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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In what man- ner it would have been executed by him can- not be conjectured, doubtless in a way supe- rior to that in which it is treated here; and had it been accomplished, it would have superseded the present attempt: Festucam ex alterius Oculo ejicere.

Ac- customed to find every one bending to their humours, and to have all their wishes grati- fied, they are ill qualified to mix efasmus the world, and to encounter the thousand cross acci- accidents, which every one, whatever may be their rank, will be sure to aadages with. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet.

And the French, ” N’as tu pas tort, de reveiller le chat qui dort? The proverb took its rise from a supposed power of the polypus of assuming the colour of any sub- stance to which it adheres. The first edition, titled Collectanea Adagiorumwas published in Paris inin a slim quarto of around eight hundred entries.

He who has adagfs learnt to deny, is only half educated ; he should be put under guardians as one not yet of age, and unfit to manage his own concerns.

As we are admonished by the preceding aphorism, not to employ our minds too sedu- lously in acquiring a adaages of things placed far beyond our reach, by this we are advised not with too much anxiety to seek after worldly wealth, as large and splendid houses, rich furniture, clothes, and diet, which, as they contribute little or nothing to our happiness, acages be deemed unworthy our regard.

Sir, said Bacon, tall men are like like houses of four or five stories, wherein commonly the uppermost room is worst fur- nished. The person there- fore, for whom we purpose being bound, a strong term, should be one of tried fidelity, whom we have long known, and in whose wel- fare, either as being a daages relation or an inti- L 3 erasmu ; mate friend, we feel ourselves strongly inte- rested ; to this should also be added, that the sum for which we become surety, be not so large that the loss of it would materially injure ourselves or family: Persons attached to the fortune, not to the beauty or dispositions of their mistresses or adgaes, were so called.


My Content 1 Recently viewed 1 Adages. It is like washing bricks, which the more you scour them, the more muddy they become: It is like making a rope of sand ; labouring to Erasmuw to do what can by no art be effected ; this may be said to persons bringing together in the way of argument, things not having the least co- herence or connection.

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. They have no nose, or they would have smelt it out. 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. L 4 Nescts quid serus Vesper vehat. Et meum Tclum Cuspidem habet acuminatum. Take not a swallow under your roof, he only pays his visit in the spring, but when winter, the time of difficulty and hardships, approaches, he is gone.

This not being in- telligible, the king desired an explanation. To posterity they must look for justice, which never fails paying to their genius and erwsmus, the homage that had erasmu refused them by their own age and country.

Cor 7 Cor ne edito. The ship has escaped the threatened danger and is arrived safely in port. Many of the adages have become commonplace in many European languages, and we owe our use of them to Erasmus. Go shake some other tree, you have reaped sufficient profit, or taken fruit enough from this. Even the opinion of a clown may be at- tended to with advantage.

A prolific author, Erasmus wrote on both ecclesiastic and general human interest subjects. University of Toronto Press, — Such wanton petulance is well re- proved by the following: Alexander and Caesar had no descendants. For how should a man be a friend to strangers, who neglects what is necessary for the comfortable subsistence of himself and family? It was, there- fore, only suitable to the circumstances of the rich to visit a place so dissipated and expen- sive.

Adversus Adversus solem ne loquitor.

The empress was so pleased with the adventure, that erzsmus ordered the hen to be taken care of, and the laurel to be set in the garden- 32 garden.

With the first he nourished himself; with the second he paid his debts; the third he laid out at interest, and the fourth he threw away. Too much even of the best of things will tire. None fall so easily under the influence of this prejudice, as poets, orators, and artisans, who are gene- rally as much enamoured with their own pro- ductions, as lovers are with the charms of their mistresses.


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To make a white or a black line, with chalk, or with charcoal, against the name of any one, adags in like manner used to denote zdages, or disapproval of his conduct. Ignem ne Gladio fodito. Of a higher kind are those containing some moral precept, or rule, for our conduct in life, as, “Feras non culpes quod vitari non potest,” what can’t be cured must be endured.

Fcsnum habet in Cornu, longefuge.

Death to the eagle

In popular assemblies among the ancients, the persons who had a right to vote, had a white and a black stone given them. One man labours and another reaps the pro- fit, or one man commits the crime but another suffers the punishment.

We may there- fore more truly say, ” Ubi opes, ibi amici,” he that has wealth has friends ; ” Vulgus amicitias utilitate probat,” for friends are commonly esteemed only in proportion to the advantages they are able to procure us.

With the censures, however, on the monks and clergy, and with various other strictures, alluding to circumstances which have long ceased to exist, we have no concern. With the same string, passed several times around them, they were confined to prevent their separating, and being injured or lost, when no one was reading, or using them, and thence, Pancirollus thinks, a bundle of them obtained the name of volumen, or a volume.

Magis in Magis mutus quam Pisces. Incidis in Scyllam, cupiens vitare Charybdim.

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Johnson, as appears by the list of works he had proposed undertaking, given by Mr. The phrase srasmus used by us in as many ways, as it was formerly among the Romans. Born in the fourth moon. Lydius Lapis, sive Heradius Lapis.

The silent erzsmus internal questioning our own secret motives for action, would lead us to set a true value on our conduct, by directing us to the springs from whence it proceeded. Indignus qui illl Matellam porrigat.