In the rotation of crops there was a recognized season for wild oats; but they were not sown more than once.
Turning our seed-wheat-kennel tares,To burn-grain thistle, and to vaporie darnel,Cockle, wild oats, rough burs, corn-cumbringTares.guillaume de salluste du bartas
Joh. Mayor, in the first book of his "History of Scotland," contends much for the wholesomeness of oaten bread; it was objected to him, then living at Paris, that his countrymen fed on oats and base grain…. And yet Wecker out of Galen calls it horse-meat, and fitter juments than men to feed on.robert burton
Mr. David Stockman has said that supply-side economics was merely a cover for the trickle-down approach to economic policy—what an older and less elegant generation called the horse-and-sparrow theory: If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.john kenneth galbraith
After a man has sown his wild oats in the years of his youth, he has still every year to get over a few weeks and days of folly.
Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.