Adages, Volume 1. Front Cover. Desiderius Erasmus. University of Toronto Press , Volume 31 of Collected Works of Erasmus · Works, Desiderius Erasmus. Erasmus was fascinated by proverbs and prepared a collection of more than of them, accompanying each with his comments, sometimes in a few lines and. Full text of “Proverbs, chiefly taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, with explanations ; and further illustrated by corresponding examples from the Spanish, Italian.

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That was his mission, and he usually succeeded.

Aut Regem aut Fatuum nasci oportuit. But, avages dame Fortune frown, And cast thee fairly down, By Jove thou may’st lie erwsmus and rot. Observing the man to blow or breathe into his hands, the Satyr asked him, for what purpose he did that?

It is based on the translations and scholarship of the Collected Works of Erasmus – mostly that of Sir Roger Mynors but also the work of Phillips herself. In the countries where scorpions breed, they are frequently found lying under stones, as worms are in this country ; any one therefore incautiously removing a stone, under which one of these venemous reptiles may happen to lie, will adzges in danger of being stung by the enraged animal, whence the proverb.

Ingratitude and the unyielding bent of nature were typified by the Greeks under the elegant representation of a goat giving suck to the whelp of a wolf, with a subscription, which has been thus rendered.

When any one attempts what he is totally unqualified for, adaes may be said to be labouring without the assistance of Minerva, the reputed zdages of wisdom, ” natura repugnante, ” against nature. His Praise of Folly, still a masterpiece of slyly subversive wit, was in a sense the first bestseller, read covertly under desks and sniggered over by countless trainee monks and priests.

JEdibus in nostris, qucK prava, aut recta gerantur. The crow seizing on a scorpion, and think- ing he had got a delicate morsel, was stung to death.

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You have been fortunate in getting out of that difficulty, or that you did not engage in a business, which, however promising it might appear, could not but have involved you in much trouble. Pythagoras also admonishes, ” when the wind rises, to worship the echo,” that is in times of erasmis and dis- sension, to retire into the country, the seat of the echo. To be possessed of friends, is doubt- less valuable, as they may stand us in stead in our troubles ; but in the ordinary occur- rences of life, money may be depended on with more certainty, as it will purchase us both 69 both conveniences and friends.

Forbes says, ” that erasmhs musical snakes were known in Palestine, from the Psalmist comparing the ungodly to ‘ the deaf adder, which stoppeth her ears, and refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely. To make learning useful, it must be communi- cated. No one must expect to be perfect in any art, without incessant care and diligence; therefore, ” Nulla dies abeat, quin linea ducta supersit,” no day should be suffered to pass, without leav- ing some memorial of itself.


OccultcB Musices nullus Respectus. University of Toronto Press, — Where there are friends, there is wealth, or, in the usual acceptation of the proverb, It is better to have friends without money, than money without friends.

Ubi amid, ibi opes. To deceive with false pretences, or to mis- represent any matter, erasums make it appear different to what it is, was called painting or discolouring the subject; and as a species of fucus was anciently used as a dye, persons so disguising what they treated of, were said ” fucum facere,” to give a false colour to it.

Austin, ” he would understand, then, when he should be able to easmus the sea dry,” or numerous other similar inquiries, which would be of little use if they could be discovered, but upon which many volumes have been written, neglecting, in the mean while, to inquire what might make men more quiet, contented, and happy ; or might tend to remove the misery and distress with which the world is overwhelmed.

The adage was also applied generally to persons who, restrained by fear, or from motives of prudence, avoided giving their opinion on any subject. 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.

It may also be used in the way of admonishing any one to cease exerting himself in any course or busi- ness from which lie has already gained all the advantage it is likely to produce, or to change or dismiss an instructor from whom o he has learned all that he is capable of teach- ing. You are preaching to the deaf; to prepos- sessed and prejudiced ears; to persons so adags sotted and addicted to their vices, that they will not listen to you, though your advice he most suitable to them, and such as they can- not reject, but to their manifest disadvantage.

Failing in the attempt, this adage, ” Nihil ad versum,” was applied ; intimating that the action did not correspond with the sense, or meaning of adaages verse. It was for that purpose we are to suppose that Cato had such frequent recourse to the bottle. Erasjus a more honorable way, the adage applies to persons of integrity, who are inge- nuous, and open, and in all concerns of busi- ness, will speak the truth.

Adages books Books by Asages Erasmus. Views Read Adagrs View history. But even from such it is not always well received. Our country- man, Churchill, has ridiculed this superstition with much humour.

It is like attempting ” jungere vulpes,” to yoke adgaes or u mulgere hircum,” to milk a he-goat. We say, perhaps more pertinently, to great chat- terers, ” you prate like a parrot or a magpye,” which are still more famed for garrulity, than the turtle-dove, ” Quse tamen, non ore tan- turn, sed etiam postica corporis parte clamare fertur.


The dread which many of our good women feel on overturning a salt-cellar, is doubtless erasmys relict of the veneration in which this sub- stance was anciently held. Prices are subject to change without notice. The man, on the other hand, contended, that having hired the ass for the journey, he had a right to use him as a screen from the sun, as adzges as to carry his goods ; besides, he added, the goods on the back of the ass, which were his, afforded more 73 more than half the shade; and so long a dis- pute ensued, which came at length to blows.

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Exhausted by a war of ten years, they then began to consult about restoring Helen, on whose account the contest had been undertaken.

More loquacious than the turtle-dove. It was, there- fore, only suitable to the circumstances of the rich to visit a place so dissipated and expen- sive. We often find great reluctance, and have much difficulty, in bringing ourselves to set about a business, but being once en- gaged in it, we usually then go on with plea- sure, feeling ourselves interested in carrying it on to its completion.

This was prepared by beating it, and then incorporating it with a solution of gum arable.

But it more often expends itself in envying and endeavouring to depress their rivals. I am between the hammer and. Sir, said Bacon, tall men are like like houses of four or five stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst fur- nished. Prices do not include postage and handling if applicable. Adversus Adversus solem ne loquitor. 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.

The adage is said to be derived from from the bridegroom scattering nuts when leading his spouse to the temple; intimating erzsmus he now purposed to give up boyish sports, among drasmus playing with nuts, was not unfrequent.

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To a late period, it was usual with the nobles, in this, as well as in other countries of Europe, to entertain in their houses a fool, for their diversion, who often took the liberty of re- proving their masters for their follies, and in much freer language than any other persons were permitted to use. No day without a line, was the advice and the practice of Apelles.

Axages stone so called from Heraclea a city in Lydia, from whence it was brought. A philosopher being asked by his neighbour, what would best fatten his horse? Ex Umbra in Solem.

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