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

With swimming looks of speechless tenderness.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

He who surpasses or subdues mankind,
  Must look down on the hate of those below.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto III, st. 45)

Oh! too convincing--dangerously dear--
  In woman's eye the unanswerable tear!
    That weapon of her weakness she can wield,
      To save, subdue--at once her spear and shield.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Corsair (canto II, st. 15)

And whispering, "I will ne'er consent," consented.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 117)

Sweet is revenge--especially to women.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 124)

Christians have burnt each other, quite persuaded.
  That all the Apostles would have done as they did.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 83)

. . . all who joy would win
  Must share it.--Happiness was born a twin.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto II, st. 172)

A lady with her daughters or her nieces,
  Shines like a guinea and seven shilling pieces.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 60)

Perhaps the early grave
  Which men weep over may be meant to save.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto IV, st. 12)

She had a good opinion of advice,
  Like all who give and eke receive it gratis,
    For which small thanks are still the market price,
      Even where the article at highest rate is.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto XV, st. 29)

'Tis pleasant, sure, to see one's name in print;
  A book's a book, although there's nothing in 't.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
         (l. 51)

Hasten slowly.
  [Lat., Festina lente.]
      - Augustus Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus)

Men freely believe that which they wish to be the truth.
      - Julius Caesar (Gaius Julius Caesar)

Better a bad excuse, than none at all.
      - William Camden, Remaines--Proverbs
         (p. 293)

An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.
      - William Camden, Remains

Coming events cast their shadows before.
      - Thomas Campbell

No greater grief than to remember days
  Of joy when misery is at hand.
      - Henry Carey, Translation of Dante

The goal of yesterday will be our starting-point to-morrow.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Speech is silvern, silence is golden.
      - Thomas Carlyle, A Swiss Inscription,
        quoted in "Sartor Resartus", bk. III, ch. III, a German proverb

No man is a hero to his valet-de-chambre.
      - attributed to Marshal Nicolas Catinat

Be firm or mild as the occasion may require.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Consider it the greatest of all virtues to restrain the tongue.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Do not expect good from another's death.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Don't promise twice what you can do at once.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

In doing nothing men learn to do evil.
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

Should anyone attempt to deceive you by false expressions, and not be a true friend at heart, act in the same manner, and thus art will defeat art. [If you would catch a man let him think he is catching you.]
      - Cato (Marcus Porcius Cato "The Elder") (a/k/a Cato the Censor)

We see not our own backs.
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus)

What a woman says to her fond lover should be written on air or the swift water.
  [Lat., Mulier cupido quod dicit amanti,
    In vento et rapida scribere oportet aqua.]
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus),
        (Latin)

Times change and we change with them. The stars rule men but God rules the stars.
  [Lat., Tempora mutantur, nos et mutamur in illis.
    Astra regunt homines, sed regit astra Deus.]
      - Christoph Cellarius (Keller),
        Harmonia Macrocosmica

Many diseases may be cured by abstinence.
      - Saint Celsus (Cellach)

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

Let the worst come to the worst.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (bk. III, ch. V)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

The more thou stir it the worse it will be.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (bk. III, ch. VIII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (ch. XXIV)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Make hay while the sun shines.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. 11)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Thank you for nothing.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. I, bk. III, ch. VIII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. V)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Honesty is the best policy.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXIII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

I have other fish to fry.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXV)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (pt. II, ch. XXXVII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Whether the pitcher hits the stone or the stone hits the pitcher, it goes ill with the pitcher.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (vol. II, ch. XLIII)   BUY VARYING HARE USED BOOK  

Enough is as good as a feast.
      - George Chapman, Eastward Ho!
         (act III, sc. 2),
        written by Chapman, Jonson, Marston

Hier lies that should fetch a perfect woman over the coles.
      - George Chapman, Sir Gyles Goosecappe

The shortest follies are the best.
  [Fr., Les plus courtes folies sont les meilleures.]
      - Pierre Charron, Las Sagesse (bk. I, ch. 3)

With emptie hands men may no haukes lure.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Many a smale maketh a grate.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales,
        The Parson's Tale

Felds hath eyen, and wode have eres.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 1,522), The Knight's Tale

So was hir jolly whistel wel y-wette.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 4,155), The Reeve's Tale

"But for to assaye," he seyde, "it nought ne greveth;
  For he that nought nassayeth, nought nacheveth."
    ["But to attempt it," he said, "should not grieve:
      for he that attempts nothing will nothing achieve."
        i.e., Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde
         (bk. V, st. 112)


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