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  • Lucian's Piscator, and tell how he esteemed them; Agrippa's Tract of the vanity of Sciences; nay read their own works, their absurd tenets, prodigious paradoxes, et risum teneatis amici?

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • After inaugurating his work by quoting the Horatian sneer, "_Spectatum admissi risum teneatis, amici_?" he at once plunges _in medias res_, and not mincing his language, says: -- "This impudent vagabond is a native of Wallachia, born of Christian parents in the city of Trogovisti;" and throughout his exposure employs phrases which are decidedly more forcible than polite.

    Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton

  • I might be tempted to borrow the language of HORACE, and exclaim: "Risum teneatis amici"?

    "Cato" on constitutional "money" and legal tender. In twelve numbers from the Charleston Mercury.

  • Indeed I doubt if even the liberal upholder of Paul de Kock would call Congreve a moral writer; but I confess I am not a competent judge, for _risum teneatis_, my critics, I have not read his works since I was a boy, and what is more, I have no intention of reading them.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Volume 1

  • Risum teneatis Amici to a dozen Pamphlets at Sixpence per each, Six Shillings — For Omnia vincit Amor, & nos cedamus Amori, Sixpence — For Difficile est Satyram non scribere, Sixpence — Hum! hum! hum!

    Fielding

  • Or whether that be true which Jordanus Brunus scoffs at, that if God did not detain it, the sea would overflow the earth by reason of his higher site, and which Josephus Blancanus the Jesuit in his interpretation on those mathematical places of Aristotle, foolishly fears, and in a just tract proves by many circumstances, that in time the sea will waste away the land, and all the globe of the earth shall be covered with waters; risum teneatis amici? what the sea takes away in one place it adds in another.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Jungerc n velit, ct varias inducere plumas Undique collatis mcmbris, ut turpiter atrum pefinat in pifccm mulicr formofa fupcrnci Spe£tatum admiffi rifum teneatis, amici i 5

    Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera

  • Alcmena, was with child by him. (_apologetically_) Now I think you know already what my father is like -- how free he is apt to be in a good many cases of this sort and what an impetuous lover he is, once his fancy is taken. is amare occepit Alcumenam clam virum usuramque eius corporis cepit sibi, et gravidam fecit is eam compressu suo. nunc de Alcumena ut rem teneatis rectius, 110 utrimque est gravida, et ex viro et ex summo Iove.

    Amphitryo, Asinaria, Aulularia, Bacchides, Captivi Amphitryon, The Comedy of Asses, The Pot of Gold, The Two Bacchises, The Captives

  • I see in more than one corps the bonds of discipline relaxed or broken; the most unheard-of pretensions avowed directly and without any disguise; the ordinances without force; the chiefs without authority; the military chest and the colours carried off; the authority of the king himself [risum teneatis?] proudly defied; the officers despised, degraded, threatened, driven away, and some of them prisoners in the midst of their corps, dragging on a precarious life in the bosom of disgust and humiliation.

    Paras. 350-374

  • -- for fitting the Motto of _Risum teneatis Amici_ to

    Fielding

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