While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.william shakespeare
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
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
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)
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
Like sending owls to Athens, as the proverb goes.diogenes laërtius
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
The old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse."Life of Agesilaus II.
As it is in the proverb, played Cretan against Cretan.Life of Lysander.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn a limp.Translation: Rest gives relish to labour.
The man who will live above his present circumstances is in great danger of living in a little time much beneath them; or as the Italian proverb runs, "The man who lives by hope, will die by hunger."joseph addison
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
It is sufficient to say, according to the proverb, that here is God's plenty.john dryden
Old Deuteronomy's lived a long time; He's a Cat who has lived many lives in succession. He was famous in proverb and famous in rhyme A long while before Queen Victoria's accession.thomas stearns ("t. s.") eliot
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.Euripides
As it is in the proverb, played Cretan against Cretan.Plutarch
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
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
Don't cross the bridge till you come to it, Is a proverb old, and of excellent wit.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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.
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
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
For as saith a proverb notable, Each thing seeketh his semblable.thomas wyatt
For like to like, the proverb saith.thomas wyatt
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.
Sense, brevity and point are the elements of a good proverb.A Dictionary of Thoughts, p. 452.