|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Geoffrey Chaucer. (c. 13401400) (continued)|
| I hold a mouses wit not worth a leke,|
That hath but on hole for to sterten to. 1
| Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Prologue. Line 6154.|
| Loke who that is most vertuous alway,|
Prive and apert, and most entendeth ay
To do the gentil dedes that he can,
And take him for the gretest gentilman.
| Canterbury Tales. The Wif of Bathes Tale. Line 6695.|
| That he is gentil that doth gentil dedis. 2|
| Line 6752.|
| This flour of wifly patience.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Clerkes Tale. Part v. Line 8797.|
| They demen gladly to the badder end.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Squieres Tale. Line 10538.|
| Therefore behoveth him a ful long spone,|
That shall eat with a fend. 3
| Line 10916.|
| Fie on possession,|
But if a man be vertuous withal.
| Canterbury Tales. The Frankeleines Prologue. Line 10998.|
| Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.|
| Canterbury Tales. The Frankeleines Tale. Line 11789.|
| Full wise is he that can himselven knowe. 4|
| Canterbury Tales. The Monkes Tale. Line 1449.|
Consider the little mouse, how sagacious an animal it is which never entrusts his life to one hole only.Plautus: Truculentus, act iv. sc. 4.
The mouse that always trusts to one poor hole
Can never be a mouse of any soul.
Alexander Pope: Paraphrase of the Prologue, line 298. [back]
Handsome is that handsome does.Oliver Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield, chap. i. [back]
Hee must have a long spoon, shall eat with the devill.John Heywood: Proverbes, part ii. chap v.
He must have a long spoon that must eat with the devil.William Shakespeare: Comedy of Errors, act iv. sc. 3. [back]
Thales was asked what was very difficult; he said, To know ones self.Diogenes Laertius: Thales, ix.
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan;
The proper study of mankind is man.
Alexander Pope: Epistle ii. line 1. [back]