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

I fear the Greeks, even when they bring gifts.
  [Lat., Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (II, 49)

The secret wound still lives within the breast.
  [Lat., Tacitum vivit sub pectore vulnus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (IV, 67)

Like St. George, always in his saddle, never on his way.
      - Clement Walker,
        History of Independency--The Mysterie of the Two Juntos

That eagle's fate and mine are one,
  Which, on the shaft that made him die,
    Espied a feather of his own,
      Wherewith he wont to soar so high.
      - Edmund Waller,
        To a Lady Singing a Song of his Composing
         (ep. XIV)

Every man has his price.
      - Sir Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford,
        in a speech

Let justice be done, though the heavens fall.
  [Lat., Fiat justitia, ruat coelum.]
      - William Watson (1),
        Decacordon of Ten Quodlibeticall Questions Concerning Religion and State

Roses grow on thorns and honey wears a sting.
      - Isaac Watts

Satan finds some mischief still
  For idle hands to do.
      - Isaac Watts

The rills of pleasure never run sincere,
  (Earth has no unpolluted spring)
    From the cursed soil some dang'rous taint they bear;
      So roses grow on thorns, and honey wears a sting.
      - Isaac Watts

Mix with your grave designs a little pleasure;
  Each day of business has its hour of leisure.
      - Gilbert West

And sanguine hope through every storm of life,
  Shoots her bright beams, and calms the internal strife.
      - Henry Kirke White

Oh Ignorance
  Thou art fall'n man's best friend!
      - Henry Kirke White

What is the matter with Kansas?
      - William Allen White,
        title of an editorial in the "Emporia Gazette", Aug. 15, 1896

Every bullet has its billet.
      - William III (William of Orange),
        according to Wesley "Journal", June 6, 1765

No check, no stay this streamlet fears:
  How merrily it goes!
    'Twill murmur on a thousand years,
      And flow as now it flows.
      - William Wordsworth

Not seldom clad in radiant vest
  Deceitfully goes forth the dawn,
    Not seldom evening in the west
      Sinks smilingly forsworn.
      - William Wordsworth

The child is father of the man.
      - William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up

A Creature not too bright or good
  For human nature's daily food;
    For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
      Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears and smiles.
      - William Wordsworth,
        She was a Phantom of Delight

A man he seems of cheerful yesterdays,
  And confident to-morrows.
      - William Wordsworth, The Excursion

Critics are like brushers of noblemen's clothes.
      - attributed to Sir Henry Wotton, Apothegms
         (no. 64), by Bacon

The early bird may get the worm, but it's the second mouse that gets the cheese.
      - Steven Wright,
        corollary to the proverb, "The early bird catches the worm."

Be wise to-day; 'tis madness to defer;
  Next day the fatal precedent will plead
    Thus on, till wisdom is push'd out of life.
      - Edward Young

How blessings brighten as they take their flight.
      - Edward Young

How commentators each dark passage shun,
  And hold their farthing candle to the sun.
      - Edward Young

Life's cares are comforts; such by heaven design'd
  He that has none, must make them or be wretched.
      - Edward Young

Thoughts shut up want air,
  And spoil like bales unopen'd to the sun.
      - Edward Young

We take no note of time
  But from its loss.
      - Edward Young

Think nought a trifle, though it small appear;
  Small sands the mountain, moments make the year,
    And trifles life.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire VI, l. 205)

One to destroy is murder by the law,
  And gibbets keep the lifted hand in awe;
    To murder thousands takes a specious name,
      War's glorious art, and gives immortal fame.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire VII, l. 55)

Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
  They love a train, they tread each other's heel.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night III, l. 63)

Wishing, of all employments is the worst.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night IV, l. 71)

Early, bright, transient, chaste, as morning dew
  She sparkled, was exhal'd, and went to heaven.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 600)

The man of wisdom is the man of years.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night V, l. 775)


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