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Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
Proverbs. XXVI. 27.
As you sow y' are like to reap. BUTLER- Hudibras. Pt. II. Canto II. L. 504.
(See also CICERO) 7 The thorns which I have reap'd are of the tree I planted—they have torn me and I bleed! I should have known what fruit would spring
from such a seed. BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto IV. St. 10.
8 Tantas veces va el cantarillo á la fuente.
The pitcher goes so often to the fountain (that it gets broken).
CERVANTES-Don Quixote. I. 30. Tant va li poz au puis qu'il brise. Quoted by GAUTIER DE COINCI. Early 13th
Contentions fierce, Ardent, and dire, spring from po petty cause. SCOTT—Peveril of the Peak. Ch. XL.
Great floods have flown From simple sources. Al's Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 1.
Is not this a lamentable thing, that of the skin of an innocent lamb should be made parchment? that parchment, being scribbled o'er, should undo a man?
Henry VI. Pt. II. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 85.
Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
King Lear. Act I. Sc. 4. L. 369.
Things bad begun make strong themselves by ill.
Macbeth. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 55.
O most lame and impotent conclusion!
Othello. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 162.
Al freir de los huevos lo vera.
It will be seen in the frying of the eggs.
As thou sowest, so shalt thou reap
(See also BUTLER)
COLERIDGE-Dejection. An Ode. IV.
Every unpunished delinquency has a family of delinquencies.
The evening shows the day, and death crowns
life. JOHN WEBSTER - A Monumental Column.
From little spark may burst a mighty flame.
(See also HERBERT, POPE, Scorr) Consequences are unpitying. Our deeds carry their terrible consequences, quite apart from any fluctuations that went before consequences that are hardly ever confined to ourselves.
GEORGE ELIOT-Adam Bele. Ch. XVI.
The trumpet! the trumpet! the dead have all
heard: Lo, the depths of the stone-cover'd charnels are
stirr'd: From the sea, from the land, from the south and
the north, The vast generations of man are come forth. MILMAN-Hymns for Church Service. Second
Sunday in Advent. St. 3. Shall man alone, for whom all else revives, No resurrection know? Shall man alone, Imperial man! be sown in barren ground, Less privileged than grain, on which he feeds? YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night VI. L. 704.
Though the mills of God grind slowly, yet they
grind exceeding small; Though with patience He stands waiting, with
exactness grinds He all. FRIEDRICH VON LOGAU—Retribution. From
the Sinngedichte. See LONGFELLOW's trans. Poetic Aphorisms. First line from the Greek Oracula Sibyllina. VIII. 14. Same idea in PLUTARCH-Sera Humanis Vindicta. Ch. VIII, quoting Sextus EMPIRICUS-Adversus Grammaticos. I. 13. Sect. 287. Found also in Proverbia e cad. Coisl. in GAISFORD. -Parcem. Græc. Oxon. 1836. P. 164. HORACE—Carmina. III. 2. 31. TIBULLUS-Elegies. I. 9.
(See also ALGER)
To be left alone And face to face with my own crime, had been Just retribution. LONGFELLOW-Masque of Pandora. Pt. VIII.
In the Garden.
I see the Judge enthroned; the flaming guard: The volume open'd!open'd every heart!
YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night IX. L. 262.
RETALIATION Ich bin gewohnt in der Münze wiederzuzahlen in der man mich bezahlt.
I am accustomed to pay men back in their own coin. BISMARCK—To the Ultramontanes. (1870)
(See also SWIFT) Repudiate the repudiators. WM. P. FESSENDEN. Presidential Canvass
Lento quidem gradu ad vindictam divina procedit ira, sed tarditatem supplicii gravitate compensat.
The divine wrath is slow indeed in vengeance, but it makes up for its tardiness by the severity of the punishment. VALERIUS MAXIMUS. I. 1. 3.
(See also ALGER) Be ready, gods, with all your thunderbolts; Dash him to pieces!
Julius Cæsar. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 81. But as some muskets so contrive it As oft to miss the mark they drive at, And though well aimed at duck or plover Bear wide, and kick their owners over. JOHN TRUMBULL-McFingal. Canto I. L.95.
REVELATION Lochiel, Lochiel! beware of the day; For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal But man cannot cover what God would reveal.
19 'Tis Revelation satisfies all doubts, Explains all mysteries except her own, And so illuminates the path of life, That fools discover it, and stray no more. COWPER—The Task. Bk. II. The Time-Piece.
And would'st thou evil for his good repay? HOMER-Odyssey. Bk. XVI. L. 448. POPE's
She pays him in his own coin.
(See also BISMARCK)
RETRIBUTION (See also PUNISHMENT) God's mills grind slow, But they grind woe. WM. R. ALGER-Oriental Poetry. Delayed
Retribution. (See also EURIPIDES, JUVENAL, LOGAU, MAXIMUS)
The divine power moves with difficulty, but at the same time surely.
EURIPIDES-Bacchæ. 382. 11
The ways of the gods are long, but in the end they are not without strength. EURIPIDES-Ion. I. 1615.
(See also ALGER) 12 Ut sit magna tamen certe lenta ira deorum est.
But grant the wrath of Heaven be great, 'tis slow. JUVENALSatires. XIII. 100. GIFFORD'S
trans. (See also ALGER)
Vengeance to God alone belongs;
My blood is liquid flame!
Revenge is an inhuman word.
SENECA --De Ira. II. 31. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Merchant of Venice. Act 1. Sc. 3. L. 47.
If it will feed nothing else, it will seed my revenge.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 55.
Now, infidel, I have you on the hip.
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Śc. 1. L. 334.
At vindicta bonum vita jucundius ipsa nempe hoc indocti.
Revenge is sweeter than life itself. So think fools. JUVENALSatires. XIII. 180.
Minuti Semper et infirmi est animi exiguique voluptas Ultio.
Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind. JUVENALSatires. XIII. 189.
Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand, Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
Titus Andronicus. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 38.
The malevolent have hidden teeth.
Odia in longum jaciens, quæe reconderet, auctaque promeret.
Laying aside his resentment, he stores it up to bring it forward with increased bitterness. TACITUS—Annales. I. 69.
No one rejoices more in revenge than woman.
(See also BROWNE)
Souls made of fire and children of the sun, With whom Revenge is virtue.
YOUNG—The Revenge. Act V.
REVOLUTION (See also REBELLION, WAR)
Which, if not victory, is yet revenge.
MILTON—Paradise Lost. Bk. II. L. 105.
Revolutions are not about trifles, but spring from trifles. ARISTOTLE-Politics. Bk. VII. Ch. IV.
(See also POPE under RESULTS) A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power. BULWER-LYTTON—Speech. In the House of
Commons, on the Reform Bill. (1866) Voulez-vous donc qu'on vous fasse des révolutions à l'eau-rose?
Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water? SEBASTIAN CHAMFORT to MARMOTEL, who re
gretted the excesses of the Revolution.
One sole desire, one passion now remains
Those who plot the destruction of others often fall themselves. PRÆDRUS— Fables. Appendix. VI. 11.
14 "Tis an old tale, and often told;
But did my fate and wish agree,
That loved, or was avenged, like me!
Ce n'est pas une révolte, c'est une révolution.
It is not a revolt, it is a revolution.
1789. Found in CARLYLE's French Revolu-
Thou Royal River, born of sun and shower In chambers purple with the Alpine glow, Wrapped in the spotless ermine of the snow And rocked by tempests!
LONGFELLOW-To the River Rhone.
RICHES (See MONEY, POSSESSION, WEALTH)
You shall never have it,
swered by ALFRED DE MUSSET—Nous
in the Athenæum, Aug. 13, 1870. 7 The castled crag of Drachenfels,
Frowns o'er the wide and winding Rhine, Whose breast of waters broadly swells
Between the banks which bear the vine, And hills all rich with blossom'd trees,
And fields which promise corn and wine, And scatter'd cities crowning these,
Whose far white walls along them shine. BYRON—Childe Harold. Cants III. St. 53.
RIDICULE It frequently happens that where the second line is sublime, the third, in which he meant to rise still higher, is perfectly bombast. BLAIR. Commenting on Lucan's style. Bor
rowed from LONGINUS—Treatise on the Sub
lime. Sect. III. (See also COLERIDGE, DESLAUDES, FONTENELLE,
MARMONTEL, NAPOLEON, PAINE)
Am Rhein, am Rhein, da wachsen uns're Reben. On the Rhine, on the Rhine, there grow our
We have oftener than once endeavoured to attach some meaning to that aphorism, vulgarly imputed to Shaftesbury, which however we can find nowhere in his works, that "ridicule is the test of truth.'
The air grows cool and darkles,
The Rhine flows calmly on; The mountain summit sparkles
In the light of the setting sun. HEINE—The Lorelei.
The Rhine! the Rhine! a blessing on the Rhine!
LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. I. Ch. II. 11
Beneath me flows the Rhine, and, like the stream of Time. it flows amid the ruins of the Past.
LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. I. Ch. III.
RUSKIN-A Tour on the Continent. Via Mala,
That passage is what I call the sublime dashed to pieces by cutting too close with the fiery four-in-hand round the corner of nonsense. COLERIDGE-Table Talk. Jan. 20, 1834. WIELAND-Abdereiten. III. Ch. XII.
(See also BLAIR) Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school, And took for truth the test of ridicule; Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest, Truth was with her of ridicule the test.
CRABBE-Tales of the Hall. Bk. VIII, L. 126. 21
I distrust those sentiments that are too far removed from nature, and whose sublimity is blended with ridicule; which two are as near one another as extreme wisdom and folly. DESLAUDES— Reflexions sur les Grands Hommes qui sont morts en Plaisantant.
(See also BLAIR)