If you’re too open-minded, your brains will fall out.

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Septennis guum sit, nondum edidit Denies. Though he is seven years of age, he has not yet cut his teeth, was used to be said to per- sons, who, though men in years, were, in their actions, and in their understanding, only children ; to men passing their time in idle and boyish amusements, or asking questions on subjects so trifling and common, that it would be disgraceful even for children to be ignorant of them. We say of a person who suffers himself to be easily outwitted, " he has not got all his teeth," or "he has not cut his eye-teeth."

ERASMUS.

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" Vin dentro, senno fuora," that is, " When wine is in, wit is out."

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The particular plant called Crambe by the ancients is not now known. It was thought to have the power of preventing the inebriating effects of wine, and hence we are told, a portion of it, previously baked, was usually taken by the Egyptians, and some other nations, before sitting down to their tables, that they might indulge more freely in drinking; but twice baked, or too often taken, it excited nausea and disgust, whence the proverb.

"Occidit miseros crambe repetita magistros." JUVENAL.

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"Proverbs, chiefly taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, with explanations; and further illustrated by corresponding examples from the Spanish, Italian, French & English languages"

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" When all other sins are old in us, and go upon crutches. Covetousness does but then lay in her cradle. Lechery loves to dwell in the fairest lodgings, And covetousness in the oldest buildings."

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"A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study."

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A broken hand works, but not a broken heart. Persian.

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Why awake the lion who may tear you in 
pieces ? and the following 

Malum bene conditum ne moveris. 

When you have escaped an injury, or when 
any dispute or contest in which you were en- 
gaged is compromised, and settled, do nothing 
that may revive it, you may not come off a 
second time so well. " Non destare il can 
che dorme," the Italians say, do not wake a 
sleeping dog. And the French, 

" N'as tu pas tort, de reveiller le chat qui 
dort?" were you not wrong to wake the cat 
that was sleeping? or, " Quando la mala ven- 
tura se duerme, nadie la despierte," when 
sorrow is asleep, do not wake it." 
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"Proverbs, chiefly taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, with explanations; and further illustrated by corresponding examples from the Spanish,

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“The absent are always in the wrong”

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It is often better to return, than to go on ; 
that is, when any one finds he has taken a 
wrong road, it is better to turn back than to 
proceed, as the further he goes on, the further 
he will be from the place he proposes visiting.

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"Proverbs, chiefly taken from the Adagia of Erasmus, with explanations; and further illustrated by corresponding examples from the Spanish, Italian, French & English languages"

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