520 MOCKING-BIRD MODESTY
- Then from the neighboring thicket the mocking-bird, wildest of singers,
Swinging aloft on a willow spray that hung o'er the water.
Shook from his little throat such floods of delirious music;
That the whole air and the woods and the waves seemed silent to listen.
- Longfellow — Evangeline. Pt. II. St. 2.
Winged mimic of the woods! thou motley fool! Who shall thy gay buffoonery describe? Thine ever-ready notes of ridicule Pursue thy fellows still with jest and jibe: Wit, sophist, songster, Yorick of thy tribe; Thou sportive satirist of Nature's school; To thee the palm of scoffing we ascribe, Arch-mocker and mad abbot of misrule! Robert Wilde, D.D.— Sonnet. To the Mock- ing-Bird.
This only grant me, that my means may lie Too low for envy, for contempt too high. Cowley — Essays in Prose and Verse. Of Myself. (Trans, of Horace.)
Moderation is the silken string r unnin g through the pearl-chain of all virtues. Fuller — Holy and Profane States. Bk. III. Of Moderation. See also Bishop Hat.t, — Christian Moderation. Introduction.
Aus Massigkeit entspringt ein reines Gliick. True happiness springs from moderation. Goethe — Die Natwiiche Tochter. II. 5. 79
Auream quisquis mediocritatem deligit tutus caret obsoleti sordibus tecti, caret invidenda sobrius aula. Who loves the golden mean is safe from the poverty of a tenement, is free from the envy of a palace. Horace — Carmina. II. 10. 5.
Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum. There is a mean in all things; and, more- over, certain limits on either side of which right cannot be found. Horace — Satires. I. 1. 106. s The moderation of fortunate people comes from the calm which good fortune gives to their tempers. La Rochefoucauld — Maxims. No. 18.
Le juste milieu. The proper mean. Phrase used by Louia Philippe in an ad- dress to the deputies of Gaillac. First occurs in a letter of Voltaire's to Count d'Argental, Nov. 29, 1765. Also in Pascal — Pensees.
Medio tutissimus ibis. Safety lies in the middle course. Ovm — Metamorphoses. Bk. II. L. 136. Take this at least, this last advice, my son: Keep a stiff rein, and move but gently on: The coursers of themselves will run too fast, Your art must be to moderate their haste. Ovm — Metamorphoses. Story of Phaeton. Bk. II. L. 147. Addison's trans.
Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est habitu; Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium homini- bus ex se. In everything the middle course is best: all things in excess bring trouble to men. Plautus— Famulus. I. 2. 29.
He knows to live who keeps the middle state, And neither leans on this side nor on that. Pope— Bk. II. Satire II. L. 61.
Give me neither poverty nor riches. Proverbs. XXX. 8.
Souhaitez done mediocrity. Wish then for mediocrity. Rabelais — Pantagruel. Bk. rV. Prologue.
Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat. Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and moderates it. Seneca — De Ira. H. 20.
Be moderate, be moderate. Why tell you me of moderation? The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste, And violenteth in a sense as strong As that which causeth it: how can I moderate it? Troilus and Cressida. Act TV. Sc. 4. L. 1.
Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est. The too constant use even of good things is hurtful. Syrus — Maxims.
Adprime in vita esse utile, Ut ne quid nimis. Excess in nothing, — this I regard as a principle of the highest value in life. Terence — Andria. I. 1. 33.
There is a limit to enjoyment, though the sources of wealth be boundless, And the choicest pleasures of life he within the ring of moderation. Topper — Proverbial Philosophy. Of Com- pensation. L. 15.
Give us enough but with a sparing hand. Waller — Reflections.
Maximum ornamentum amicitise toUit, qui ex ea tollit verecundiam. He takes the greatest ornament from friendship, who takes modesty from it. Cicero — De AmicUia. XX.
Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority. Cicero — Rhetorical Invention. Bk. II. Sec. LVI.