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He speaketh to me the words of men. I listen to him and I repeat to him the words of gods.
      - Egyptian Book of the Dead [Words]

'Tis bad enough in man or woman
  To steal a goose from off a common;
    But surely he's without excuse
      Who steals a common from the goose.
      - Epigram,
        in Carey's "Commonplace Book of Epigrams"
        [Thieving]

As Christians we have one consolation. Be the year what it may. He who has helped us in the past will stand by us in the future. His unspeakable goodness will not fail. He will overrule all the untried experiences to our good. He will shelter us from the storms. He will deliver in times of peril. This being true, we can walk forward with calm courage. "All things work together for good to them that love God."
      - Epworth Herald [Old Year]

The February born will find
  Sincerity and peace of mind;
    Freedom from passion and from care,
      If they the Pearl (also green Amethyst) will wear.
      - February,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Amethysts : February : Pearls]

Repentance is true and genuine, if we are grieved for sin as it is offensive to God, if we are forsaking and turning from it both in heart and life, and, particularly, if we are deeply affected with the sin of unbelief.
      - Fisher's Catechism [Repentance]

Long ago a man of the world was defined as a man who in every serious crisis is invariably wrong.
      - Fortnightly Review--Armageddon--And After
         (p. 36) [World]

I'll tell the names and sayings and the places of their birth,
  Of the seven great ancient sages so renowned on Grecian earth,
    The Lindian Cleobulus said, "The mean was still the best";
      The Spartan Chilo said, "Know thyself," a heaven-born phrase confessed.
        Corinthian Periander taught "Our anger to command,"
          "Too much of nothing," Pittacus, from Mitylene's strand;
            Athenian Solon this advised, "Look to the end of life,"
              And Bias from Priene showed, "Bad men are the most rife";
                Milesian Thales uregd that "None should e'er a surety be";
                  Few were their words, but if you look, you'll much in little see.
      - From the Greek [Proverbs (General)]

Only last night he felt deadly sick, and, after a great deal of pain, two black crows flew out of his mouth and took wing from the room.
      - Gesta Romanorum (tale XLV) [Crows]

If the end be well, all will be well.
  [Lat., Si finis bonus est, totum bonum erit.]
      - Gestoe Romanorum (tale LXVII) [End]

Cut my cote after my cloth.
      - Godly Queene Hester--Interlude,
        an expression said to be a relic of the Sumptuary Laws
        [Economy]

The old year is dead, the new year is born. Humbly, fearfully, we sink on our knees, and slowly, in answer to our prayers, comes back something of the old faith of our childhood, and we rejoice that we are granted one more New Year's day on which to "begin again"--not in our childish way, with utter disregard of the past, but trustingly, patiently knowing that we must ever carry with us our past, and rejoicing that, with God's help, we may make the future better because of the past. Then, as we rise from our knees, we look bravely forward to the veiled figure that stands at our threshold; we know nothing of what it brings, we know only that it is God's new year. May He bless it to us all!
      - Golden Rule [New Year's Day]

But respect yourself most of all.
      - Golden Verses of the Pythagoreans
        [Self-love]

Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
  A tenth is Sappho, maid divine.
      - Greek Anthology [Gods]

Teach us to submit ourselves to Thy chastenings, believing Thy love in them all. Thou hast given us Christ, and in Him eternal life. Oh, how can we think Thou wouldst withhold from us anything else if it were good for us! Lord, let us not choose for ourselves. Choose Thou for us in Thy wisdom and love, and let our hearts approve Thy choice. Be Thou our portion, our light, and our joy in Christ Jesus. Help us ever watchfully to cherish a meek and quiet spirit, ever looking unto Him who was meek and lowly of heart, that we may find rest unto our souls.
      - Hall's Family Prayers [Resignation]

Evyl weed ys sone y growe.
      - Harleian Library Manuscript [Weeds]

What is lighter than the wind? A feather.
  What is lighter than a feather? Fire.
    What lighter than a fire? A woman.
      What lighter than a woman? Nothing.
        [Lat., Vente quid levius? fulgur. Quid fulgure? flamma
          Flamma quid? mulier. Quid mulier? nihil.]
      - Harleian Manuscript (no. 3362, folio 47)
        [Women]

It has been said that death ends all things. This is a mistake. It does not end the volume of practical quotations, and it will not until the sequence of the alphabet is so materially changed as to place D where Z now stands.
      - Harper's Bazar [Quotations]

A fishmonger's wife may feed of a conger; but a serving-man's wife may starve for hunger.
      - Health to the Gentlemanly Profession of Servingmen
        [Hunger]

To kiss the rod.
      - History of Reynard the Fox,
        (William Caxton's translation, printed by him) (1481)
        [Proverbial Phrases : Punishment]

When I have been indulging this thought I have, in imagination, seen the Britons of some future century, walking by the banks of the Thames, then overgrown with weeds and almost impassable with rubbish. The father points to his son where stood St. Paul's, the Monument, the Bank, the Mansion House, and other places of the first distinction.
      - Humourous Thoughts on the Removal of the Seat of Empire and Commerce,
        in "London Magazine", 1745 [Ruin]

So the seed was sown and the havest came; and though four thousand times the tender, grain has sprung up from the soil, that pledge has never once been violated. The harvest fields form the tawny ocean which flows uninterruptedly from the diluvian age to this. And this is evident: that it is to the covenant faithfulness of God that we are indebted for the harvests of each year. Let that stand as the one first great condition of the harvest.
      - Illustrated Christian Weekly
        [Harvest Home]

The year's food only is grown in the year. Each year the world depends for subsistence upon something freshly given it which it cannot provide for itself. As the harvest approaches the wolf is at the door. Nothing stands between us and starvation but the harvest covenant of the ever-faithful God "seed-time and harvest shall not cease." Away, then, with our fancied independence! Our breath is in our nostrils. Back again to old-time simple dependence on the covenant-keeping God--back to the arms of our Father! We pray in the line of the harvest covenant when we say, "Give us this day our daily bread."
      - Illustrated Christian Weekly
        [Harvest Home]

Sighed and wept and said no more.
      - Isle of Ladies (l. 929),
        probably written in mid-15th century, erroneously attributed to Chaucer as "Dreame"
        [Sighs]

There is a skeleton on every house.
      - Italian Tales of Humour, Gallantry and Romance,
        a saying in a story [Secrecy]

By her who in this month is born,
  No gems save Garnets should be worn;
    They will insure her constancy,
      True friendship and fidelity.
      - January,
        in "Notes and Queries", May 11, 1889, p. 371
        [Garnets : January : Jewels]


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