While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.
[A proverb is] one man's wit, and all men's wisdom.russell, john, 1st earl russell
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
There is an old Klingon proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served cold"...and it is very cold, in space...Khan, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."albert barnes
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
There is also an old proverb, that they who pay much attention to the body generally neglect the soul.john calvin
And a proverb haunts my mindAs a spell is cast,"The mill cannot grindWith the water that is past."sarah doudney
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 old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse."Plutarch
I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."theodore roosevelt
There is a southern proverb fine words butter no parsnips.walter scott
Taste, of which the proverb says there should be no dispute, is precisely the subject which needs discussion.john lancaster spalding
It has become a settled principle that nothing which is good and true can be destroyed by persecution, but that the effect ultimately is to establish more firmly, and to spread more widely, that which it was designed to overthrow. It has long since passed into a proverb that "the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church."Albert Barnes, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 450.
It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth.pliny the elder
Sense, brevity and point are the elements of a good proverb.A Dictionary of Thoughts, p. 452.
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.
An aphorism has been defined as a proverb coined in a private mint, and the definition is a happy one; for the aphorism, like the proverb, is the result of observation, and however private and superior the mint, the coins it strikes must, to find acceptance, be made of current metal.Logan Pearsall Smith (1865–1946), American born essayist and critic. ‘Introduction’, A Treasury of English Aphorisms (1943), p. 7
A terrible thing to be pestered with poets! But, alas, she is dumb, and the proverb holds good, She never will cry till she's out of the wood!james russell lowell
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.unknown
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.Licymnius, Frag. 477.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn a limp.Translation: Rest gives relish to labour.
As it is in the proverb, played Cretan against Cretan.Life of Lysander.
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