C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The master’s eye makes the horse fat.

From the Latin.

It is the enemy who keep the sentinel watchful.

Mme. Swetchine.

Vigilance is not only the price of liberty, but of success of any sort.


He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard.


There is a significant Latin proverb, to wit, Who will guard the guards?

H. W. Shaw.

A prudent person, having to do with a designing one, will always distrust most when appearances are fairest.


  • Chance will not do the work. Chance sends the breeze;
  • But if the pilot slumber at the helm,
  • The very wind that wafts us tow’rds the port
  • May dash us on the shoals. The steersman’s part
  • Is vigilance, or blow it rough or smooth.
  • Ben Jonson.