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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There appears to be a character in some individuals, implanted by nature itself, which neither precept nor ex- ample can alter.

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Erwsmus the dead can eerasmus no harm, and the world may be benefited by publishing their errors.

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As the furnace proveth acages potter’s vessel, so doth trouble and vexation try men’s thoughts. 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. To meet a weasel was considered by the ancients as ominous, and portending some misfortune about to hap- pen. I had rather buy what I want, than ask any one for it.

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, ersmus even C 41 even to despise those of our neighbours. The adage is said to be derived from from the bridegroom scattering nuts when leading his erasmmus to the temple; intimating that he now purposed to give up boyish sports, among which playing with nuts, was erasmuus unfrequent.


This is an old French proverb, fa- thered, I know not on what authority, upon Hippocrates.

Death to the eagle

It would then become, ” Cos ingeniorum,” a whetstone to their wit. The proverb teaches that it is better to rely on the advice of adagfs sensible friend, than to have recourse to many whose contrary and discor- dant opinions would be more likely to perplex and confound, than to teach us how to escape from our difficulties.

Pythagoras also admonishes, ” when the wind rises, to worship the echo,” that is in times of tumult and dis- sension, to retire into the country, the seat of the echo. To excel in any art, it is necessary tlfat our attention be applied to it, if adagss exclusively, at the least that it occupy a larger share of it than any other subject.

This page was last edited on 29 Augustat The electors among the Athenians were used to poll, or give their suffrages, by putting beans, instead of white or black stones as on other occasions, into a vase placed for the purpose.

To change or correct the style or language. Te cum habita, and Infra tuam Pelliculam te confine.

You know not what the evening may produce, or how the present appearances may be changed: The ill omen which such an accident portends, is to be averted by throwing a few grains of the salt over one’s shoulder; perhaps also the privilege which salt has obtained, of being made a convertible term for wit, derives its origin from the same source.

But erasmsu next morning I was informed by my servant, that that while purchasing some fruit, lie observed the man who had been with me the preceding evening, entertaining the country people, who were sitting on the ground around him, with his dancing snakes, when the animal that I O ‘ had so often handled, darted suddenly at the throat of a young woman, and inflicted a wound, of which she died in about half an hour.

If they agreed to the proposition, or absolved the person accused of any crime, they put the white stone into the urn ; if they disapproved of the proposal, or thought the person accused guil- ty, addages black one. Omnia Omnia idem Pulvis.

We sleep more soundly and and quietly lying on one side, than on the back. Collected Works of Erasmus I am undone, lost beyond all possibility of redemption, was the exclamation of Davus, when he found that he had, by his schemes, precipitated his master into the very engage- ment he was aeages, and actually meant to extricate him from.

When Jaques, in “As you like it,” proposed putting on a fool’s coat, he says, ” I must have liberty Withal, as large a charter as the wind, To blow on whom I please ; for so fools have.


This may be said of persons of versatile and easy dispositions, who can accommodate them- selves to all circumstances, whether of festivity or of trouble ; who with the grave can be seri- ous, with the gay cheerful ; and who are equally fit to conduct matters of business or of pleasure: 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.

This may be applied to any thing that is con- ducted preposterously ; to children affecting to instruct their parents, pupils their masters; also to persons beginning a business before they have well considered it, or spending a fortune before it is come into their possession, which is, ” Eating the calf in the cow’s belly.

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. And another writer says, ” We talk of friend- ship as of a thing that is known, and as we talk of ghosts but who has seen either the one or the other!

This was a saying of Socrates, intimating that we should not trouble ourselves by in- quiring into matters that do not concern us; into mysteries that are beyond our compre- hension ; as, how the heavens and the earth were formed ; whether, or by whom, the stars were inhabited ; how far distant from us are the Pleiades, or any other of the constellations ; the the depth of the sea; the nature of space; or whether there exists such a thing as pure space ; the mystery of the Trinity, which the boy told St.

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? Persons attached to the fortune, not to the beauty or dispositions of their mistresses or friends, were so called.

This is not to the purpose, said when a per- son, attempting to explain any thing, wanders from the subject, which he leaves more per- plexed than when he began.