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suffer. The weeds and vines which gave a parasitic charm to the ruins of Rome hastened their decay: they were therefore removed.

A Latin poet has asserted that there was no saying which had not been already said. In later times, Henry IV. will be surprised to know that Agesilaus preceded him in that royal game of romps which both kings thought only a father could appreciate. The poet Rogers was not the first to prefer the art of forgetting to that of memory; and Talleyrand has reason to invoke the curse of Donatus, “ Perish the men who said our good things before us !” No one better than Fournier, in his “Esprit dans l'Histoire,” has plucked the stolen plumage from the daw. I cannot acknowledge my obligations to this iconoclast of bons mots without borrowing Madame du Deffand's judgment of Montesquieu's “ Esprit des Lois,” that his “Wit in History" should be called “ Wit on History.”

In collecting true and notable sayings, and happy thoughts flashed in the heat of controversy or the war of wit, I have taken no account of what men have written in books, save as such written words illustrate their own or others' speech; nor will all the sayings of ancient or modern times be included in five hundred pages. Such a compilation would be as impossible as to bring into one volume every historic event which has stirred man to heroic utterance, or every idea with which the sublime and the beautiful have inspired the scholar and the poet. Too liberal an intention has not been given to the title, “Great Men.” Those who remember Lysander's maxim, that, " where the lion's skin fails to reach, it must be pieced out with the fox's,” may ask if it is the lion's robe which covers both Julius Cæsar and Sir Boyle Roche. If so, they have forgotten that Goethe did not confine his question to the clever things which one century borrows from another, - even dulness has its place :

“Who can think wise or stupid things at all,

That were not thought already in the past ?”

BOSTON, Aug. 1, 1882.

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PAGE ADAMS, JOHN

1, 554 APPLETON, T. G. ADAMS, J. Q.

2 AQUINAS, ST. T. ADDISON

2 ARAGON, PETER OF ÆSCHINES

184 ARBUTHNOT Æsop

508 ARCHESTRATUS AGESILAUS II.

3,279 ARCHIDAMUS III. AGIS II.

4,5 | ARCHIMEDES Agis IV.

5 D'ARGENSON, COMTE AGRIPPINA

422 D'ARGENSON, MME. ALARIC

24 ARIOSTO ALBOUYS

495 ARISTIDES ALCIBIADES

5 ARISTOTLE. D'ALEMBERT

6 ARNAUD, ABBOT D'ALENÇON, Duc.

338 D'ARNAUD, BACULARD ALEXANDER THE GREAT

7 ARNAULD, A. ALEXANDER I.

5, 11, 522 ARNOUD, PÈRE . ALFONSO X.

12 ARNOULD, SOPHIE . ALFRED THE GREAT

351 ASHLEY, LORD ALONSO OF ARAGON

466 | ATHENODORUS ALVA.

13, 59 / ATTILA ALVANLEY, LORD

503 D'AUDRIFFET-PASQUIER AMBROSE, ST.

14 AUGEREAU. AMES, FISHER

15 AURELIUS, MARCUS ANACHARSIS

508, 509 AUGUSTUS ANAXAGORAS .

16 D'AUTEROCHES, COMTE ANDRÉ, MAJOR.

267 D'AZEGLIO, MASSIMO . ANGUS, EARL OF

16 ANHALT-Dessau, L. VON 16 BACON, FRANCIS. ANJOU, CHARLES OF

278 BACON, SIR N. ANTAGORAS

17 | BAILLY ANTIGONUS 1.

17, 163, 641 BANCAL . ANTIGONUS II.

18 | BARBAROUX APELLES

18 BARCA

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33, 406 BOUVARD, DR. .

522

BARNAVE

34 BRANDENBURG, ALBERT OF 424

BARRAS.
496 BRENNUS

70

BARRÉ, COL..

36 BRESSE, COMTE DE

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BART, JEAN

36 | BRIDGEWATER, LORD.

195

BASSOMPIERRE

36 BRIGHT, JOHN

47, 70

BATBIE

37 BRISSOT.

71

BATH, MARQUIS OF

558 BRISTOL, LORD .

453

BAUDIN, A.

32 BROUGHAM, LORD.

27, 72

BAWR, MME. DE

67 BRUMMELL,

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BAYARD, CHEVALIER

37 BRUTUS, MARCUS

96

BAZIRE :

39 BUFFON.

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BEACONSFIELD, EARL OF, 39, 68, 71, BULLER, JUSTICE

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128, 185, 218, 251, 438, 542, 566. BÜRGER.

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BEAUCLERK, T..
292 | BURGHLEY, LORD

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BECKET, Tном АЅ A

49 BURGUNDY, DUKE OF .

76

BEECHER, H. W.

49 BURGUNDY, DUCHESS OF

77

BEETHOVEN

50 BURKE, E., 77, 288, 410, 427, 447, 531,

BELISARIUS

30 535, 568, 569.
BENTIVOGLIO, CARDINAL 381 BURR, A.

86

BENTLEY, RICHARD

51 | Busby, Dr.

BERNARDIN DE ST.-PIERRE 495 BYRON, LORD

87, 396, 465

BERNIS, CARDINAL DE

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BERRYER

52, 350, 389 CÆSAR, JULIUS . 89, 106, 143

BETTERTON, T.

53 CALIGULA

96, 481, 532

BEUGNOT, COUNT

355 CALONNE

97

BEZA, THEODORE DE

555 CAMBRONNE

423

BIAS.

53, 507, 523 CAMDEN, LORD

226

BIÈVRE, MARQUIS DE.

54 CANNING

73, 97, 432

BIRON, DUC DE .

54 CARACCIOLI

545

BISMARCK

55, 168, 526 CARACTACUS

99

BITONTE, BISHOP OF

121 CARLYLE, T.

99, 487

BLESSINGTON, LADY

63 CARNOT.

495, 522, 523

Blois, BISHOP OF .

544 CAROLINE MATILDA

100

BLOMFIELD, BISHOP

521 CASTLEREAGH, LORD.

101

BOERNE.

388 CATHERINE II.

93, 102

BOILEAU

64, 158 CATHERINE OF ARAGON

102

BOLINGBROKE, LORD

66 CATHERINE DE MEDICI

103

BONAPARTE, CHARLES

67 | CATINAT

163, 233

BONIFACE VIII.

68 CATO.

103

BORGIA, CÆSAR

221 CAVOUR.

107, 574

BOSQUET, GEN.

68 CHAILLON

495

Boss('ET

68, 211, 312 CHAMBORD, COMTE DE

BOURDALOUE

70 | CHAMFORT.

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