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

Jest not in earnest.
      - Motto, of the Margrave of Brandenburg

United we stand, divided we fall.
      - Motto, of the State of Kentucky

The morning hour has gold at the mouth.
  [Ger., Morgen Stunde hat Gold im Munde.]
      - for history of, see Friedrich Max Muller,
        Lectures on the Science of Language
         (sec. series, p. 378 (1864 ed.))

The word "impossible" is not in my dictionary.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

There are calumnies against which even innocence loses courage.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Beauty is but a flower,
  Which wrinkles will devour.
      - Thomas Nash (Nashe)

Victory or Westminster Abbey.
      - Lord Horatio Nelson, Viscount Nelson

Peace is obtained by war.
      - Cornelius Nepos

Tasteful rather than expensive.
      - Cornelius Nepos

Hell is paved with good intentions, and roofed with lost opportunities.
      - Old Portugese Saying

Drink boys, drink boys,
  Drive away your sorrow!
      - Old Song

It is good to be merry and wise,
  It is good to be honest and true,
    It is best to be off with the old love,
      Before you are on with the new.
      - Old Song,
        published in "Songs of England and Scotland", London, 1835, vol. II, p. 73

Old soldiers never die;
  They fade away!
      - Old Song,
        war song, popular in England (1919)

A bitter drug oft brings relief.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A burthen cheerfully borne becomes light.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A credulous thing is love.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A gift in time of need is most acceptable.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A light breath fans the flame, a violent gust extinguishes it.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A soldier when aged is not appreciated; the love of an old man sickens.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

A wealthy traveller fears an ambush, while one with empty pockets journeys on in safety.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Accursed poison lies hid beneath sweet honey.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Always keep your hook in the water: where you least expect one, the fish will be found.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

An injury may prove a blessing.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Ants will not go to an empty granary, and friends will not visit us when our wealth is gone.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

As the yellow gold is tried in the fire, so is sincerity tested in adversity.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Bear and forbear.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        also attributed to Epictetus

Bring a lawsuit against a man who can pay; the poor man's acts are not worth the expence.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

By looking at squinting people you learn to squint.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Check the beginning of evil; the remedy is too late when the disease by delay has increased in strength.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Concealed sorrow bursts the heart, and rages within us as an internal fire.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Consider the misfortunes of others, and you will be the better able to bear your own.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Even a ring of iron is worn away by constant use.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Every one who repeats it adds something to the scandal. [The rolling snow-ball.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Gain, acquired by many agents, soon accumulates.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Good hope is often beguiled by her own augury.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Grief brims itself and flows away in tears.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Grief is put to flight and assuaged by generous draughts.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Haste is productive of injury, and so is too much hesitation. He is the wisest man who does everything at the proper time.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Hastiness is the beginning of wrath, and its end repentance.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Have consideration for wounded feelings.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

He is a foolish swimmer who swims against the stream, when he might take the current sideways.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

He who would not be indolent, let him fall in love.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Honourable peace becomes men, fierce anger should belong to beasts.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

I see the better course and approve of it; I follow, alas! the worse!
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), (Latin)

I shall speak facts; but some will say I deal in fiction.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

I too am not powerless, and my weapons strike hard.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Idleness ruins the constitution.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

Imperceptibly the hours glide on, and beguile us as they pass.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

In prosperity you may count on many friends; if the sky becomes overcast you will be alone.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)

It is a kingly act to help the fallen.
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso)


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