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.
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'.Bruce Springsteen
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).
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, reported in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson (1778).
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)
The world's proverb is, "God help the poor, for the rich can help themselves;" but to our mind, it is just the rich who have most need of Heaven's help. Dives in scarlet is worse off than Lazarus in rags, unless Divine love shall uphold him.Charles Spurgeon, p. 454. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers)
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.
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
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, "The Man on the Threshold", in The Aleph (1949); tr. Andrew Hurley, Collected Fictions (1998).
[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
It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth.Book XIV, sec. 141. (Naturalis Historia)
The best plan is, as the common proverb has it, to profit by the folly of others.Book XVIII, sec. 31. (Naturalis Historia)
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)
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
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