| If I were not Alexander, I should wish to be Diogenes.|
Alexander to Diogenes when requested to stand a little out of his sunshine. PlutarchLife of Alexander.
|He that will not when he may,|
When he will he shall have nay.
BurtonAnat. of Mel. Pt. III. Sect. 2. Mem. 5. Subs. 5. Quoted.
|Better to sink beneath the shock|
Than moulder piecemeal on the rock!
ByronThe Giaour. L. 969.
|Of harmes two the less is for to chose.|
ChaucerTroilus and Criseyde. Bk. II. L. 470.
|What voice did on my spirit fall,|
Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost?
Tis better to have fought and lost
Than never to have fought at all!
Arthur Hugh CloughPeschiera.
| Life often presents us with a choice of evils, rather than of goods.|
C. C. ColtonLacon. P. 362.
|Devine, si tu peux, et choisis, si tu loses.|
Guess, if you can, and choose, if you dare.
CorneilleHéraclius. IV. 4.
| The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.|
George EliotDaniel Deronda. Bk. VI. Ch. XLII.
| God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.|
|Betwixt the devil and the deep sea.|
ErasmusAdagia. Ch. III. Cent. IV. 94. Quoted from the Greek. Proverb in HazlittEnglish Proverbs. ClarkeParmiologia. (1639). Said by Col. MonroeExpedition and Observations. Pt. III. P. 55. (Ed. 1637).
|Inter sacrum et sazim.|
Between the victim and the stone knife.
ErasmusLetter to Pirkheimer. PlautusCaptivi. 3. 4. 84. Also said by Appuleius.
|Se soumettre ou se démettre.|
Submit or resign.
| Where passion leads or prudence points the way.|
Robert LowthThe Choice of Hercules. 1.
| But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part which shall not be taken away from her.|
Luke. X. 42.
|For many are called, but few are chosen.|
Matthew. XXII. 14.
| Rather than be less|
Card not to be at all.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 47.
|Who would not, finding way, break loose from hell,|
* * * * * *
And boldly venture to whatever place
Farthest from pain?
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 889.
|The difficulty in life is the choice.|
George MooreBending of the Bough. Act IV.
Or fight or fly,
This choice is left ye, to resist or die.
PopeHomers Odyssey. Bk. XXII. L. 79.
|Sasseoir entre deux selles le cul a terre.|
Between two stools one sits on the ground.
RabelaisGargantua. Bk. I. Ch. II. Entre deux arcouns chet cul a terre. In Les Proverbes del Vilain. MS. Bodleian. (About 1303).
|Set honour in one eye and death i the other,|
And I will look on both indifferently.
Julius Cæsar. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 86.
| Which of them shall I take?|
Both? one? or neither? Neither can be enjoyd,
If both remain alive.
King Lear. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 67.
|I will not choose what many men desire,|
Because I will not jump with common spirits,
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 9. L. 31.
|Preferment goes by letter and affection.|
Othello. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 36.
|Theres small choice in rotten apples.|
Taming of the Shrew. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 138.
| Thy royal will be donetis just,|
Replied the wretch, and kissed the dust;
Since, my last moments to assuage,
Your Majestys humane decree
Has deigned to leave the choice to me,
Ill die, so please you, of old age.
Horace SmithThe Jester Condemned to Death.
| Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay.|
TennysonLocksley Hall. St. 92.
|When to elect there is but one,|
Tis Hobsons Choice; take that or none.
Thos. WardEnglands Reformation. Canto IV. L. 896. (Hobsons Choice explained in Spectator. No. 509.)
| Great God! Id rather be|
A Pagan, suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea,
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.
WordsworthMiscellaneous Sonnets. Pt. I. Sonnet XXXIII.
|A strange alternative * * *|
Must women have a doctor or a dance?
YoungLove of Fame. Satire V. L. 189.