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Samian Letter (The)

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The letter Y, used by Pythagʹoras as an emblem of the straight narrow path of virtue, which is one, but, if once deviated from, the farther the lines are extended the wider becomes the breach.

“When reason doubtful, like the Samian letter,

Points him two ways, the narrower the better.”


Dunciad, iv.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Salve
Sam
Sam Weller
Samael
Samanides
Samaria
Samaritan
Sambo
Samedi (French)
Samian
Samian Letter (The)
Samian Sage (The)
Samiasa
Samiel
Samiel Wind, or Simoom
Sammael
Samoor
Samosatian Philosopher
Sampford Ghost (The)
Sampi
Sampler

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