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

Things are worth what they will fetch at a sale.
      - Lord Edward Coke

Where there are many counsellors there is safety.
      - Lord Edward Coke

You should trust any man in his own art provided he is skilled in it.
      - Lord Edward Coke

Often do the spirits
  Of great events stride on before the events,
    And in to-day already walks to-morrow.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Hell is paved with good intentions.
      - quoted in Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Notes Theol., Polit., and Miscel.
         (p. 259),
        saying originated by Richard Baxter

On their own merits modest men are dumb.
      - George Colman ("The Younger"),
        Epilogue to The Heir-at-Law

Falsehood is often rocked by truth, but she soon outgrows her cradle, and discards her nurse.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

It is always safe to learn, even from our enemies, seldom safe to venture to instruct, even our friends.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Marriage is a feast where the grace is sometimes better than the dinner.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Mystery magnifies danger, as the fog does the sun.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest about thirty years after date.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

When anger rises, think of the consequences.
      - Confucius

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
      - Confucius

Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
  To-morrow's sun to thee may never rise.
      - William Congreve

Married in haste we may repent at leisure.
      - William Congreve

Sop to Cerebus.
  If I can find Cerebus a sop, I shall be at rest for one day.
      - William Congreve, Love for Love
         (act I, sc. 1)

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turn'd,
  Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.
      - William Congreve, The Mourning Bride
         (act III, sc. 8)

No man is a hero to his valet.
  [Fr., Il n'y a pas de grand homme pour son valet-de-chambre.]
      - Mme. A.M. Bigot de Cornuel,
        see Mlle. Aisse "Letters", 161 (Paris, 1853)

God the first garden made, and the first city Cain.
      - Abraham Cowley

Much will always wanting be
  To him who much desires.
      - Abraham Cowley

Our yesterday's to-morrow now is gone,
  And still a new to-morrow does come on.
    We by to-morrow draw out all our store,
      Till the exhausted well can yield no more.
      - Abraham Cowley

The getting out of doors is the greatest part of the journey.
      - Abraham Cowley

Who that has reason, and his smell,
  Would not among roses and jasmin dwell?
      - Abraham Cowley

Hence ye profane; I hate ye all;
  Both the great vulgar, and the small.
      - Abraham Cowley, Of Greatness,
        translation of Horace, ode I, bk. III

A fool must now and then be right by chance.
      - William Cowper

He that runs may read.
      - William Cowper

He would stroke
  The head of modest and ingenuous youth,
    That blushed at its own praise.
      - William Cowper

My sister and my sister's child,
  Myself and children three,
    Will fill the chaise: so you must ride
      On horseback after me.
      - William Cowper

Skins may differ, but affection
  Dwells in white and black the same.
      - William Cowper

Beware of desperate steps. The darkest day,
  Live till to-morrow, will have pass'd away.
      - William Cowper, Needless Alarm (l. 132)

The man that hails you Tom or Jack,
  And proves by thumps upon your back
    How he esteems your merit,
      Is such a friend, that one had need
        Be very much his friend indeed
          To pardon or to bear it.
      - William Cowper, On Friendship (169)

How much a dunce that has been sent to roam
  Excels a dunce that has been kept at home.
      - William Cowper, Progress of Error (l. 410)

God made the country, and man made the town.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. I, l. 749)

Variety's the very spice of life,
  That gives it all its flavour.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 506)

Dress drains our cellar dry,
  And keeps our larder lean; puts out our fires
    And introduces hunger, frost, and woe,
      Where peace and hospitality might reign.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. II, l. 614)

Mercy to him that shows it, is the rule.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 595)

And the tear, that is wiped with a little address,
  May be follow'd perhaps by a smile.
      - William Cowper, The Rose

In idle wishes fools supinely stay;
  Be there a will,--and wisdom finds a way.
      - George Crabbe

Like lips like lettuce (i.e. like has met its like).
  (Lat., Similem habent labra lactucam.]
      - Marcus Lucinius Crassus

The faults of our neighbours with freedom we blame,
  But tax not ourselves, though we practise the same.
      - Allan Cunningham

He assigned it to regions more than tropical.
      - Charles Dickens

We start from the Mother's Arms and we run to the Dustshovel.
      - Charles Dickens

Barkis is willin'!
      - Charles Dickens,
        The Personal History of David Copperfield
         (ch. I)

Then join in hand, brave Americans all!
  By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.
      - John Dickinson, The Liberty Song of 1768

What you keep by you, you may change and mend;
  But words once spoke can never be recall'd.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon

Immodest words admit of no defence;
  For want of decency is want of sense.
      - Wentworth Dillon, 4th Earl of Roscommon,
        Essay on Translated Verse (l. 113)

The truly noble mind has no resentments.
      - Laertius Diogenes,
        also attributed to William Shakespeare

Beware of the man of one book.
  [Lat., Home unius libri, or, cave ab homine unius libri.]
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        quoted in "Curiosities of Literature"

The mill will never grind with the water that is past.
      - Sarah Doudney

And Jove but laughs at lovers' perjury.
      - John Dryden


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