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.Sir Walter Scott: 1826 Letters of Malachi Malagrowther on the Proposed Change of Currency, letter1.
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'.Saki pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro: The Square Egg,'The Infernal Parliament' (published1924).
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): Kings 9:6-7.
'Bed,'as the Italian proverb succinctly puts it,'isthe poor man's opera.'Aldous Leonard Huxley: 1956 Heaven and Hell.
Know that famous proverb? When the prick stands up, the brains get buried in the ground!Philip Milton Roth: 1969 Portnoy's Complaint,'Cunt Crazy'.
Asthe Spanishproverbsays,'He, whowould 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 known as Dr Johnson Johnson: 1778 Remark,17 Apr. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.3.
The Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly, so his chi agreed. And not only his chi but his clan too, because it judged a man by the work of his hands.chinua achebe: Chapter 4 (p. 29)
Sir Walter, being strangely supprized and putt out of his countenance at so great a Table, gives his son a damned blow over the face; his son, as rude as he was, would not strike his father, but strikes over the face of the Gentleman that sate next to him, and sayed, Box about, 'twill come to my Father anon. 'Tis now a common used Proverb.john aubrey: "Sir Walter Raleigh"
There are more ways of killing a cat than drowning it in butter; but this is the sort of thing (as the proverb indicates) we overlook: there are more ways of outraging speech than contradiction merely.j. l. austin: John Langshaw Austin, Marina Sbisà (1975) How to Do Things with Words. p. 48
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: P. 450. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
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.
There is also an old proverb, that they who pay much attention to the body generally neglect the soul.john calvin: Page 90 (Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life)
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.calvin coolidge: Quote from a program at a Coolidge memorial service (1933); cited in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1999).
And a proverb haunts my mindAs a spell is cast,"The mill cannot grindWith the water that is past."sarah doudney: Poem: Lesson of the Water-Mill.
Like sending owls to Athens, as the proverb goes.diogenes laërtius: Plato, 32.
I do perceive that the old proverb be not alwaies trew, for I do finde that the absence of my Nathaniel doth breede in me the more continuall remembrance of him.Anne, Lady Bacon, To Jane Lady Cornwallis (1613).
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
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
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it: "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith."David Alfred Doudney "Old Jonathan's" jottings; or, Light and lessons from daily life (1869), p. 18; published earlier in the magazine Old Jonathan, or the Parish Helper
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)
γλυκύ δ᾽ἀπείρῳ πόλεμος. πεπειραμένων δέ τις ταρβεῖ προσιόντα νιν καρδία περισσῶς. War is sweet to those who have no experience of it, but the experienced man trembles exceedingly at heart on its approach. Fragment 110; page 377. Variant translations: This phrase is the origin of the Latin proverb " Dulce bellum inexpertis " which is sometimes misattributed to Desiderius Erasmus. War is sweet to them that know it not. War is sweet to those not acquainted with it War is sweet to those who do not know it. War is sweet to those that never have experienced it. War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.Pindar Fragment
[A proverb is] one man's wit, and all men's wisdom.russell, john, 1st earl russell: Variant: [A proverb is] the wisdom of many and the wit of one.
A great stock, though with small profits, generally increases faster than a small stock with great profits. Money, says the proverb, makes money. When you have a little, it is often easier to get more. The great difficulty is to get that little.Adam Smith: Chapter IX, p. 111
The man who employs either his labour or his stock in a grater variety of ways than his situation renders necessary, can never hurt his neighbour by underselling him. He may hurt himself, and he generally does so. Jack of all trades will never be rich, says the proverb. But the law ought always to trust people with the care of their own interest, as in their local situations they must generally be able to judge better of it than the legislator can do.Adam Smith: Chapter V, Digression, p. 572
It is a great deal easier to set a story afloat than to stop it. 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." Nevertheless, it does not injure us; for if light as feather it travels as fast, its effect is just about as tremendous as the effect of down, when it is blown against the walls of a castle; it produces no damage whatever, on account of its lightness and littleness. Fear not, Christian. Let slander fly, let envy send forth its forked tongue, let it hiss at you, your bow shall abide in strength. Oh! shielded warrior, remain quiet, fear no ill; but, like the eagle in its lofty eyrie, look thou down upon the fowlers in the plain, turn thy bold eye upon them and say, "Shoot ye may, but your shots will not reach half-way to the pinnacle where I stand. Waste your powder upon me if ye will; I am beyond your reach." Then clap your wings, mount to heaven, and there laugh them to scorn, for ye have made your refuge God, and shall find a most secure abode.charles haddon spurgeon: "No. 17: Joseph Attacked by the Archers (Genesis 49:23–24, delivered on Sunday 1855-04-01)" pp.130