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.
I should be the last person to say anything against temptation, naturally, but we have a proverb down here 'in baiting a mouse-trap with cheese, always leave room for the mouse'.The Square Egg,'The Infernal Parliament' (published1924).
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
Compare the older French proverb:Outil: ... Me?chant ouvrier ne trouvera ia bons outils: Prov. A bungler cannot find (or fit himself with) with good tools.Randle Cotgrave, A Dictionarie of the French and English Tongues (1611)
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.
I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."Theodore Roosevelt, in a letter to Henry L. Sprague (26 January 1900)
Risk is the companion of innovation. As the Chinese proverb says,” Unless you enter the tiger’s den you cannot take the cubs.”John Adair (b.1934), British author of books on business leadership. ‘The Innovative Organization’, Ch 11, Effective Innovation, revised edition (2009)
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.
[A proverb is] one man's wit, and all men's wisdom.John Russell, Remark to James Mackintosh on October 6, 1830, reported in his posthumous memoir, Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh, Vol. 2 (1836), p. 472
A proverb and a byword among all people.I Kings, IX. 7. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
Great pity were it if this beneficence of Providence should be marr'd in the ordering, so as to justly merit the Reflection of the old proverb, that though God sends us meat, yet the D does cooks.Cooks' and Confectioners' Dictionary, or the Accomplished Housewife's Companions, London (1724).
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
The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to profit by the folly of others.Book XVIII, sec. 31. (Naturalis Historia)
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.
selected by Nanobug 2004 Know Thyself ~ Ancient proverb that was inscribed upon the temple of the Oracle of Delphi.SOURCE: BBC Archive - NewsBank - Jul 26, 2001