On the lessons in proverbs, 5 lectures

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Strana 108 - As thou art in desire? Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteemst the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem, Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i
Strana 101 - ... come, he will send. There are others of the same family, as the following : The devil's meal is half bran ; or all bran, as the Italians still more boldly proclaim it;* unrighteous gains are sure to disappoint the getter ; the pleasures of sin, even in this present time, are largely dashed with its pains. And this? He had need of a long spoon that eats with the devil...
Strana 69 - ... are given, Sound, healthy children of the God of heaven, Are cheerful as the rising sun in May. What do we gather hence but firmer faith That every gift of noble origin Is breathed upon by Hope's perpetual breath ? That virtue and the faculties within Are vital, — and that riches are akin To fear, to change, to cowardice and death...
Strana 29 - Keep off, or you'll smutch me /"* the Spaniards, The raven cried to the crow, "Avaunt, blackamoor ;"f the Germans, One ass nicknames another, " Long-ears /"J while it must be owned there is a certain originality in the Catalan version of the proverb : Death said to the man with his throat cut, "How ugly you look.
Strana 2 - Arabs, of a man whose good luck seems never to forsake him, so that from the very things which would be another man's ruin, he extricates himself not merely without harm, but with profit and with credit. Of such a one they say : Fling him into the Nile, and he will come up with a fish in his mouth.
Strana 15 - I shall have occasion hereafter to mention, a Spanish scholar was able to make to the collected proverbs, so numerous before, of Spain. Nor do there want other indications of the like kind. Thus, the editor of very far the best modern collection of German proverbs, records this one, which is found, as he affirms, in no preceding collection, and which he himself never heard but once, and then from the lips of an aged lay servitor of a monastery in the Black Forest : Offend one monk, and the lappets...
Strana 94 - It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
Strana 109 - Muraille blanche, papier des sots. Add further, a few which occupy two lines : Argue consultum, te diliget ; argue stultum, Avertet vultum, nee te dimittet inultum. Balnea cornici non prosunt, nee meretrici ; Nee meretrix munda, nee cornix alba fit unda.
Strana 76 - Arabic proverb, as it appears to me, other than a very solemn one, being far deeper than at first sight it might seem : Every day in thy life is a leaf in thy history — a leaf which shall once be turned back to again, that it may be seen what was written there ; and that whatever was written may be read out in the hearing of all. And among the proverbs having to do with a prudent ordering of our lives from the very first, this Spanish seems well worthy to be adduced : That which the fool does in...

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