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This is truth the poet sings, That a sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering hap
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY.
1792 - 1822.
Poems Written in 1821. To
Of the night for the morrow,
From the sphere of our sorrow !
Julian and Maddalo.
Most wretched men
*“Nessun maggior dolore
DANTE, Inferno, V. 121. “In omni adversitate fortunæ, infelicissimum genus est fuisse felicem.” — BOETHIUS, Commento di Ventura.
And scorn to give aught other reason why ;
And think it kindness to his majesty.
JAMES R. LOWELL.
Earth’s noblest thing, a woman perfected.
The Present Crisis. Truth for ever on the scaffold, Wrong for ever on the
The Capture. Before man made us citizens, great Nature made us men.
Ecclesiastical Polity. Book I. Of Law there can be no less acknowledged, than that her seat is the bosom of God, her voice the harmony of the world : all things in heaven and earth do her honiage, the very least as feeling her care, and the greatest as not exempted from her power.
1561 - 1626.
Law Tracts. Preface. I hold every man a debtor to his profession ; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves by way of amends to be a help and ornament thereunto.
De Heresibus. Knowledge is power. — Nam et ipsa scientia potestas est.
Dedication to the Essays. 9th ed. 1625.
Come home to men's business and bosoms.
On Truth. No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
Letter of Expostulation to Coke. When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires. This is not caused by any natural defect, but first for want of election, when
have a large and fruitful mind, (which) should not so much labor what to speak, as to find what to leave unspoken. Rich soils are often to be weeded.
SIR EDWARD COKE.
1548 - 1634.
Third Institute. p. 162. For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.*
Semayne's Case, 5 Reports, 91. The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
* Quoted from the Pandects, Lib. IV. Tit. De in Jus vocando.
Old friends are best. King James used to call for his old shoes ; they were easiest for his feet.
Judgments. Commonly we say a judgment falls upon a man for something in him we cannot abide.
Power. Syllables govern the world.
SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE.
1723 - 1780.
Commentaries. Vol. I.
418. The royal navy of England hath ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength, — the floating bulwark of our island.
SIR JOHN POWELL.
Justice of the Common Pleas. 1703.
Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. 912. Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.