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JOHN RAY (WRAY)
English naturalist and collector of proverbs
(1627 - 1705)

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
      - [Friendship : Proverbs]

A talkative person runs himself upon great inconvenience by blabbing out his own and others' secrets.
      - [Talking]

A wonder it must be, that there should be any man found so stupid as to persuade himself that this most beautiful world could be produced by the fortuitous concourse of atoms.
      - [Creation]

Every animal is providentially directed to the use of its proper weapon.
      - [Instinct]

Guilt is always jealous.
      - [Guilt]

Many without punishment, none without sin.
      - [Vice]

No better cosmetics than a severe temperance and purity, modesty and humility, a gracious temper and calmness of spirit; no true beauty without the signature of these graces in the very countenance.
      - [Beauty]

One means very effectual for the preservation of health is a quiet and cheerful mind, not afflicted with violent passions or distracted with immoderate cares.
      - [Health]

The heart is the first part that quickens, and the last that dies.
      - [Death]

The honester the man, the worse luck.
      - [Honesty]

Better the last smile than the first laughter.
      - Collection of Old English Proverbs
        [Laughter]

Fish must swim thrice--once is the water, a second time in the sauce, and a third time in wine in the stomach.
      - English Proverbs [Fish]

If the first of July be rainy weather,
  It will rain, more of less, for four weeks together.
      - English Proverbs [July : Proverbs]

He that useth many words for the explaining any subject, doth, like the cuttle fish, hide himself for the most part in his own ink.
      - On Creation [Words]


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