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

Get wealth and power, if possible by grace,
  If not, by any means, get wealth and place.
      - Alexander Pope

Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
      - Alexander Pope

Or will you think, my friend, your bus'ness done
  When, of a hundred thorns, you pull out one.
      - Alexander Pope

Pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
      - Alexander Pope

'Tis all in vain to keep a constant pother
  About one vice and fall into another.
      - Alexander Pope

Virtue alone is happiness below.
      - Alexander Pope

What mighty contests rise from trivial things.
      - Alexander Pope

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
      - Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
         (part III, line 66)

One science only will one genius fit,
  So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay of Criticism
         (pt. I, l. 60)

To err is human, to forgive, divine.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

Envy will merit as its shade pursue,
  But like a shadow, proves the substance true.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
         (pt. II, l. 266)

Men would be angels, angels would be gods.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 126)

Hope springs eternal in the human breast,
  Man never is, but always to be blest.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 95)

Chaos of thought and passion all confused.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 13)

Manners with Fortunes, Humours turn with Climes,
  Tenets with Books, and Principles with Times.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, pt. II)

Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer,
  And without sneering teach the rest to sneer;
    Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike,
      Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike;
        Alike reserv'd to blame, or to commend,
          A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 201)

So obliging that he ne'er obliged.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 207)

No creature smarts so little as a fool.
      - Alexander Pope, Prologue to Satires
         (l. 84)

One murder made a villain,
  Millions a hero.
      - Bishop Beilby Porteus

He that fights and runs away,
  Will live to fight another day;
    For he that runs may fight again,
      Which he can never do that's slain.
        Deeper to wound she shuns the fight;
          She drops her arms, to gain the field:
            Secures her conquest by her flight:
              And triumphs when she seems to yield.
      - Matthew Prior

Love and life are for to-day.
      - Matthew Prior

Love, well thou know'st no partnership allows,
  Cupid averse rejects divided vows.
      - Matthew Prior

Such as she is, who died to-day,
  Such thou alas! mayst be to-morrow.
      - Matthew Prior

To John I owed great obligation:
  But John unhandsomely thought fit
    To publish it to all the nation;
      Sure John and I are more than quit.
      - Matthew Prior

Of two evils I have chose the least.
      - Matthew Prior, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. I, ep. IX)

Let him be kept from paper, pen, and ink;
  So may he cease to write, and learn to think.
      - Matthew Prior,
        To a Person who Wrote Ill--On Same Person

Do not unto another that which you would not he should do unto you.
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

He will not carry his wealth to the waters of Acheron.
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

Let me skim the water with one oar, and with the other touch sand. [Go not out of your depth.]
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

To each man at his birth nature has given some fault.
      - Sextus Aurelius Propertius

A bad agreement is better than a good lawsuit.
      - Proverb, (Italian)

A bad beginning may make a good ending.
      - Proverb, (German)

A bad bush is better than an open field.
      - Proverb

A bad cause requires many words.
      - Proverb, (German)

A bad compromise is better than a good lawsuit.
      - Proverb, (French)

A bad compromise is better than a successful suit.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A bad day never hath a good night.
      - Proverb

A bad excuse is better than none.
      - Proverb

A bad father has never a good son.
      - Proverb, (Latin)

A bad hair cut is two people's shame.
      - Proverb, (Danish)

A bad horse eats as much as a good one.
      - Proverb, (Danish)

A bad knife cuts one's finger instead of the stick.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

A bad labour, and a daughter after all.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A bad man's gift is like his master.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A bad mother wishes for good children.
      - Proverb

A bad penny always comes back.
      - Proverb, (German)

A bad penny always turns up.
      - Proverb

A bad reaper never gets a good sickle.
      - Proverb, (Gaelic)

A bad thing never dies.
      - Proverb, (Spanish)

A bad tree does not yield good apples.
      - Proverb, (Danish)


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