secrecy where a dozen of people are acquainted with the circumstance to be concealed, is only putting the truth in masquerade, for the story will be circulated under twenty different shapes.Scott.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.Confucius.
Recompense to no man evil for evil.St. Paul.
Recta actio non erit, nisi recta fuit voluntas, ab hac enim est actio. Rursus, voluntas non erit recta, nisi habitus animi rectus fuerit, ab hoc enim est voluntas—An action will not be right unless the intention is right, for from it comes the action. Again, the intention will not be right unless the state of the mind has been right, for from it proceeds the intention.Seneca.
Recte et suaviter—Uprightly and mildly.Motto.
Rectius vives, Licini, neque altum / Semper urgendo, neque, dum procellas / Cautus horrescis, nimium premendo / Littus iniquum—You will live more prudently, Licinius, by neither always keeping out at sea, nor, while you warily shrink from storms, hugging too closely the treacherous shore.Horace.
Rectus in curia—Upright in the court, i.e., having come out of it with clean hands.Law.
Reculer pour mieux sauter—To step back in order to leap better.French.
Red as a roost-cock.South Devon Proverb.
Reddere personæ scit convenientia cuique—He knows how to assign to each character what it is proper for him to think and say.Horace, of a dramatic poet.
Reddere qui voces jam scit puer, et pede certo / Signat humum, gestit paribus colludere, et iram / Colligit ac ponit temere, et mutatur in horas—The boy who just knows how to talk and treads the ground with firm foot, delights to play with his mates, is easily provoked and easily appeased, and changes every hour.Horace.
Rede wenig, rede wahr. Zehre wenig, zahle baar—Speak little, speak true. Spend little, pay cash down.German Proverb.
Redeat miseris, abeat fortuna superbis—May fortune revisit the wretched, and forsake the proud!Horace.
Reden ist Silber und Schweigen ist Gold—Speech is silver and silence is gold.Old German Proverb.
Reden kommt von Natur, Schweigen vom Verstande—Speaking comes from nature, silence from discretion.German Proverb.
Redeunt Saturnia regna—The golden age (lit. the reign of Saturn) is returning.
Redit agricolis labor actus in orbem, / Atque in se sua per vestigia volvitur annus—The husbandman’s toil returns in a circle, and the year rolls round in its former footsteps.Virgil.
Redlichkeit gedeiht in jedem Stande—Honesty prospers in every condition of life.Schiller.
Reductio ad absurdum—A reduction of an adversary’s conclusion to an absurdity.
Refinement that carries us away from our fellow-men is not God’s refinement.Ward Beecher.
Reflect that life, like every other blessing, derives its value from its use alone.Johnson.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many—not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.Dickens.
Reflection dissolves reverie and burns her delicate wings.Amiel.
Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.Emerson.
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.Carlyle.
Reform, like charity, must begin at home. Once well at home, how will it radiate outwards, irrepressible, into all that we touch and handle, speak and work; kindling ever new light by incalculable contagion; spreading, in geometric ratio, far and wide; doing good only, wherever it spreads, and not evil.Carlyle.
Reformers (Reformatorische Geister) do not step into the arena amid a flourish of drums and trumpets; they must make their debut rather under the badge of the cross, and have been cradled at their birth in a manger; poverty and a humble pedigree is all their inheritance, and their childhood is never touched or shone upon by the glitter (Glanze) of the world.K. Fischer.
Reforms are generally most unpopular where most needed.Martin.
Refricare cicatricem—To open a wound, or an old sore, afresh.
Regard not dreams, since they are but the images of our hopes and fears.Cato.
Regard not much who is for thee or who against thee; but give all thy care to this, that God be with thee in everything thou doest.Thomas à Kempis.
Reges dicuntur multis urgere culullis, / Et torquere mero, quem perspexisse laborent, / An sit amicitia dignus—Kings are said to press with many a cup, and test with wine the man whom they desire to try whether he is worthy of their friendship.Horace.
Regia, crede mihi, res est, succurrere lapsis—It is a right kingly act, believe me, to succour the fallen.Ovid.
Regibus boni quam mali suspectiores sunt, semperque his aliena virtus formidolosa est—Good men are more suspected by kings than bad men; and virtue in other men is to them always a source of dread.Sallust.
Régime—Form of government.French.
Regium donum—A royal gift.
Regnare nolo, liber ut non sim mihi—I would not be a king and forfeit my liberty.Phædrus.
Regum æquabat opes animis; seraque revertens / Nocte domum, dapibus mensas onerabat inemptis—He equalled the wealth of kings in contentment of mind; and at night returning home, would load his board with unbought dainties.Virgil, of the husbandman.
Reichen giebt man, Armen nimmt man—We give to the rich, we take from the poor.German Proverb.
Reine d’un jour—Queen for a day.French.
Reipublicæ forma laudari facilius quam evenire, et si evenit, haud diuturna esse potest—It is more easy to praise a republican form of government than to establish it; and when it is established, it cannot be of long duration.Tacitus.
Reisst den Menschen aus seinen Verhältnissen; und was er dann ist, nur das ist er—Tear man out of his outward circumstances; and what he then is, that only is he.Seume.
Rejecting the miracles of Christ, we still have the miracle of Christ himself.Bovee.
Rejoice in joyous things—nor overmuch / Let grief thy bosom touch / Midst evil, and still bear in mind / How changeful are the ways of humankind.Archilochus.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes; but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.Bible.
Rejoice that you have still long to live before the thought comes to you that there is nothing more in the world to see.Goethe.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.St. Paul.
Relata refero—I tell the story as it was told to me.
Relegare bona religionibus—To bequeath one’s property for religious purposes.Law.
Relever des bagatelles—To give importance to trifles.
Relicta non bene parmula—Having ingloriously left my shield behind.Horace.
Religentem esse oportet, religiosum nefas—A man should be religious, not superstitious.Quoted by Aulus Gellius.
Religion and education are not a match for evil without the grace of God.Haydon.
Religion and morality, as they now stand, compose a practical code of misery and servitude…. How would morality, dressed up in stiff stays and finery, start from her own disgusting image, should she look into the mirror of Nature!Shelley.
Religion bids man prefer the endurance of a lesser evil before a greater, and nature itself does no less.South.
Religion, blushing, veils her sacred fires, / And unawares morality expires.Pope.
Religion cannot change, though we do.Jeremy Taylor.
Religion cannot rise above the state of the votary. Heaven always bears some proportion to earth.Emerson.
Religion contains infinite sadness. If we are to love God, he must be in distress (lit. in need of help).Novalis. See Matt. xxvii. 46.
Religion des Kreuzes, nur du verknüpfest, in einem / Kranze der Demut und Kraft doppelte Palme zugleich—Religion of the Cross! only thou unitest in one wreath together the twofold palm of humility and power.Platen.
Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the present comfort of having done our duty; and for the rest, it offers us the best security that heaven can give.Tillotson.
Religion, if in heavenly truths attired, / Needs only to be seen to be admired.Cowper.
Religion, if it be true, is central truth; and all knowledge which is not gathered round it, and quickened and illuminated by it, is hardly worth the name.Channing.
Religion implies revelation.R. D. Hitchcock.
Religion is a fire which example keeps alive, and which goes out if not communicated.Joubert.
Religion is a higher and supernatural life, mystical in its roots and practical in its fruits.Amiel.
Religion is again here, for whoever will piously struggle upward, and sacredly, sorrowfully refuse to speak lies, which indeed will mostly mean refuse to speak at all on that topic.Carlyle.
Religion is an everlasting lodestar, that beams the brighter in the heavens the darker here on earth grows the night.Carlyle.
Religion is as necessary to reason as reason to religion.Washington.
Religion is life, philosophy is thought…. We need both thought and life, and we need that the two shall be in harmony.J. F. Clarke.
Religion is neither a theology nor a theosophy, but a discipline, a law, a yoke, an indissoluble engagement.Joubert.
Religion is not a dogma nor an emotion, but a service.R. D. Hitchcock.
Religion is not a doubt, but a certainty,—or else a mockery and horror.Carlyle.
Religion is not a method, but a life.Amiel.
Religion is not an end, but a means.Goethe.
Religion is not in want of art; it rests on its own majesty.Goethe.
Religion is nothing if it is not everything; if existence is not filled with it.Madame de Staël.
Religion is the basis of civil society.Burke.
Religion is the best armour in the world, but the worst cloak.Bunyan.
Religion is the eldest sister of philosophy; on whatever subjects they may differ, it is unbecoming in either to quarrel, and most so about their inheritance.Landor.
Religion is the highest humanity (Humanität) of man.Herder.
Religion is the most gentlemanly thing in the world. It alone will gentilise, if unmixed with cant.Coleridge.
Religion is the only metaphysic that the multitude can understand and adopt.Joubert.
Religion is the spice which is meant to keep life from corruption.Bacon.
Religion is universal, theology is exclusive; religion is humanitarian, theology is sectarian; religion unites mankind, theology divides it; religion is love—broad and all-comprising as God’s love, theology preaches love and practises bigotry; religion looks to the moral worth of man, theology to his creed and denomination.M. Lilienthal.
Religion lies more in walk than in talk.Proverb.
Religion, like its votaries, while it exists on earth, must have a body as well as a soul.Colton.
Religion must always be a crab fruit; it cannot be grafted and keep its wild beauty.Emerson.
Religion or worship is the attitude of those who see that, against all appearances, the nature of things works for truth and right for ever.Emerson.
Religion, poetry, is not dead; it will never die. Its dwelling and birthplace is in the soul of man, and it is eternal as the being of man. In any point of space, in any section of time, let there be a living man; and there is an infinitude above him and beneath him, and an eternity encompasses him on this hand and on that; and tones of sphere-music and tidings from loftier worlds will flit round him, if he can but listen, and visit him with holy influences, even in the thickest press of trivialities or the din of busiest life.Carlyle.
Religion presents few difficulties to the humble, many to the proud, innumerable ones to the vain.Hare.
Religion primarily means obedience; bending to something or some one. To be bound, or in bonds, as apprentice; to be bound, or in bonds, by military oath; to be bound, or in bonds, as a servant of man; to be bound, or in bonds, under the yoke of God.Ruskin.
Religion reveals the meaning of life, and science only applies the meaning to the course of circumstances.Tolstoi.
Religion should be the rule of life, not a casual incident in it.Disraeli.
Religion without morality is a superstition and a curse; and anything like an adequate and complete morality without religion is impossible.Mark Hopkins.
Religion would frame a just man; Christ would make a whole man. Religion would save a man; Christ would make him worth saving.Ward Beecher.
Religionen sind Kinder der Unwissenheit, die ihre Mutter nicht lange überleben—Religions are the children of Ignorance, and they do not long outlive their mother.Schopenhauer.
Religions are not proved, are not established, are not overthrown, by logic. They are, of all the mysteries of nature and the human mind, the most mysterious and inexplicable; they are of instinct, and not of reason.Lamartine.
Religious contention is the devil’s harvest.La Fontaine.
Religious zeal leads to cleanliness, cleanliness to purity, purity to godliness, godliness to humility, humility to the fear of sin.Rabbi Pinhas-Ben-Jair.
Rem acu tetigit—He has hit the nail on the head (lit. touched it with a needle-point).
Rem, facias rem, / Si possis recte, si non, quocunque modo rem—A fortune, make a fortune, honestly if you can; if not, make it by any means.Horace.
Rem tu strenuus auge—Labour assiduously to increase your property.Horace.
“Remain content in the station in which Providence has placed you,” is on the whole a good maxim, but it is peculiarly for home use. That your neighbour should, or should not, remain content with his position is not your business; but it is very much your business to remain content with your own.Ruskin.
Remark how many are better off than you are; consider how many are worse.Seneca.
Remember Atlas was weary.Fuller.
Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth.Bible.
Remember, now, when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword.Sheridan.
Remember that all tricks are either knavish or childish.Johnson.
Remember that the time once yours can never be so again.Thomas à Kempis.
Remember that with every breath we draw, an ethereal stream of Lethe runs through our whole being, so that we have but a partial recollection of our joys, and scarcely any of our sorrows.Goethe.
Remember that you are an actor in a drama of such sort as the Author chooses. If short, then in a short one; if long, then in a long one. If it be His pleasure that you should act a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business, to act well the given part; but to choose it, belongs to another.Epictetus.
Remember this: that your conscience is not a law—no; God and reason made the law, and has placed conscience within you to determine.Sterne.
Remember thy prerogative is to govern, and not to serve, the things of this world.Thomas à Kempis.
Remember your failures are the seed of your most glorious successes. Despond if you must, but don’t despair.Anonymous.
Remembrance and reflection how allied! / What thin partitions sense from thought divide!Pope.
Remembrance (Erinnerung) is the only Paradise from which we cannot be driven.Jean Paul.
Remembrance makes the poet; ’tis the past, / Lingering within him with a keener sense / Than is upon the thoughts of common men, / Of what has been, that fills the actual world / With unreal likenesses of lovely shapes, / That were and are not.L. E. Landon.
Remembrance wakes with all her busy train, / Swells at my breast, and turns the past to pain.Goldsmith.
Remis velisque—With oars and sails; with tooth and nail.Proverb.
Remis ventisque—With oars and wind.
Remorse is as the heart in which it grows: / If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews / Of true repentance; but if proud and gloomy, / It is the poison tree that, pierced to the inmost, / Weeps only tears of poison.Coleridge.
Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.Bulwer Lytton.
Remorse, the fatal egg by pleasure laid.Cowper.
Remote from man, with God he passed his days; / Prayer all his business, all his pleasure praise.Parnell.
Remove not the ancient land-mark.Bible.
Remove the cause, and the effect will cease.Proverb.
Renascentur—They will rise again.Motto.
Render to all their dues.St. Paul.
Render to Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.Jesus.
Renounce, thou must (sollst) renounce! That is the song which sounds for ever in the ears of every one, which every hour sings to us hoarsely our whole life long.Goethe in “Faust.”
Renovate animos—Renew your courage.Motto.
Renown is not to be sought, and all pursuit of it is vain. A person may, indeed, by skilful conduct and various artificial means, make a sort of name for himself; but if the inner jewel is wanting, all is vanity, and will not last a day.Goethe.
Rente viagère—An annuity.French.
Rentes—Funds bearing interest; stocks.French.
Repartee is perfect when it effects its purpose with a double edge. It is the highest order of wit, as it bespeaks the coolest yet quickest exercise of genius, at a moment when the passions are roused.Colton.
Repentance clothes in grass and flowers the grave in which the past is laid.J. Sterling.
Repentance costs very dear.Proverb.
Repentance hath a purifying power, and every tear is of a cleansing virtue; but these penitential clouds must be still kept dropping; one shower will not suffice; for repentance is not one single action, but a course.South.
Repentance is accepted remorse.Mme. Swetchine.
Repentance is good, but innocence is better.Proverb.
Repentance is heart’s sorrow, and a clear life ensuing.Tempest, iii. 3.
Repentance is nothing else but a renunciation of our will, and a controlling of our fancies, which lead us which way they please.Montaigne.
Repentance is the daughter of over-haste.M. Beer.
Repentance is the May of the virtues.Chinese Proverb.
Repentance won’t cure mischief.Gaelic Proverb.
Repente dives nemo factus est bonus—No good man ever became suddenly rich.Publius Syrus.
Reperit Deus nocentem—God finds out the guilty man.
Reply with wit to gravity, and with gravity to wit.Colton.
Réponse sans réplique—An answer that does not admit of reply.French.
Report makes crows blacker than they are.Proverb.
Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman—repose in energy. The Greek battle-pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.Emerson.
Repose and happiness is what thou covetest, but these are only to be obtained by labour.Thomas à Kempis.
Repose is as necessary in conversation as in a picture.Hazlitt.
Repose is the cradle of power.J. G. Holland.
Repose without stagnation is the state most favourable to happiness. “The great felicity of life,” says Seneca, “is to be without perturbation.Bovee.
Reproof is a medicine like mercury or opium; if it be improperly administered, it will do harm instead of good.H. Mann.
Reproof never does a wise man harm.Proverb.
Reproof on her lips, but a smile in her eye.S. Lover.
Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.Solon.
Republics end with luxury; monarchies, with poverty.Montesquieu.
Reputation is an idle and false imposition, oft got without merit, and lost without deserving; you have lost no reputation at all unless you repute yourself such a loser.Othello, ii. 3.
Reputation is commonly measured by the acre.Proverb.
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.Lowell.
Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.St. Evremond.
Reputation is what men and women think of us. Character is what God and angels know of us.Thomas Paine.
Reputation, reputation, reputation! O I have lost my reputation. I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.Othello, ii. 3.
Reputation serves to virtue as light does to a picture.Proverb.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine—Grant them eternal rest, O Lord.
Requiescat in pace—Let him rest in peace.
Rerum cognitio vera, e rebus ipsis est—The true knowledge of things is from the things themselves.Scaliger.
Res amicos invenit—Money finds friends.Plautus.
Res angusta domi—Straitened circumstances at home.Juvenal.
Res est blanda canor; discant cantare puellæ—Singing is a charming accomplishment: let girls learn to sing.Ovid.
Res est ingeniosa dare—To give requires good sense.Ovid.
Res est sacra miser—A man overwhelmed by misfortune is a sacred object.Seneca.
Res est solliciti plena timoris amor—Love is full of anxious fears.Ovid.
Res gestæ—Exploits; transactions.
Res in cardine est—The affair is at a crisis (lit. on the hinge).
Res judicata—A case decided.
Res nolunt diu male administrari—Things refuse to be mismanaged long.
Res rustica—A rural affair.Cicero.
Res severa est verum gaudium—True joy is an earnest thing.
Res sunt humanæ flebile ludibrium—Human affairs are a jest to be wept over.
Resembles ocean into tempest wrought, / To waft a feather or to drown a fly.Young.
Resentment gratifies him who intended an injury, and pains him unjustly who did not intend it.Johnson.
Resentment, indeed, may remain, perhaps cannot be quite extinguished in the noblest minds; but revenge never will harbour there.Pope.
Resentment seems to have been given us by Nature for defence, and for defence only; it is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.Adam Smith.
Reserve the master-blow.Proverb.
Resignation is putting God between one’s self and one’s grief.Mme. Swetchine.
Resist as much as thou wilt; heaven’s ways are heaven’s ways.Lessing.
Resist not evil.Jesus.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.St. James.
Resistance ought never to be thought of but when an utter subversion of the laws of the realm threatens the whole frame of our constitution, and no redress can otherwise be hoped for. It therefore does, and ought for ever, to stand in the eye and letter of the law as the highest offence.Walpole.
Resolution is independent of great age, but without it one lives a hundred years in vain.Chinese Proverb.
Resolution will sometimes relax, and diligence will sometimes be interrupted; but let no accidental surprise or deviation, whether short or long, dispose you to despondency.Johnson.
Resolutions are well kept when they jump with inclination.Goldsmith.
Resolve, resolve, and to be men aspire. / Exert that noblest privilege, alone / Here to mankind indulged; control desire: / Let godlike Reason, from her sovereign throne, / Speak the commanding word “I will!” and it is done.Thomson.
Resolved to ruin or to rule the state.Dryden.
Respect a man, he will do the more.Proverb.
Respect for one’s parents is the highest of the duties of civil life.Chinese Proverb.
Respect for others is the first condition of “savoir-vivre.”Amiel.
Respect is better procured by exacting than soliciting it.Lord Greville.
Respect the burden.Napoleon.
Respect us human, and relieve us poor.Pope.
Respect yourself, or no one else will respect you.Proverb.