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Proverbs
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[ Also see Catchphrases Laws of Life and Nature Old Sayings Proverbial Phrases Proverbs (General) ]

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIX, v. 11)

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIX, v. 18)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 11)

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 14)

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 17)

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.
  For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 21-22)

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 25)

The heart of kings is unsearchable.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 3)

As dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to this folly.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 11)

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.
  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 4-5)

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 1)

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 15)

Open rebuke is better than secret love.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 5)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 6)

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 1)

A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 20)

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:
  The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 18-19)

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:
  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
    Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 7-9)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 10)

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 6)

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
      - Bible, Titus (ch. I, v. 15)

Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.
      - Bible, Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha)
         (ch. II, v. 8)

What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.
      - Bidpai (Pilpay), The Two Fishermen
         (fable xiv)

The king never dies.
      - Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries
         (IV, 249), (Latin),
        also Broom's Legal Maxims (max. 50)

Of joys departed
  Not to return, how painful the remembrance.
      - Robert Blair

Silence gives consent.
  [Lat., Qui tacet, consentire videtur.]
      - Pope Boniface VIII, Decretals
         (bk. V, 12, 43), taken from the Canon Law

To rise with the lark, and go to bed with the lamb.
      - Nicholas Breton, Court and County (p. 183),
        (1618 edition)

First come, first served.
      - Henry Brinklow, Complaint of Roderyck Mors

Praise undeserved is satire in disguise.
      - Henry Broadhurst

What loss feels he that wots not what he loses?
      - William Broome

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for a gander.
      - Tom Brown

God's in His Heaven--
  All's right with the world!
      - Robert Browning, Pippa Passes (pt. I)

If it is not true it is very well invented.
  [It., Se non e vero, e molto ben trovato.]
      - Giordano Bruno, Degli Eroici Furori,
        (Italian)

The style is the man.
  [Fr., Le style c'est l'homme.]
      - George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon,
        Discourse on taking his seat in the French Academie

Curses are like young chickens,
  And still come home to roost!
      - William Henry Lytton Earle Bulwer, Sir Henry Bulwer

Only by the candle, held in the skeleton hand of Poverty, can man read his own dark heart.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Sharp is the kiss of the falcon's beak.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The man who wants his wedding garments to suit him must allow plenty of time for the measure.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

A pearl may in a toad's head dwell,
  And may be found too in an oyster shell.
      - John Bunyan

Every fat (vat) must stand upon its bottom.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. I)

He that is down needs fear no fall
  He that is low, no pride.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress (pt. II)

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.
      - Edmund Burke

There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
      - Edmund Burke

And last, the crown of a' my grief.
      - Robert Burns

Breathes there a man, whose judgment clear
  Can others teach their course to steer,
    Yet run himself life's mad career
      Wild as the wave?
      - Robert Burns

But pleasures are like poppies spread:
  You seize the flower,--its bloom is shed.
      - Robert Burns

Care, mad to see a man sae happy,
  E'en drouned himsel amang the nappy.
      - Robert Burns

Cock up your beaver.
      - Robert Burns

Her prentice han' she tried on man,
  And then she made the lasses O!
      - Robert Burns

I'ld charm her with the magic of a switch.
      - Robert Burns


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