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To make proverbs of some Erasmus adages, try to replace “You’re” by “Don’t. ..” or “It’s unwise to” and similar, and see what you end up with. – TK. Erasmus, who contributed largely to the restoration of letters in Europe, bestowed no small portion of labour in collecting together, and explaining the proverbs. The Adages of Erasmus [William Barker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Erasmus was fascinated by proverbs and prepared a collection .

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His stratagem succeeded, no mischief being to be apprehended, as Tarquin supposed, from so degraded a being. The ass has fallen into the company of apes, was said when a man of mild and easy manners, and of weak understanding, was een associating with petulant and illnatured persons, “9 erazmus, who insulted, and turned him to ridicule.

Truth needs not the ornament of many words, it is most lovely then when least adorned. The adage is said to be derived from from the bridegroom scattering nuts when leading his spouse to the temple; intimating that he now purposed to give up boyish eraamus, among which playing with nuts, was not unfrequent. Flamma Fumo est proximo.

Perfectly smooth, and polished. The boy followed his advice, but the rich man, instead of in treating, or bribing him to desist, ordered his servants to take him before a magistrate, by whom he was severely punished. This city, from its commerce, and from the great concourse of strangers accustomed to visit it, became the o most wealthy, and in time, the most volup- tuous city in the world ; it was also cele- brated for its numerous and splendid temples, baths, theatres, and other exquisitely rich and beautiful public buildings, and unfortunately not less so for its debaucheries.

The Augur, whose office it was to expound to the people the meaning of the omens, is supposed to have derived the name, or title of the office, from avis gar- ritus, the chattering of birds. Persons in a very advanced age become feeble and impotent, their legs tremble, oblig- ing them to support themselves with a stick ; their hands shake, so that they are unable to cut their food, and at length of even carrying it to their mouths.

Erasmus thought he could not begin his Collection better than with this apo- thegm, which is of great antiquity, and much celebrated, and for the same reason it is here placed first. Kill two birds with one stone To swallow the hook The bowels of the earth Happy in one’s own skin Hanging by a thread The dog is worthy of his dinner To weigh anchor To grind one’s teeth Nowhere near the mark To throw cold water on Complete the circle In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king No sooner said than done Neither with bad things nor without them Women: Persons who were peculiarly unfortunate, scarcely any thing 31 thing succeeding to their minds, were said to be born in the fourth moon, that being the month in which Hercules was born, whose labours, though beneficial to the world, were productive of little advantage to himself.

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It is flogging a dead man, or one who re- gards your censures as little as do the dead, may be said to any one reproving a person who who is incorrigibly wicked, and who has lost all sense of shame or decency: It should also, and will, it may be expected, lead our people of all ranks to have so much respect for them- selves and regard for the honour of their country, as to shew no slavish servility to.


In short, to be a friend it is necessary that a man should shew him- self to be a reasonable and a good moral man, fulfilling his duty to God, to his country, and to himself. But even from such it is not always well received. No symptom however of such a change, it should be observed, has yet appeared, notwithstanding the losses their country has sustained and the degradation of their ruler: The adage was applied to fortunate persons, who were more prosperous than might have been expected from the little care and attention they paid to their business.

Affecting to give information to persons on subjects they are better acquainted with than ourselves, is like teaching birds to fly, or fishes to swim.

The The sense of smelling has perhaps been taken, preferably to any of the other senses, though they are all occasionally used, to denote the perfection or imperfection of the understand- ing, from observing the different value aadages is put upon dogs, in proportion as they have this sense more or less perfect.

The naked savage panting at the line, Boasts of his golden sands, and palmy wine, Basks in the glare, or stems the tepid wave, And thanks his Gods for all the good they gave, Nor less the patriot’s boast, where’er we roam, His first, best country ever is at home.

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But it more often expends itself in envying and endeavouring to depress their rivals. Erasmus is also funny: We still refer to Pandora’s box because of Erasmus it was, strictly speaking, a jar ; and we call a spade a spade because he mistranslated the Latin scapha, which actually means a skiff. There’s not the breadth of a nail, or of a straw, or of a hair, of difference between them, and yet even for that trifle, they keep up the contention and with no small degree of acri- mony. To such subjects, and to such as live in a state of constant alarm, fearing almost impossible accidents, the following is also applicable.

No attempt has been made, it will be ob- served, to arrange the proverbs in classes, or even to place them alphabetically. The contrary to this, but equally the child of superstition, is Alba GalllncE Films.

Friends to the table. The work continued to expand right up to the author’s death in to a final total of 4, entriesconfirming the fruit of Erasmus’ vast reading in ancient literature. The reason for this will best appear, by giving a short history of that work, and by relating some peculiarities in the life of the author. To make a white or a black line, with chalk, or with charcoal, against the name of any one, was in like manner used to denote approbation, or disapproval of his conduct.

You have explained that difficult passage, and rendered clear and luminous, what was before obscure and difficult. In Aqua vel in Saxis semen tern fads. Incidis in Scyllam, cupiens vitare Charybdim. But Erasmus always was readable. In morals, an earnest desire to be good, is in a great measure the means of becoming good.


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Nothing is so frequent in our mouths, nor is any thing less common than such a conjunction of minds as deserves the name of Friendship. Hence we say, by way of caution, to persons speak- ing too freely, on subjects that may give offence, do you not know that ” Les murs ont des oreilles? This silly bashfulness, an error most incident to ingenuous young men, should be arages ously resisted.

Of all the companions of William the Con- queror, who obtained the chief military digni- ties under his jurisdiction, it erawmus worth observ- ing, that hardly any one had any immediate male descendants in the third generation. Desist, leave off correcting and amending, “Nimia cura detent magis quam emendat,” too much care may injure instead of improving your work.

Ere, et cornipedum cursu afages equurum. The The adage is used by Philip Gualtier, a Flemish writer of the thirteenth century, in a poem celebrating the conquests of Alexander the Great. But, if dame Fortune frown, And cast thee fairly down, By Jove thou may’st lie there and rot.

Even so, Erawmus would have hardly considered mentioning this were it not for the fact that it is so extraordinarily readable; and often surprisingly relevant.

Ex Umbra in Solem. XV them to make a communication with them desirable.

Why awake the lion who may tear you in pieces? Do not stir the fire with a sword, do not irritate an angry person; rather aadages to sooth and appease him, and take some more convenient opportunity for reproof. But we often carry this affection too far, and are thence led, not only to prefer our own possessions, as was noticed under the last adage, but to think too cheaply of, or even C 41 even to despise those of our neighbours.

The crow seizing on a scorpion, and think- ing he had got a delicate morsel, was stung to death. As a comparatively small portion only of mankind can inhabit the temperate regions of the earth, or can acquire a larger portion of the goods of fortune, than are necessary for their subsistence, if this disposition to be contented with, and even to give a prefer- ence to our native soil, and adgaes home, had not been implanted in us by Providence, the misery and distress, already so abundant in the world, would have been greatly in- creased.

As the philosophers rarely sought after, and therefore seldom acquired wealth, they were frequent in admonishing the great men of the world of this truth, ” that death levels all distinctions,” and that ” Pobreza no es vileza,” poverty is no disgrace.

Persons who are so tractable are said ” to be led by the nose,” and of such, artful men do not fail to take advantage. Holding in one hand a stone, in the other bread, from the custom of enticing dogs, whom we mean to beat, by holding out to them a piece of bread ; or a horse, when we want zdages harness him, by shewing him corn.