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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

O, what a tangled web we weave,
  When first we practise to deceive!
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto VI, st. 17)

Scared out of his seven senses.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy (ch. XXIV)

You whirled them to the back of beyont.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Antiquary

Where lives the man that has not tried,
  How mirth can into folly glide,
    And folly into sin!
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Bridal of Triermain
         (canto I, st. 21)

Time rolls his ceaseless course.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto III, st. 1)

The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new,
  And hope is brightest when it dawns from fears;
    The rose is sweetest wash'd with morning dew,
      And love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto IV)

The rose is fairest when 'tis budding new.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto IV)

Breathes there the man with soul so dead,
  Who never to himself hath said,
    This is my own, my native land!
      Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd,
        As home his footsteps he hath turn'd,
          From wandering on a foreign strand!
      - Sir Walter Scott,
        The Lay of the Last Ministrel
         (canto VI, st. 1)

In man's most dark extremity
  Oft succor dawns from Heaven.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto I, st. 20)

A coward calls himself cautious, a miser thrifty.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

A friend always loves, but he who loves is not always a friend.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

After a bad harvest sow again. [Yield not to difficulties.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

An old man at school is a contemptible and ridiculous object.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

As long as the Fates permit, live cheerfully.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

As many servants so many enemies.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Bear in mind that you commit a crime by injuring even a wicked brother.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Busily engaged in doing nothing. [A squirrel in a cage.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Caution comes too late when we are in the midst of evils.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Concealed anger is to be feared; but hatred openly manifested destroys its chance of revenge.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Consider an enemy may become a friend.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Crime oft recoils upon the author's head.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Crime requires further crime to conceal it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Death falls heavily on that man who, known too well to others, dies in ignorance of himself.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Do what you should, not what you may.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Do you desire not to be angry? Be not inquisitive. He who inquires what is said of him only works out his own misery.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Every cock fights best on his own dunghill.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Everything in art is but a copy of nature.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Extreme remedies are never the first to be resorted to.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fidelity, purchased with money, money can destroy.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Fortune may rob us of our wealth, not of our courage.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Great talent has always a little madness mixed up with it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He grieves more than is necessary who grieves before any cause for sorrow has arisen.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He invites the commission of a crime who does not forbid it, when it is in his power to do so.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He is a fool who cannot be angry; but he is a wise man who will not.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He is most powerful who governs himself.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He makes a great row but does nothing.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He may as well not thank at all, who thanks when none are by.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He sins not, who is not wilfully a sinner.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who asks with timidity invites a refusal.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who boasts of his pedigree praises that which does not belong to him.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who has wronged you is either stronger or weaker than yourself: be he weaker, spare him; be he stronger, then spare yourself.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who profits by a crime, commits it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He who repents of his fault is almost guiltless.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He, who holds out but a doubtful hope of succour to the afflicted, denies it.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

He, who will not pardon others, must not himself expect pardon.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

I do not sacrifice, but lend myself to business.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

If you live according to the requirements of nature, you will never be in want; if according to the fashions of the world you will never be rich.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is a disgrace to say one thing and think another; but how much more disgraceful to write one thing and think another!
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is a proof of nobility of mind to despise injuries.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

It is equally a fault to believe all men or to believe none.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)


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