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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Though humanity and tender- ness towards our neighbours and associates, and a disposition to overlook slight offences, is highly commendable, and is becoming the frailty of our nature; yet too great facility in this point, is not only improper, but may in, the end be highly injurious, even to the parties whose offence we have overlooked.

To such subjects, and to such as live in a state of constant adaages, fearing almost impossible accidents, the following is also applicable.

Death to the eagle

University of Toronto Press, It is also an expression of the contemporary Humanism: His stratagem succeeded, no mischief being to be apprehended, as Tarquin supposed, from so degraded a being. In the course of a sermon he was preaching in his parish church, before he had attained to the dignity of a bishopric, finding his auditory careless and inattentive, he read, with great solemnity, a passage from a Hebrew book he happened to have with him. This multiplying of words is pretended to be done for greater security, but has the contrary effect, ” certa sunt paucis,” certainty, or freedom from doubt is found where there are fewest words.

The adage is applied to any one who has overcome some difficulty, with which he had been oppressed, and from which there seemed little chance of his being able to escape. A late envoy from Tripoli, having recommended to the academy in Sweden, to send some of their members to examine the plants and other productions of his country, said, ” that in return for the bread and salt he had received among them, he would give every assistance in his power, in forwarding their inquiries.

The French say of two persons whose intimacy is not likely to be of long duration, ” Elles ne mangeront pas un minot de sel ensemble,” they will not eat a bushel of salt together. Erawmus you have escaped an injury, or when any dispute or contest in which you were en- gaged is compromised, and settled, do nothing that may revive it, you may not come off a second time so well.

Adqges 13 Ad Finem ubi perveneris, ne veils reverti. The opposite to this is Turtura loquacior. Blinder than a mole. You must not neglect those who have been entertained at your table, or with whom you have eaten salt.

Adages of Erasmus Quotes

Malta cadant inter Calicem, erasmuw Labra. Indignus qui illl Matellam porrigat. Demosthenes having received a present from the Milesians, who wished to obtain some favour from his eraxmus, which they were apprehensive he would oppose, appeared in the court, with his throat muffled, pretending that he had so violent a cold, as to be inca- pable of speaking ; but one of the members of the court, suspecting the trick, observed to his brethren, that ” Demosthenes had an ox on his tongue,” intimating that it was not a cold, but a bribe that prevented him from speaking.


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 well 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.

Arguing against what is clear and self-evi- dent, is the same as denying that the sun shines at mid-clay. Of these quotations, though many of them are of exquisite beauty, and curiosity, but a sparing use has been made in the present collection, the places of them being more A 4 usually Vlll PREFACE.

Erasmus Proverbs and Adages – The Gold Scales

The arts are of every country, or every country is willing to encourage them. This page was last edited on 29 Augustat 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. IX wherever the sense of the adage would bear it, similar strictures are abundantly scattered. 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: As the furnace proveth the potter’s vessel, so doth trouble and vexation try men’s thoughts.

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

Edasmus bees, no honey. But the dead can receive no harm, and the world may be benefited by publishing their errors. Teaching an ass to obey the rein, which the ancients thought to be nearly as difficult as u to wash a black-a-moor white,” or to do any other impossible thing, ” Labour in vain.

If a strange dog, going along the street, claps his tail between his 1 legs, and runs away, every cur will snap at him ; but, if he turns upon them, and gives a counter snarl, they will let him go on without further molestation. The man is not to be esteemed wise, who is not wise or prudent in the management of his own concerns, who, intent on the business of others, suffers his own to fall to decay. Ne Sutor ultra crepidam. These are invariably fascinating and connect us to the Renaissance mind with a shock of recognition.


The interpretation seems to be, hold no intimate connection with persons of bad fame, nor do any thing of which you may repent on reflection. Erwsmus a large estate was conveyed away by a piece of parchment that would not hold twenty short lines, which is now hardly done with twenty skins.

Who can get thee, He shall be noble, valiant, honest, wise. The ass attempting to imitate the playfulness and familiarity of the spaniel, in- stead of caresses met with a cudgel.

Agreeably to this sentiment also, is the Scot- tish Order of the Thistle, framed, with its motto ” Nemo me impune lacessit. But as some men are quarrel- some when intoxicated, it is right, to adagez them, ” That he that kills a. An ass having put on the skin of a lion, for a time struck terror into all who beheld him, but the cheat being at length discovered, he was hoot- ed, and laughed at, and then cudgelled to death.

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. Persius, addressing his friend Plotius Macrinus on his birthday, says, srasmus Hunc, Macrine, diem numera meliore capillo, Qui tibi labentes apponit candido annos.

What if the sky should fall! 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. The proverb also in- timates, that no one is fit to govern others, who has not obtained a command over his own passions and affections. The proverb, ” citra pulverem,” without dust, seems to have taken its rise from the custom of sprinkling the bodies of wrestlers with dust, having first anointed them with oil.

Among huntsmen in this country, Eras- mus tells us, it was in his time deemed an ill omen, if any one named a weasel when they E 4 were 56 were setting off for their sport.

The adage also admonishes, that we should not make too adagges appli- cation for assistance, to persons of liberal dispositions, who have already done as much as was convenient, or proper, that ” we should not spur a willing horse.

Fontes ipsi sit hint. This is basically Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable avant la lettre. When Pe- ricles was haranguing his men on board one of his vessels, who had mutinied, an owl, flying by on the right hand, is said to have settled on the mast of the ship. It must be confessed, as he intimates in one of aadges letters to his friend Barbirius, that he was of too open a dispo- sition, and apt to give offence by speaking too freely.