Images of Mercury, or rather, shapeless posts with a marble
head of Mercury on them, used to be erected by the Greeks and Romans
where two or more roads met, to point out the way. (Juvenal, viii. 53.)
There are two famous statues of this god in Paris: one in the garden
of Versailles, by Lerambert, and another in the Tuileries, by Mellana.
You cannot make a Mercury of every log.
Pythagoras said: “Non ex quovis ligno Mercurius fit.” That
“Not every mind will answer equally well to be trained into a
scholar.” The proper wood for a statute of Mercury was boxwood—“vel quod hominis pultorem præ se ferat, vel quod materies sit omnium
maxime æterna;.” (Erasmus.)
in astrology, “signifieth subtill men, ingenious, inconstant:
rymers, poets, advocates, orators, phylosophers, arithmeticians, and
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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