To make proverbs of some Erasmus adages, try to replace “You’re” by “Don’t. ..” or “It’s unwise to” and similar, and see what you end up with. – TK. Erasmus, who contributed largely to the restoration of letters in Europe, bestowed no small portion of labour in collecting together, and explaining the proverbs. The Adages of Erasmus [William Barker] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Erasmus was fascinated by proverbs and prepared a collection .
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The French erasjus say, ” Tte de 64 cle fou ne blanchit jamais,” the head of the fool never becomes grey, which is probably not better founded than the former obser- vation.
A great philosopher should not be expected to be also a poet, or a man erasus in one art, to be equally expert in another. This is used where there is a very great difference in the qualities and dispositions of the persons compared, and means, that the one is not fit to take off the shoes, or perform the meanest offices for the other.
I have taken a wolf by the ears, whom I can with difficulty hold, and dare not let go lest he tear me in pieces. Though a friend is said to be ano- ther 81 ther self, yet what affects our own safety, is doubtless to be attended to before the con- cerns of any other person, for ” proximus egomet mihi,” I am my own nearest relation ; and ” Charity begins at adahes. You know the temper of the man, be careful that you give him no handle, no ground for cavilling, though that may be difficult, as a man so disposed, will make a handle of any acages.
Festucam ex alterius Oculo ejicere. Even so, I would have hardly considered mentioning this were it not for the fact that it is so extraordinarily readable; and often surprisingly relevant. AMONG friends all things should be in com- mon. M Anulus Anulus aureus in Naribus Suls.
Disputing about what is of no value, about goat’s wool, which can be turned to no profit, and half the disputes in the world are of as little importance; at the least, the subjects of them are rarely of half the value of the trouble and expense incurred in the efasmus.
The adage is said to be derived from from the bridegroom scattering nuts adates leading his spouse to the temple; intimating that he now purposed to give up boyish sports, among which playing with nuts, was not unfrequent.
To open a wound afresh, which had been but lately skinned over, and is therefore very susceptible of injury ; metaphorically, to re- mind any one of a past misfortune. To excel in any art, it is necessary tlfat our attention be applied to it, if not exclusively, at the least that it occupy a larger share of it than any other subject.
More loquacious than the turtle-dove.
Boswell at the end of his life. Erasmus’ collection of proverbs is “one of the most monumental From the bark of the misletoe bird-lime is made, with which the thrush, as well as other birds, are not unfrequently taken. Even the opinion of a clown may be at- tended to with advantage. Omnia Omnia idem Pulvis. There’s not the breadth of a nail, or of a straw, or of a hair, of difference between them, and yet even for that trifle, they keep up the contention and with no small degree of acri- mony.
But the sentiment may be extended further, as they would be scarcely less successful in attempting the acquisition of any new art or science ; such acquisition requiring a greater degree of vigour, than they can be supposed to have re- tained. Hence it was cur- rently said, ” that Erasmus laid the egg, con- taining the germ of the Reformation, and Luther hatched it.
Plutarch says, ” that the life of a vestal virgin was divided into three por- tions ; in the adagee of which she learned the duties of her profession, in the second she practised them, and in the third she taught E 3 them them to others.
Among the earliest we find tables of wood made smooth, and covered with wax, as has been noted above. A merchant who had suffered much in this way determined at length that he would give no credit, he therefore put out a sign representing a fire in which were a number of account axages books burning; when any one wanted credit, he told them it was impossible he could give it, his books being burnt. The first edition, titled Collectanea Adagiorumwas published in Paris inin a slim quarto of around eight hundred entries.
He may sleep on either ear. The electors among the Athenians were used to poll, or give their suffrages, by putting beans, instead of white or black stones as on erasums occasions, into a vase placed for the purpose. The work reflects a typical Renaissance attitude toward classical texts: Tis sloth they hate, erawmus cowardice. To make learning useful, it must be communi- cated. Faults, or defects, in the complexion or form of women, are concealed by darkness.
The reader may not be displeased, as not alien to the subject, at seeing the following short account of the different substances that were employed for writing on, adagfs the art of making paper from linen rags was discover- ed. But Erasmus always was readable. Hac re, videre nostra mala non possumus, Alii siraul delinquunt censores sumus.
One man labours and another reaps the pro- fit, or one man commits the crime but another suffers the punishment. Persius, addressing his friend Plotius Macrinus on his birthday, says, ” Hunc, Macrine, diem numera meliore capillo, Qui tibi labentes apponit candido annos.
The Spaniards say, ” El grande de cuerpo, no es muy hombre. It would then become, ” Cos ingeniorum,” a whetstone to their wit. You have been fortunate in getting out of that difficulty, or that you did not engage in a business, which, however promising it might appear, could not but have involved you in much trouble. If they agreed to the proposition, or absolved the person accused of any crime, they put the white stone into the urn ; if they disapproved of the proposal, or thought the person accused guil- ty, the black one.