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520 MOCKING-BIRD MODESTY

MOCKING-BIRD

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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.

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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 Mocking-Bird.

 MODERATION

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.



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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.





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Est modus in rebus, sunt certi denique fines



Quos ultra citraque nequit consistere rectum.



There is a mean in all things; and, moreover, certain limits on either side of which



right cannot be found.



Horace — Satires. I. 1. 106.



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The moderation of fortunate people comes



from the calm which good fortune gives to



their tempers.



La Rochefoucauld — Maxims. No. 18.







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Le juste milieu.




The proper mean.




Phrase used by Louia Philippe in an address to the deputies of Gaillac. First




occurs in a letter of Voltaire's to Count




d'Argental, Nov. 29, 1765. Also in




Pascal — Pensées.









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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.











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Modus omnibus in rebus, soror, optimum est






habitu;






Nimia omnia nimium exhibent negotium hominibus ex se.






In everything the middle course is best:






all things in excess bring trouble to men.






Plautus— Famulus. I. 2. 29.













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He knows to live who keeps the middle state,







And neither leans on this side nor on that.







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Give me neither poverty nor riches.








Proverbs. XXX. 8.

















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Souhaitez done mediocrity.









Wish then for mediocrity.









Rabelais — Pantagruel. Bk. rV. Prologue.



















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Modica voluptas laxat animos et temperat.










Moderate pleasure relaxes the spirit, and










moderates it.










Seneca — De Ira. H. 20.





















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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.























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Bonarum rerum consuetudo pessima est.












The too constant use even of good things












is hurtful.












Syrus — Maxims.












 Id arbitror












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.

























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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 Compensation. L. 15.



























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Give us enough but with a sparing hand.














Waller — Reflections.














 MODESTY














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.





























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Modesty is that feeling by which honorable















shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.















Cicero — Rhetorical Invention. Bk. II. Sec.















LVI.