While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.
So, I mean to say, as for those who are proving their allegiance with what I would call sickening perseverance, and who are urging the president to brush away the constitution, those I would like to remind of a Russian proverb: “Don’t spit into the well, it’ll come in handy once you’re thirsty.vladimir posner
Know that famous proverb? When the prick stands up, the brains get buried in the ground!1969 Portnoy's Complaint,'Cunt Crazy'.
We had better remain in union with England, even at the risk of becoming a subordinate species of Northumberland, as far as national consequence is concerned, than remedy ourselves by even hinting the possibility of a rupture. But there is no harm in wishing Scotland tohavejust somuchill-nature, according toher own proverb, as may keep her good-nature from being abused.1826 Letters of Malachi Malagrowther on the Proposed Change of Currency, letter1.
If you want truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world, it will fly: it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, 'a lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on'.Bruce Springsteen
As the Spanish proverb says, "He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him." So it is in travelling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.Samuel Johnson, reported in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1778).
There's an old African proverb that says "If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." We have to go far quickly. And that means we have to quickly find a way to change the world's consciousness about exactly what we're facing, and why we have to work to solve it.al gore
The world's proverb is, "God help the poor, for the rich can help themselves;" but to our mind, it is just the rich who have most need of Heaven's help. Dives in scarlet is worse off than Lazarus in rags, unless Divine love shall uphold him.Charles Spurgeon, p. 454. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers)
Truly I think it one of the most reasonable laws in the world, that a man be tried by his county, by the neighbourhood:;; and it has given ground to a good English proverb: "He that has an ill-name, is half hanged."* A man's repute among his neighbours goes a great way in this matter, when his neighbours shall say they never knew ill by him.Keating, L.C.J., Case of John Price and others (1689), 12 How. St. Tr. 626.
The first step toward greatness is to be honest, says the proverb; but the proverb fails to state the case strong enough. Honesty is not only "the first step toward greatness," it is greatness itself.Christian Nestell Bovee, reported in Louis Klopsch, Many Thoughts of Many Minds (1896), p. 133
His many years had reduced and polished him the way water smooths and polishes a stone or generations of men polish a proverb.Jorge Luis Borges, "The Man on the Threshold", in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998).
As saith the proverb of the Ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked.I Samuel, XXIV. 13. David to Saul. Said to be the oldest proverb on record.
In Cassubia, a proverb held that „what is Catholic is Cassubian, what is Protestant is German”.H.W. Smith, in: German History from the Margins. 2006, p. 78
You know, my friend, he's only some sixteenth cousin to the Horeszkos, the tenth water on the kisiel. Kisiel is a Lithuanian dish, a sort of jelly made of oaten yeast, which is washed with water until all the mealy parts are separated from it: hence the proverb.Book Six, The Hamlet / Author's explanatory notes (in italics)
selected by Nanobug 2004 Called or uncalled, God is there. ~ Ancient proverb, said to be Spartan, popularized by Carl Jungused 14 November 2009, proposed by MosheZadka