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A god from a machine (artificial or mechanical contrivance).
  [Lat., Deus ex machina.]
      - Menander, Theop (5)

Who knows not Circe,
  The daughter of the Sun, whose charmed cup
    Whoever tasted, lost his upright shape,
      And downward fell into a groveling swine?
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 50)

That moly
  That Hermes once to wise Ulysses gave.
      - John Milton, Comus (l. 637)

My lord Jupiter knows how to gild the pill.
  [Fr., Le seigneur Jupiter sait dorer la pilule.]
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin),
        Amphitryon (III, 11)

Man as certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a flea, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne,
        Apology for Raimond Sebond
         (bk. II, ch. XII)

To be a god
  First I must be a god-maker:
    We are what we create.
      - James Oppenheim,
        Jottings--To Be a God--In War and Laughter

Let the crowd delight in things of no value; to me let the golden-haired Apollo minister full cups from the Castalian spring (the fountain of Parnassus).
  [Lat., Vilia miretur vulgus; mihi flavus Apollo
    Pocula Castalia plena ministret aqua.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (bk. I, 15, 35),
        motto on title page of Shakespeare's "Venus and Adonis"

It is expedient there should be gods, and as it is expedient, let us believe them to exist.
  [Lat., Expedit esse deos: et, ut expedit, esse putemus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Ars Amatoria
         (bk. I, l. 637)

The god we now behold with opened eyes,
  A herd of spotted panthers round him lies
    In glaring forms; the grapy clusters spread
      On his fair brows, and dangle on his head.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (bk. III, l. 789),
        (Addison's translation)

Some thoughtlessly proclaim the Muses nine:
  A tenth is Sappho, maid divine.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        in "Greek Anthology" translated by Lord Neaves

The Graces sought some holy ground,
  Whose sight should ever please;
    And in their search the soul they found
      Of Aristophanes.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles},
        in "Greek Anthology"

Even the gods love jokes.
  [Lat., Jocos et Dii amant.]
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}, Cratylus,
        (translated from Greek)

The gods play games with men as balls.
  [Lat., Di nos quasi pilas homines habent.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Captivi Prologue (XXII)

The gods give that man some profit to whom they are propitious.
  [Lat., Cui homini dii propitii sunt aliquid objiciunt lucri.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Persa
         (IV, 3, 1)

In wondrous ways do the gods make sport with men.
  [Lat., Miris modis Di ludos faciunt hominibus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Rudens
         (act III, 1, 1)

Keep what goods the Gods provide you.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Rudens
         (act IV, sc. 8), (Riley's translation)

When a man is laboring under the pain of any distemper, it is then that he recollects there are gods, and that he himself is but a man; no mortal is then the object of his envy, his admiration, or his contempt, and having no malice to gratify, the tales of slander excite not his attention.
  [Lat., Dum homo est infirmus, tunc deos, tunc hominem esse se meminit: invidet nemini, neminem miratur, neminem despicit, ac ne sermonibus quidem malignis aut attendit, aut alitur.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (VII, 26)

Themistocles told the Adrians that he brought two gods with him, Persuasion and Force. They replied: "We also, have two gods on our side, Poverty and Despair."
      - Plutarch, Herodotus

Thamus . . . uttered with a loud voice his message, "The great Pan is dead."
      - Plutarch,
        Why the Oracles cease to give Answers

Or ask of yonder argent fields above
  Why Jove's satellites are less than Jove.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man (I, 42)

The world is the mighty temple of the gods.
  [Lat., Mundus est ingens deorum omnium templum.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (X)

As sweet and musical
  As bright Apollo's lute, strung with his hair;
    And when Love speaks, the voice of all the gods
      Makes heaven drowsy with the harmony.
      - William Shakespeare

I would the gods had made thee poetical.
      - William Shakespeare

Cupid is a knavish lad
  Thus to make poor females mad.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Puck at III, ii)

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