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

All those must such delights expect to share,
  Who for their friend think fit to take a bear.
      - John Gay

Out of mind, when out of view.
      - John Gay

Those, who in quarrels interpose,
  Must often wipe a bloody nose.
      - John Gay

Two of a trade can ne'er agree.
      - John Gay

When yet was ever found a mother
  Who'd give her booby for another?
      - John Gay

Who dainties love shall beggars prove.
      - John Gay

In every age and clime we see,
  Two of a trade can ne'er agree.
      - John Gay, Fables--Rat-Catcher and Cats
         (l. 43)

Who friendship with a knave hath made,
  Is judg'd a partner in the trade.
      - John Gay, Old Woman and Her Cats

So comes a reckoning when the banquet's o'er,
  The dreadful reckoning, and men smile no more.
      - John Gay, The What D'ye Call It
         (act II, sc. 9)

A man should be religious, not superstitious.
      - Aulus Gellius

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.
      - Kahlil Gibran

A woman scorn'd is pitiless as fate,
  For then the dread of shame adds stings to hate.
      - William Gifford

What boots it on the lineal tree to trace
  Through many a branch the founders of our race.
      - William Gifford

Originality provokes originality.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What is not in a man cannot come out of him surely.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Herman and Dorothea (canto III, l. 3)

E'en his failings leaned to virtue's side.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Wept o'er his wounds, or tales of sorrow done,
  Shoulder'd his crutch, and show'd how fields were won.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Out of syght, out of mynd.
      - Barnaby (Barnabe) Googe

For who that noght dar undertake,
  Be riht he schal no profit take
    [For who that dare not undertake,
      By right he shall no profit take.
        i.e., Nothing ventured, nothing gained.]
      - John Gower ("The Moral Gower"),
        Confessio Amantis (st. 320),
        (for variations on theme, see Chaucer and Heywood)

Chill penury repressed their noble rage,
  And froze the genial current of the soul.
      - Thomas Gray

Some mute, inglorious Milton here may rest.
      - Thomas Gray

We frolic while 'tis May.
      - Thomas Gray

What sorrow was, thou bad'st her know,
  And from her own she learnt to melt at others' woe.
      - Thomas Gray

Where ignorance is bliss,
  'Tis folly to be wise.
      - Thomas Gray,
        On a Distant Prospect of Eton College
         (st. 10)

Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.
      - Horace Greeley, Hints toward Reform,
        in an editorial in the "Tribune"

Oft times many things fall out between the cup and the lip.
      - Robert Greene

Hell is full of good intentions.
  [Sp., El infierno es lleno de buenas intenciones.]
      - Antonio Guevera

Life ain't all beer and skittles.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Circumstances alter cases.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick),
        The Old Judge (ch. XV)

Man's extremity is God's opportunity.
      - John Hamilton, Lord Belhaven,
        in the Scottish Parliament, Nov. 2, 1706, protesting against union of England and Scotland

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason?
  Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.
      - Sir John Harington (Harrington),
        Of Treason--Epigrams (bk. IV, ep. V)

Death rides on every passing breeze,
  He lurks in every flower.
      - Reginald Heber, At a Funeral (st. 3)

Build castles in Spain.
      - George Herbert

Couldst thou both eat thy cake and have it?
      - George Herbert

God's mills grind slow but sure.
      - George Herbert

Half the world knows not how the other half lives.
      - George Herbert

One hour's sleep before midnight is worth three after.
      - George Herbert

The longest Day hath an Eueninge.
      - George Herbert,
        from a version of his published proverbs

Who eates the Kings Goose uoydes the feathers an hundred years after.
  [Who eats the king's goose voids the feathers a hundred years after.]
      - George Herbert,
        from a version of his published proverbs

His bark is worse than his bite.
      - George Herbert, Country Parson (ch. XXIX)

A bad dog never sees the Wolfe.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A beane in liberty is better then a comfit in prison.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A blustering night, a faire day.
  [A blustering night, a fair day.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A Caske and an ill custome must be broken.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A cherefull looke makes a dish a feast.
  [A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A child correct behind and not before.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A childs service is little, yet hee is no little foole that despiseth it.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A City that parlies is half gotten.
  [A city that parleys is half gotten.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A coole mouth, and warme feet, live long.
  [A cool mouth, and warm feet, live long.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

A curst Cow hath short hornes.
  [A curst cow has short horns.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum


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