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Ex Luce Lucellum

To make a gain out of light; to make a cheese-paring from lucifer-matches. When Robert Lowe proposed to tax lucifer-matches, he suggested that the boxes should be labelled Ex luce lucellum.

(Parliamentary Reports, 1871.)

Lucifer aggrediens ex luce haurire lucellum
Incidit in tenebras; lex nova fumus erat.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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