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The “Cyclopædia of Practical Quotations now presented to the public, claims to be a novelty only in the abundance of its matter, and the peculiarities of its arrangement. Bcing, in a large measure, an outgrowth of literary needs, the Editors adopted the word "practical" as expressive of what they believe will be the mission of the book to others; a practical assistant in composition, and a useful addition to every library where books of reference hold a place. Many years of labor have been spent in gathering, proving and arranging the quotations in this volume, and great care has been given to the various indexes. Such explanations as may be necessary to facilitate search are herewith presented.
1. The English and Latin quotations are arranged under subject heads, and it will be noted that, throughout, the arrangement is alphabetical : the subjects first, then the authors, and lastly, the quotations under each name. Those who need merely suggestive thoughts will readily find what they wish under one of the numerous heads, and the same may possibly be the result when a definite quotation is sought, but otherwise a reference to the concordance will be necessary.
2. With each quotation is given the Name of the Writer and the Place where it may be found, thus enabling the reader, if he so desires, to ascertain the context. Very few books of quotations are so complete, in this respect, as the present.
3. The grouping of certain prominent subjects will be found new, attractive and useful. No collections such as those under “Birds,' “Flowers," “ Months,” “Occupations,”
• Seasons,' • Trees," etc., have ever before been made, and their practical value will, we are sure, be appreciated.
If the subjects in the Appendix do not cover quotations, strictly speaking, they certainly do cover much proverbial philosophy, and items of information that are far oftener wanted than found. The object has not been to treat exhaustively any one topic, but to glean what is likely to be most wanted, by popular writers and readers, in the ordinary current of life and work. Here, as elsewhere, usefulness has been studied rather than profuseness. Not a line has been knowingly added merely to expand the book.
It has been wisely said that no good book is complete without an Index, and the compilers of this volume have a right to claim that, if a good index indicates quality, this book must be very good indeed. The concordance to the English quotations is very full and accurate, and the same may be said of the English translations of the Latin. They are a guide to those not perfectly familiar with that tongue, but who wish to illustrate modern thoughts by ancient wisdom. Any remembered word of prominence will almost surely bring a desired passage to light. A complete alphabetical Latin index is also given.
The attention of the reader is further called to two marked features of the Cyclopædia :
1. The italic letters a, b, c, d, etc. These refer to corresponding letters in the page, and enable any person to locate the proper passage with the least possible delay.
2. The asterisk * indicates that the quotation is from Shakespeare, and this will also save time and trouble. The selections from that master of English thought and language are much more numerous than in any other volume of this character.
It will be observed that no one standard of English orthography or composition has been followed. Each author's peculiarities have been respected, as this seemed to be the only safe way to avoid almost insuperable difficulties. In Shakespeare, Knight's text has been adopted, with some slight and seemingly justifiable variations, and in nearly all cases the latest edition of each of the several authors has been taken. The name “Shakespeare ” has been given as it has been written for nearly three hundred years. When antiquarians and critics unite upon another orthography, we will use it in a future edition.
A few quotations have been purposely retained under more than one head, where they seemed especially adapted to do double duty, and might be of actual service. In the many thousands of others these would hardly be noticed, even by the persevering critic, without this reference. For other things that may be discovered as actual faults---for sins of commission or omission--the editors beg kindly indulgence. With care and assiduity they have aimed at perfection-but to attain it, in the first edition of a work of this size, is next to an impossibility.
Thanks to those friends whose valuable aid has been a constant joy and sustaining power, through these long years of anxious labor. Their names would be gratefully mentioned, but for the reason that they are so numerous. The value to be set upon the work itself will determine our own and their honor.
NEW YORK, December, 1881.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
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English Quotations, Classified.......
NOTE.—Readers who seek merely for quotations of a general character will find them best under one of the topical heads. Those in search of a special verse or line should look for it in the concordance guided by some prominent word. If not thus traced it may possibly be found in the proverbs which are not indexed in the concordance but are arranged alphabetically. It will be observed that we give the Latin in two divisions : (a) Quotations, (b) Proverbs and Mottoes. The first are indexed by their first lines, in addition to the full concordance of translations; the seconil are arranged alphabetically, but are not indexed. There are no quotations from the in this volume, the editors believing that book be most amply provided for by a score or more of books devoted wholly to it.
CYCLOPÆDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS.
ABILITY, Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. h. BURKE-- Reflections on the Revolution
ABHORRENCE. The self-same thing they will abhor One way, and long another for, BUTLER- Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto I.
Line 220. Justly thou abhorr'st That son, who on the quiet state of men Such trouble brought, affecting to subdue Rational liberty ; yet know withal, Since thy original lapse, true liberty Is lost. b. MILTON - Paradise Lost. Bk. XII.
As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. i. FROUDE-Short Studies on Great
Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more, and none can tell whose sphere is the largest. ). GAIL HAMILTON-Country Living and Country Thinking. Men and Women.
Conjugal affection Prevailing over fear and timorous doubt, Hath led me on, desirous to behold Once more thy face, and know of thy estate, If aught in my ability may serve To lighten what thou suffer'st, and appeaso Thy mind with what amends is in my power-Though late, yet in some part to recom
pense My rash but more unfortunate misdeed.
k. MILTON--Samson Agonistes. Line 739.
He will come to her in yellow stockings, and 'tis a colour she abhors; and cross gartered, a fashion she detests.
Twelfth Night. Act II. Sc. 5.
Shall they hoist me up, And show me to the shouting varletry Of censurin
Rome? Rather a ditch in Egypt Be gentle grave unto me, rather on Nilus'
mud Lay me stark naked, and let the water-flies Blow me into abhorring! d. Antony and Cleopatra. Act V. Sc. 2.
Therefore I say again, I utterly abhor, yea from my soul, Refuse you for my judge ; whom yet once
more, I hold my most malicious foe, and think not At all a friend to truth.
llenry VIII. Act II. Sc. 4. Whilst I was big in clamour, came there in a
For, if the worlds
burst, He would abhorrent turn. g. THOMPSON-The Seasons. Summer.
Whose skill was almost as great as his honesty ; had it stretched so far, would have made nature immortal, and death should have play for lack of work. 1. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I.