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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But his depiction of the menace of the eagle makes this a book you would do well to look at now. Ira Ira omnium tardissime scnescit.

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Frasmus ship has escaped the threatened danger and is arrived safely in port. The ancients seem to hav thought wdages they could not too frequently or too seriously in- culcate the necessity of turning our attention to ourselves.

Many of the proverbs have passed into modern usage ‘Know thyself’To give someone the finger’ ‘Well begun is half done’some even retaining their Latin form ‘Deus ex machina’. That there’s no living with thee nor without thee. The Augur, whose office it was to expound to the people the meaning of the omens, is supposed to have derived the name, or title of the office, from avis gar- ritus, the chattering of birds.

He has an ox on his aeages. The golden ball is held out to every man once in his life, if not then laid hold of, it may never again be offered. His massive compendium, characterized by wrasmus wit, his elegance, his bursts of satire alternating with serious views, The proverb may erassmus aptly used to deter per- sons from entering on pursuits, or engaging in projects much beyond their faculties or powers to carry into execution. 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.

Giving wine to young persons, whose blood is ordinarily too hot, is “adding fuel to the fire. The person there- fore, for whom we purpose being bound, a strong term, should be one of tried fidelity, whom we have long known, and in whose wel- fare, either as being a near relation or an inti- L 3 mate ; mate erasmks, we feel ourselves strongly inte- rested ; to this should also be added, that the sum for which we become surety, be not so large that the loss of it erasmhs materially erasums ourselves or family: The adage means the same as as “Ne negligas amicitias consuetudinem, aut violes jura ejusdem.


Such wanton petulance is well re- proved by the following: Indignus qui illl Matellam porrigat. To make learning useful, it must be communi- cated. He is as like his brother as one egg is to another. In popular assemblies among the ancients, the persons who had a right to vote, had a white and a black stone given them.

Hence we are admonished, ” to take Time by the forelock. The places of them are here supplied eraskus reflections and observations of a more general nature, and better adapted to the present times.

The splendid promises of courtiers, like the odoriferous vapour of.

Print Flyer Recommend to Librarian. Ne Sutor ultra crepidam. Among huntsmen in this country, Eras- mus tells us, it was in his time deemed an ill omen, if any one named a weasel when they E 4 were 56 were adxges off for their sport.

The ass attempting to imitate the playfulness and familiarity of the spaniel, in- stead of caresses met with a cudgel.

To posterity they must look for justice, which never fails paying to their genius and abilities, the homage that had been refused them by their own age and country. I’ll get back to that. When Henry the Second ascended the throne inonly seventy years after the Con- queror’s death, there was no earl in England, descended in the male line from one who had been an earl under the Conqueror.

Over eighty proverb essays are presented here. The phrase, noctua volavit, was also some- times used to intimate that any advantage obtained was procured by bribery, by giving money on which the figure of an owl was impressed, such coin being common among the Athenians.

The contrary to this may be, Omne ignotum pro magn’ifico est. This may be said of persons of versatile and easy dispositions, who can accommodate them- selves to all circumstances, whether of festivity or of trouble ; who with the grave can be seri- ous, with the gay cheerful ; and who are equally fit to conduct matters of business or of pleasure: Abstain from beans, was an admonition of Pythagoras to his followers; meaning by that to exhort them not to interfere in the election of magistrates, in which, it should seem, there was the same heat and contention, the same violence and confusion as too often occur among us, when persons are elected to places of honour, or profit.

It may not be amiss, once for all, to observe, that I have not confined myself to the sense given by Erasmus to many of the adages. This was said of persons who were extremely fortunate; who were successful in whatever they undertook; ” who were born,” as we say, ” with a silver spoon in their mouth.


The adage is applied to persons, who do not see the advan- tage of any measure or precaution until it is too late to adopt erawmus, and is similar to, ” when the steed is stolen, we shut the stable door,” and to the following of the Italians, and the French, ” Serrar la stalla quando s’ ban per- duti i buovi.

In Anulo Deifguram nc gestato. As the furnace proveth the potter’s vessel, so doth trouble and vexation try men’s thoughts. No man should engage all his property, or so much as might materially injure him, if it should be lost in one vessel, or on a single project; “he should take care to have two strings to his bow.

Adages – Desiderius Erasmus – Google Books

Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven. The phrase takes its rise from the workmen’s passing their nail over a piece of work, to find if any in- equalities remain.

Presberg Limited preview – And a few, it turns out, were created by Erasmus himself through his occasional misinterpretation of adagess ancient languages ‘Pandora’s box’, ‘To call a spade a spade’.

You have explained that difficult passage, and rendered clear and luminous, what was before obscure and difficult. The two opposite coasts of the strait dividing Sicily and Italy, were anciently called by these names, and as they were steep and rocky, they appeared so formidable, and per- haps occasioned so many ships to be wrecked, that Homer makes Ulysses describe them as two terrible monsters, that stood ready to destroy any vessels that came within their reach.

Juvenal says, if Cicero, who was as contemptible as a poet, as adwges was great as a pleader, had made verses instead of orations, he might have preserved his head. edasmus

Death to the eagle

The pro- verb is opposed to those who. Cor 7 Cor ne edito. Eraamus and Caesar had no descendants. This is more than just a superb bedside book. Truth needs not the ornament of many words, it is most lovely then when least adorned.

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