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

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

Know, prudent cautious self-control
  Is wisdom's root.
      - Robert Burns

Nae man can tether time nor tide.
      - Robert Burns

O doul on the day that gae me an old man.
      - Robert Burns

Tam lo'ed him like a vera brither;
  They had been fou for weeks thegither.
      - Robert Burns

The gallant Sir Robert fought hard to the end,
  But who can with fate and quart bumpers contend?
    Though Fate said, a hero should perish ill light;
      So up rose bright Phoebus, and down fell the knight.
      - Robert Burns

The life blood streaming thro' my heart,
  Or my more dear immortal part,
    Is not more fondly dear.
      - Robert Burns

Think, ye may buy the joys o'er dear,
  Remember Tam o'Shanter's mare.
      - Robert Burns

Yestreen, when to the trembling string
  The dance gaed thro' the lighted ha',
    To thee my fancy took its wing;
      I sat, but neither heard nor saw.
      - Robert Burns

Then gently scan your brother man,
  Still gentler sister woman;
    Though they may gang a' kennin' wrang
      To step aside is human.
      - Robert Burns, Address to Unco Guid

Man's inhumanity to man
  Makes countless thousands mourn!
      - Robert Burns, Man Was Made to Mourn

Inspiring bold John Barleycorn,
  What dangers thou canst make us scorn!
    Wi' tippenny, we fear nae evil;
      Wi' usquebae, we'll face the devil!
      - Robert Burns, Tam o' Shanter (l. 105)

O wad some Power the giftie gie us
  To see oursel's as ithers see us!
    It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
      An' foolish notion:
        What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us,
          An' ev'n devotion!
      - Robert Burns, To a Louse

Whistle, and I'll come to you, my lad.
      - Robert Burns,
        Whistle, and I'll Come to You
         (act IV, sc. 4)

Make a virtue of necessity.
      - Robert Burton

Matches are made in heaven.
      - Robert Burton

Believe Robert who has tried it.
  [Lat., Experto crede Roberto.]
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy,
        a proverb quoted by him in the introduction

No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sc. II, memb. 2, subsect. 3)

Hold one another's noses to the grindstone hard.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sec. I, memb. 3)

Going as if he trod upon eggs.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sect. II, memb. 3)

Penny wise, pound foolish.
      - Robert Burton,
        Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader
         (p. 35)

A man convinced against his will,
  Is of the some opinion still.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Compound for sins they are inclined to,
  By damning those they have no mind to.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Great actions are not always true sons
  Of great and mighty resolutions.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

He that has two strings t' his bow.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

I am not now in fortune's power,
  He that is down can fall no lower.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Smell a rat.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 821)

I'll make the fur
  Fly 'bout the ears of the old cur.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 278)

Which he by hook or crook has gather'd
  And by his own inventions father'd.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. III, canto I, l. 109)

The point is plain as a pike staff.
      - John Byrom, Epistle to a Friend

A hand may first, and then a lip be kiss'd.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A sword laid by,
  Which eats into itself, and rusts ingloriously.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

A tigress, robb'd of young, a lioness,
  Or other interesting beast of prey,
    Are similes at hand for the distress
      Of ladies who cannot have their own way.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Ah, happy years, once more who would not be a boy!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

And all may think which way their judgments lead 'em.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

As fierce as hell, or fiercer still,
  A woman piqued who has her will.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But scandal's my aversion--I protest
  Against all evil speaking, even in jest.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But sighs subside, and tears (even widows') shrink,
  Like Arno in the summer, to a shallow.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But thy true lovers more admire by far
  Thy naked beauties; give me a cigar.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But time strips our illusions of their hue,
  And one by one in turn some grand mistake
    Casts off its bright skin yearly like a snake.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But who alas! can love and then be wise?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But who would scorn the month of June,
  Because December with his breath so hoary,
    Must come? Much rather should he court the ray,
      To hoard up warmth against a wintry day.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Demons in act, but gods at least in face.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Despair of all recovery spoils longevity,
  And makes men's miseries of alarming brevity.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Dreading that climax of all earthly ills,
  The inflammation of his weekly bills.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Famed
  For every branch of every science known.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Foes, friends, men, women, now are nought to me
  But dreams of what has been, no more to be.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

For glances beget ogles, ogles sighs,
  Sighs wishes, wishes words, and words a letter.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

For no one cares for matrimonial cooings,
  There's nothing wrong in a connubial kiss.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

For over-warmth, if false, is worse than truth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)


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