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

Give the devil his due.
      - John Dryden

Great wit to madness sure is near allied,
  And thin partitions do their bounds divide.
      - John Dryden

If gaming does an aged sire entice,
  Then my young master swiftly learns the vice.
      - John Dryden

None but the brave deserve the fair.
      - John Dryden

Old age creeps on us ere we think it nigh.
      - John Dryden

Sweet is pleasure after pain.
      - John Dryden

Take the goods the gods provide thee.
      - John Dryden

To tame the proud, the fetter'd slave to free,
  These are imperial arts.
      - John Dryden

Virtue is her own reward.
      - John Dryden

Beware the fury of a patient man.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 1005)

A man so various, that he seem'd to be
  Not one, but all mankind's epitome;
    Stiff in opinions, always in the wrong.
      Was everything by starts, and nothing long;
        But in the course of one revolving moon,
          Was chymist, fiddler, statesman, and buffoon.
      - John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel
         (pt. I, l. 545)

Forgiveness to the injured does belong,
  But they ne'er pardon who have done the wrong.
      - John Dryden, Conquest of Granada
         (pt. II, act I, sc. 2)

Nothing succeeds like success.
  [Fr., Rien ne reussit comme le succes.]
      - Alexandre Dumas pere, Ange Pitou
         (vol. I, p. 72)

While gripinge grefes ye hart would wounde,
  And dolefulle domps ye mynde oppresse,
    There musicke with her silver sound,
      Is wont with spede to send redresse.
      - Richard Edwards

If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.
      - Elizabeth I, Worthies of England
         (vol. I, p. 419),
        by Thomas Fuller, (written on window pane under words written by Raleigh)

A true friend is tested in adversity.
      - Quintus Ennius

One man restored our fortunes by delay. [By skilfully avoiding an engagement, Fabius exhausted the resources of the enemy.]
      - Quintus Ennius, (Latin)

Why, then, do you walk as if you had swallowed a ramrod?
      - Epictetus, Discourses (ch. XXI)

If you wish to be good, first believe that you are bad.
      - Epictetus, Fragments, (Long's translation)

I talk of cheese, you of chalk.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Man is to man a god or a wolf.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Not even the gods can withstand necessity.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Prevention is better than cure.
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus

Of two evils choose the least.
  [Lat., E duobus malis minimum eligendum.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Adages

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
  [Lat., In regione caecorum rex est luscus.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Adagia
         (III, IV, 96)

An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age.
  [Lat., Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Fam. Coll.,
        quoted as a proverb invented by Satan

God tempers the cold to the shorn sheep.
  [Fr., Dieu mesure le froid a la brebis tondue.]
      - Henri Etienne (Estienne),
        Le Livre de Proverbs Epigrammatique

He touches nothing but he adds a charm.
      - Francois de Salignac Fenelon

She is no better than she should be.
      - Henry Fielding

But me no buts.
      - Henry Fielding, Rape upon Rape
         (act II, sc. 2)

Handsome is that handsome does.
      - Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
         (bk. IV, ch. XII),
        also see George Granville

Faint heart ne'er won fair lady.
      - Phineas Fletcher

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Employ thy time well if thou meanest to get leisure.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?
      - Benjamin Franklin

If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
      - Benjamin Franklin

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Take care of the halfpence and pence, and the shillings and pounds will take care of themselves.
      - Benjamin Franklin

The pen is mightier than the sword.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Oration

Fools make feasts, and wise men eat them.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack'd and never well mended.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

Three things are men most likely to be cheated in, a horse, a wig, and a wife.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard

For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost; being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac,
        a version of the quotation

Action is the proper fruit of knowledge.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Silence gives consent.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The end of fishing is not angling, but catching.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomolia (no. 4497)

An inch in missing is as bad as an ell.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomologia

It is a silly fish that is caught twice with the same bait.
      - Thomas Fuller (1), Gnomologia


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