While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.william shakespeare
But if ye shall at all turn from following me? Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and thishouse, which Ihavehallowed formy name, will Icast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people.Bible (Old Testament)
'Bed,'as the Italian proverb succinctly puts it,'isthe poor man's opera.'1956 Heaven and Hell.
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.
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
Like sending owls to Athens, as the proverb goes.diogenes laërtius
[A proverb is] one man's wit, and all men's wisdom.russell, john, 1st earl russell
That is a true proverb which is wont to be commonly quoted, that "all had rather it were well for themselves than for another."terence
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.Euripides
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
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
Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced Even a proverb is no proverb to you till your Life has illustrated it.john keats
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
The tragedy of virtue is that the more obvious, boring, unoriginal, and sermonizing the proverb, the harder it is to implement.nassim nicholas taleb
Caveat emptor is the only motto going, and the worst proverb that ever came from the dishonest stony-hearted Rome.Anthony Trollope
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.
For like to like, the proverb saith.thomas wyatt
For as saith a proverb notable, Each thing seeketh his semblable.thomas wyatt
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
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
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.
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it, Is a proverb old, and of excellent wit.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse."Life of Agesilaus II.
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
Abraham named the place Yahweh -Yireh (which means "the LORD will provide"). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb : "On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided."New Living Translation (2007).
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)