While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.
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).
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
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.
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)
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
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).
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)
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.Licymnius, Frag. 477.
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