My mother always told me the best way to learn to deal with a man was to learn to ride a mule. She said they have about equal brains most of the time. Sometimes the mule is smarter.
What that Sicilian mule was to me, I have been to the Queen.1894 Memorandum on his relationship with Queen Victoria, 20 Mar.
You got to have smelt a lot of mule manure before you can sing like a hillbilly.Quoted in Rolling Stone,1969.
May the Gods, if they did not die of boredom, never give you one of those flat kingdoms to govern; may lead you through mountain paths; may they give you for a companion a good Andalusian mule with eyes like wells, a brow like an anvil, and who stops dead in his tracks because he sees the shadow his ears make on the road in front of him.Émile chartier
If you take a bale of hay and tie it to the tail of a mule and then strike a match and set the bale of hay on fire, and if you then compare the energy expended shortly thereafter by the mule with the energy expended by yourself in the striking of the match, you will understand the concept of amplification.william shockley
Qui ne s'adventure n'a cheval ny mule, ce dist Salomon. Qui trop, dist Echephron, s'adventure perd cheval et mule, respondit Malcon.He who has not an adventure has not horse or mule, so says Solomon.—Who is too adventurous, said Echephron,—loses horse and mule, replied Malcon.
Ten acres and a mule.American phrase indicating the expectations of emancipated slaves (1862): Quoted in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), Lemma "Agriculture" p. 18-19.
If you take a bale of hay and tie it to the tail of a mule and then strike a match and set the bale of hay on fire, and if you then compare the energy expended shortly thereafter by the mule with the energy expended by yourself in the striking of the match, you will understand the concept of amplification.William Shockley
It is somewhat curious that the three persons whose names are the most universally recorded were of very obscure parentage. Moses was a foundling; Jesus Christ was born in a stable; and Mahomet was a mule driver.Thomas Paine, in The Age of Reason, Part First (1793), Ch. VII
Let all the men who claim to own a horse or mule [with the Confederate Army] take the animals home with them to work their little farms.Grant to Lee at Appomattox (1865). (Lee's Surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865))