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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Miscellaneous Translations. (continued)
    The style is the man himself. 1
    “There is no other royal path which leads to geometry,” said Euclid to Ptolemy I. 2
    There is nothing new except what is forgotten. 3
    They have learned nothing and forgotten nothing. 4
    We are dancing on a volcano. 5
    Who does not love wine, women, and song
Remains a fool his whole life long. 6
    God is on the side of the strongest battalions. 7
    Terrible he rode alone,
  With his Yemen sword for aid;
Ornament it carried none
  But the notches on the blade.
          The Death Feud. An Arab War-song. 8
Note 1.
Buffon: Diacours de Reception (Recueil de l’Académie, 1753).

See Burton, Quotation 6. [back]
Note 2.
Proclus: Commentary on Euclid’s Elements, book ii. chap. iv. [back]
Note 3.
Attributed to Mademoiselle Bertin, milliner to Marie Antoinette.

”There is nothing new except that which has become antiquated,”—motto of the “Revue Rétrospective.” [back]
Note 4.
This saving is attributed to Talleyrand. In a letter of the Chevalier de Panat to Mallet du Pan, January, 1796, it occurs almost literally,—“No one is right; no one could forget anything, nor learn anything.” [back]
Note 5.
Words uttered by Comte de Salvandy (1796–1856) at a fete given by the Duke of Orleans to the King of Naples, 1830. [back]
Note 6.
Attributed to Luther, but more probably a saying of J. H. Voss (1751–1826), according to Redlich, “Die poetischen Beiträge zum Waudsbecker Bothen,” Hamburg, 1871, p. 67.—King: Classical and Foreign Quotations (1887). [back]
Note 7.
See Gibbon, Quotation 6.

Napoleon said, “Providence is always on the side of the last reserve.” [back]
Note 8.
Anonymous translation from “Tait’s Magazine,” July, 1850. The poem is of an age earlier than that of Mahomet. [back]