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James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.

Sub silentio to Tale tuum

Sub silentio—In silence, i.e., without notice being taken.

Sub specie æternitatis—In the form of eternity, i.e., as a particular manifestation of a universal law.

Subdue fate, and exert human strength to the utmost of your power; and if, when pains have been taken, success attend not, in whom is the blame?Hitopadesa.

Sublata causa tollitur effectus—The cause removed, the effect is also.Law.

Sublimer in this world know I nothing than a peasant saint, one that must toil outwardly for the lowest of man’s wants, also toiling inwardly for the highest. Such a one will carry thee back to Nazareth itself.Carlyle.

Sublimi feriam sidera vertice—I shall strike the stars with my uplifted head.Horace.

Sublimity is Hebrew by birth.Coleridge.

Submitting to one wrong often brings on another.Proverb.

Subtilis veterum judex et callidus audis—You are known as a nice and experienced judge of things old.Horace.

Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.Oliver Cromwell.

Subverting worldly strong and worldly wise, / By simply meek.Milton.

Succedaneum—A substitute.

Success (by laws of competition) signifies always so much victory over your neighbour as to obtain the direction of his work and take the profits of it. This is the real source of all great riches.Ruskin.

Success consecrates the foulest crimes.Seneca.

Success? If the thing is unjust, thou hast not succeeded.Carlyle.

Success in the majority of circumstances depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.Montesquieu.

Success in war, like charity in religion, covers a multitude of sins.Sir C. Napier.

Success is full of promise till men get it, and then it seems like a nest from which the bird has flown.Ward Beecher.

Success is sweet; the sweeter if long delayed, and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.A. B. Alcott.

Success is the child of audacity.Disraeli.

Success makes men look larger, if reflection does not measure them.Joubert.

Success makes success, as money makes money.Chamfort.

Success often costs more than it is worth.Wigglesworth.

Success tempts many to their ruin.Phædrus.

Success throws a veil over the evil deeds of men.Demosthenes.

Success! to thee, as to a god, men bend the knee.Æschylus.

Successful love takes a load off our hearts and puts it on our shoulders.Bovee.

Such a friend as speaketh kindly to a man’s face, and behind his back defeateth his designs, is like a pot of poison with a surface of milk.Hitopadesa.

Such a genius as philosophers must of necessity have is wont but seldom, in all its parts, to meet in one man; but its different parts generally spring up in different persons.Plato.

Such a plot must have a woman in it.Richardson.

Such as are careless of themselves can hardly be mindful of others.Thales (?)

Such as are in the married state wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in.Quoted by Emerson.

Such as every one is inwardly, so he judgeth outwardly.Thomas à Kempis.

Such as we are made of, such we be.Twelfth Night, ii. 2.

Such hath been—shall be—beneath the sun, / That many still must labour for the one.Byron.

Such is hope, Heaven’s own gift to struggling mortals; pervading, like some subtle essence from the skies, all things both good and bad.Dickens.

Such is the aspect of this shore; / ’Tis Greece, but living Greece no more! / So coldly sweet, so deadly fair, / We start, for soul is wanting there.Byron.

Such only enjoy the country as are capable of thinking when they are there; then they are prepared for solitude, and in that case solitude is prepared for them.Dryden.

Such tricks hath strong imagination, / That, if it would but apprehend some joy, / It comprehends some bringer of that joy; / Or in the night, imagining some fear, / How easy is a bush supposed a bear.Mid. N.’s Dream, v. 1.

Such war of white and red within her cheeks.Tam. of Shrew, iv. 5.

Suche die Wissenschaft als würdest ewig du hier sein, / Tugend, als hielte der Tod dich schon am sträubenden Haar—Seek knowledge, as if thou wert to be here for ever; virtue, as if death already held thee by the bristling hair.Herder.

Sucht nur die Menschen zu verwirren, / Sie zu befriedigen ist schwer—Seek only to mystify men; to satisfy them is difficult.Goethe, the theatre-manager in “Faust.”

Sudden blaze of kindness may, by a single blast of coldness, be extinguished; but that fondness which length of time has connected with many circumstances and occasions, though it may for a while be suppressed by disgust or resentment, with or without cause, is hourly revived by accidental recollection.Johnson.

Sudden love is the latest cured.La Bruyère.

Sudden resolutions, like the sudden rise of the mercury in the barometer, indicate little else than the changeableness of the weather.Hare.

Sudden tumultuous popularity comes more from partial delirium on both sides than from clear insight, and is of evil omen to all concerned with it.Carlyle.

Suer sang et eau—To toil and moil (lit. sweat blood and water).French Phrase.

Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.Jesus.

Suffer no hour to slide by without its due improvement.Thomas à Kempis.

Suffer thyself to be led in everything but feeling and thinking.Sallet.

Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.Mer. of Ven., i. 3.

Suffering in human life is very widely vicarious.Ward Beecher.

Suffering is part of the divine idea.Ward Beecher.

Suffering is the mother of fools, reason of wise men. (?)

Suffering which falls to our lot in the course of nature, or by chance or fate, does not, “ceteris paribus,” seem so painful as suffering which is inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.Schopenhauer.

Suffice unto thy good, though it be small, / For hoard hath hate, and climbing tickleness; (uncertainty) / Praise hath envie, and weal is blent o’er all.Chaucer.

Sufficiency is a compound of vanity and ignorance.Temple.

Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.Jesus.

Sufficiently provided from within, he has need of little from without.Goethe of the poet.

Sufficit huic tumulus, cui non suffecerit orbis—A tomb now suffices for him for whom the world did not suffice.Apropos of Alexander the Great.

Suffundere malis hominis sanguinem, quam offundere—Seek rather to make a man blush for his guilt than to shed his blood.Terence.

Suggestio falsi—Suggestion of what is false.

Sui cuique mores fingunt fortunam—Every man’s fortune is shaped for him by his own manners.Cornelius Nepos.

Sui generis—Of its own kind; of a kind of its own.

Sui juris—Of his own right.Law.

Suis stat viribus—He stands by his own strength.Motto.

Suit the action to the word, the word to the action; with this special observance, that you o’erstep not the modesty of nature.Hamlet, iii. 2.

Suivez raison—Follow reason.Motto.

Sum quod eris, fui quod es—I am what you will be, I was what you are.

Sum up at night what thou hast done by day; / And in the morning what thou hast to do.George Herbert.

Sume superbiam quæsitam meritis—Assume the proud place your merits have won.Horace.

Sumite materiam vestris, qui scribitis, æquam / Viribus, et versate diu, quid ferre recusent, / Quid valeant humeri—Ye who write, choose a subject suited to your abilities, and long ponder what your powers are equal to, and what they are unable to perform.Horace.

Summa bona putas, aliena vivere quadra—You think it the chief good to live on another’s crumbs.Juvenal.

Summa petit livor—Envy aims very high.Ovid.

Summa sequor fastigia rerum—I will trace the principal heads of events.Virgil.

Summa summarum—All in all.Plautus.

Summæ opes inopia cupiditatum—He is richest who is poorest in his desires.Seneca.

Summam nec metuas diem, nec optes—Neither fear nor wish for your last day.Martial.

Summum bonum—The chief good.

Summum crede nefas animam præferre pudori, / Et propter vitam vivendi perdere causas—Consider it to be the height of impiety to prefer life to honour, and, for the sake of merely living, to sacrifice the objects of living.Juvenal.

Summum jus sæpe summa injuria est—The strictest justice is often grossest injustice.Cicero.

[Greek]—Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by an inner necessity.Pindar.

Sunbeams pour alike their glorious tide / To light up worlds or wake an insect’s mirth.Keble.

Sunday is the core of our civilisation, dedicated to thought and reverence.Emerson.

Sundays observe; think when the bells do chime, / ’Tis angels’ music, therefore come not late.George Herbert.

Sunlight is painting.Hawthorne.

Sunrise is often lovelier than noon.Carlyle.

Sunt bona mixta malis, sunt mala mixta bonis—Good is mixed with evil, and evil with good.

Sunt bona, sunt quædam mediocria, sunt mala plura / Quæ legis—Of those which you read, some are good, some middling, and more are bad.Martial, of books.

Sunt delicta tamen, quibus ignovisse velimus—There are some faults, however, which we are willing to pardon.Horace.

Sunt Jovis omnia plena—All things are full of the Deity.Virgil.

Sunt lacrymæ rerum, et mentem mortalia tangunt—Tears are due to misfortune, and mortal woes touch the heart.Virgil.

Sunt pueri pueri, pueri puerilia tractant—Boys are boys, and boys occupy themselves with boyish things.

Sunt superis sua jura—Even the gods above are subject to law.Ovid.

Suo Marte—By his own prowess.Cicero.

Super subjectam materiam—Upon the matter submitted.Law.

Superbo è quel cavallo che non si vuol portar la biada—Proud is the horse that won’t carry its own oats.Italian Proverb.

Superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.Mer. of Ven., i. 2.

Superior powers of mind and profound study are of no use if they do not sometimes lead a person to different conclusions from those which are formed by ordinary powers of mind without study.J. S. Mill.

Superior strength is found in the long-run to lie with those who had the right on their side.Froude.

Supersedeas—You may supersede.Law.

Superstition changes a man to a beast, fanaticism makes him a wild beast, and despotism a beast of burden.La Harpe.

Superstition is a misdirection of religious feeling.Whately.

Superstition is an unreasoning fear of God; religion consists in the pious worship of the gods.Cicero.

Superstition is but the fear of belief; religion is the confidence.Lady Blessington.

Superstition is certainly not the characteristic of this age. Yet some men are bigoted in politics who are infidels in religion.Junius.

Superstition is in its death-lair; the last agonies may endure for decades or for centuries; but it carries the iron in its heart, and will not vex the earth any more.Carlyle.

Superstition is inherent in man’s nature; and when we think it is wholly eradicated, it takes refuge in the strangest holes and corners, whence it peeps out all at once, as soon as it can do so with safety.Goethe.

Superstition is passing away without return. Religion cannot pass away. The burning of a little straw may hide the stars in the sky; but the stars are there, and will re-appear.Carlyle.

Superstition is related to this life, religion to the next; superstition allies itself to fatality, religion to virtue; it is by the vitality of earthly desires we become superstitious, and by the sacrifice of these desires that we become religious.Madame de Staël.

Superstition is the fear of a spirit whose passions and acts are those of a man, who is present in some places, and not in others; who makes some places holy, and not others; who is kind to one person, and unkind to another; who is pleased or angry according to the degree of attention you pay him, or praise you refuse him; who is hostile generally to human pleasure, but may be bribed by sacrificing a part of that pleasure into permitting the rest.Ruskin.

Superstition is the only religion of which base souls are capable.Joubert.

Superstition is the poesy of life, so that it does not injure the poet to be superstitious.Goethe.

Superstition! that horrid incubus which dwelt in darkness, shunning the light, with all its racks, and poison chalices, and foul sleeping draughts, is passing away without return.Carlyle.

Superstition without a veil is a deformed thing.Bacon.

Superstitions would soon die out if so many old women would not act as nurses to keep them alive.Punch.

Supple knees feed arrogance.Proverb.

Suppose a neighbour should desire / To light a candle at your fire, / Would it deprive your flame of light / Because another profits by’t.Lloyd.

Suppressing love is but opposing the natural dictates of the heart.Goldsmith.

Suppressio veri—Suppression of what is true.

Supra vires—Beyond one’s powers.Horace.

Supremum vale—A last farewell.Ovid.

Sur esperance—In hope.Motto.

Surdo fabulam narras—You tell your story to a deaf man.

Sure as night follows day, / Death treads in pleasure’s footsteps round the world, / When pleasure treads the path which reason shuns.Young.

Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, / Looking before and after, gave us not / That capability and godlike reason / To fust in us unused.Hamlet, iv. 4.

Sure, of qualities demanding praise, / More go to ruin fortunes, than to raise.Pope.

Sure those who have neither strength nor weapons to fight at least should be civil.Goldsmith.

Surely half the world must be blind; they can see nothing unless it glitters.Hare.

Surely it is better to enclose the gulf and hinder all access, than by encouraging us to advance a little, to entice us afterwards a little further, and let us perceive our folly only by our destruction.Johnson.

Surely life, if it be not long, is tedious, since we are forced to call in the assistance of so many trifles to rid us of our time, of that time which can never return.Johnson.

Surety men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity.Bible.

Surely nobody would be a charlatan who could afford to be sincere.Emerson.

Surely the best way is to meet the enemy in the field, and not wait till he plunders us in our very bed-chamber.Goldsmith.

Surely use alone / Makes money not a contemptible stone.George Herbert.

Surement va qui n’a rien—He who has nothing goes securely.French Proverb.

Surfeit has killed more than hunger.Proverb.

Surfeit of the sweetest things / The deepest loathing to the stomach brings.Mid. N.’s Dream, ii. 3.

Surfeits destroy more than the sword.J. Fletcher.

Surgit post nubila Phœbus—The sun rises after the clouds.Motto.

Sursum corda—Lift up your hearts.Law.

Surtout, messieurs, pas de zèle—Above all, gentlemen, no zeal.Talleyrand.

Sus Minervam—A pig teaching Minerva.

Susceptibility to one class of influences, the selection of what is fit for him, the rejection of what is unfit, determines for a man the character of the universe.Emerson.

Suspectum semper invisumque dominantibus, qui proximus destinaretur—Those in supreme power always suspect and hate their next heir.Tacitus.

Suspendens omnia naso—Sneering at everything.Horace.

Suspense is worse than disappointment.Burns.

Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind; / The thief doth fear each bush an officer.3 Henry VI., v. 6.

Suspicion is a heavy armour, and with its own weight impedes more than protects.Byron.

Suspicion is no less an enemy to virtue than to happiness.Johnson.

Suspicion is the bane of friendship.Petrarch.

Suspicion is very often a useless pain.Dr. Johnson.

Suspicion shall be all stuck full of eyes.1 Henry IV., v. 1.

Suspicions amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds; they ever fly by twilight; they are to be repressed, or at the least well guarded, for they cloud the mind.Bacon.

Suspicions are nothing when a man is really true, and every one should persevere in acting honestly, for all will be made right in time.Hans Andersen.

Süsser Wein giebt sauern Essig—Sweet wine yields sour vinegar.German Proverb.

Sustine et abstine—Bear and forbear.Motto.

Suum cuique—To every man his due.Motto.

Suum cuique decus posteritas rependunt—Posterity will pay every one his due.Tacitus.

Suns cuique est mos—Every one has his own way of it.Horace.

Suus cuique mos—Every man has his way.Terence.

Suum cuique tribuere, ea demum summa justitia est—To give to every man his due, that is supreme justice.Cicero.

Swearing is invoking the witness of a spirit to an assertion you wish to make, but cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit in a mischief you wish to inflict.Ruskin.

Sweep before your own door.Proverb.

Sweet are the uses of adversity, / Which like the toad, ugly and venomous, / Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; / And this our life, exempt from public haunt, / Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, / Sermons in stones, and good in everything.As You Like It, ii. 1.

Sweet bird, that shunn’st the noise of folly, / Most musical, most melancholy.Milton.

Sweet flowers are slow, and weeds make haste.Richard III., ii. 4.

Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet, / With charm of earliest birds.Milton.

Sweet is the lore which Nature brings; / Our meddling intellect / Misshapes the beauteous form of things: / We murder to dissect.Wordsworth.

Sweet is true love though given in vain, / And sweet is death that puts an end to pain.Tennyson.

Sweet mercy is nobility’s true badge.Tit. Andron., i. 2.

Sweet pliability of man’s spirit, that can at once surrender itself to illusions which cheat expectation and sorrow of their weary moments!Sterne.

Sweet reader, do you know what a toady is? That agreeable animal which you meet every day in civilised society.Disraeli.

Sweet Swan of Avon.Ben Jonson of Shakespeare.

Sweetest melodies are those that are by distance made more sweet.Wordsworth.

Swift kindnesses are best: a long delay / In kindness takes the kindness all away.Anonymous.

Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day.Lyte.

Sworn to no master, of no sect am I; / As drives the storm, at any door I knock, / And house with Montaigne now, and now with Locke.Pope.

Syllables govern the world.Coke.

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths.George Eliot.

Sympathising and selfish people are alike given to tears.Leigh Hunt.

Sympathy can create the boldness which no other means can evoke.Dr. Parker.

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism; reason and justice presuppose, at their origin, emotion.Amiel.

Sympathy is the first great lesson which man should learn…. Unless he learns to feel for things in which he has no personal interest, he can achieve nothing generous or noble.Talfourd.

Sympathy is the solace of the poor, but for the rich there is consolation.Disraeli.

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.C. H. Parkhurst.

Sympathy wanting, all is wanting; its personal magnetism is the conductor of the sacred spark that lights our atoms, puts us in human communion, and gives us to company, conversation, and ourselves.A. B. Alcott.

Sympathy with Nature is a part of the good man’s religion.F. H. Hedge.

Syne as ye brew,… / Keep mind that ye maun drink the yill.Burns.

Tabesne cadavera solvat, / An rogus, haud refert—It makes no difference whether corruption dissolve the carcase or the funeral pile.Lucan.

Tabula ex or In naufragio—A plank in a shipwreck; a last shift.

Table d’hôte—A common table for guests.French.

Tableau vivant—A group in which statues or pictures are represented by living persons.French.

Tabula rasa—A smooth or blank tablet; a blank surface.

Tacent, satis laudant—Their silence is praise enough.Terence.

Tâche sans tache—A task, or work, without a blemish.Motto.

Tacitæ magis et occultæ inimicitiæ sunt, quam indictæ et opertæ—Enmities unavowed and concealed are more to be feared than when open and declared.Cicero.

Tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus—The secret wound still lives in our heart.Virgil.

Tact is one of the first of mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best talents. It supplies the place of many talents.Simms.

Tadeln kann ein jeder Bauer; besser machen wird ihm sauer—Every boor can find fault; it would baffle him to do better.German Proverb.

Tadeln können zwar die Thoren, / Aber klüger handeln nicht—Fools can find fault indeed, out they cannot act more wisely.Langbein.

Tædium vitæ—Weariness of life; disgust with existence.Gellius.

Tages Arbeit, Abends Gäste, / Saure Wochen, frohe Feste, / Sei dein künftig Zauberwort—Be work by day, guests at eve, weeks of toil, festive days of joy, the magic spell for thy future.Goethe.

Take a bird from a clean nest.Gaelic Proverb.

Take a farthing from a thousand pounds, it will be a thousand pounds no longer.Goldsmith.

Take a hair of the same dog that bit you, and it will heal the wound.Proverb.

Take a stick to a Highland laddie, and it’s no him you hurt, but his ancestors.J. M. Barrie.

Take all that is given, whether wealth, / Or love, or language; nothing comes amiss; / A good digestion turneth all to health.George Herbert.

Take any subject of sorrowful regret, and see with how much pleasure it is associated.Dickens.

Take away desire from the heart, and you take away the air from the earth.Bulwer Lytton.

Take care of the pence; the pounds will take care of themselves.Proverb.

Take care to be an economist in prosperity; there is no fear of your not being one in adversity.Zimmermann.

Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.Hamlet, i. 3.

Take everything easy (leicht); leave off dreaming and brooding (Grübeln), and you will be ever well guarded from a thousand evils.Uhland.

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her, for she is thy life.Bible.

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard, and his desire for knowledge ceases.Rousseau.

Take heed, and beware of covetousness; for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.Jesus.

Take heed of the vinegar of sweet wine.Proverb.

Take heed you find not that you do not seek.Proverb.

Take-it-easy and Live-long are brothers.German Proverb.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.Jesus.

Take no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.Jesus.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.Jesus.

Take not His name who made thy mouth in vain: / It gets thee nothing, and has no excuse.George Herbert.

Take note, take note, O world, / To be direct and honest is not safe.Othello, iii. 3.

Take physic, pomp; / Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel; / That thou mayst shake the superflux to them, / And show the heavens more just.King Lear, iii. 4.

Take the Muses’ servants by the hand; / … And where ye justly can commend, commend them; / And aiblins when they winna stand the test, / Wink hard, and say the folks hae done their best.Burns.

Take the showers as they fall, / … Enough if at the end of all / A little garden blossom.Tennyson.

Take this rule,… The best-bred child hath the best portion.Proverb, Herbert.

Take thou the beam out of thine own eye; then shalt thou see clearly to take the mote out of thy brother’s.Jesus.

Take thought for thy body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone; and if they are dim, the whole world is beclouded.Goethe.

Take time by the forelock.Thales.

Take time in time, ere time be tint (lost).Scotch Proverb.

Take time in turning a corner.Proverb.

Take up the torch and wave it wide, / The torch that lights Time’s thickest gloom.Bonar.

Take your thirst to the stream, as the dog does.Gaelic Proverb.

Taking, therefore, my opinion of the English from the virtues and vices practised among the vulgar, they at once present to a stranger all their faults, and keep their virtues up only for the inquiring of a philosopher.Goldsmith.

Tale tuum carmen nobis, divine poeta, / Quale sopor fessis—Thy song is to us, O heavenly bard, as sleep to wearied men.Virgil.