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JOHN HEYWOOD
English dramatist and collector of proverbs
(c. 1497 - c. 1580)
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All things on earth thus change, some up, some down;
  Content's a kingdom, and I wear that crown.
      - [Contentment]

Be of comfort, and your heavy sorrow
  Part equally among us; storms divided,
    Abate their force, and with less rage are guided.
      - [Sorrow]

Have yee him on the hip?
      - [Proverbs]

He makes a beggar first that first relieves him;
  Not us'rers make more beggars where they live
    Than charitable men that use to give.
      - [Beggars]

Of a good beginning cometh a good end.
      - [Proverbs]

Robbe Peter and pay Paule.
      - [Proverbs]

Rome was not built in one day.
      - [Proverbs]

Set the cart before the horse.
      - [Proverbs]

The fat is in the fire.
      - [Proverbs]

The more the merrier.
      - [Proverbs]

The wise man sayth, store is no sore.
      - [Wisdom]

And death makes equal the high and low.
      - Be Merry Friends [Death]

Let the world slide, let the world go;
  A fig for care and a fig for woe!
    If I can't pay, why I can owe,
      And death makes equal the high and low.
      - Be Merry Friends [World]

The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,
  As sages in all times assert;
    The happy man's without a shirt.
      - Be Merry Friends [Happiness]

Put your toong in your purse.
      - Dialogue of Wit and Folly (pt. II, l. 263)
        [Proverbs]

The world's a theatre, the earth a stage,
  Which God and nature do with actors fill.
      - Dramatic Works
         (vol. I, The Author to His Book, Prefix to Apology for Actors)
        [World]

What heart can think, or tongue express,
  The harm that groweth of idleness?
      - Idleness [Idleness]

An ill wind that bloweth no man good--
  The blower of which blast is she.
      - Idleness (st. 5) [Wind]

When the devil drives, needs must. (Needs must when the devil drives.)
      - Johan the Husband--Proverbs (ch. VII)
        [Devil]

He must needes go that the dyvell dryveth.
      - Johan the Husbande [Proverbs]

Fieldes have eies and woodes have eares.
      - Proverbes (pt. II, ch. V) [Proverbs]

She is neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.
      - Proverbs [Fish : Herring]

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

Neither fish, nor flesh, nor good red herring.
      - Proverbs (pt. I, ch. 10) [Fish]

He has well fished and caught a frog.
      - Proverbs (pt. I, ch. 11) [Fishing]


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