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Betwixt the devil and the deep sea.
- Adagia (ch. III, cent. VI, 94),
quoted from the Greek
[Choice : Proverbial Phrases]
Among the blind, the squinter rules.
[Lat., Inter caecos regnat strabus.]
- Adagia (III, IV, 96) [Eyes]
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
[Lat., In regione caecorum rex est luscus.]
- Adagia (III, IV, 96) [Eyes : Proverbs]
It is well known that a one-eyed man can rule among the blind.
[Lat., Scitum est inter caecos luscum requare posse.]
- Adagia, Dignitas et Excellentia et Inequalitas, sub-division, Excel. et Ineq.,
(about 1500) [Eyes]
The camel set out to get him horns and was shorn of his ears.
[Lat., Camelus desiderans cornua etiam aures perdidit.]
- Adagia--Chil (III, cent. V, 8, heading)
Procrastination brings loss, delay danger.
[Lat., Dilatio damnum habet, mora periculum.]
- Adolescens [Time]
That same man that renneth awaie
Maie fight again on other daie.
- Apothegms [War]
No one is to be despaired of as long as he breathes. (Where there is life there is hope.)
[Lat., Nulli desperandum, quam diu spirat.]
- Colloquy--Epicureus [Life]
We call a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff.
[Lat., Ficum vocamus ficum, et scapham scapham.]
- Colloquy--Philetymus et Pseudocheus
It is the worst of madness to learn what has to be unlearnt.
[Lat., Extremae est dementiae discere dediscenda.]
- De Ratione Studii [Learning]
It is a good part of sagacity to have known the foolish desires of the crowd and their unreasonable notions.
[Lat., Bona prudentiae pars est nosse stultas vulgi cupiditates, et absurdas opiniones.]
- De Utilitate Colloquiorum--Preface
A nail is driven out by another nail, habit is overcome by habit.
[Lat., Clavus clavo pellitur, consuetudo consuetudine vincitur.]
- Diluculum [Habit]
I am conquered by truth.
[Lat., Vincer veris.]
- Diluculum [Truth]
An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age.
[Lat., Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.]
- Fam. Coll.,
quoted as a proverb invented by Satan
[Proverbs : Youth]
Not fewer than three nor more than nine.
[Lat., Neque pauciores tribus, neque plures novem.]
- quoted by Fam. Coll.,
the number for a dinner according to a proverb
Between the victim and the stone knife.
[Lat., Inter sacrum et sazim.]
- Letter to Pirkheimer [Choice]
Oh, dense intelligence. I suspect that it was Batavian (i.e. from the Netherlands-Batavia.)
[Lat., O crassum ingenium. Suspicor fuisse Batavum.]
- Naufragium [Countries]
So likewise all this life of martall men,
What is it but a certaine kynde of stage plaie?
Where men come forthe disguised one in one arraie,
An other in an other eche plaiying his part.
- Praise of Folie (p. 43),
(Challoner's translation) [Life]
From hence, no question, has sprung an observation . . . confirmed now into a settled opinion, that some long experienced souls in the world, before their dislodging, arrive to the height of prophetic spirit.
- Praise of Folly, (old translation)
The wedlock of minds will be greater than that of bodies.
[Lat., Magis erit animorum quam corporum conjugium.]
- Procus et Puella [Matrimony]
I don't like your way of conditioning and contracting with the saints. Do this and I'll do that! Here's one for t'other. Save me and I'll give you a taper or go on a pilgrimage.
- The Shipwreck [Worship]
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