While the grass grows The proverb is something musty.
[A proverb is] one man's wit, and all men's wisdom.russell, john, 1st earl russell
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
There is an old Klingon proverb, "Revenge is a dish best served cold"...and it is very cold, in space...
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
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
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 old proverb was now made good, "the mountain had brought forth a mouse."Plutarch
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
Risk is the companion of innovation. As the Chinese proverb says,” Unless you enter the tiger’s den you cannot take the cubs.”
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."
It has become quite a common proverb that in wine there is truth.pliny the elder
Sense, brevity and point are the elements of a good proverb.
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.
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.
Like sending owls to Athens, as the proverb goes.
An aphorism has been defined as a proverb coined in a private mint, and the definition is a happy one; for the aphorism, like the proverb, is the result of observation, and however private and superior the mint, the coins it strikes must, to find acceptance, be made of current metal.
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
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.unknown
Toil, says the proverb, is the sire of fame.
It is a true proverb, that if you live with a lame man, you will learn a limp.
selected by Nanobug 2004 Know Thyself ~ Ancient proverb that was inscribed upon the temple of the Oracle of Delphi.