Colin Dexter -- Mottoes,
(compiled by Gy. Novak)



in Dexter













A brief interlude in which Sergeant Lewis takes his forst steps into the Examination Schools, the Moloch of Oxford's testing apparatus.


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A Premature Epilogue


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A Pronounced Sentence


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A Protracted Trial


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A Proven Crime


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A woman of somewhat dubious morals seeks to relax, although such is her nature that she recalls too clearly, and too often, the duties she has been paid so handsomely to perform.


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All men, even those of a pessimistic nature, fall victim at certain points in their lives to the most extravagant of hopes.


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An extremely brief envoi to the first part of the case.


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Discussion of identity, and of death, leads the two detectives gradually nearer to the truth.


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From two sources, Morse gains valuable insight into the workings of the human mind, and specifically into the mind of Dr Browne-Smith of Lonsdale.


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Gently we journey along the second mile, which appears to Morse to be adequately posted.


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In spite of his toothache, Morse begins his investigations with the reconstruction of a letter.


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In which 'The Religion of the Second Mile' is fully explained, and Moprse is preemptorily summoned to his superior.


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In which a veteran of the El Alamein offensive finds cause to recall the most tragic day of his life.


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In which Morse and Lewis retrace their journey as far as the terminus of the first milestone.


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In which Morse views a luxury block of flats in central London, catching an enigmatic glimpse of one of its tenants and looking longer upon our second corpse.


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In which Morse's mind drifts elsewhere as the police-surgeon enunciates some of the sientific principles concerning immersion in fluids.


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In which the Master of Lonsdale is somewhat indiscreet to a police inspector, and discusses his concern for one of his colleagues, and for the niceties of English grammar.


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In which those readers impatiently waiting to encounter the first corpse will not be disappointed, and in which interesting light is thrown on the character of the detective, Morse.


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In which we have tantalising glimpse of high-class harlotry.


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In which we learn of an Oxford don's invitation to view the vice and viciousness of life in a notorious area of the metropolis.


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Investigations proceed with a nominal line drawn down the middle of needful enquiries.


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It is a characteristic of the british people that they complain about their railways. In this case, however, there appears little justification for such complaint.


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Lewis again finds himself the unsuspecting catalyst as Morse considers the course of the case so far.


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Lewis retraces some of his steps, and makes some startling new discoveries.


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Like some latter-day Pilgrim, one of the protagonists in this macabre case is determined to rid himself of his burden.


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Morse almost completes his narrative of the main events -- with a little help from his imaginative faculties.


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Morse appears to have a powerful effect on two women, one of whom he has never met.


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Morse decides to enjoy the hospitality of yet another member of Lonsdale's top brass, whilst Lewis devotes himself to the donkey work.


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Morse meets a remarkable woman, and learns another woman who might be more remarkable still.


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Morse, having been put on the right track by the wrong clues, now finds his judgement almost wholly vindicated.


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Murder on the Oxford Canal. A Profligate Crew


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Nunquam ubi sub ubi!


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Our two detectives have not yet quite finished with the implications of severe dismemberment.


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Preliminary investigations are now in full swing, and Morse appears unconcerned about the contradictory evidence that emerges.


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Quite fortuitously, Morse lights upon a set of college rooms which he had no original intention of visiting.


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The Final Discovery


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The necrophobic Morse reluctantly surveys a corpse, and converses with a cynical and ageing police-surgeon.


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The Third Milestone


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The Train Now Standing at Platform One


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Unable to get answer from the house in Cambridge Way, Morse now reflects upon his meeting with the manager of the Flamenco Topless Bar.


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We are in the University of Oxford, at the marks-meeting of the seven examiners appointed for 'Greats'.


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We have an exact transcript of the long letter, which was without salutation or subscription, studied by Chief Inspector Morse and by Sergeant Lewis, in the mid-morning of Monday, 28th July


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We near the end, with two miles and four furlongs of the long and winding road now completed.


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Wherein such diverse activities as dentistry, crossword-solving, and pike-angling make their appropriate contributions to Morse's view of things.


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Whose was the body found in the Thrupp canal? It becomes increasingly clear now that there are very few contenders remaining.


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We might now be stepping through a dark door with no bottom on the other side, and fall flat on our faces.

A member of the Honolulu City Council, quoted by the Press Corps

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There is not so variable thing in nature as a lady's head-dress: within my own memory I have known it rise and fall abouve thirty degrees.

Addison, Joseph, The Spectator

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Jealousy is that pain which a man feels from the apprehension that he is not equally beloved by the person whom he entirely loves.

Addison, The Spectator

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I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.

Aldrich, Thomas, Leaves from a Notebook

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A Conservative is one who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal, who wishes to replace them with others.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

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There are an awful lot of drunks about these days. It wouldn't really surprise me if you turned out to be one yourself.

Amis, Martin, Other People

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BURMA (Be Undressed Ready My Angel)

An acronym frequently printed on the backs of envelopes posted to sweethearts by servicemen about to go on leave, or by prisoners about to be released.

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Admiring friend: 'My, that's a beautiful baby you have there!'
Mother: 'Oh, that's nothing -- you should see his photograph.'


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Oxford is the Latin quarter of Cowley.


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What is it that roareth thus?
Can it be a Motor Bus?
All this noise and hideous hum
Indicat Motorem Bum.


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Have you noticed that life, real honest-to-goodness life, with murders and catastrophes and fabulous inheriteances, happens almost exclusively in the newspapers?

Anouil, Jean, The Rehearsal

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Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.


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This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

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To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

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To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice; and, whilst it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

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Ah, could thy grave, at Carthage, be!
Care not for that, and lay me where I fall!
Everywhere heard will be the judgement-call:
But at God's altar, oh! remember me.

Arnold, Matthew

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'Why did you murder those workmen in 1893?'
'It wasn't in 1893. It was in '92.'

Asquith, H.H., Quoted by

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The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking -- and looking.

Atkinson, Brooks, Once Around the Sun

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Men will pay large sums to whores
For telling them they are not bores.

Auden, W. H., New Year Letter

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This type of writing sometimes enjoys the lethean faculty of making those who read it forget to ask what it means, or indeed if it means anything very substantive.

Austin, Alfred, The Bridling of Pegasus

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I can't tell a lie -- not even when I hear one.

Bangs, John, 1862-1922

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We are adhering to life now with our last muscle -- the heart.

Barnes, Djuna, Nightwood

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Those hateful persons called Original Researchers.

Barrie, J. M., My Lady Nicotine

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I came fairly to kill him honestly.

Beaumont and Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer

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All men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.

Beecher, Henry Ward, Proverbs from a Plymouth Pulpit

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There is much virtue in a window. It is to a human being as a frame is to a painting, as a proscenium to a play.

Beerbohm, Max, Mainly on the Air

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A recent survey has revealed that 80.5% of Oxford dons seek out the likely pornographic potential on the Internet before making use of the facility for purposes connected with their own disciplines or research. The figure for students, in the same university, is 2% lower.

Benczik, Terence, A Possible Future for Computer Technology

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He looked into her limpid eyes: 'I will turn this Mozart off, if you don't mind, my love. You see, I can never concentrate on two beautiful things at the same time.'

Benczik, Terence, Passage quoted by, in The Good and the Bad in Mills and Boon

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His voice was angry: 'What time do you call this?'
She stood penitently on the doorstep: 'Sorry!'
'Where've you parked?' (It was the decade's commonest question in Oxford.)
'Exactly. I just couldn't find a parking space anywhere.'

Benczik, Terry, Still Life with Absinthe

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Belbroughton Road is bonny, and pinkly burst the spray
Of prunus and forsythia across the public way,
For a full spring-tide of blossom seethed and departed hence,
Leaving land-locked pools of jonquils by a sunny garden fence.

Betjeman, John, May-Day Song from North Oxford

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I'd seen myself a don,
Reading old poets in the library,
Attending chapel in an MA gown
And sipping vintage port by candlelight.

Betjeman, John, Summoned by Bells

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I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

Bevan, Aneurin, quoted in The Observer, 3 April, 1960

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History, n. A account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.

Bierce, Ambrose, The devil's Dictionary

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A novel, like a beggar, should always kept 'moving on'. Nobody knew this better than Fielding, whose novels, like most good ones, are full of inns.

Birrell, Augustine, The Office of Literature

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A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

Blake, William, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

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For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.

bn 1Corinthians, 13:12.

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Behold, I shew you a mystery.

bn 1Corinthians, 15:51

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Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world.

bn 2Peter, 1:4.

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

bn Hebrews, 11:1

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

bn Hebrews, 11:1

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Wherefore seeing seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every prejudice and error that doth so easily beset us.

bn Hebrews, 12:1

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Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?

bn John 18

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Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

bn John, 8:57-58

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A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.

bn Luke 10:30

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Which of you shall have a friend and shall go unto him at midnight and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves. And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut; I cannot rise and give thee. I say unto you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.

bn Luke, 11:5-8

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Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

bn Luke, 15:8

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For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

bn Luke, 24:28

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I am a man under authority.[1]

bn Mathew, 8:9

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Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple.

bn Matthew 4:5

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And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

bn Matthew 5:41

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And he that seeketh findeth.[4]

bn Matthew 7:8

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Dead flies cause the ointment in the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth alittle folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

bo Ecclesiastes, 10:1.

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With much talk will they tempt thee, and smiling upon thee will get out thy secrets.

bo Eclesiasticus, 12:11

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And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.

bo Genesis, 25:28

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And he made him a coat of many colours

bo Genesis, 37:3

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How shall I give thee up, O Ephraim? How shall I cast thee off, O Israel?

bo Hosea, 2:8.

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Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be whiter, yea whiter than snow.

bo Isaiah, 1:18

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Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.

bo Lamentations, 1:12.

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Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.

bo Psalm 74:20

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Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave.

bo Song of Solomon 8:6

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Wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?

Book of Common Prayer, Solemnization of Matrimony

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When I complained of having dined at a splendid table without hearing one sentence worthy to be remembered, he [Dr. Johnson] said, "There is seldom any such conversation."

Boswell, James, The Life of Samuel Johnson

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Everything comes to him who waits -- among other things, death.

Bradley, F. H.

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Don't take action because of a name! A name is an uncertain thing, you can't count on it!

Brecht, Bertold, A Man's a Man

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From the cradle to the coffin, underwear comes first.

Brecht, Bertold, The Threepenny Opera

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Thirteen Unlucky: The Turks so dislike the number that the word is almost expunged from their vocabulary. The Italians never use it making up the numbers of their lotteries. In Paris, no house bears that number.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but nobody else does.

Britt, Steuart Henderson, New York Herald Tribune, 30 October, 1956

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These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
to kill a man. Simpler and much more neat
is to see he is living somewhere in the middle
of the twentieth cntury, and leave him there.

Brock, Edwin, Five Ways to Kill a Man

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I do not love thee, Doctor Fell,
The reason why I cannot tell,
But this one thing I know full well:
I do not love thee, Doctor Fell.

Brown, Thomas, I Do Not Love Thee, Doctor Fell

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I think it frets the saints in heaven to see
How many desolate creatures on the earth
Have learnt the simple dues of fellowship
And social comfort, in a hospital.

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, Aurora Leigh

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He that is down need fear no fall
He that is low, no pride.

Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress

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Darkness is more productive of sublime ideas than light.

Burke, Edmund, On the Sublime and the Beautiful

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The best-laid schemes o' mice and men
Gang aft a-gley,
And lea'e us nought but grief and pain
For promised joy

Burns, Robert, To a Mouse

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How strange are the tricks of memory, which, often hazy as a dream about the most important events, religiously preserve the merest trifles.

Burton, Sir Richard, Sind Revisited

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Any fool can tell the truth; but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

Butler, Samuel

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For the better cure of vice they think it necessary to study it, and the only efficient study is through practice.

Butler, Samuel

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For 'tis vain to think or guess
At women by appearances.

Butler, Samuel, Hudibras

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The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.

Butler, Samuel, Truth and Convenience

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I therefore come before you armed with the delusions of adequacy with which so many of us equip ourselves.

Button, A. D., Air Vice-Marshal

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A "strange coincidence" to use a phrase
By which such things are settled now-a-days

Byron, Lord, Don Juan

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He and the sombre, silent Spirit met --
They knew each other both for good and ill;
Such was their power, that neither could forget
His former friend and future foe; but still
There was a high, immortal, proud regret
In either's eye, as if 'twere less their will
Than destiny to make the eternal years
Their date of war, and their 'Champ Clos' the spheres.

Byron, The Vision of Judgement, XXXII

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O Beer! O Hodgson, Guiness, Allsopp, Bass!
Names that should be on every infant's tongue!

Calverly,Charles Stuart

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Do you know why we are more fair and just towards the dead? We are not obliged to them, we can take our time, we can fit in the paying of respects between a cocktail party and an affectionate mistress -- in our spare time.

Camus, Albert, The Fall

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There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.

Camus, Albert, The Myth of Philosophy

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All that mankind has done, thought, gained, or been, it is all lying in magic preservation in the pages of books.

Carlyle, Thomas

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'Why,' said the Dodo, 'the best way to explain it is to do it.' (And as you might like to try the thing yourself, some winter day, I will tell you how the Dodo managed it.)

Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

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And what is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?

Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland

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And summed up so well that it came to far more
Than the Witnesses ever had said

Carroll. Lewis, The Barrister's Dream

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A good working definition of Hell on Earth is a forced attendance for a couple of days or even a couple of hours at a Young Conservatives' Convention.

Cassandra, in the Daily Mirror, June 1952

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O quid solutis est beatius curis,
Cum mens onus reponit, ac peregrino
Labore fessi venimus larem ad nostrum,
Desideratoque acquiescimus lecto?
(What bliss! First spot the house -- and then
Flop down -- on one's old bed again)

Catullus, 31

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Accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,
Atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

Catullus, Poem CI

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Caeli, Lesbia nostra, Lesbia illa,
Illa Lesbia, quam Catullus unam
Plus quam se atque suos amavit omnes,
Nunc in quadriviis et angiportis
Glubit magnanimi Remi nepotes

Catullus, Poems LVIII

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Mrs. Austin was well enough in 1804 to go with her husband and Jane for a holiday to Lyme Regis. here we hear Jane's voice speaking once again in cheerful tones. She gives the news about lodgings and servants, about new acquaintances and walks on the Cobb, about some enjoyable sea bathing, about a ball at the local Assembly Rooms.

Cecil, David, A Portrait of Jane Austen

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Hombre apercebido medio combatido
(A man well prepared has already half fought the battle)

Cervantes, Don Quixote

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Alibi (n.) -- the plea in a criminal charge of having been elsewhere at the material time.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

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Sir: (n.) a word of respect (or disapprobation) used in addressing a man.

Chambers Twentieth-Century Dictionary

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As far as I could see there was no connection between them beyond the tenuous nexus of succession.

Champkin, Peter

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His failing powers disconcerted him, for what he would do with women he was unsure to perform, and he could rarely accept the appearance of females who thought of topics other than coitus.

Champkin, Peter, The Sleeping Life of Aspern Williams

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I said this was fine utterance and sounded well though it could have been polished and made to mean less.

Champkin, Peter, The Sleeping Life of Aspern Williams

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On another occasion he was considering how best to welcome the postman, for he brought news froma world outside ourselves. I and he agreed to stand behind the front door at the time of his arrival and to ask him certain questions. On that day, however, the postman did not come.

Champkin, Peter, The Sleeping Life of Aspern Williams

92WTW 096 c23

Aspern Williams wanted to touch the skin of the daughter, thinking her beautiful, by which I mean separate and to be joined.

Champkin, Peter, The Waking Life of Aspern Williams

86SA3 077 c17

His addiction to drinking caused me to censure Aspern Williams for a while, until I saw as true that wheels must have oil unless they run on nylon bearings. He could lay still and not want oil, or move -- if he could overcome the resistance.

Champkin, Peter, The Waking Life of Aspern Williams

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We cab prove whatever we want to; the only real difficulty is to know what we want to prove.

Chartier, Emile, Système des beaux arts

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Lovers of air travel find it exhilarating to hang poised between the illusion of immortality and the fact of death.

Chase, Alexander

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And French she spak ful faire and fetisly,
After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe,
For French of Paris was to hir unknowe.

Chaucer, Geoffrey, Canterbury Tales

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A vauntour and a lyere, al is one.

Chaucer, Geoffrey, Troylus and Criseyde

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If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.


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I hate those who intemperately denounce beer -- and call it Temperance.

Chesterton, G. K.

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The only way of catching a train I ever discovered is to miss the one before.

Chesterton, G. K.

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The trouble about always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.

Chesterton, G. K.

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'Nobody ever notices postmen, somehow,' said he thoughtfully; 'yet they have passions like other men.'

Chesterton, G. K. The Invisible Man [3]

86SA3 008 c02

Cruelty is, perhaps, the wort kind of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.

Chesterton, G. K., All Things Considered

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Now, there is a law written in the darkest of the Books of Life, and it is this: If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it for a thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time.

Chesterton, G. K., The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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The life of a man without letters is death.


81DOJ 187 b3c25

We'll get excited with Ring seat (10)

Clue from a Ximenes crossword puzzle

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I once spoke to a person who spoke in dialect with an accent.

Cobb, Irvin

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Clever people seem not to feel the nature pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.

Colby, Frank Moore

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No one does anything from a single motive.

Coleridge, S. T., Biographia Litteraria

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… and hence through life
Chasing chance-started friendships

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, "To the Revd. George Coleridge

92WTW 026 c06

'God save thee, ancient Mariner!
From the fiends, that plague thee thus! --
Why look'st thou so?' -- 'With my cross-bow
I shot the Albatross.'

Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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Suicide is the worst form of murder, because it leaves no opportunity for repentance.

Collins, John

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Dear Sir/Madam Please note that an entry on the Register of Eelectors in your name has been deleted for the following reason: DEATH. If you have any objections, please notify me, in writing, before the 25th November, 1998, and state the grounds for your objection. Yours faithfully

Communication from Carlow County Council to an erstwhile elector

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'Pon my word, Watson, you are coming along wonderfully. You have really done well indeed. It is true that you have missed everything of importance, but you have hit upon the method.

Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity

89WID 058 c11

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.

Conan Doyle, A. Scandal in Bohemia

96DNN 107 p2c20

The relations between us were peculiar. He was a man of habits, narrow and concentrated habits, and I had become one of them. But apart from this I had uses. I was a whetstone for his mind, I stimulated him. he liked to think aloud in my presence.

Conan Doyle, A. The Adventures of the Creeping Man

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When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Conan Doyle, A. The Sign of Four

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Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned

Congreve, The Mourning Bride

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No mask like open truth to cover lies,
As to go naked is the best disguise.

Congreve, William

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The true index of a man's character is the health of his wife.

Connolly, Cyril

94DOC 105 p1c19

Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it. A child who fears becomes an adult who hates.

Connolly, Cyril, The Unquiet Grave

94DOC 115 p1c21

Espied the god with gloomy soul
The prize that in the casket lay,
Who came with silent tread and stole
The jewel that was ours away.

Cooper, Lilian, 1904-1981

91JWO 000

Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we should have people standing in the corners of our rooms.

Coren, Alan, The Times

94agg 019 (vii)

Keep careful watch too on the moral faults of your patients, which may cause them to tell untruths about things prescribed -- and things proscibed.

Corpus Hippocraticum

94DOC 250 p2c45

Instead of being arrested, as we stated, for kicking his wife down a flight of stairs and hurling a lighted kerosene lamp after her, the Revd. James P. Wellman died unmarried four years ago.

Correction in a US journal, quoted by Burne-Jones in a letter to Lady Horner

96DNN 052 p2c09

The newly arrived resident in North Oxford is likely to find that although his next-door neighbour has a first-class degree from some prestigious university this man is not quite so clever as his wife.

Country Living, January 1992

92WTW 147 c34

At a hotel facing the sea at brighton, he ate a good breakfast of bacon and eggs, toast and marmalade; then took a stroll round the town before returning to the station and boarding a train for Worthing.

Court Record of evidence given in the trial of Neville George Clevely heath, on the morning after the murder of Margery Gardner

89WID 085 c16

A decided boon, therefore, are any multiple-choice items for those pupils in our classrooms who are either inured to idleness, or guilty of wilful ignorance. Such pupils, if simply and appropriately instructed, have only to plump for the same answer on each occasion -- let us say, choice (a) from choices (a) (b) (c) (d) -- in order to achieve a reasonably regular score of some 25% of the total marks available. This is a wholly satisfactory return for academic incompetence.

Crosscurrents in Assessment Criteria: Theory and Practice, HMSO, 1983

96DNN 001 Prolegomenon

The very designation of the term 'slum' reflects a middle-class attitude to terrace-housing, where grand values are applied to humble situations.

Curl, James Stevens, The Erosion of Oxford

89WID 183 c38

In a world in which duty and self-discipline have lost out to hedonism and self-satisfaction, there is nothing like closing your eyes and going with the flow. At least in a fantasy, it all ends happily ever after.

Currie, Edwina, The Observer, 23 February, 1992

92WTW 171 c39

Imagination, that dost so abstract us
That we are not aware, not even when
A thousand trumpets sound about our ears!

Dante, Purgatorio

89WID 135 c27

Perchance my too much questioning offends.

Dante, Purgatorio

91JWO 175 p2c45

We hear, for instance, of a comprehensive school in Connecticut where teachers have three pads of coloured paper, pink, blue and green, which are handed out to pupils as authority to visit respectively the headmaster, the office or the lavatory.

Davis, Robin, The Grammar School

78LSW 411 c09

'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller
Knocking on the moonlit door.

de la Mare, Walter, The Listeners

78LSW 482 c24

'Is there anybody there?' he said.

de la Mare, Walter, 'The Listeners'

86SA3 062 c14

Don't tell me, sweet, that I'm unkind
Each time I black your eye,
Or raise a weal on your behind --
I'm just a loving guy.

We both despise the gentle touch,
So cut out the pretence;
You wouldn't love it half as much
Without the violence.

Dean, Roy, Lovelace Bleeding

99TRD 285, c62

Wherever God erects a house of prayer,
The Devil always builds a chapel there;
And 'twill be found, upon examination,
The latter has the largest congregation.

Defoe, Daniel, The True-Born Englishman

99TRD 273 c59

Confessions are good for the soul but bad for the reputation.

Dewar, Thomas Robert

94agg 039 (xiv)

'Hallo!' growled Scrooge, in his accustomed voice as near as he could feign it. 'What do you mean by coming here at this time of day?'

Dickens, A Christmas Carol

87mgm 045

"When my noble and learned broither gives his Judgement, they're to be let go free," said Krook, winking at us again. "And then," he added, whispering and grinning, "if that ever was to happen -- which it won't -- the birds that have never been caged would kill 'em."

Dickens, Bleak House

91JWO 172 p2c44

The cart is shaken to pieces, and the rugged road is very near its end.

Dickens, Bleak House

99TRD 347 c75

'Jo, my poor fellow!'
'I hear you, sir, in the dark, but I'm a-gropin -- a-gropin -- let me catch hold of your hand.'
'Jo, can you say what I say?'
'I'll say anythink as you say, sir, for I knows it's good.'
'Our Father! -- Yes, that's wery good, sir.'

Dickens, Charles, Bleak House

94DOC 298 p2c53

Krook chalked the letter upon the wall -- in a very curious manner, beginning with the end of the letter, and shaping it backward. It was a capital letter, not a printed one.
'Can you read it?' he asked me with a keen glance.

Dickens, Charles, Bleak House

94DOC 019 p1c04

Mrs. Kidgerbury was the oldest inhabitant of kentish Town, I believe, who went out charing, but was too feebly to execute her conceptions of that art.

Dickens, Charles, David Copperfield

92WTW 042 c10

It was a maxim with Foxey -- our revered father, gentlemen -- "Always suspect everybody."

Dickens, Charles, Old Curiosity Shop

92WTW 114 c27

'Now, listen, you young limb,' whispered Sikes. 'Go softly up the steps straight afore you, and along the little hall, to the street door: unfasten it, and let us in.'

Dickens, Charles, Oliver Twist

78LSW 527 c35

'How did you get your wooden leg?'
Silas Wegg replied, (tartly to this personal inquiry), 'In an accident.'

Dickens, Charles, Our Mutual Friend

94agg 007 (ii)

… a mountain range of Rubbish, like an old volcano, and its geological foundation was Dust. Coal-dust, vegetable-dust, bone-dust, crockery-dust, rough dust, and sifted dust -- all manner of Dust in the accummulated Rubbish.

Dickens, Charles, Our Mutual Friend

99TRD 097 c22

He could not be a lighterman or river-carrier; there was no clu to what he looked for, but he looked for something with a most intent and searching gaze.

Dickens, Charles, Our Mutual Friend

94DOC 311 p2c56

Given a number which is a square, when can we write it as the sum of two other squares?

Diophantus, Arithmetic

94DOC 261 p2c47

For oily or spotty skin, first cleanse face and throat, then pat with hot towel. Smooth on an even layer of luxurious 'Ladypak', avoiding the area immediately around the eyes.

Directions for applying a beauty mask

78LSW 489 c25

Everything comes if a man will only wait.

Disraeli, Benjamin, Tancred

92WTW 236 c52

Maria: No, I've just got the two O-levels -- and the tortoise, of course. But I'm, fairly well known for some other accomplishments.
Judge: Known to whom, may I ask?
Maria: Well, to the police for a start.

Doherty, Diana, The Re-Trial of Maria Ma89cmillan

96DNN 136 p2c26

In hypothetical sentences introduced by 'if' and referring to past time, where conditions are deemed to be 'unfulfilled', the verb will regularly be found in the pluperfect subjunctive, in both protasis and apodosis.

Donet, Principles of Elementary Latin Syntax

96DNN 011 p1c01

Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses in order to justify his logic.

Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground

91JWO 126 p2c32

Certainly the gods are ironical: they always punish one for one's virtues rather than for one's sins.

Dowson, Ernest, Letters

99TRD 369 Epilogue

I cried for madder music and for stronger wine,
But when the feast is finished and the lamps expire,
Then falls thy shadow, Cynara! the night is thine;
And I am desolate and sick of old passion,
Yea hungry for the lips of my desire:
I have been faithful to thee, Cynara! in my fashion.

Dowson, Non Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub regno Cynarae

99TRD 327 c70

Between 1871 and 1908 he published twenty volumes of verse, of little merit.

Drabble, Margaret, edited by, "Alfred Austin", The Oxford Companion to English Literature

92WTW 066 c 16

Whoever could possibly confuse 'Traffic Lights' and 'Driving Licence'? You could! Just stand in front of your mirror tonight and mouth those two phrases silently to yourself.

Dubin, Lynne, The Limitations of Lip-Reading

99TRD 034 c07

Th' first thing to have in a libry is a shelf. Fr'm time to time this can be decorated with lithrachure. But th' shelf is th' main thing.

Dunne, Finley Peter, Mr Dooley Says

89WID 063 c12

He can't write, nor read writing from his cradle, please your honour; but he can make his mark equal to another, sir.

Edgeworth, Maria, Love and Law

81DOJ 094 b2c11

Towards the door we never opened

Eliot, T. S., Four Quartets [2]

81DOJ 028 b1c02

And I wonder how they should have been together

Eliot, T. S., La Figlia Che Piange

81DOJ 001 Prologue

And I wonder how they should have been together!

Eliot, T. S., La Figlia Che Piange

92WTW 035 c09

She turned away, but with the autumn weather
Compelled my imagination many days,
Many days and many hours.

Eliot, T. S., La Figlia Che Piange

94DOC 369 p2c68

She turned away, but with the autumn weather,
Compelled my imagination many days,
Many days and many hours.

Eliot, T. S., La Figlia Che Piange

78LSW 380 c05

And what you thought you came for
Is only a shell, a husk of meaning
From which the purpose breaks only when it is fulfilled
If at all. Either you had no purpose
Or the purpose is beyond the end you figured
And is altered in fulfilment.

Eliot, T. S., Little Gidding[8]

89WID 188 c39

Stand on the highest pavement of the stair --
Lean on a garden urn --
Weave, weave the sunlight in your hair --

Eliot, T. S.[5]

86SA3 153 c37

A time
Older than the time of chronometers, older
Than time counted by anxious worried women
Lying awake, calculating the future,
Trying to unweave, unwind, unravel
And piece together the past and the future.

Eliot, T.S., The Dry Salvages [17]

96DNN 162 p2c31

Money often costs too much.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

78LSW 507 c30

All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo Journal

99TRD 179 c38

My evening visitory, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo Journal

89WID 021 c04

A foolish consistency is the hobglobin of little minds.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Essays

91JWO 037 p1c10

Every roof is agreeable to the eye, until it is lifted; then we find tragedy and moaning women, and hard-eyed husbands.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Experience

92WTW 125 c29

We all wish to be of importance in one way or another.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Journals

94DOC 119 p1c22

We forget ourselves and our destinies in health; and the chief use of temporary sickness is to remind us of these concerns.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo, Journals

96DNN 206 p3c39

The four-barrelled Lancaster Howdah pistol is of .577 calibre. Its name derived from the story that it was carried by tiger hunters who travelled by elephant and who kept the pistol as a defence against any tiger that might leap on the elephant's back.

Encyclopedia of Rifles and Handguns, ed. Sean Conolly

96DNN 261 p4c50

Even the dustbin lid is raised mechanically
At the very last moment
You could dispose of a corpse like this
Without giving the least offence

Enright, D. J.

78LSW 423 c12

In addition to your loyal support on the ballot paper, we shall be grateful if you can agree to display the enclosed sticker in one of your windows.

Extract from a 1994 local election leaflet distributed by the East Oxford Labour Party

96DNN 043 p2c07

The Grantor leaves the guardianship of the Woodlands to the kindly sympathy of the University… The University will take all reasonable steps tpo preserve and maintain the woodlands and will use them for the instruction of suitable students and will provide facilities for research.

Extract from the deed under which Wytham Wood was acquired by the University of Oxford on 4 August 1942 as a gift from Colonel ffennell

92WTW 100 c24

Then the smiling hookers turned their attention to our shocked reporters.
'Don't be shy! You paid for a good time, and that's what we want to give you.'
Our men feigned jet-lag, and declined.

Extract from the News of the World, 5 February, 1995

96DNN 032 p1c05

'Tis a strange thing, Sam, that among us people can't agree the whole week because they go different ways upon Sundays.

Farquhar, George

78LSW 437 c15

You have come upon the fabled lands where myths
Go when they die.

Fenton, James, 'The Pitt Rivers Museum'

94DOC 221 p2c39

myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same Door as in I went

FitzGerald, Edward, The Rubaiyat

91JWO 109 p2c28

Ah, fill the cup: -- what boots it to repeat
How Time is slipping underneath our Feet:
Unborn To-morrow, and dead Yesterday,
Why fret about the if To-day be sweet!

Fitzgerald, Edward, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

89WID 068 c13

My self when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same Door as in I went.

Fitzgerald, Edward, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

94DOC 012 p1c03

CALIPH: And now how shall we employ the time of waiting for our deliverance?
JAFAR: I shall meditate upon the mutability of human affairs.
MASRUR: And I shall sharpen my sword upon my thigh.
HASSAN: And I shall study the pattern of this carpet.
CALIPH: Hassan, I will join thee. Thou art a man of taste.

Flecker, James Elroy, Hassan

99TRD 133 c29

White on a throne or guarded in a cave
There lives a prophet who can understand
Why men were born…

Flecker, James Elroy, The Golden Journey to Samarkand

93tis 206 p4

Sigh out a lamentable tale of things,
Done long ago, and ill done

Ford, John, The Lover's Melancholy

92WTW 048 c12

For example, in such enu,merations as 'French, german, Italian and Spanish', the two commas take the place of 'ands'; there is no comma after 'Italian', because, with 'and', it would be otiose. There are, however, some who favour putting one there, arguing that, since it may sometimes be needed to avoid ambiguity, it may as well be used always for the sake of uniformity.

Fowler, Modern English Usage

96DNN 094 p2c18

Three may keep a secret if two of them are dead.

Franklin, Benjamin

94DOC 140 p1c26

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.

Franklin, Benjamin, Poor Richard's Almanack

96DNN 183 p2c35

Once cheated, wife or husband feels the same; and where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

Franklin, Benjamin, Poor Richard's Almanack

99TRD 240 c51

Amongst the tribes of Central Australia, every person has, besides a personal name which is in common use, a secret name which was bestowed upon him or her soon after birth, and which is known to none but the fully initiated.

Frazer, James, The Golden Bough

94DOC 374 p2c69

UNDERGRADUATE: But you're blowing up the wrong tyre, sir. It's the black one that's flat.
DON: Goodness me! You mean the two of them are not connected?

Freshman seeking to assist his tutor outside Trinity College, Oxford

99TRD 115 c26

'Is this a question?'
'If it is, this could be an answer.'

From an Oxford entrance examination // one candidate's reply

96DNN 329 p6c65

Just a song at twilight
When the lights are low
And the flick'ring shadows
Softly come and go…

From the English Song Book

91JWO 139 p2c35

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.

Frost, Robert

86SA3 109 c25

Envy and idleness married together beget curiosity.

Fuller, Thomas, Gnomologia

94DOC 029 p1c06

This list is not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. It's been compiled by Everett Williams, director of the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics, and on it are the 150 most unusual names he's encountered in 34 years with the bureau. Examples are: Tootsie Roll, Curlee Bush, Emancipation Proclamation Cogshell, Candy Box, Starlight Cauliflower Shaw, and Determination Davenport. But he never encountered a fourth qudruple called Mo! Williams figures that some parents have a sense of humor -- or else a grudge against their offspring.

Gainesville Gazette, 16 February 1971

96DNN 348 Envoi

A long time passed -- minutes or years -- while the two of us sat there in silence. Then I said something, asked something, but he didn't respond. I looked up and saw the moisture running down his face.

Galeano, Eduardo, The Book of Embraces

94DOC 050 p1c10

This world and the next -- and after that all our troubles will be over.

General Gordon's aunt, Attributed to

96DNN 157 p2c30

Life never presents us with anything which may not be looked upon as a fresh starting point, no less than as a termination.

Gide, Andre, The Counterfeiters

92WTW 319 Epilogue

Merely corroborative detail, to add artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.

Gilbert, W. S., The Mikado

78LSW 492 c26

Little by little the agents have taken over the world.
They don't do anything, they don't make anything
-- they just stand there and take their cut.

Giradoux, Jean, The Madwoman of Chaillot

92WTW 179 c41

Different things can add up in different ways whilst reaching an identical solution, just as 'elevenplus two' forms an anagram of 'twelve plus one'.

Gleave, Margot, A Classical Education

99TRD 221 c47

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von

94agg 040 (xv)

Where water, warm or cool, is
Good for gout -- at Aquae Sulis.

Graffito in the Pump Room, bath, c. 1760

91JWO 191 p3c49

'O come along, Mole, do!' replied the Rat cheerfully, still plodding along.
'Please stop, ratty!' pleaded the poor Mole, in anguish of heart. 'You don't understand! It's my home, my old home! I've just come across the smell of it, and it's close by here, really quite close. And I must go to it.'

Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows

91JWO 011 p1c03

Oft have we seen him at the peep of dawn
Brushing with hasty steps the dews away

Gray, Thomas, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

96DNN 049 p2c08

One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill.

Gray, Thomas, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

78LSW 459 c19

Yet ev'n these bones from insult to protect
Some frail memorial still erected nigh,
With uncouth rhimes and shapeless sculpture deck'd,
Implores the passing tribute of a sigh.

Gray, Thomas, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

99TRD 054 c12

What a convenient and delightful world is this world of books -- if you bring to it not the obligations of the student, or look upon it as an opiate for idleness, but enter it rather with the enthusiasm of the adventurer.

Grayson, David, Adventures in Contentment

89WID 047 c09

To some small extent these Greek philosophers made use of observation, but only spasmodically until the time of Aristotle. Their legacy lies elsewhere: in their astonishing powers of deductive and inductive reasoning.

Guthrie, W. K. C., The Greek Philosophers

92WTW 184 c42

Just as every person has his idiosyncrasies, so has every typewriter.

Handbook of Office Maintenance, 9th edition

92WTW 314 c69

During late visits to Stinsford in old age he would often visit the unmarked grave of Louisa Harding.

Hardy, Florence Emily, The Early Life of Thomas Hardy

91JWO 193 p3c50

Close up the casement, draw the blind,
Shut out that stealing moon.

Hardy, Thomas

86SA3 053 c12

And as the smart ship grew
In stature, grace, and hue,
In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.

Hardy, Thomas, "The Convergence of the Twain"

91JWO 224 p3c56

You did not come,
And marching Time drew on, and wore me numb.

Hardy, Thomas, A Broken Appointment

91JWO 083 p2c21

'I have finished another year,' said God,
'In grey, green, white, and brown;
I have strewn the leaf upon the sod,
Sealed up the worm within the clod,
And let the last sun down.'

Hardy, Thomas, New Year's Eve

86SA3 014 c03

But she went on pleading in her distraction; and perhaps said things that would have been better left to silence.
'Angel! -- Angel! I was a child -- a child when it happened! I knew nothing of men.'
'You were more sinned against than sinning, that I admit.'
'Then you will not forgive me?'
'I do forgive you, but forgiveness is not all.'
'And love me?'
To this question he did not answer.

Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the d'Urbervilles

96DNN 246 p4c46

She sat down and wrote on the four pages of a note-sheet a succint narrative of those events.

Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the d'Urbervilles

81DOJ 227 b3c31

…& that I be not bury'd in consecrated ground
& that no sexton be asked to toll the bell
& that no murners walk behind me at my funeral
& that no flours be olanted on my grave…

Hardy, Thomas, The Mayor of Casterbridge

99TRD 358 c78

The lips frequently parted with a murmur of words. She seemed to belong rightly to a madrigal.

Hardy, Thomas, The Return of the Native

92WTW 295 c64

Not a line of her writing have I,
Not a thread of her hair.

Hardy, Thomas, Thoughts of Phena

78LSW 416 c10

Well, time cures heaqrs of tenderness, and now I can let her go.

Hardy, Thomas, Wessex Heights

81DOJ 118 b2c15

It remains quite a problem to play the clarinet with false teeth, because there is great difficulty with the grip (this may even result in the plate being pulled out!). In addition there are problems with the breathing, because it is difficult to project a successful airstream.

Harris, Paul, Clarinet Basics

99TRD 267 c58

Life, within doors, has few pleasanter prospects than a neatly arranged and well-provisioned breakfast table.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The House of the Seven Gables

96DNN 310 p6c61

The last pleasure in life is the sense of discharging our duty.

Hazlitt, William

86SA3 124 c29

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.

Heller, Joseph, Catch-22

99TRD 045 c10

I feel like I done when Slippery Sun
Romped 'ome a winner at 30 to 1

Herbert, A. P. "Derby Day"

91JWO 152 p2c39

It's a strong stomach that has no turning.

Herford, Oliver

94DOC 306 p2c55

I say, 'Banish bridge'; let's find some pleasanter way of being miserable together.

Herold, Don

81DOJ 069 b1c07

A man's learning dies with him; even his virtues fade out of remembrance; but the dividends on the stocks he bequeaths may serve to keep his memory green.

Holmes, Oliver Wendell, The Professor at the Breakfast Table

89WID 175 c36

And Apollo gave Sarpedon dead to be borne by swift companions, to Death and Sleep, twin brethren, who bore him through the air to Lycia, that broad and pleasant land.[12]

Homer, Iliad, xvi.

92WTW 140 c32

Natales grate numeras?
(Do you count your birthdays with gratitude?)

Horace, Epistles II

94DOC xi Prolegomaena

Say, for what were hop-yards meant
Or why was Burton built on Trent?
Oh many a peer of England brews
Livelier liquor than the Muse,
And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad

99TRD 352 c76

The lads for the girls and the lads for the liquor are there.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad

81DOJ 125 b2c16

Yonder, lightening other loads,
The seasons range the country roads,
But here in London streets I ken
No such helpmates, only men.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad

92WTW 207 c47

The bells would ring to call her
In valleys miles away:
'Come all to church, good people;
Good people, come and pray.'
But here my love would stay.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad XXI

96DNN 235 p4c44

Say, for what were hop-yards meant
Or why was Burton built on Trent?
Oh many a peer of England brews
Livelier liquor than the Muse,
And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad, LXII

94DOC 078 p1c15

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad, XIX

99TRD 250 c54

And like a skylit water stood
The bluebells in the azured wood.

Housman, A. E., A Shropshire Lad, XLI

94DOC 044 p1c09

For she and I were long acquainted
And I knew all her ways.

Housman, A. E., Last Poems

78LSW 550 c40

The troubles of our proud and angry dust
Are from eternity, and shall not fail
Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.

Housman, A. E., Last Poems

81DOJ 292 b4c39

I lay me down and slumber
And every morn revive.
Whose is the night-long breathing
That keeps a man alive?

Housman, A. E., More Poems

81DOJ 046 b1c04

He looked at me with eyes I thought
I was not like to find.

Housman, A. E., More Poems, XLI

99TRD 042 c09

Ensanguining the skies
How heavily it dies
Into the west away;
Past touch and sight and sound
Not further to be found
How hopeless under ground
the remorseful day.

Housman, A. E., More Poems, XVI

99TRD 000

The feeling of sleepiness when you are not in bed, and can't get there, is the meanest feeling in the world.

Howe, E. W., Country Town Sayings

86SA3 019 c04

A reasonable probability is the only certainty.

Howe, Edgar Watson, Country Town Sayings

92WTW 276 c61

It is a matter of regret that many low, mean suspicions turn out to be well founded.

Howe, Edgar Watson, Ventures in Common Sense

91JWO 106 p2c27

Important if true.

Inscription A. W. Kinglake wished to see on all churches

96DNN 211 p3c40

Incest is only relatively boring.

Inscription on the lavatory wall of an Oxford pub

78LSW 502 c29

Sophocles lived through a cycle of events spatially narrow, no doubt, in the scale of national and global history, but without parallel in intensity of action and emotion.

Introduction to Sophocles, From the, The Theban Plays, Penguin Classics

81DOJ 099 b2c12

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.

Isherwood, Christopher, Goodbye to Berlin

94agg 038 (xiii)

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town-meeting or a vestry.

Jefferson, Thomas, Letters

92WTW 218 c49

As you go through, you see the great scientists, scholars, and statesmen; the thinkers, writers, actors, monarchs, and martyrs who are part of Oxford's history. By pasing this doorway you have a glimpse of the people whom Oxford has moulded, and many of whom have, in their turn, gone on to help mould the world.

Jenkins, of Hillhead, Lord, The Oxford Story

91JWO 062 p1c16

The background reveals the true being of the man or thing. If I do not possess the background, I make the man transparent, the thing transparent.

Jimenez, Juan, Selected Writings

92WTW 134 c31

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table thatn when his wife talks Greek.

Johnson, Samuel

86SA3 106 c24

Players, Sir! I look on them as no better than creatures set upon tables and joint stools to make faces and produce laughter, like dancing dogs.

Johnson, Samuel [sic!], The Life of Samuel Johnson

92WTW 211 c48

'I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life.'

Johnson, Samuel, as reported by Boswell in Tour to the Hebrides

81lbm 097

Life is a progress from what to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment.

Johnson, Samuel, in Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson

94DOC 384 Epilogue

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

Johnson, Samuel, Obiter Dictum, 21 March 1776.

94DOC 172 p1c31

He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.

Johnson, Samuel, The Idler

92WTW 053 c13

I do love to note and to observe.

Jonson, Volpone

91JWO 178 p2c46

To an ousider it may appear that the average Oxbridge don works but twenty-four weeks out of the annual fifty-two. If therefore at any point in the academic year it is difficult to locate the whereabouts of such an individual, most assuredly this circumstance may not constitute any adequate cause for universal alarm.

Judge, Harry, ed, A Workload Analysis of University Teachers

96DNN 283 p5c55

The second coastline is turned towards Spain and the west, and off it lies the island of Hibernia, which according to estimates is only half the size of Britain.[7]

Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico -- on the geography of Ireland

89WID 153 c31

Scire volunt secreta domus, atque inde timeri
(They watch for household secret hour by hour
And feed therefrom their appetite for power)

Juvenal, Satire III

92WTW 307 c67

They wish to know the family secrets and to be feared accordingly.

Juvenal, Satire III, 113

78LSW 442 c16

Sed quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
(But what about the vigilantes? Who's going to watch after them?)

Juvenal, Satires

92new 119

Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano
(Our aim? Just a brain that's not addled with pox,
And a guaranteed claean bill-of-health from the docs.)

Juvenal, Satires X

96DNN 066 p2c11

As when heaved anew
Old ocean rolls a lengthened wave to shore
Down whose green back the short-lived foam, all hoar
Bursts gradual, with a wayward indolence.

Keats, John

86SA3 096 c21

We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.

Keats, John, Letter to John Reynolds

89WID 100 c19

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain…

Keats, Sonnet

99TRD 340 c73

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.

Kerr, Jean, Where Did You Put the Aspirin?

96DNN 177 p2c34

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Kierkegaard, Sǿren

78LSW 474 c22

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew):
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Kipling, Rudyard

86SA3 156 c38

Twas the first and last time that I'd iver known women to use the pistol. They fear the shot as a rule, but Di'monds-an'-Pearls she did not -- she did not.

Kipling, Rudyard, Love-o'-Women

96DNN 335 p7c66

When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Kipling, Rudyard, The Female of the Species

94DOC 330 p2c60

But if he finds you and you find him,
The rest of the world don't matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.

Kipling, Rudyard, 'The Thousandth Man'

86SA3 034 c07

Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once
a road through the woods.

Kipling, Rudyard, The Way Through the Woods

92WTW 057 c14

Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
here was once
a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once
a road through the woods.

Kipling, Rudyard, The Way Through the Woods, from

92WTW 000

When Napoleaon's eagle eye flashed down the lidt of officers proposed for promotion, he was wont to scribble in the margin aginst any particular name: 'Is he lucky, though?'

Kirkmarkham, Felix, The Genius of Napoleon

99TRD 010 c02

Science is spectrum analysis: art is photosynthesis.

Kraus, Karl, Half Truths One and a Half Truths

92WTW 110 c26

Disciple (weeping): O master, I disturb thy meditations.
Master: Thy tears are plural; the Divine Will is one.
Disciple: I seek wisdom and truth, yet my thoughts are ever of lust and the necessary pleasures of a woman.
Master: Seek not wisdom and truth, my son; seek rather forgiveness. Now go in peace, for verily hast thou disturbed my meditations -- of lust and the necessary pleasures of a woman.

K'ung-Fu-Tsu, from Analects XXIII[16]

96DNN 025 p1c04

A Slave has but one Master; yet ambitious folk have as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering their position.

La Bruyère, Characters

96DNN 080 p2c15

In great affairs we ought to apply ourselves less to creating chances than to profiting from those that offer.

La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

91JWO 218 p3c55

The pomp of funerals has more regard to the vanity of the living than to the honour of the dead.

La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

86SA3 005 c01

As we passed through the enrance archway, Randolph said with pardonable pride, "This is the finest view in England."

Lady Randolph Churchill, on her first visit to Blenheim

92WTW 241 c53

I am retired. I am to be met with in trim gardens. I am already come to be known by my vacant face and careless gesture, perambulating at no fixed pace nor with any settled pourpose. I walk about; not to and from.

Lamb, Charles, last Essays of Elia

99TRD 366 c80

I work all day, and get half-drunk at night.
Waking at foiur to soundless dark, I stare.
In time the curtain-edges will grow light.
Till then I see what's really always there:
Unresting death, a whole day nearer now,
Making all thought impossible but how
And where and when I shall myself die.

Larkin, Philip, Aubade

96DNN 258 p4c49

All that's left to happen
Is some deaths (my own included).
Their order, and their manner,
Remain to be learnt.

Larkin, Philip, Collected Poems

92WTW 288 c63

How right
I should have been to keep away, and let
You have your innocent-guilty-innocent night
Of switching partners in your own sad set:
How useless to invite
The sickening breathlessness of being young
Into my life again

Larkin, Philip, The Dance

96DNN 020 p1c03

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.

Larkin, Philip, This Be the Verse

96DNN 344 p7c68

The land of Idd was a happy one. Well, almost. There was one teeny problem. The King had sleepless nights about it and the villagers were scared. The problem was a dragon called Diabetes. He lived in a cave on top of a hill. Every day he would roar loudly. He never came down the hill but everyone was still very scared just in case he did.

Lee, Victoria, The Dragon of Idd

96DNN 197 p3c37

Sometimes it is that searchers spot
The kind of thing they'd rather not.

Lessing, Nathan der Weise

99TRD 112 c25

There is a kind of release
And a kind of torment in every goodbye for every man.

Lewis, C. Day

86SA3 092 c20

Often I have wished myself dead, but well under my blanket, so that neither death nor man could hear me.

Lichtenberg, Georg

91JWO 034 p1c09

Wordsworth recalls in 'The Prelude' how he was soothed by the sound of the Derwent winding amongs grassy holms.

Literary Landscapes of the British Isles

86SA3 134 c32

If you once understand an author's character, the comprehension of his writing becomes easy.


86SA3 149 c36

The the little Hiawatha
Learned of every bird its language,
Learned their names and all their secrets

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, The Song of Hiawatha

92WTW 176 c40

Some falsehood mingles with all truth

Longfellow, The Golden Legend

81DOJ 182 b3c24

Chaos preceded Cosmos, and it is to Chaos without form and void that we have plunged.

Lowes, John Livingston, The Road to Xanadu

81DOJ 111 b2c14

Impressions there may be which are fitted with links and which may catch hold on each other and render some sort of coalescence possible.

Lowes, John Livingstone, The Road to Xanadu

92WTW 192 c44

At which period there were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Macaulay, History of England

99TRD 246 c53

Men enetitled to bleat BA after their names.

MacColl, D.S.

96DNN 127 p2c24

At the very smallest wheel of our reasoning it is possible for a handful of questions to break the bank of our answers.

Machado, Antonio, Juan de Mairena

92WTW 062 c15

When I wrote my 1997 letter I thought I had little to look forward to in 1998, but it turns out that I was stupidly optimistic.

Mackenzie, David, On the Dole in Darlington

99TRD 000

Some clues are of the 'hidden' variety, where the letters of the word are in fron of the solver in the right order.

Macnutt, D. S., Ximenes on the Art of the Crossword

81DOJ 194 b3c26

He was advised by a friend, with whom he afterwards lost touch, to stay at the Wilberforce Temperance Hotel.

Madan, Geoffrey, Notebooks

96DNN 151 p2c29

As usual he was offering explanations for what other people had not even noticed as problems.

Magee, Bryan, Aspects of Wagner

91JWO 168 p2c43

In a Definition-and Letter-Mixture3 puzzle, each clue consists of a sentence which contains a definition of the answer and a mixture of the letters.

Manley, Don, Chambers Crossword Manual

92WTW 091 c22

Thou hast committed --
Fornication; but that was in another country,
And besides,
the wench is dead

Marlowe, Christopher, The Jew of Malta

89WID 000

Thou hast committed--
Fornication; but that was in another country,
And besides,
the wench is dead.

Marlowe, Christopher, The Jew of Malta

91JWO 133 p2c34

He was once a doctor but is now an undertaker; and what he does a an undertaker he used to do as a doctor.


86SA3 047 c10

If you're guilty, you'll have to prove it.

Marx, Groucho

99TRD 362 c79

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All of my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Massachusetts Lawyers' Journal, reported in

99TRD 185 c39

That kills himself to avoid misery, fears it,
And, at the best, shows but a bastard valour.

Massinger, Philip, The Maid of Honour

91JWO 155 p2c40

Horse sense is something a horse has that prevents him from betting on people.

Mathew, Father

96DNN 228 p4c43

Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.

Maurois, Andre, The Art of Writing

89WID 043 c08

Wives invariably flourish when deserted; it is the deserting male who often ends in disaster.

McFee, William

93lac 259

High definition is the state of being well filled with data A photograph is, visually, 'high definition'.

McLuhan, Marshall, Understanding Media

94agg 035 (xii)

The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.

McLuhan, Marshall, Understanding Media

89WID 198, Epilogue

The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

Mencken, H. L.

94DOC 136 p1c25

Heap not on this mound
Roses that she loved so well;
Why bewilder her with roses
That she cannot see or smell?

Millay, Edna St Vincent, Epitaph

89WID170 c35

Modern dancers give a sinister portent about our times. The dancers don't even look at one another. They are just a lot of isolated individuals jiggling in a kind of self-hypnosis.

Mille, Agnes de, The New York Times

89WID 179 c37

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.

Milton, John, Paradise Lost, Book I

94DOC 359 p2c66

…that fair field
Of Enna, where Proserpin gathring flowrs
Her self a fairer Flowre by gloomie Dis
Was gathered, which cost Ceres all that pain
To seek her through the world…

Milton, John, Paradise Lost, Book IV.

91JWO 232 p3c58

The fatal key,

Sad instrument of all our woe

Milton, Paradise Lost

81DOJ 060 b1c06

Virgil G. Perkins, author of international bestseller Enjoying Jogging (Crown Publications NY, 1992) collapsed and died whilst jogging with a group of fellow enthusiasts in St Paul yesterday. Mr Perkins, aged 26, leaves behind his wife, Beverley, their daughter, Alexis, and seven other children by previous marriages.

Minnesota Clarion, 23 December 1995

96DNN 249 p4c47

'The cockroach Blattella germanica,' it was observed darkly in 1926, 'was at one time recorded as present in the Randolph Hotel kitchen.

Morris, Jan, Oxford

91JWO 015 p1c04

For the clas between the Classical and the Gothic revivals, visitors might go to the top end of Beaumont Street and compare the Greek glory of the Ashmolean on the left with the Gothic push of the Randolph Hotel on the right.

Morris, Jan, Oxford

99TRD 216 c46

It is an inexorable sort of festivity -- in September 1914 they tried to cancel it, but the Home Secretary himself admitted that he was powerless to do so.

Morris, Jan, Oxford

94DOC 186 p1c33

Sit Pax in Valle Thamesis

Motto of Thames Valley Police Authority

81DOJ 106 b2c13

What more pleasant setting than the cinema for sweetly deodorized bodies to meet, unzip, and commune?

Muggeridge, Malcolm, The Most of Malcolm Muggeridge

99TRD 332 c71

Where lovers lie with ardent glow,
Where fondly each forever hears
The creaking of the bed below --
Above, the music of the spheres.

Mumbles, Viscount, 1797-1821

96DNN 057 p2c10

Often would the deaf man know the answers had he but the faculty of hearing the questions. Likewise would the unimaginative man guess wisely at the answers had he but the wit of posing to himself the appropriate questions.

Mumbles, Viscount, Essays on the Imagination

99TRD 138 c30

My predestinated lot in life, alas, has amounted to this: a mens not particularly sana in a corpore not particularly sano.

Mumbles, Viscount, Reflections on My Life

94DOC 158 p1c29

Randolph, you're not going to like this, but I was in bed with your wife.

Murder in Ink: Alibis we never want to hear again

94DOC 164 p1c30

Fingerprints are left at the scenes of crime often enough to put ober 10,000 individual prints in the FBI files. Even the craftiest of perpetrators sometimes forget to wipe up everywhere.

Murder Ink

81DOJ 285 b4c38

Fingerprints do get left at crime scenes. Even the craftiest perpetrators sometimes forget to wipe up everywhere.

Murder Ink: Incriminating Evidence

94DOC 346 p2c63

Many is the gracious form that is covered with a veil; but on withdrawing this thou doscoverest a grandmother

Musharrif-Uddin, Gulistan

96DNN 0037 p1c06

Snow is all right while it is snowing: it is like inebriation, because it is very pleasing when it is coming, but very unpleasing when it is going.

Nash, Ogden

86SA3 056 c13

Bankers are just like anybody else,
Except richer.

Nash, Ogden, I'm a Stranger Here Myself

99TRD 038 c08

What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.

New York Herald Tribune, 15 June, 1960

92WTW 143 c33

I sometimes wonder which would be nicer -- an opera without an interval, or an interval without an opera.

Newman, Ernest, Berlioz, Romantic and Classic

94DOC 272 p2c49

No small art is to sleep: it is necessary to keep awake all day for that purpose.

Nietzsche, Friedrich

94DOC 244 p2c44

Queen Elizabeth the First Slept Here

Notice which according to the British Tourist Board is to be observed in approximately 2400 residences.

96DNN 314 p6c62

Needles and pins, needles and pins,
When a man marries his trouble begins.

Old nursery rhyme

94DOC 286 p2c50

Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, and disregard of all the rules.

Orwell, George, Shooting an Elephant

86SA3 024 c05

Lente currite, noctis equi!
(Oh gallop slow, you horses of the night!)

Ovid, Amores

89WID 147 c30

Sic, ne perdiderit, non cessat perdere lusor
(To recoup his losses, the gambler keeps on backing the losers.)

Ovid, Ars Amatoria

91JWO 147 p2c37

Nec scit qua sit iter
(He knows not which is the way to take)

Ovid, Metamorphoses II

92WTW 045 c11

Alibi (L. alibi, elsewhere, orig. locative -- alius, other); the plea in a criminal charge of having been elsewhere at the material time.

Oxford English Dictionary

78LSW 465 c20

Alibi: (L. 'alibi', elsewhere); the plea in a criminal charge of having been elsewhere at the material time.

Oxford English Dictionary

81DOJ 147 b2c19

Flowers, writing materials, and books are always welcome gifts for patients; but if you wish to bring food or deink, do ask the Sister, and she will tell you what is advisable.

Oxford Health Authority, Handbook for Patients and Visitors

89WID 014 c03

The Master shall not continue in his post beyond the age of sixty-seven. As a simple rule, therefore, the incumbent Master will be requested to give notice of impending retirement during the University term immediately prior to that birthday. Where, however, such an accommodation does not present itself, the Master is required to propose a particular date not later than the end of the first week of the second full term after the statutory termination (vide supra)

Paragraph 2(a), translated from the Latin, from the Founders' Statutes of Lonsdale College, Oxford

96DNN 016 p1c02

Men seldom make passes
At girls who wear glasses.

Parker, Dorothy

86SA3 083 c18

You can lead a whore to culture
but you can't make her think.

Parker, Dorothy, attributed to

94DOC 234 p2c42

Karl Popper teaches that knowledge is advanced by the positing and testing of hypotheses. Countless hypotheses, I believe, are being tested at once in the unconscious mind; only the winning shortlist is handed to our consciousness.

Parris, Matthew, The Times, 7 March 1994

94DOC 316 p2c57

Marauding lots have shot the moping owl:
The tower is silent 'neath the wat'ry moon;
But Lady Porter, lately on the prowl
Will sell the place for pennies very soon.

Parrot, E. O., The Spectator

89WID 165 c34

She is disturbed
When the phone rings at 5 a.m.
And with such urgency
Aware that one of these calls
Will summon her to witness another death
Commanding more words than she
The outside observer can provide -- and yet
Note-pad poised and ready
She poicks up the receiver.

Peacocke, Helen, Ace Reporter

96DNN 099 p2c19

Music and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is.

Pepys, Samuel, Diary

92WTW 272 c60

Things are not always what they seem;
the first appearance deceives many


78LSW 524 c34

Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own right arm.

Phillips, Sidney J., speech, July 1953

92WTW 164 c38

You; my Lady, certainly don't dye your hair to deceive the others, nor even yourself; but only to cheat your own image a little before the looking-glass.

Pirandello, Luigi, Henry IV

94DOC 055 p1c11

The unexamined life is not worth living.


76eto 0053

A certain document of the last importance has been purloined.

Poe, Edgar Allan

86SA3 142 c34

To be buried while alive is, beyond question, the most terrifying of those extremes which has ever fallen to the lot of mere mortality.

Poe, Edgar Allan, Tales of Mystery and Imagination

92WTW 161 c37

She'll be wearing silk pyjamas when she comes.

Popular song

78LSW 517 c33

Being in the land of the living was itself the survivor's privilege, for so many of one's peers -- one's broithers and sisters -- had already fallen by the wayside, having died at birth, at infancy or childhood.

Porter, Roy & Dorothy, In Sickness and in Health

89WID 074 c14

Then grief forever after; because forever after nothing less would ever do.

Potter, J. G. F., Anything to Declare

94DOC 381 p2c70

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning.

Priest, Ivy Baker, Parade

89WID 194 c40

Dr Franklin shewed me that the flames of two candles joined give a much stronger light than both of them separate; as is made very evident by a person holding the two candles near his face, first separate, and then joined in one.

Priestley, John, Optiks

99TRD 169 c36

John and Mary are each given 20p
John gives 1p to Mary
How much more does Mary have than John?

Problem set in the 11+ examination

78LSW 470 c21

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is King.

Proverb, Afghan

99TRD 026 c05

He who asks the questions cannot avoid the answers.

Proverb, Cameroonian

92WTW 263 c58

It is only the first bottle that is expensive.

Proverb, French

92WTW 084 c21

Man kann der Wald nicht vor Bäumen sehen.

Proverb, German

78LSW 427 c13

What is the use of running when we are not on the right road?

Proverb, German

86SA3 121 c28

The overworked man who agrees to any division of labour always gets the worst share.[18]

Proverb, Hungarian

96DNN 266 p4c51

Initium est dimidium facti
(Once you've started, you're halfway there)

Proverb, Latin

96DNN 190 p2c36

Magnus Alexander corpora parvus erat (Even Alexander the Great didn't measure up to the height-requirement of the Police Force)

Proverb, Latin

89WID 121 c24

Ponderanda sunt testimonia, non numeranda
(All testimonies aggregate
Not by their number, but their weight)

Proverb, Latin

99TRD 057 c13

Solvitur ambulando (The problem is solved by walking around)

Proverb, Latin

91JWO 050 p1c13

The morning is wiser than the evening.

Proverb, Russian

92WTW 019 c04

When you live next to the cemetery, you cannot weep for everyone.

Proverb, Russian

94DOC 111 p1c20

You may not drive straight on a twisting lane.

Proverb, Russian

94agg 011 (iii)

A man is little use when his wife is a widow.

Proverb, Scottish

78LSW 371 c03

It's good to hope; it's the waiting that spoils it.

Proverb, Yiddish

99TRD 082 c19

Odd instances of strange coincidence are really not all that odd perhaps.

Queen Caroline's advocate, speaking in the House of Lords

99TRD 189 c40

When I drink, I think; and when I think, I drink.


86SA3 051 c11

As o'er me now thou lean'st thy breast,
With launder'd bodice crisply pressed,
Lief I'd prolong my grievous ill --
Wert thou my guardian angel still.

Raikes, Edmund, 1537-65, The Nurse

99TRD 001 Prolegomenon

We trust we wre not guilty of sacrilege in suggesting that the teaching of Religious Knowledge in some schools would pose an almighty challenge even for the Almighty Himself.

Religious Education in Secondary Schools: 1967-87, from the Introduction, HMSO

99TRD 226 c48

Michael Stich (W. Germany) beat Boris Becker (W. Germany) 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

Result of the Men's Singles Championship at Wimbledon, 1991

92WTW 245 c54

If you have great talents, industry will improve them; if you have but moderate abilities, industry will supply their deficiency.

Reynolds, Sir Joshua

81DOJ 208 b3c28

Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.

Rochefoucauld, La, Maxims

89WID 126 c25

Like the sweet apple which reddens upon the topmost bough,
A-top the topmost twig -- which the pluckers forgot somehow --
Forgot it not, nay, but got it not, for none could get it till now.

Rossetti, D. G., Translations from Sappho

94DOC 008 p1c02

It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but those things of which we are ashamed.

Rousseau, Confessions

92WTW 188 c43

It is not the criminal things which are hardest to confess, but the ridiculous and the shameful.

Rousseau, Confessions

99TRD 317 c68

Matrimony is a bargain, and somebody has to get the worst of the bargain.

Rowland, Helen

86SA3 170 c41

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They've experienced pain and bought jewelry.

Rudner, Rita

99TRD 173 c37

In philological works … a dagger † signifies an obsolete word. The same sign, placed before a person's name, signifies deceased.

Rules for Compositors and Readers, OUP

78LSW 456 c18

Going by railroad I do not consider as travelling at all; it is merely being "sent" to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

Ruskin, John, Modern Painters

91JWO 098 p2c25

It is the very temple of discomfort.

Ruskin, John, The Seven Lamps of Architecture -- referring to a building of a railway station

96DNN 073 p2c13

The man who says to one, go, and he goeth, and to another, come, and he cometh, has, in most cases, more sense of restraint and difficulty than the man who obeys him.

Ruskin, John, The Stones of Venice

99TRD 060 c14

Even in civilized mankind, faint traces of a monogamic instinct can sometimes be percieved.

Russell, Bertram

86SA3 069 c15

Nine tenths of the appeal of pornography is due to the indecent feelings concerning sex which moralists inculcate in the young; the other tenth is physiological, and will occur in one way or another whatever the state of the law may be.

Russell, Bertrand, Marriage and Morals

92WTW 155 c36

The total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

Russell, Bertrand, Marriage and Morals

94DOC 335 p2c61

One night I contrived to stay in the Natural History Museum, hiding myself at closing time in the Fossil Invertebrate Gallery, and spending an enchated night alon in the museum, wandering from gallery to gallery with a flashlight.

Sacks, Olver, The Observer, 9 January 1994

94DOC 127 p1c23

When you have assembled what you call your 'facts' in logical order, it is like and oil-lamp you have fashioned, filled, and trimmed; but which will shed no illumination unless first you light it.

Saint-Exupery, The Wisdom of the Sands

96DNN 146 p2c28

Arithmetic is where the answer is right and everything is nice and you can look out of the window and see the blue sky -- or the answer is wrong and you have to start all over and try again and see how it comes out this time.

Sandburg, Carl, Complete Poems

86SA3 102 c23

The detective novelist, as a class, hankers after complication and ingenuity, and is disposed to reject the obvious and acquit the accused if possible. He is uneasy until he has gone further and found some new and satisfying explanation of the problem.

Sayers, Dorothy L., The Murder of Julia Wallace

89WID 091 c17

Oh what a tangled web we weave
When first we practise to deceive!

Scott, Sir Walter, Marmion

89WID 155 c32

And sidelong glanced, as to explore,
In mediated flight, the door.

Scott, Sir Walter, Rokeby

94DOC 086 p1c16

What shall be the maiden's fate?
Who shall be the maiden's mate?

Scott, Sir Walter, The Lady of the Last Minstrel

81DOJ 241 b4c33

Careless talk costs lives

Second World War slogan

99TRD 173 c37

Is it sin
To rush into the secret house of death
Ere death dare come to us?

Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

96DNN 286 p5c56

An ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own

Shakespeare, As You Like It

78LSW 499 c28

Alas, poor Yorick! -- I knew him, Horatio.

Shakespeare, Hamlet

99TRD 128 c28

Refrain to-night
And that shall lead a kind of easiness
To the next abstinence; the next more easy;
For use almost can change the stamp of nature.

Shakespeare, Hamlet

99TRD 302 c64

Go on; I'll follow thee.

Shakespeare, Hamlet I, iv

81DOJ 131 b2c17

The time is out of joint

Shakespeare, Hamlet I, v

81DOJ 202 b3c27

Yet the first bringer of unwelcome news
Hath but a losing office

Shakespeare, Henry IV Part 2

91JWO 090 p2c23

Falstaff: We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.
Shallow: That we have, that we have, that we have; in faith, Sir John, we have.

Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

92WTW 259 c57

Tha gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day
Is crept into the bosom of the sea.

Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

94DOC 191 p1c34

The gaudy, blabbing and remorseful day
Is crept into the bosom of the sea.

Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2

78LSW 538 c37

Take notice, lords, he has a loyal breast,
For you have seen him open't. Read o'er this;
And after, this; and then to breakfast with
What appetite you have.

Shakespeare, Henry VIII

99TRD 051 c11

But when he once attains the utmost round,
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.

Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

99TRD 194 c41

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle towards my hand?

Shakespeare, Macbeth

94DOC 206 p2c36

Light thickens and the crow makes wing to
the rooky wood

Shakespeare, Macbeth

91JWO 160 p2c41

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
Now spurs the lated traveller apace
To gain the timely inn

Shakespeare, Macbeth

91JWO 150 p2c38

The west yet glimmers with some streaks of day:
Now spurs the lated traveller apace
To gain the timely inn.

Shakespeare, Macbeth

92WTW 255 c56

Everyone can master a grief but he that has it.

Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

94DOC 075 p1c14

There's not a note of mine that's worth the noting.

Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing II, iii

81DOJ 089 b2c10

I have already chose my officer.

Shakespeare, Othello I, i

81DOJ 157 b2c21

To you, Lord Governor,
Remains the censure of this hellish villain --
The time, the place, the torture. O enforce it!

Shakespeare, Othello, V

78LSW 509 c31

What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

91JWO 228 p3c57

Beauty's ensign yet
Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks,
And death's pale flag is not advanced there

Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, V

78LSW 364 c01

Those milk-paps
That through the window-bars bore at men's eyes

Shakespeare, Timon of Athens IV, iii

81DOJ 165 b3c22

SEC. OFF.: Antonio, I arrest thee at the suit of Count Orsino.
ANT.: You do mistaek me, sir.
FIRST OFF. No, sir, no jot.

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

99TRD 321 c69

The faults of the burglar are the qualities of the financier.

Shaw, Bernard, Major Barbara

96DNN 141 p2c27

A man without an address is a vagabond; a man with two addresses is a libertine.

Shaw, G. B.

81DOJ 232 b3c32

The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.

Shaw, G. B.

81DOJ 253 b4c34

The great advantage of a hotel is that it's a refuge from home life.

Shaw, G. B.

86SA3 041 c09

I enjoy convalescence. It is the part that makes the illness worth the while.

Shaw, G. B., Back to Methuselah

89WID 030 c06

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of Hell.

Shaw, George Bernard

92WTW 004 c01

I enjoy convalescence; it is the part that makes the illness worth while.

Shaw, George Bernard

94DOC 209 p2c37

He certainly has a great deal of fancy, and a very good memory; but, with a perverse ingenuity, he employs these qualities as no other person does.

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley

78LSW 386 c06

There never was a scandalous tale without some foundation.

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, The School for Scandal

96DNN 131 p2c25

It'll do him good to lie there unconscious for a bit. Give his brain a rest.

Simpson, N. F., One-Way Pendulum

94DOC 262 p2c48

In many an Oxfordshire Ale-house the horseshoe is hung upside-down, in the form that is of an Arch or an Omega. This age-old custom (I have been convincingly informed) is not to allow the Luck to run out but to prevent the Devil building up a nest therein.

Small, D., A Most Complete Guide to the Hostelries of the Cotswolds

99TRD 107 c24

Almost all modern architecture is farce.

Small, Diogenes (1797-1812), Reflections

91JWO 024 p1c07

For coping with even one quarter of that running course known as 'Marathon' -- for coping without frequent halts for refreshment or periodic bouts of vomiting -- a man has to dedicate one half of his youthful years to quite intolerable training and endurance. Such dedication is not for me.

Small, Diogenes, 1797-1805, The Joys of Occasional Idleness

99TRD 203 c43

Thursday is a bad day. Wednesday is quite a good day. Friday is an even better one. But Thursday, whatever the reason, is a day on which my spirit and my resolution, are at their lowest ebb. Yet even worse is any day of the week upon which, after a period of blessed ideleness, I come face to face with the prospect of a premature return to my labours.

Small, Diogenes, Autobiography

94DOC 224 p2c40

Be it ever so humble there's no place like home for sending one slowly crackers.

Small, Diogenes, Obiter Dicta

92WTW 118 c28

Yet always it is those fictional addenda which will effect the true alchemy.

Small, Diogenes, Reflections on Inspiration and Creativity

93tis 181 p2

St Anthony of Egypt (c. 251-356 AD): hermit and founder of Christian monasticism. An ascetic who freely admitted to being sorely beset by virtually every temptation, and most especially by sexual temptation. Tradition has it that he frequently invited a nightly succession of naked women to parade themselves in front of him as he lay, hands manacled behind his back, in appropriately transparent yet not wholly claustrophobic sacking.

Small, Simon, An Irreverent Survey of the Saints

94DOC 327 p2c59

Thanatophobia (n): a morbid dread of death, or (sometimes) of the sight of death: a poignant sense of human mortality, almost universal except amongst those living on Olympus.

Small's English Dictionary

92WTW 252 c55

Pension: generally understood to mean monies grudgingly bestowed on ageing hirelings after a lifetime of occasional devotion to duty.

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 12th edition

94DOC 003 p1c01

U-turn: A turn made by a vehicle reversing into the direction of oncoming traffic, recommended only when there appear no signs of oncoming traffic.

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 12th edition

94agg 019 (vi)

Prosōpagnoia (n.): the failure of any person to recognize the face of any other person, howsoever recently the aforementioned persons may have mingled in each other's cpmpany.

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 13 th Edition, 1806.

96DNN 086 p2c16

Hypoglycaemia (n): abnormal reduction of sugar content of the blood -- for Diabetes sufferers a condition more difficult to spell than to spot.

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 17 th Edition

96DNN 325 p6c64

Examination: trial, test of knowledge and, as also may be hoped, capacity; close inspection (especially med.)

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 1812 Edition

94DOC 093 p1c17

character (n.) handwriting, style of writing: Shakes. Meas for M. Here is the hand and seal of the Duke. You know the character, I doubt not.

Small's Enlarged English Dictionary, 18th edition

99TRD 281 c61

Alibi: (adv.): In another place, elsewhere.

Small's Latin-English Dictionary

96DNN 224 p4c42

For having considered God and himself
he will consider his neighbour.

Smart, Geoffrey, My Cat Jeoffrey

78LSW 479 c23

Cambridge has espoused the river, has opened its arms to the river, has built some of its fines Houses alongside the river. Oxford has turned its back on the river, for only at some points downstream from Folly Bridge does the Isis glitter so gloriously as does the Cam.

Smithfield-Waterstone, J. J., Oxford and Cambridge: A Comparison

94DOC 303 p2c54

Je ne regrettee rien

Song, French

91JWO 234 p3c59

We saw a knotted pendulum, a noose: and a strangled woman swinging there.

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

81DOJ 037 b1c03

An illiterate candidate gives his thoughts. The spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure are chaotic. Examiners should feel no reluctance about giving no marks for such work.

Specimen Essays at 16+, Extract from

81DOJ 221 b3c30

As when that divelish yron engin, wrought
In deepest hell, and framd by furies skill,
With windy nitre and quick sulphur fraught,
And ramd with bollett rownd, ordaind to kill,
Conceiveth fyre.

Spenser, Edmund, The Faerie Queene

92WTW 303 c66

With a gen'rous ol' pal who will pick up the tab
It's always real cool in a nice taxi-cab.

Spool, J. Willington, Mostly on the Dole

99TRD 243 c52

It is not impossible to become bored in the presence of a mistress.


91JWO 003 p1c01

There are worse occupations in this world than feeling a woman's pulse.

Sterne, Laurence, A Sentimental Journey

91JWO 021 p1c06

It is the nature of anhypothesis, when once a man has conceived it, that it assimilates every thing to itself as proper nourishment, and, from the first moment of your begetting it, it gernerally grows the stronger by every thing you see, hear, read, or understand.

Sterne, Laurence, Tristram Shandy

96DNN 269 p4c52

The cruellest lies are often told in silence.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

86SA3 112 c26

At day's end you came,
and like the evening sun,
left an afterglow.

Swift, Basil, Collected Haiku

91JWO 199 p3c51

The moon jellyfish
like a parachute in air
sways under the waves.

Swift, Basil, Collected Haiku

91JWO 079 p2c20

You holy Art, when all my hope is shaken,
And through life's raging tempest I am drawn,
You make my heart with warmest love to waken,
As if into a better world reborn.

Swift, Basil, translated by, from An Die Musik

99TRD 007 c01

Madame, appearing to imbibe gin and It in roughly equal measures, yet manages to exude rather more of the gin than of the 'it'.

Sykes-Davies, Hugh, Obiter Dicta

91JWO 029 p1c08

In the police-procedural, a a fair degree of realism is possible, but it cannot be pushed too far for fear that the book might be as dull as the actual days of a policeman.

Symons, Julian, Bloody Murder

91JWO 071 p1c18

The colleague may be exceptionally thick-headed, like Watson.

Symons, Julian, Bloody Murder

94agg 014 (v)

It is a bad plan that admits no modification.

Syrus, Publilius

86SA3 117 c27

Women sometimes forgive those who force an opportunity, never those who miss it.


92mor 221

And then there were two.

Ten Little Nigger Boys

78LSW 543 c38

Their meetings made December June.


91JWO 143 p2c36

In me there dwells
No greatness, save it be some far-off touch
Of greatness to know well I am not great.

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord, Lancelot and Elaine

94DOC 203 p2c35

Whatever crazy sorrow saith,
No life that breathes with human breath
Has ever truly longed for death.

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord, The Two Voices

94DOC 066 p1c13

Below me, there is the village, and looks how quiet and sall!
And yet bubbles o'er like a city, with gossip, scandal, and spite.

Tennyson, Maud

99TRD 335 c72

In the afternoon they came unto a land
In which it seemèd always afternoon,
All round the coast the languid air did swoon,
Breathing like one that hath a weary dream.

Tennyson, The Lotus-eaters

99TRD 122 c27

Facing the media is more difficult than bathing a leper

Teresa of Calcutta, Mother

96DNN 091 p2c17

Certum est quia impossibile est.

Tertullian, De Carne Christi

81DOJ 152 b2c20

No words beyond a murmured 'Good-evening' ever passed between Hardy and Louisa Harding.

The Early Life of Thomas Hardy

86SA3 146 c35

The fastest recorded time for completing The Times crossword under test conditions is 3 minutes 45 seconds, by Mr Roy Dean, of Bromley, Kent.

The Guiness Book of Records

94agg 024 (viii)

Gestalt (n): chiefly Psychol. An integrated perceptual structure or unity conceived as functionally more than the sum of its parts.

The New Shorter Oxford Dictionary

94DOC 350 p2c64

dactyloscopy (n): the examination of fingerprints (Early Twentieth Century)

The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary

94DOC 341 p2c62

His friend and foil, the stolid Watson with whom he shares rooms in Baker Street, attends Holmes throughout most of his adventures.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature

89cmi 135

The museum has retained much of its Victorian character. Painstakingly hand-written labels can still be found attached to some of the artefacts in the crammed black cases there.

The Pitt Rivers Museumm A Souvenir Guide

94DOC 217 p2c38

Stet Difficilior Lectio
(Let the more difficult of the readings stand)

The principle applied commonly by editors faced with variant readings in ancient manuscripts

89WID 159 c33

Should any young or old officer experience incipient or actual sign of vomiting at the sight of some particularly harrowing scene of crime the said person should not necessarily attribute such nausea to some psychological vulnerability, but rather to the virtually universal reflex-reactions of the upper intestine.

The SOCO Handbook, Revised 1999

99TRD 146 c32

No one came
On the bare platform.

Thomas, Edward, Adlestrop

91JWO 164 p2c42

Beware of enterprises that require fancy clothes.


86SA3 028 c06

I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.

Thoreau, Henry

99TRD 064 c14

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Thoreau, Henry

81DOJ 053 b1c05

If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behaviour.

Thoreau, Henry David

94agg 030 (x)

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong -- as when you find a trout in the milk.

Thoreau, Henry, unpublished manuscript

91JWO 181 p2c47

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.

Thurber, James

86SA3 098 c22

A man's ben is his resting-place., but a woman's is often her rack.

Thurber, James, Further Fables of Our Time

92WTW 131, c30

Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair-trigger balances, when a false, or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.

Thurber, James, Lanterns and Lances

91JWO 117 p2c30

All happy families are alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Tolstoy, Leo [Anna Karenina]

78LSW 497 c27

Have I Got News For You!

TV programme title

99TRD 260 c56

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.

Twain, Mark

94agg 013 (iv)

Water taken in moderation cannot hurt anybody.

Twain, Mark

91JWO 045 p1c12

When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.

Twain, Mark

86SA3 162 c39

There are several good protections against temptations, but the surest is cowardice.

Twain, Mark, Following the Equator

91JWO 093 p2c24

All saints can do miralcles, but few can keep a hotel.

Twain, Mark, Notebook

91JWO 018 p1c05

An experienced, industrious, ambitious, and often quite picturesque liar

Twain, Mark, Private History of a Campaign that Failed

81DOJ 136 b2c18

Forgive us for loving familiar hymns and religious feelings more than Thee, O Lord.

United Presbyterian Church Litany, From the

96DNN 211 p3c40


USA's Best Newspaper Headlines, from, 1979

99TRD 207 c44

There are tears of things and mortal matters touch the heart

Virgil, Aeneid I

78LSW 563 Epilogue

Dido attempted to raise her heavy eyes again,
but failed; and the deep wound gurgled in her breast.

Virgil, Aeneid IV, 688-9

93tis 167 p1

Sunt lacrimae rerum et mentem mortalia tangunt
(Always in life are there tears being shed for things, and human suffering ever touches the heart)

Virgil, Aeneid, I. 462

99TRD 158 c34

Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.

Virgil, Georgics

86SA3 179 c44

Thought depends absolutely on the stomach; but, in spite of that, those who have the best stomachs are not the best thinkers.

Voltaire, in a letter to d'Alembert

89WID 001 c01

Those who are absent, by its means become present: correspondence is the consolation of life.

Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary

96DNN 291 p5c57

Gypsy Rose Lee, the strip-tease artist, has arrived in Hollywood with twelve empty trunks.

Wade, Harry P., American Columnist

78LSW 401 c08

Everything in life is somewhere else, and you get there in a car.

White, E.B., One Man's Meat

96DNN 301 p6c59

A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.

Wilde, Oscar

96DNN 075 p2c14

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.

Wilde, Oscar

78LSW 421 c11

JACK (gravely): In a handbag,

Wilde, Oscar

86SA3 139 c33

The English country gentleman gallopping after a fox -- the unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.

Wilde, Oscar

99TRD 029 c06

Duty is what one expects from others; it is not what one does one's self.

Wilde, Oscar, A Woman of No Importance

91JWO 087 p2c22

And all the woe that moved him so
That he he gave that bitter cry,
And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,
None knew so well as I:
ÛFor he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die

Wilde, Oscar, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

78LSW 453 c17

For he who lives more lives than one
More deaths than one must die.

Wilde, Oscar, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

81DOJ 075 b1c08

I never saw a man who looked
With such a wistful eye
Upon that little tent of blue
Which prisoners call the sky

Wilde, Oscar, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

81DOJ 277 b4c37

The vilest deeds like poison weeds
Bloom well in prison-air,
It is only what is good in Man
That wastes and withers there:
Pale Anguish keeps the heavy gate,
And the warder is Despair.

Wilde, Oscar, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

99TRD 069 c16

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

Wilde, Oscar, The Picture of Dorian Gray

91JWO 053 p1c14

The one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.

Wilde, Oscar, The Picture of Dorian Gray

92WTW 279 c62

Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out and death's the other.

Williams, Tennessee, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

89WID 141 c28

Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.

Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

92WTW 001 Prolegomenon

The scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.

Woolcott, Alexander

94DOC 239 p2c43

Rigid, the skel76eton of habit alone upholds the human frame.

Woolf, Virginia, Mrs. Dalloway

91JWO 206 p3c52

They flee from me, that sometime did me seek
With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.

Wyatt, Sir Thomas, Remembrance

93tis 196 p3

For the good are always the merry,
Save by an evil chance,
And the merry love the fiddle,
And the merry love to dance:

And when the folk there spy me,
They will all come up to me,
With 'Here is the fiddler of Dooney!'
And dance like a wave of the sea.

Yeats, W. B. The Fiddler of Dooney

99TRD 152 c33

The Light of Lights
Looks always on the motive, not the deed,
The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.

Yeats, W. B., The Countess Cathleen

92WTW 311 c68

He who is conceived in a cage
Yearns for the cage.

Yevtushenko, Monologue of a Blue Fox on an Alaskan Animal Farm

93tcb 233

At Oxford nude bathing was, and sometimes still is, indulged in, which used to cause mutual embarrassment when ladies passed by in boats.

Yurdan, Marilyn, Oxford: Town & Gown

91JWO 075 p1c19






Last Bus to Woodstock



Evans Tries an O-Level



The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn



Last Seen Wearing



Service of All the Dead



The Dead of Jericho



At the Lulu-Bar Motel



The Riddle of the Third Mile



The Secret of Annexe 3



Morse's Greatest Mystery



A Case of Mis-Identity



The Wench Is Dead



Dead as a Dodo



The Jewel That Was Ours



Monty's Revolver



Neighbourhood Watch



The Way Through the Woods



Last Call



The Carpet-Bagger



The Inside Story



As Good as Gold



The Daughters of Cain



Death Is Now My Neighbour



The Remorseful Day


1. Nam et ego homo sum sub potestate constitutus. (78LSW 433 c14)[back]

2. Burnt Norton, I. (81DOJ 028 b1c02)[back]

3. In The Innocence of Father Brown (86SA3 008 c02)[back]

4. Et qui quaerit, invenit. (86SA3 072 c16)[back]

5. La Figlia Che Piange (86SA3 153 c37)[back]

6. Amores I.13.40 Vissza ma, Ej lovai! [Horvath I. Karoly] (89WID 147 c30)[back]

7. Alterum vergit ad Hispaniam atque occidentem solem; qua ex parte est Hibernia dimidio minor, ut existimatur, quam Britannia (V.12) (89WID 153 c31)[back]

8. Four Quartets, Little Gidding, I. (89WID 188 c39)[back]

9. Ars amatoria I.451 Jatszik a balsorsos jatekos, hatha nyer is meg [Bede Anna] (91JWO 147 p2c37)[back]

10. (91JWO 239 p3c60)[back]

hullo konnyemet, a testver dus aldozatat vedd!
Beke veled! Bucsuzom; mar orokos bucsuval.
(Illyes Gyula)

Vedd -- testveri borum bo konnyei rajta peregnek,
bucsum vegszava zeng: beke orokre veled!
(Kardos Laszlo)

… ajandekom…
vedd:at: konnyeim ontoztek, testveri siralmam;
s vedd bucsum, testver, aldjon orokre az eg.
(Devecseri Gabor)

11. Metamorphoses II. 170. …nem tudja,… sem, hogy az ut hol van [Devecseri Gabor] (92WTW 045 c11)[back]

12. Iliad XVI. 681-3. (92WTW 140 c32)[back]

deduxitque autem cum deductoribus velocubus qui-ferrent,
Somno et Morti gemellis; qui quidem eum celeriter
deposuerunt in Lyciae latae opulento populo.

es utjara bocsatvan adta gyors koveteknek,
Alomnak s a Halalnak, ez ikreknek, kik e harcost
gyorsan a tagteru dus Lukie foldjere helyeztek
(Devecseri Gabor)

13. (94DOC 025 p1c05)[back]

Mi boldogitobb, mint a gondot elszorni,
mikor kitisztul elgyotort agyunk, messze
foldrol jovunk meg otthonunkba lankadtan
es annyiszor kivant agyunkba fekszunk le?
(Devecseri Gabor ford.)

14. (94DOC 041 p1c08)[back]

O, jaj, Lesbia, az en Lesbiam, a
draga Lesbia, az akit Catullus
forrobban szeretett, mint onmagat, mint
minden edes-ovet: most sarkon, utcan
baszkolodik egesz nemes Romaval!…
(Babits Mihaly)

Nezd csak, Caelius! A mi Lesbiank, õ,
az a Lesbia, kitCatullus egykor
forrobban szeretett, mint onmagat es
vereit -- ma sotet sikatorokban
fosztogatja ki Roma ferfinepet…
(Dsida Jeno)

Nezd csak, Lesbia, Lesbiank, baratom,
az a Lesbia, kit Catullus inkabb
szeretett az oveinel s maganal,
most keresztutakon, sikatorokban
Remus hos unokaibol velot fej.
(Devecseri Gabor)

15. Natalis grate numeras? Vig szuletesnapot ulsz? [Bede Anna] Epistulae II.2.210 (94DOC xi Prolegomaena)[back]

16. The Analects has only XX books (96DNN 025 p1c04) [back]

17. Four Quartets, Dry Salvages, I. (96DNN 162 p2c31) [back]

18. ? Kozos lonak turos a hata? (96DNN 266 p4c51) [back]

19. A. D. Godley (99TRD 073 c17) [back]

20. (93tis 167 p1) [back]

Illa grauis oculos conata attollere rursus
deficit; infixum stridit sub pectore uulnus.