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Hie igltur nunquam direxit brachia contra

Torrent em^ nee civis erat qui libera posaet
Verba animi ftroferrey et vitam imfiendere vero,

Lat. Juvenal.
^^ He never was that citizen who would attempt to
swim against the torrent ; who would freely deliver
his opinion, and devote his life for the truth."— This
is an admirable description, though in negative
terms, of the qualities of a good patriot.

I lie fiotena sui

JLetuaque degity cui licet in dierh

Dixisae^ Vixi.

Lat. Horace.
**That man lives happy and in command of himself^
who from day to day can say I have lived,''

Hie siniftroraitm^ hie dextrorahm abit ; ttnua utrique
jError^ aed variia illudit fiartibua omnea,

Lat. Horace.
« One deviates to the right, another to the left ; the
error is the same wiUi all, but it deceives them in
different ways."

Illi Tnora gravis incubate quinotua nimia omnibua% ignotua
ntoritur Mi, Lat. Seneca.-^'* Death must press
heavily on that man, who being but too well known
to othersj dies at last in ignorance of himself."-— ^
The blackest horrors belong to him, who has pass-
ed a life of unreflecting wickedness.

Iliceso tunune aolem, Lat.—" With sight unhurt to view
the sun."— This is the quality ascribed to the eagle.

Illud amicitia aanctum ac venerabilc notnen ^

Nunc tibi firovili^ aub fiedibuaquejdcet,

Lat. Ovid.
f^The sacred and venerable name of friendship is

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now by you trodden upon and despised/'

II n* a fias invents la poudre. Fr. Pro v. — ^'^ He was not

the inventor of gunpowder." — He is no conjurer.

Jl n*afifiartient qu*aux grands hommes d'avoir dea grands
defauta. Fr. RocHEFOUCAULr.— ** It belongs only
to great men, to possess great defects "—Such de-
fiects are palliatt^d at least, where great qualitiesf can
be pleaded as a set-off.

Hn*a ni bouche ni Sfieron Fr. Prov.^—" He has neither
mouth nor spur/*— He has neither wit nor courage.

Ilnefautfiaa evetllerle chat qui dort, Fr. Proverb.— "It
is not right to waken the cat that sleeps." — ^You
should not bring into question a dormant secret, or
stir a sleeping mischief.

Unseat aauce que d'apfi^tit. Fr. Prov.— " Hunger is the
best sauce."

II ne aait aur quel pied danaer, Fr. Prov.—" He knows
not on which leg to dance."— He is at hi^ wit's ends.

// sent de fagot. Fr. Prov. — " He smells of the faggot,"
—which is to burn him as an heretic.

II vaut mieux tocher d* outlier aea malheura^ que d^enpar*
ler, Fr.— ^' It is much better for a man to forget his
misfortunes, than to talk of them."— He who is too
querulous, not only feeds his own regret, but ex-
cites disgust in others.

Ilvolto aciolto^ gli pensieri atretti, Ttal. Prov.^— " The
countenance open, but the thought strictly confin-
ed."— This is the difficult maxim so strongly re-
commended by lord Chestbrfield.

II y a anguille aoua la roche, Fr. Prov. — " There is an eel
under the rock."— There is a mystery in the affair.

II y a bien dea gena qu^on eatime^ parcequ^on ne lea con*
noit point. Fr. — *» Tnere are many persons who are
esteemed, only because they are not knoWh."

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litf a des gen» qui riaemblent aux vaudevilles^ qu* on ne
chant e qu*un certain temfia, Fr. Rochevoucault.
-i-^^ There are certain men whose fame is like that
of a popular ballad, which is sung for a certain timei
and then forgotten."

Uy a dea gena a qui la vertu aied fireaque auaM mat que
levice, Fr. Boutt hours. — "There are some per-
sons on whom virtue sits almost as ungraciously as

Uy a dea gena dSgoutana aruec du mSritey et d^autrea qui
filaiftent avec dea dSfauta, Fr.— *' There are people
of merit who are disgusting, and there are others
who please with all their defects.'*— So much de-
pends upon manner} suavity, and conciliation.-

Jl y a dea rSfirochea qui lauents et dea louangca qui mSdi*
aent. Fr. Rochefoucault — *' There are some re-
proaches which form a commendation, and some
praises which are in fact a slander."— -There are
some persons whose censure is praise^ and whose
praise is infamy

h y a encore de quoi glaner, Fr. Prov.— *< There^ is
something yet to be gleaned."— The subject is not"
wholly exhausted

Imitatorea I aervum fiecua, Lat. Horace.—" Ye imita-
tors ! a vile herd." — Addressed to servile copyists,
who shew at once their meanness and th«ir weak-
ness by living on the borrowed spoils of others.

Imfiendam ei exfiendar, Lat.-r^** I will spend, and be
spent," in this service.

Imfierat out aervit collecta fiecunia cuique. Lat. Horace*
— ** Riches either serve or govern their possessor."
— They are advantageous or hurtful, according to
the uses to which they are turned. ^'

Imfierium facile Ua artibua retinetur^ quibua initio fiartum
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those means which acquired it."— It is generally
gained by conciliation, and kept whilst that is con-
continued. It is lost by oppression and intolerance.

Imfieriumjlagitio acquisitum, nemo tinquam bonh artibui
exercuit, Lat. Tacitus.— *' The power acquired by
guilt is never directed to any good end, or any use-
ful purpose."— When command is obtained by
crime, the power which is thus usurped is most ge*
nerally abused.

Imfterium in imfierio, Lat.—" Agovernment existing with-
in another government.**-^ An establishment existing
tinder, but independent of a superior establishment.
This is instanced in each of the states composing
the American Union, in relation to the Federal or
general government.

Imfiotentia excusat Legem. Lat. Law Max.—" Impotency
does away the law."*— This maxim * relates to the
infirmity of certain persons whom the law excuses
from dokig certidn acts, as men in prison, idiots and
lunatics, persons blind and dumb, &c,

^mfirimatur, Lat.-^" Let it be printed."- The phrase of
permission to print, in countries where the pi^ss is
under a vexatious controul. — The word is ^gura-
tively used to denote that sort or authority.

dfmfirobe amovj quid nonmortaUa fiectora cogis? Lat.
» VrR-fixL. — "-CVuniel love 1 to what do you hot im-
pel the human breast V*

Imfirobk Netitunum accusat qui naufragium iterum facit,
Lat. Prov. — <* The man improperly blames the sea
who is a second time shipwrecked." — He should
have learned prudence from his first misfortune.

ImfiTobis aliena virtus semfierformidolosa est, Lat. SaL-
LiiST.— " To the wicked the virtue of other men is
ever formidable."— They dread that which lowers
them by comparison, and hate the excellence to
which they cannot aspire.

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jbnfiromfitu,^^^ In readioesa.?— -A wittidam made out of

In amore hac omnia inMunt vitia ; injuria^
Suafiiciones^ inimiciiia^ in ducics »
Bellum^ pax rurauM. Lat Tbrencb,

<< In love there are all those evils,— •wrongs, suspi-
cions, enmitiesy treaties^ and alternate war ancf

In causa /acUiy cufuiB licet east diaerto.

Lat. Ovid.
" In an easy cause, any man may be eloquent.**-^
The most indifferent orator may assume a triumph-
ant air when he occupies ^' the 'vantage ground.'*

■ Incedimua fier ignet^

Sufi/ioeitoe cineri doloao. Lat. Horace*

- « We tread on fires which are merely covered by
deceitful ashes. "*-«We have subdued the • obvioua
peril) but not the larking danger.

Incidit in Scyllam^ qui vult vitare Chary bdim. Lat. Prov.
— ** He falls into Scylla in struggling to escape Cha»
rybdis.^^'^The one was a reck, and the other a whirU
pool, in the sea which divides Italy from Sicily.-^
When endeavouring to avoid one danger or mis*
take, we too frequently fall into aaother.

Jhcluaio unius eat exckiaio alteriua, Lat. Law Maxim.^—
<^ The name of one being included supposes an ex-
clusion of the other."««^This is a maxim frequently
used in arguments on testamentary devises. If of
two persons of equal affinity, one is especially men^
tioned, it is supposed that the other was out of the
intention of the tesiatori

In calo qtiiea, Lat.—" There is rest in heaven.*'— A
motto usually found on funeral achievements, com-
monly called hatchments.

In commendam. — This phrase of modem Latin is used
to denote a person '< commended"QV recommended^

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to the care of a living whilst the church is vacant.
It is used by a fiction to permit a bishop to retain
the profits of a living within or without, his own

Incognito, Lat/— " Unknown.'**— In disguise.

In curia. Lat,— *' In the court."

Inde ires, Lat. — ^^ Hence proceed those resentments."

Index exfiurgalorius, Lat.*—** A purging or purifying
index.*' — A list formerly published under the au-
thority of the Roman pontiffs, specifying the books
which ought not to be^read. This was continued
until it was found, that the wayward wishes of those
who could read, were almost uniformly directed to
the treatises thus forbidden.

Ihdignante invidiaJlorebitjuatuM, Lat.—" The just TMSJl
will flourish in despite of envy.''

Indocti diacanty ament meminisae fieriti, Lat.—" Let thfe
unskilful learn, and let the learned improve their
recollection/'-— -This is a motto frequently prefixed
to works of a general and useful tendency.

In dubiia, Lat.-*-«" In matters of doubt."— In cases oif un-

In eddem re^ utilitaa et turfiitudo eaae non fiotest. Lat.
Cicero.—" Usefulness and baseness cannot exist
in the same thing." — ^It is in vain to plead the ad-
vantages of a proceeding, ^rhen thoser advantages
are to be purchased by the loss of honesty or of

In equilibrio, Lat. — " In an even poise."— As a scale
beam, when it has equal weights attached to each

.' Inerat Vitellio aimfilicitaa ac Hberalitaa^ queniai adait mo^
duayin exitiumvertuntur, ' Lat. Tacitus.

" There was in Fitelliusy a simplcity and a liberi^i-

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%y ; qualities which, unless taken in the degree, are
generally ruinous to the possessor ^"— There are
virtues the most amiable in private life, which exer-
cised by a public man, beyond their due bounds, will
ever be found dangerous in the extreme;

In esse. Lat.^-^* In being."—- In existence.

In extenso. Lat-— ** At large-^in full."

Inest sua gratia parvU, Lat.— ** Even little things havfc
their peculiar grace."

In ferrum pro libertate ruebant, Lat.— " Fof freedom
they rushed upon the sword."

Injinita est velocitas temfiorisy quct magis afijiaret resfiicU
entibus, Lat. Seneca.-— ** The swiftness of time is
infinite, as is most evident to those who look back.'*

In forma pauperis, Lat.*—'' In the form of a poor man."
According to the statute 11 Henry VII. any man
who is too poor to meet the expenses of suing at
law or in equity, making' oath that he is net worth
more than 5/. after his debts are paid, and produc-
ing a certificate from a lawyer that he has just cause
of suit, the judge i» this case is to admit him to sue
in forma pauperis ; that is, without paying any feea
to the counsel, attorney, or clerks.

In flagranti delicto, Lat.—" In the apparent guilt.''—
Taken in the very commission of the crime.

Inforo conscientice. Lat.-—" Before the tribunal of con-
science." — In a man's own conviction of what is

Injuturo, Lat. — *' In future."— Henceforth.

Ingenii largitor venter, Lat. Peksius. — " The belly is
the giver of genius."— Ironically spoken of those
whose only stimulus to authorship is their poverty^

Ingcnio Atat ^ine morte decus, Lat. Pbopert.— " The

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honaurs of genius arc eternal."— This is the boast

of many a poet.
Ingenium res adverse nudare aolent^ celare aecunda. Ltt.

HoR.— " In adversity those talents are called forth»

which are concealed by prosperity."
... ■ Ingenuaa didicisae Jideliter artea

MmoUit mores, nee sinit esseferoa. Lat. OviD,

" To have studied carefully the liberal arts is the

surest mode of refining the grossness, and subduing

the harshness of the human mind."
Ingens telum necessitas. Lat. Seneca. — ^«* Necessity is a

powerful weapon.'*— To provoke a needy man is to

encounter with desperation.

Ingrato homine terra fiejua nil creat. ^ Lat. Auson.
« The earth never produced any thing worfee than
ungrateful man."— See the following quotations.

Ingratum si dixeris omnia dicia, Lat.*^"If you pjronounce
a man ungirateful, you say all that can be urged
against him."

Ingratiia unus miseria omnibus nocet. Lat. Syrus. — "One
ungrateful man does an injury to all who are wretch-
ed "—He, by his baseness, has perhaps steeled the
heart, which might otherwise have relieved their

In hoc signo vinces, Lat.—*' In this sign thou shalt con-
quer." — This was the motto assumed by the em-
peror Const ANTiKE, after having seen a Cross m
the air which he considered as the presage of vic-

In hoc signo sfies mea. Lat.*—" In this sign is my hope.**

Iniguanunguamregnafier/ietuamanent.LAt. Sbneca.-^*
" Authority founded on, or maintained by injustice,
is never of long duration."

Inigttisaimam fiacem juatiasimo bello antrfero. Lat,— ^* I

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prefer the most unjust peace to the justcst war *'—
The horrors of war are so numerous and so afflict-
ing, that peace should, at all times, be purchased at
any price, short of national dishonour,

Initia magistratuum nostrorum meUoraJtrma^ finis incU*
nat. Lat. Tacitus.— ^* The discharge of our public
offices is generally more exemplary in their com-
mencement; its vigour declines towards the conclu-
sion." — Our proverb of "New brooms,** gives of
this an apt, though a homely illustration.

In loco, Latin. — " In the place.*' — In the proper place.—
upon the spot.

In mr.gnia volmsse sat est, Lat. Prop.— •<* It is laudable
even to attempt a great act."

In medias res. Lat. Horace. — " Into the midst of things.'*
—Spoken generally of an author who, rushes ab-
ruptly and without preparation into his subject.

In novafert animus Lat.—-'* My mind leads me to new
matter*, or to discuss new topics."— This is an he-
mistich : the following is the complete line.

In novafert animus mutat as dicer eformas Latin. Ovid*
— '' I am indined to speak of bodies changed into
new forms.**

In nubibus, Lat — " In the clouds.*'

Innuendo, Lat. Law Term — *' By signifying." — Thereby
iniimating.— A word much used in declarations of
slander and libel to ascertain the application to a
person or thing which was previously namod. An
oblique hint.

Innuilum avarus bonus est^ in se fiessimus, Lat. Prov.— •
" The avaricious man is kind to no person, but he is
most unkind to himself."

In nullum rei/iublica usum ambitiosd loqueld inclaruit.'^^
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fected and ambitious verbosity, attended with no
advantage whatever to the state."

In omnibua fere minori atati auccurntur, Lat. Law Max-
iiti..*(( In all cases relief is afforded to persons un-
der age."— The law is so careful of persons of this
description, that it will not suffer them to alienate,
sell, or bind themselves by deed, unless it be for
eating, drinking, schooling, physic, or such other
matters as are absolutely necessary.

In omnibua guidem^ maxime tamen in Jure^ JEguitaa eat.
Lat. Law Maxim.— *^ In all things, but particularly
in the law, there is equity." — Equity is said to be a
corrective of the law, where the latter is deficient
on account oi its generality.

Inofiem cofiia fecit. Lat— ** His plenty made him poor.**
— His copiousness of ideas retarded and embarrass-
ed his language.

In/iace leonea^ in fir alio cervi,"^^^ In peace they are lionsi
in the battle deer." — They are blusterers and cow-

In fierfiettmm rei memoriam. Lat.—" To perpetuate the
memory of the thing."— An inscription generally
found upon pillars, &c. raised to sommemorate any
pellicular incident.

Infiertuaum ingerimua dicta dolium. Lat. Plautus.

" We fling our sayings into a cask bored through."
—Our advice is wholly thrown away in that quarter.

Infietto. Ital. — "Keep back."— Held in reserve.

In fireaenti. Lat.—" At the present time.**

In/irofiria fieraona. Lat.— "In his own person.**— Ill
personal attendance.

In fiuria naturalibua. Lat.»— ^' In a purely natural state.**

•*-». e. Stark naked.
Inquinat e^regipa udjuncta auficrbia morea. Latin. Clau*

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»iAN.—»-" The best manners are stained by . the ad-
dition of pride." — Even virtue itself is disgusting
in a severe and haughty garb.

In quo hoc maximum eafy quod neque ante illumj quern
tile imitaretur^ neque fi09t illum^ qui eum witari
poisety inventus eat, Lat. Pater culus.

'< Concerning whom this is most worthy of being
noted, that neither before him was their found an ex-
ample for his imitadon, nor among his successors
one who could imitate him."

Inaamre fiaret certa ratione modoque. Lat. Horace.t-
'^ He appears to be mad according to a certain mode
and manner."—- >He has much '^ method in his mad-

Insanus omnia furete credit cateroa. Lat. Proverb.—-
<' Every madman thinks that all the rest of the
world is mad."

In aacula aaculorum, Lat— "For ages of ages."—
Throughout eternity.

In ae magna ruunt. Lat. Lucan.—" Great bodies arc
apt to rush against each other."— Two great pow-
ers are naturally inclined to jealously, and thence to

In ae totua terea atgue rotundua, Lat. Horace*

" Smooth, round, and collected in himself." — This
is a brief but excellent description of a man of the
world. The metaphor is taken from a bowl, which
launched from afirjp hand, is not to be diverted
from its course by slight obstacles.

Inlaid hominibus libidine alendi de induatria ^umorea, Lat.
— ** Men have in them a natural desire to propagate

Inaita hominibua iiatura violentia reaiatere, Lat. Tacitu 8\
— *' To resist violence is implanted in the nature of

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In%fiicere tanquam in sfieculum*in vitas omnium
Jubeo^ atqut ex aliis sumere exemfilum sidi.

Lat. Terence.
"The lives" of other men should be regarded as a
mirror, from^which we may take an example and a
rule of conduct for ourselves." — The accurate ob-
server of human life, in witnessing the follies of
others, will thence derive to himself so many les-
sons of caution and correctness.

Instanter, Lat. — " Instantly."

Instar omnium. Lat. — " One example may suffice for
^ all."

In statu quo, Lat. — " in the state in which it was." The
condition in which a nation or individual was at a
certain anterior time. — See status quoy and

In statu quo ante belium, Lat. — " In the condition ia
which it was before the war."

Intatninatis fulget honoribus, Lat. HoR.— " He shines
with unspotted honours."

In te Domine sfieravi. Lat.—" In thee, O Lord, have I
put my trust."

Integer vitcSj scelerisque purus^

Jsfon e get Mauri jaculis nequearcu. Lat. Horace.
" The man who is pure of life, and unconscious of
guilt, wants not the aid of Moorish bows and darts.**
—In most situations of life, the consciousness of
innocence is our best shield and our firmest se-

Integra mens augusatisima fidfsessio, Lat.—" A mind
fraught with integrity is the most august posses-

Integros haurire fontes, Lat. — " To drink from over-
flowing fountains."—" To supply our wants from a
plentiful source.

Intenti exfiectant signujn. Lat. Virgil.—" Eager they
wait the sign."

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In tenui labor^ sed tenui§ non gloria, Lat. ViEG.— " The
labour was bestowed on a small object) but the faipe
of the achievement was not the less."-— To do little
things well) is in some cases highly honourable.

Inter anna lege9 ailent. Lat.—" The laws are silent in
the midst of arms.'* — During the violence of hos-
tility but little attention is paid to the precepts of

Interdum lachryma fiondera vocis habent. Lat. Ovid-
— •" Tears are sometimes equal in weight to words.'*

Inter dum fiofmlua recte videt. Lat.—" The people some*,
times see aright.*'— They are occasionally deceived
and misled; but they as often can judge, and with
sound discretion.

Interdum atultua bene loquitur, Lat.—" Sometimes a
fool speaks welL"— A wise remark may occasionally
drop from a person, whose previous discburse had
offered no ground of expectation.

Intereret multum Davusne loquatur an Heroa, Eat* Ho-
race.— *« There is a great difference when Davua
is speakingt and when a Hero.*'— The former is «
servant : the rule is addressed to dramatic writers,
who should always make their characters speak in
appropriate language.

Inter noa. Lat.—" between ourselves.*' This is inter
7io«— to be kept a secret.

In terrorem. Lat.—" In terror." — As a warning.

^ter utrumque tene, Lat. Prov.— " Keep between both."
—Steer through lifeti safe and middle course, avoid- .
ing equally all extremes.

In toto Lat.—" In the whole"— altogether — entirely.

Intra fortunam quiaque debet manere auam,

Lat. Ovid.
<< Every man should confine himself within the
bounds of his own fortune."
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In transitu. Lat.— ** On the passage.'*— Goods in tran*
situ are goods consigned by one person to another^
and which have not yet reached the consignee.

Intua et in cute novi honunem. Lat. Pbhsius— '*I know
the man thoroughly."— I have a thorough know-"
ledge of his character.

Intuta qua indecora, Lat. Tacitus.—" Those things
that are unseemly are unsafe." — Men in certain
situations should remember, that as much dangei^
frequently arises from forfeiting the respect, as from
incurring the reBentm^nt of those who are beneath

In utrogue Jidelis. Lat.—'* Faithful in both/*
In utrumgue fiaratus, Lat.—** Prepared for either event.**
Invidia Siculi non invenere tyranni ,

Tormentum majua, Lat. Juvenal.

" The Sicilian tyrants never devised a greater pun-
ishment than' envy."

Invidus alteriua macrescit rebus ofiimia, Lat Ho'R.^
" The envious man grows lean at the success of hit

In vinoveritaa. Lat.— " There is truth in wine."-^It ex-
tracts secrets from the reserved, and puts the habit-
ual liar off his guard.

Invisa /lotenHa^ atg, miseranda vita eorum^ gui »e metui
guam amari malunt. Lat. Corn. Nep. — '* Their
power is hateful, and their life miserable, who wish
to be feared rather than beloved."

Invitat culfidm gui fieccatum prat erit. Lat. SvRus.
" He who overlooks one crime invites the commis*
sion of another.**

Invitum aeguitur honor, Lat.—" Honour follows him
against his inclination."

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Invita Minerva, Lat.— " M^i>rva (the goddesft ©f wis-
dom) bein^ unwilling-'*— Tne work was brought
fop*h, invita Minerva^ without any aid from genius^
or from taste.

In vitium ducit culfia^Juga. Lat. Horace.—*' The avoid -
ing of one fault sometiirtes leads into another."—
Thus a writer, in avoiding dull, prolixity, often flies
into the opposiite extreme of obscure brevity.

Jfi9e dixit. Lat — '* He said it himself.'*— On his ifite '^
^2x//-— on his mere assertion.

fyso facto. Lat. — ^^* In thd fact itself.** — By the fact whcm \
it shall appear.

Ifiso jure, Lat.—*' By the law itself.**— By the law when \
It shall be pronounced.

Ira furor brevia eat. Lat. Horace.—" Anger is a short
madness."— All the mischiefs of madness may be
produced by a momentary passion.

Iram qui vincit^ hostem aufierat maximum, Lat.— '* He
who subdues his anger, conquers his greatest ene-

» > Ira qua tegitur nocet ;

Profeaaa fterdunt odia vindicta locum.

Lat. Seneca.
<' Concealed resentment alone is dangereus.-— Ha-
tred, when declared) loses its opportunity of re»

Jraa et verba locant."LaX. Martial. — " They let out for
hire their passions and their words." — This is the
severest sarcasm^ ever uttered against the gentle-
men of the bar, who, it intimates, not Only hire out
their eloquence, but can also feign a degree of pas-
sion proportioned to the magnitude of the fee.

Ja maxime divitiia utitur^ qui minime divitiia indiget. Lat<
Seneca.— ^' He makes the best use of richesi wh«

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has the smallest share of personal wants."

la mihi demum vtvercy et frut animd videtur^ g.ui dliquo

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