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

Your pot broken seemes better then my whole one.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Your thoughts close, and your countenance loose.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
  Old time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles to-day,
      To-morrow may be dying.
      - Robert Herrick

Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.
      - Robert Herrick

'Tis not the fight that crowns us, but the end.
      - Robert Herrick

Fight thou with shafts of silver, and o'ercome
  When no force else can get the masterdom.
      - Robert Herrick, Money Gets the Mastery

Actions from youth, advice from the middle-aged, prayers from the aged.
      - Hesiod

No day is wholly unproductive of good.
      - Hesiod

Have yee him on the hip?
      - John Heywood

Of a good beginning cometh a good end.
      - John Heywood

Robbe Peter and pay Paule.
      - John Heywood

Rome was not built in one day.
      - John Heywood

Set the cart before the horse.
      - John Heywood

The fat is in the fire.
      - John Heywood

The more the merrier.
      - John Heywood

Put your toong in your purse.
      - John Heywood, Dialogue of Wit and Folly
         (pt. II, l. 263)

He must needes go that the dyvell dryveth.
      - John Heywood, Johan the Husbande

Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares.
      - John Heywood, Proverbes (pt. II, ch. V)

Nought lay down, nought take up.
  [Nothing Ventured, nothing gained.]
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (I, vi),
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer and Gower)

Haste makes waste.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. II)

Two heads are better than one.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. IX)

Nought venture, nought have.
  [Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI),
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer and Gower)

Set all at sixe and seven.
      - John Heywood, Proverbs (pt. I, ch. XI)

If at first you don't succeed,
  Try, try, try again.
      - William Edward Hickson, Try and try again,
        (part of poem)

'Tis a lesson you should heed,
  Try, try, try again.
    If at first you don't succeed,
      Try, try, try again.
      - William Edward Hickson, Try and try again

Tender-handed stroke a nettle,
  And it stings you for your pains;
    Grasp it like a man of mettle,
      And it soft as silk remains.
        'Tis the same with common natures,
          Use 'em kindly, they rebel;
            But, be rough as nutmeg-graters,
              And the rogues obey you well.
      - Aaron Hill,
        Verses written on a Window in a Journey to Scotland

Hell is paved with good samaritans.
      - William M. Holden

The better day the better deed.
      - Sir John Holt

A man may cry, Church! Church! at ev'ry word,
  With no pore piety than other people--
    A daw's not reckoned a religious bird
      Because it keeps a-cawing from a steeple.
      - Thomas Hood

A name, it has more than nominal worth,
  And belongs to good or bad luck at birth.
      - Thomas Hood

At night, to his own sharp fancies a prey,
  He lies like a hedgehog rolled up the wrong way,
    Tormenting himself with his prickles.
      - Thomas Hood

Behold him in conceited circles sail,
  Strutting and dancing and now planted stiff,
    In all his pomp of pageantry, as if
      He felt the eyes of Europe on his tail.
      - Thomas Hood

But, oh! the love that gold must crown!
      - Thomas Hood

For man may pious texts repeat,
  And yet religion have no inward seat.
      - Thomas Hood

He comes to the world, as a gentleman comes
  To a lodging ready furnished.
      - Thomas Hood

Hundreds of men were turned into beasts,
  Like the guests at Circe's horrible feasts,
    By the magic of ale and cider.
      - Thomas Hood

Just as the felon condemn'd to die--
  With a very natural loathing--
    Leaving the sheriff to dream of ropes,
      From his gloomy cell in a vision elopes,
        To caper on sunny greens and slopes,
          Instead of the dance upon nothing.
      - Thomas Hood

Look here, he cries (to give him words):
  Thou feathered clay, thou scum of birds!
    Look here, thou vile, predestined sinner,
      Doomed to be roasted for a dinner.
      - Thomas Hood

Mere verbiage,--it is not worth a carrot!
  Why Socrates or Plato--where's the odds?--
    Once taught a jay to supplicate the Gods,
      And made a Polly-theist of a Parrot!
      - Thomas Hood

"Rogue that I am," he whispers to himself,
  "I lie, I cheat--do anything for pelf,
    But who on earth can say I am not pious?"
      - Thomas Hood

She was one of those who by fortune's boon
  Are born, as they say, with a silver spoon
    In her mouth, not a wooden ladle.
      - Thomas Hood

The doctors gave her over--to an ass.
      - Thomas Hood

The mind flies back with a grand recoil
  From debts not due till to-morrow.
      - Thomas Hood

The more the eggs, the worse the hatch,
  The more the fish, the worse the catch.
      - Thomas Hood

There's not a string attuned to mirth,
  But has its chord in melancholy.
      - Thomas Hood

To his tuned spirit the wild heather-bells
  Ring Sabbath knells;
    The sod's a cushion for his pious want,
      And, consecrated by the heaven within it,
        The sky-blue pool a font.
      - Thomas Hood

Who backs his rigid Sabbath, so to speak,
  Against the wicked remnant of the week."
      - Thomas Hood

Poor Peggy hawks nosegays from street to street
  Till--think of that who find life so sweet!--
    She hates the smell of roses!
      - Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg

Gold! gold! gold! gold!
  Bright and yellow, hard and cold!
      - Thomas Hood, Miss Kilmansegg--Her Moral

A bad reader soon puts to flight both wise men and fools.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)


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