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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They will be, “aut Caesar, aut nullus,” either kings or beggars. 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, the black one. We are hence taught, not to be too sanguine in our hopes of success, even in our best concerted projects, it too often happening that they fail in pro- ducing the intended advantages.
Rabelais had perhaps an eye to this adage, when he made Panurge take the advice of a fool on the subject of his marriage. The particular plant called Crambe by the H 3 ancients ancients is not now known. 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.
The splendid promises of courtiers, like the odoriferous vapour of. How necessary therefore to check it in its commencement, and hefore it rises to that ungovernahle height. An ape is an ape, though dressed in the most splended apparel, or ” An ape is an ape, a varlet’s a varlet, Though they be clad in silk or scarlet.
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Flamma Fumo est proximo. I dreamt, that buried in my native clay, Close by a common beggar’s side I lay: This not being in- telligible, the king desired an explanation.
But he must soon after have changed his song, for siding erasmu Parliament in the troubles that arose in the next reign, he was taken by the king’s party, and sentenced to be hanged. January Copyright year: Leaves so prepared prepared were called charta, from a city of Tyre of that name, near which they were also found.
adaegs Novacula in Cot em. When also we would convince or persuade, it is better ordinarily to depend on one powerful argument, than to use a variety of petty ones ; as ” too many adagrs are said, to ” spoil the broth. The adage may be used by persons who have been liberal in assisting any one who still continues to solicit them: To an ingenuous mind, it is a hard thing to be obliged to say, I beg; he had F erasmu rathe r 68 rather purchase what he stands in need of, with his own money, or if he has not money, with the labour of his own hands.
Q Do not feed, or take under your roof ani- mals of ferocious and savage dispositions, that have sharp and crooked claws. The adage was also applied generally to persons who, restrained by fear, or from motives of prudence, avoided giving their opinion on any subject.
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Holding in one hand a stone, in the other bread, from the custom of enticing dogs, whom we zdages to beat, by holding out to them a piece of bread ; or a horse, when we want to harness him, by shewing him corn.
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.
With good or evil omens. The work reflects a typical Renaissance attitude toward classical texts: I, his Majesty replied, but what think you of his head -piece? By frequent repetition, even the most plea- sant and agreeable story tires, and at length nauseates, as do also the most favourite viands.
Maturbfias senex, si diu velis esse senex. A tough and harsh knot, is not to be at- tempted to be cut by a fine tool ; it can only be overcome by the application of a strong wedge. More loquacious than the turtle-dove. Irwitd Minervd- Cutting against the grain.
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: To excel in any art, it is necessary tlfat our attention be applied to it, if not exclusively, at the least that it occupy a larger share of it than any other subject. Laws also, which by the great are easily evaded, 90 evaded, and which seem only made to entrap the poor, are, by common consent, adaged cob- web contrivances.
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erasmks He thinks you are more attracted by the smell of his kitchen, than by affection to his person or regard to erasums interest, and is not mistaken. When free from trouble ourselves, we readily give advice to those who are afflicted, which in a similar situation, would not occur to us, or probably we should not be disposed to follow, though admonished to it by our nearest friends ” “Pis each man’s office to speak patience To those who wring under the load of sorrow; But no man’s virtue or sufficiency To be so moral, when lie shall endure The like himself.
A Fabis 9 A Fabis abstineto. A fisherman, putting his hand hastily into his net, M’as wounded by the thorns on the backs of some of the fish; being thus caught, he said, I shall now become wiser: 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. Do not stir the fire with a sword, do not irritate an angry person; rather endeavour to sooth and appease him, and take some more convenient opportunity for reproof.
But the 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.
Erasmus was fascinated by proverbs and prepared a collection of more than 4, of them, accompanying each with his comments, sometimes in a few lines and sometimes in full-scale essays.
Should it be urged, that many of the observa- tions are such as would occur to every well educated and adzges man, let those to whom they are superfluous pass them over, they were not written for them ; ” those who are well need not a physician, but those who are sick: To be possessed of friends, is doubt- less valuable, as they may stand us in stead adage our troubles ; but in the ordinary occur- rences of life, money may erasmu depended on with more certainty, as it will purchase us both 69 both conveniences and friends.
Erasmus’ collection of proverbs is “one of the most monumental 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.
You are preaching to the deaf; to prepos- sessed and prejudiced ears; to adges so adayes 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.
Trouble ajso and distress leads us to reflect upon our past con- duct, and to reform what is amiss.