James Wood, comp. Dictionary of Quotations. 1899.
Ultra posse to Utinam tam facile
Ultra posse nemo obligatur—Nobody can be bound to do beyond what he is able to do.Law.
Ultra vires—Beyond the powers or rights possessed.
Um das Leben zu erkennen, muss man sich vom Leben absondern—To know life, a man must separate himself from life.Feuerbach.
Um einen Mann zu schàtzen, muss man ihn / Zu prufen wissen—In order to estimate a man, one must know how to test him.Goethe.
Um Gut’s zu thun, braucht’s keiner Ueberlegung; / Der Zweifel ist’s, der Gutes böse macht, / Bedenke nicht! gewähre wie du’s fühlst—To do good needs no consideration; it is doubt that makes good evil. Don’t reflect; do good as you feel.Goethe.
Un ángulo me basta entre mis lares, / Un libro y un amigo, un sueño breve, / Que no perturben deudas ni pesares—Enough for me a nook by a hearth of my own, a good book, a friend, a short sleep, unburdened by debt and sorrow.Rioja.
Un bienfait reproché tint toujours lieu d’offense—To reproach a man with your kindness to him is tantamount to an affront.Racine.
Un bon ami vaut mieux que cent parents—A good friend is worth more than a hundred relations.French Proverb.
Un bon ouvrier n’est jamais trop chèrement payé—The wages of a good workman are never too high.French Proverb.
Un clou chasse l’autre—One nail drives out another.French Proverb.
Un corps débile affaiblit l’âme—A feeble body weakens the mind.Rousseau.
Un des plus grands malheurs des honnêtes gens c’est qu’ils sont de lâches—One of the greatest misfortunes of worthy people is that they are cowards.Voltaire.
Un Dieu, un roy—One God, one king.Motto.
Un dîner réchauffé ne valut jamais rien—A dinner warmed up again was never worth anything.Boileau.
Un enfant en ouvrant les yeux doit voir la patrie, et jusqu’à la mort ne voir qu’elle—A child, on first opening his eyes, ought to see his country, and till death through life see only it.French.
Un fat quelque fois ouvre un avis important—A simpleton often suggests a significant bit of advice.Boileau.
Un fou avise bien un sage—A wise man may learn of a fool.French Proverb.
Un frère est un ami donné par la nature—A brother is a friend provided by nature.Legouvé père.
Un gentilhomme qui vit mal est un monstre dans la nature—A nobleman who leads a degraded life is a monster in nature.Molière.
Un homme d’esprit seroit souvent bien embarrassé sans la compagnie des sots—A man of wit would often be much embarrassed if it were not for the company of fools.La Rochefoucauld.
Un homme toujours satisfait de lui-même, peu souvent l’est des autres; rarement on l’est de lui—A man who is always well satisfied with himself seldom is so with others, and others rarely are with him.La Rochefoucauld.
Un homme vous protège par ce qu’il vaut; une femme par ce que vous valez. Voilà pourquoi de ces deux empires, l’un est si odieux, l’autre si doux—A man protects you by what he is worth; a woman by what you are worth. That is why the empire of the one is so odious, and the other so sweet.French.
Un livre est un ami qui ne trompe jamais—A book is a friend that never deceives us.French.
Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments—A liar is always lavish of oaths.Corneille.
Un père est un banquier donné par la nature—A father is a banker provided by nature.French.
Un peu d’encens brulé rajuste bien des choses—A little incense offered puts many things to rights.
Un peu de fiel gâte beaucoup de miel—A little gall spoils a great deal of honey.French Proverb.
Un renard n’est pas pris deux fois à un piège—A fox is not caught twice in the same trap.French Proverb.
Un sot n’a pas assez d’étoffe pour être bon—A fool has not stuff in him to turn out well.La Rochefoucauld.
Un sot savant est sot plus qu’un sot ignorant—A learned fool is more a fool than an ignorant one.French Proverb.
Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l’admire—Every fool finds a greater to admire him.Boileau.
Un soupir, un regard, un mot de votre bouche, / Voilà l’ambition d’un cœur comme le mien—A sigh, a look, a word from your lips, that is the ambition of a heart like mine.Racine.
Un souvenir heureux est peut-être sur terre / Plus vrai que le bonheur—A happy recollection is perhaps in this world more real than the happiness it recalls.French. (?)
Un “tiens” vaut mieux que deux “tu l’aura”—One “take this” is worth more than two “you-shall-have-it.”French Proverb.
Un viaggiatore prudente non disprezza mai il suo paese—A wise traveller never depreciates his own country.Goldoni.
Una dies aperit, conficit una dies—In one day it opens its blossoms, in one day it decays.Ausonius of the rose.
Una salus victis nullam sperare salutem—The only safety for the conquered is to hope for no safety.Virgil.
Una voce—With one voice; unanimously.
Unbedingte Thätigkeit, von welcher Art sie sei, macht zuletzt bankerott—Undisciplined activity in any line whatever ends at last in failure.Goethe.
Unbidden guests / Are often welcomest when they are gone.1 Henry VI., ii. 2.
Unbounded courage and compassion join’d, / Tempting each other in the victor’s mind, / Alternately proclaim him good and great, / And make the hero and the man complete.Addison.
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life.Congreve.
Uncertainty! fell demon of our fears! The human soul, that can support despair, supports not thee.Mallet.
Unconsciousness belongs to pure unmixed life; consciousness, to a diseased mixture and conflict of life and death; unconsciousness is the sign of creation; consciousness, at best, that of manufacture. So deep, in this existence of ours, is the significance of mystery.Carlyle.
Unconsciousness is one of the most important conditions of a good style in speaking or in writing.R. S. White.
Und bin ich strafbar, weil ich menschlich war? Ist Mitleid Sünde?—And am I to suffer for it because I was born a man? Is pity a sin?Schiller.
Und da keiner wollte leiden, / Dass der andre für ihn zahle / Zahlte keiner von den beiden—And as neither would allow the other to pay for him, neither paid at all.Heine.
Und der Mensch versuche die Götter nicht / Und begehre nimmer und nimmer zu schauen, / Was sie gnädig bedecken mit Nacht und Grauen—And let not man tempt the gods, and let him never, never desire to behold what they have graciously hid under a veil of night and terror.Schiller.
Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle, / Die Sonne bleibt am Himmelszelt! / Es waltet dort ein heiliger Wille; / Nicht blindem Zufall dient die Welt—And though the cloud veils his light, the sun is ever in the tent of heaven. There a holy will holds sway, to no blind chance is the world the servant.von Weber.
Und scheint die Sonne noch so schön, / Am Ende muss sie untergehen—And though the sun still shines so brightly, in the end it must go down.Heine.
Und vor der Wahrheit mächt’gem Siege / Verschwindet jedes Werk der Lüge—And before the mighty triumph of the truth, every work of lies will one day vanish.Schiller.
Und was kein Verstand der Verständigen sieht / Das übet in Einfalt ein kindisch Gemüt—And what no intelligence of the intelligent sees, that is practised in simplicity by a childish mind.Schiller.
Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär’ / Und wollt uns gar verschlingen / So fürchten wir uns nicht so sehr, / Es soll uns doch gelingen—And were this all devils o’er, / And watching to devour us, / We lay it not to heart so sore, / Not they can overpower us.Luther.
Und wenn ich dich lieb habe, was geht es dich an?—And if I love thee, what is that to thee?Goethe.
Und wenn ihr euch nur selbst vertraut, / Vertrauen euch die andern Seelen—And if ye only trust yourselves, other souls will trust you.Goethe.
Und wer mich nicht verstehen kann, / Der lerne besser lesen—And let him who cannot understand me learn to read better.Goethe.
Undank ist der Welt Lohn—Ingratitude is the world’s reward.German Proverb.
Unde fames homini vetitorum tanta ciborum est?—Why does man hunger so much after forbidden fruit?Ovid.
Unde habeas quærit nemo; sed oportet habere—Whence you have got your wealth, nobody inquires; but you must have it.Juvenal.
Unde / Ingenium par materiæ?—Where can we find talent equal to the subject?Juvenal.
Unde tibi frontem libertatemque parentis, / Cum facias pejora senex?—Whence can your authority and liberty as a parent come, when you, who are old, do worse things?Juvenal.
Under a despotic government there is no such thing as patriotic feeling, and its place is supplied in other ways, by private interest, public fame, and devotion to one’s chief.La Bruyère.
Under all sorrow there is the force of virtue; over all ruin, the restoring charity of God. To these alone we have to look; in these alone we may understand the past, and predict the future destiny of the ages.Ruskin.
Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better.Carlyle.
Under fair words have a care of fraud.Portuguese Proverb.
Under sackcloth there is something else.Spanish and Portuguese Proverb.
Under the sky is no uglier spectacle than two men with clenched teeth and hell-fire eyes hacking one another’s flesh, converting precious living bodies and priceless living souls into nameless masses of putrescence, useful only for turnip-manure.Carlyle.
Under the weight of his knowledge, a man cannot move so lightly as in the days of his simplicity.Ruskin.
Under white ashes there often lurk glowing embers.Danish Proverb.
Underground / Precedency’s a jest; vassal and lord, / Grossly familiar, side by side consume.Blair.
Underneath this stone doth lie / As much beauty as could die; / Which in life did harbour give / To more virtue than doth live.Jonson, on Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland.
Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it.Bible.
Understanding is the most important matter in everything.Hans Andersen.
Understanding is the wages of a lively faith, and faith is the reward of a humble ignorance.Quarles.
Undertake no more than you can perform.Proverb.
Undipped people may be as good as dipped, if their hearts are clean.Ruskin’s rendering of the faith of St. Martin.
Undique ad inferos tantundem viæ est—Descend by what way you will, you come at last to the nether world.Anaxagoras.
Une faute niée est deux fois commise—A fault denied is twice committed.French Proverb.
Une froideur ou une incivilité qui vient de ceux qui sout au-dessus de nous nous les fait hair, mais un salut ou un sourire nous les ræconcilie—A coldness or an incivility from such as are above us makes us hate them, but a salute or a smile quickly reconciles us to them.
Une grande âme est au-dessus de l’injustice, de la douleur, de la moquerie; et elle seroit invulnérable si elle ne souffroit par la compassion—A great soul is proof against injustice, pain, and mockery; and it would be invulnerable if it were not open to compassion.
Une nation boutiquière—A nation of shopkeepers.B. Barrère, Napoleon, of England.
Une once de vanité gâte un quintal de mérite—An ounce of vanity spoils a hundredweight of merit.French Proverb.
Une seule foi, une seule langue, un seul cœur—One faith, one tongue, one heart.French Proverb.
Une souris qui n’a qu’un trou est bientôt prise—A mouse that has only one hole is soon taken.French Proverb.
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.2 Henry IV., iii. 1.
Unendlich ist das Räthsel der Natur—Endless is the riddle of Nature.Körner.
Unendlichkeit kann nur das Wesen ahnen / Das zur Unendlichkeit erkoren ist—Only that being can surmise the infinite who is chosen for infinity.Liedge.
Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.Goldsmith.
Unequal marriages are seldom happy ones.Proverb.
Unextinguish’d laughter shakes the skies.Pope.
Unfaith in aught is want of faith in all.Tennyson.
Unfortunate and imprudent are two words for the same thing.French Proverb.
Unfortunately friends too often weigh one another in their hypochondriacal humours, and in an over-exacting spirit. One must weigh men by avoirdupois weight, and not by the jeweller’s scales.Goethe.
Unfortunately, it is more frequently the opinions expressed on things than the things themselves that divide men.Goethe.
Ung je servirai—One will I serve.Motto.
Ung roy, ung foy, ung loy—One king, one faith, one law.Motto.
Ungern entdeck’ ich höheres Geheimniss—It is with reluctance I ever unveil a higher mystery.Goethe.
Unguibus et rostro—With nails and beak; with tooth and nail.
Unguis in ulcere—A nail in the wound.Cicero.
Unhappy is the man for whom his own mother has not made all mothers venerable.Jean Paul.
Unhappy lot of man! Hardly has the mind attained maturity, when the body begins to pine away.Montesquieu.
Unhappy state of kings! it is well the robe of majesty is gay, or who would put it on?Hannah More.
Unheedful vows may heedfully be broken; / And he wants wit that wants resolvèd will, / To learn his wit to exchange the bad for better.Two Gent. of Verona, ii. 6.
Uniformity must tire at last, though it be uniformity of excellence. We love to expect, and when expectation is disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting.Johnson.
Uni æquus virtuti, atque ejus amicis—Friendly to virtue alone and to the friends of virtue.Horace.
Unica virtus necessaria—Virtue is the only thing necessary.
Union does everything when it is perfect; it satisfies desires, it simplifies needs, it foresees the wishes of the imagination; it is an aisle always open, and becomes a constant fortune.De Senancour.
Union (combination) is best for men, either with their own tribe or with strangers; for even a grain of rice groweth not when divided from its husk.Hitopadesa.
Union is strength.Proverb.
Unitate fortior—Stronger by being united.Motto.
“United we stand, divided we fall,” / It made and preserves us a nation.G. P. Morris.
Unity, agreement, is always silent or soft-voiced; it is only discord that loudly proclaims itself.Carlyle.
Unity and morality belong to philosophy, not to poetry.William Blake.
Unity and simplicity are the two true sources of beauty. Supreme beauty resides in God.Winckelmann.
Uniforms are often masks.Wellington.
Universal love is a glove without fingers, which fits all hands alike, and none closely; but true affection is like a glove with fingers, which fits one hand only, and sits close to that one.Jean Paul.
Universal plodding prisons up / The nimble spirits in the arteries, / As motion and long-during action tires / The sinewy vigour of the traveller.Love’s L’s. Lost, iv. 3.
Universal suffrage I will consult about the quality of New Orleans pork or the coarser kinds of Irish butter; but as to the character of men, I will if possible ask it no question.Carlyle.
Universus mundus exercet histrioniam—All the world practises the player’s art.
Unjust acquisition is like a barbed arrow, which must be drawn backward with horrible anguish, or else will be your destruction.Jeremy Taylor.
Unkind language is sure to produce the fruits of unkindness, that is, suffering in the bosom of others.Bentham.
Unkindness destroys love.Proverb.
Unkindness has no remedy at law; let its avoidance be with you a point of honour.Hosea Ballou.
Unknell’d, uncoffin’d, and unknown.Byron.
Unlawful desires are punished after the effect of enjoying; but impossible desires are punished in the desire itself.Sir P. Sidney.
Unlearn not what you have learned.Antisthenes.
Unlearned men of books assume the care, / As eunuchs are the guardians of the fair.Young.
Unless a man can link his written thoughts with the everlasting wants of men, so that they shall draw from them as from wells, there is no more immortality to the thoughts and feelings of the soul than to the muscles and the bones.Ward Beecher.
Unless a man works he cannot find out what he is able to do.Hamerton.
Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.Hare.
Unless above himself he can / Erect himself, how poor a thing is man!Daniel.
Unless music exalt and purify, virtually it is not music at all.Ruskin.
Unless quickened from above and from within, art has in it nothing beyond itself which is visible beauty.Dr. John Brown.
Unless the people can be kept in total darkness, it is the wisest way for the advocates of truth to give them full light.Whately.
Unless we are accustomed to them from early youth, splendid chambers and elegant furniture are for people who neither have nor can have any thoughts.Goethe.
Unless we can cast off the prejudices of the man and become as children, docile and unperverted, we need never hope to enter the temple of philosophy.Sir Wm. Hamilton.
Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.Epictetus.
Unless we see our object, how shall we know how to place or prize it in our understanding, our imagination, our affections?Carlyle.
Unlesson’d girl, unschool’d, unpractised; / Happy in this, she is not yet so old / But she may learn.Mer. of Ven., iii. 2.
Unlike my subject now shall be my song; / It shall be witty, but it shan’t be long.Chesterfield.
Unlike the sun, intellectual luminaries shine brightest after they set.Colton.
Unmarried men are best friends, best masters, best servants, but not always best subjects; for they are light to run away, and almost all fugitives are of that condition.Bacon.
Unmingled good cannot be expected; but as we may lawfully gather all the good within our reach, we may be allowed to lament over that which we lose.Johnson.
Unmingled joys to no one here befall; / Who least, hath some; who most, hath never all.Coleridge.
Unmöglich ist’s was Edle nicht vermögen—That is impossible which noble souls are unable to do.Goethe.
Unnatural deeds / Do breed unnatural troubles: infected minds / To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.Macbeth, v. 1.
Unnumbered suppliants crowd preferment’s gate, / Athirst for wealth, and burning to be great; / Delusive fortune hears the incessant call, / They mount, they shine, evaporate, and fall.Johnson.
Uno avulso non deficit alter—If one is torn away, another takes its place.Motto.
Uno ictu—At once (lit. at one blow).
Uno impetu—At once (lit. by one onset).
Uno levanto la caza, y otro la mata—One starts the game, and another carries it off.Spanish Proverb.
Unproductive truth is none. But there are products which cannot be weighed in patent scales, or brought to market.J. Sterling.
Unpublished nature will have its whole secret told.Emerson.
Unreasonable haste is the direct road to error.Molière.
Unreflective minds possess thoughts only as a jug does water, by containing them. In a disciplined mind knowledge exists like vital force in the physical frame, ready to be directed to tongue, or hand, or foot, hither, thither, anywhere, and for any use desired.Coley.
Unseasonable mirth always turns to sorrow.Cervantes.
Unselfish and noble acts are the most radiant epochs in the biography of souls. When wrought in the earliest youth, they lie in the memory of age like the coral islands, green and sunny amidst the melancholy waste of ocean.Dr. Thomas.
Unser Gefühl für Natur gleicht der Empfindung des Kranken für die Gesundheit—Our feeling for nature is like the sensation of an invalid for health.Schiller.
Unsociable tempers are contracted in solitude, which will in the end not fail of corrupting the understanding as well as the manners, and of utterly disqualifying a man for the satisfactions and duties of life. Men must be taken as they are, and we neither make them nor ourselves better by flying from or quarrelling with them.Burke.
Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.Bible.
Unstained thoughts do seldom dream on evil; / Birds never limed no secret bushes fear.Shakespeare, The Rape of Lucrece.
Unstät treiben die Gedanken / Auf dem Meer der Leidenschaft—Unsteady is the course of thought on the sea of passion.Schiller.
Unsterblich ist was einmal hat gelebt—What has once lived is immortal.G. Kinkel.
Unsterblich sein, das ist der Dichtkunst Los—Immortality is the destiny of the poetic art.Feuchtersleben.
Unter allen Völkerschaften haben die Griechen den Traum des Lebens am schönsten geträumt—Of all peoples the Greek has dreamt most enchantingly the dream of life.Goethe.
Unter mancherlei wunderlichen Albernheiten der Schulen kommt mir keine so vollkommen lächerlich vor, als der Streit über die Aechtheit alter Schriften, alter Werke. Ist es denn der Autor oder die Schrift die wir bewundern oder tadeln? es ist immer nur der Autor, den wir vor uns haben; was kümmern uns die Namen, wenn wir ein Geisteswerk auslegen?—Among the manifold strange follies of the schools, I know no one so utterly ridiculous and absurd as the controversy about the authenticity of old writings, old works. Is it the author or the writing we admire or censure? It is always the author we have before us. What have we to do with names, when it is a work of the spirit we are interpreting?Goethe.
Unthinking, idle, wild, and young, / I laughed, and danced, and talked, and sung.Princess Amelia.
Until men have learned industry, economy, and self-control, they cannot be safely intrusted with wealth.Gladstone.
Until you know as much about other people’s affairs as they do themselves, it is not very safe to laugh at them or to find fault with them.W. E. Forster.
Unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he seemeth to have.Jesus.
Unto him who works, and feels he works, / This same grand year (the Golden Year) is ever at the doors.Tennyson.
Unto the pure all things are pure.St. Paul.
Unto the youth should be shown the worth of a noble and ripened age, and unto the old man, youth; that both may rejoice in the eternal circle, and life may in life be made perfect.Goethe.
Untwine me from the mass / Of deeds which make up life, one deed / Power shall fall short in or exceed.Browning.
Unum pro multis dabitur caput—One will be sacrificed for many.Virgil.
Unus et idem—One and the same.Motto.
Unus Pellæo juveni non sufficit orbis; / Æstuat infelix angusto limite mundi—One world is not enough for the youth of Pella; the unhappy man frets at the narrow limits of the world.Juvenal of Alexander the Great.
Unus vir nullus vir—One man is no man.Proverb.
Unvanquished Time, the conqueror of conquerors, and lord of desolation.Kirke White.
Unverhofft kommt oft—The unlooked-for often happens.German Proverb.
Unverzeihlich find’ ich den Leichtsinn; doch liegt er im Menschen—Levity I deem unpardonable, though it lies in the heart of man.Goethe.
Unwept, unhonour’d, and unsung.Scott.
Unwilling service earns no thanks.Danish Proverb.
Unwise work, if it but persist, is everywhere struggling towards correction and restoration to health; for it is still in contact with Nature, and all Nature incessantly contradicts it, and will heal it or annihilate it; not so with unwise talk, which addresses itself, regardless of veridical Nature, to the universal suffrages; and can, if it be dexterous, find harbour there, till all the suffrages are bankrupt and gone to Houndsditch.Carlyle.
Unworthy offspring brag most of their worthy descent.Danish Proverb.
Uom, se’ tu grande o vil? Muori, e il saprai—Man, whether thou be great or vile, die, and it will be known.Alfieri.
Up and try.Wollaston.
Up from unfeeling mould, / To seraphs burning round the Almighty’s throne, / Life rising still on life, in higher tone, / Perfection forms, and with perfection bliss.Thomson.
Up! up! my friend, and quit your books, / Or surely you’ll grow double. / Up! up! my friend, and clear your looks, / Why all this toil and trouble?Wordsworth.
Upbraiding turns a benefit into an injury.Proverb.
Upon every occasion, be sure to make a conscience of what you do or say.Thomas à Kempis.
Upon the common course of life must our thoughts and our conversation be generally employed.Johnson.
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.Disraeli.
Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper / Sprinkle cool patience.Hamlet, iii. 4.
Uprightness, judgment, and sympathy with others will profit thee at every time and in every place.Goethe.
Urbem lateritiam invenit, marmoream reliquit—He found a city of brick, and left it one of marble.Suetonius of the Rome of Cæsar Augustus.
Urbem quam dicunt Romam, Melibœe, putavi, / Stultus ego, huic nostræ similem—The city, Melibœus, which they call Rome, I foolishly imagined to be like this town of ours.Virgil.
Urbem venalem et mature perituram, si emptorem invenerit—A city for sale and ripe for ruin, once it finds a purchaser.Sallust of Rome.
Urbes constituit ætas: hora dissolvit. Momenta fit cinis, diu sylva—It takes an age to build a city, but an hour involves it in ruin. A forest is long in growing, but in a moment it may be reduced to ashes.Seneca.
Urbi et orbi—For Rome (lit. the city) and the world.
Urit enim fulgore suo, qui prægravat artes / Infra se positas: exstinctus amabitur idem—He who depresses the merits of those beneath him blasts them by his very splendour; but when his light is extinguished, he will be admired.Horace.
Ursprünglich eignen Sinn lass dir nicht rauben! / Woran die Menge glaubt, ist leicht zu glauben—Let no one conjure you out of your own native sense of things; what the multitude believe in is easy to believe.Goethe.
Urticæ proxima sæpe rosa est—The nettle is often next to the rose.Ovid.
Use almost can change the stamp of nature, / And either curb the devil, or throw him out.Hamlet, iii. 4.
Use doth breed a habit in a man.Two Gent. of Verona, v. 4.
Use every man after his desert, and who should ’scape whipping? Use them after your own honour and dignity; the less they deserve, the more merit is in your bounty.Hamlet, ii. 2.
Use him (the frog or bait) as if you loved him.Isaak Walton.
Use is the judge, the law, and rule of speech.Roscommon.
Use makes a better soldier than the most urgent considerations of duty—familiarity with danger enabling him to estimate the danger. He sees how much is the risk, and is not afflicted with imagination; knows practically Marshal Saxe’s rule, that every soldier killed costs the enemy his weight in lead.Emerson.
Use sin as it will use you; spare it not, for it will not spare you; it is your murderer, and the murderer of the whole world. Use it, therefore, as a murderer should be used; kill it before it kills you; and though it bring you to the grave, it shall not be able to keep you there.Baxter.
Use sometimes to be alone.George Herbert.
Use the pen; there is no magic in it, but it keeps the mind from staggering about. (?)
Use thy youth so that thou mayest have comfort to remember it when it hath forsaken thee, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof. Use it as the springtime which soon departeth, and wherein thou oughtest to plant and sow all provisions for a long and happy life.Sir Walter Raleigh.
Used with due abstinence, hope acts as a healthful tonic; intemperately indulged, as an enervating opiate. The visions of future triumph, which at first animate exertion, if dwelt upon too intently, will usurp the place of the stern reality; and noble objects will be contemplated, not for their own inherent worth, but on account of the day-dreams they engender. Thus hope, aided by imagination, makes one man a hero, another a somnambulist, and a third a lunatic; while it renders them all enthusiasts.Sir J. Stephen.
Useful be where thou livest, that they may / Both want and wish thy pleasing presence still. / Kindness, good parts, great places, are the way / To compass this.George Herbert.
Usefulness comes by labour, wit by ease.George Herbert.
Usque ad aras—To the very altars; to the last extremity.
Usque ad nauseam—Till one is utterly sick of it.
Usque adeone mori miserum est?—Is it then so very dreadful to die?Virgil.
Usque adeone / Scire tuum nihil est, nisi te scire hoc sciat alter?—Is then your knowledge to pass for nothing unless others know of it?
Usually speaking, the worst-bred person in company is a young traveller just returned from abroad.Swift.
Usury is a “concessum propter duritiam cordis” (a concession on account of hardness of heart); for, since there must be borrowing and lending, and men are so hard of heart as they will not lend freely, usury must be permitted.Bacon.
Usus est tyrannus—Custom is a tyrant.Proverb.
Usus promptum facit—Practice makes perfect.Proverb.
Ut ager, quamvis fertilis, sine cultura fructuosus esse non potest, sic sine doctrina animus—As a field, however fertile, can yield no fruit without culture, so neither can the mind of man without education.Seneca.
Ut canis e Nilo—Like the dog by the Nile, i.e., drinking and running.Proverb.
Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas—The will is commendable, though the ability may be wanting.Ovid.
Ut homines sunt, ita morem geras; / Vita quam sit brevis, simul cogita—As men are, so must you humour them. Think, at the same time, how short life is.Plautus.
Ut homo est, ita morem geras—As a man is, so must you humour him.Terence.
Ut infra—As mentioned below.
Ut metus ad omnes, pœna ad paucos perveniret—That fear may reach all, punish but few.Law.
Ut mos est—As the custom is.Juvenal.
Ut pictura, poësis—It fares with a poem as with a picture.Horace.
Ut placeas, debes immemor esse tui—That you may please others you must be forgetful of yourself.Ovid.
Ut plerique solent, naso suspendis adunco / Ignotos—As is the way with most people, you turn up your nose at men of obscure origin.Horace.
Ut possedis—As you now are; as you possess.
Ut prosim—That I may benefit others.Motto.
Ut quimus, quando ut volumus non licet—As we can, when we cannot as we wish.Terence.
Ut quisque contemtissimus et ludibrio est, ita solutæ linguæ est—The more despicable and ridiculous a man is, the readier he is with his tongue.Seneca.
Ut ridentibus arrident, ita flentibus adflent, / Humani vultus—Human countenances, as they smile on those who smile, so they weep with those that weep.Horace.
Ut sæpe summa ingenia in occulto latent!—How often are men of the greatest genius lost in obscurity!Plautus.
Ut sementem feceris, ita et metes—As you have sown so shall you also reap.Cicero.
Ut sunt humana, nihil est perpetuum—As human affairs go, nothing is everlasting.Plautus.
Ut sunt molles in calamitate mortalium animi!—How weak are the hearts of mortals under calamity!Tacitus.
Ut supra—As mentioned above.
Utendum est ætate; cito pede labitur ætas—We must make use of time; time glides past at a rapid pace.Ovid.
Uterque bonus belli pacisque minister—A good administrator equally in peace or in war.Ovid.
Utile dulci—The useful with the agreeable.
Utinam tam facile vera invenire possem, quam falsa convincere!—Would that I could as easily find out the true as I can detect the false.Cicero.