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

Yet a little while, and (the happy hour) will be over, nor ever more shall we be able to recall it.
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus)

Full from the fount of Joy's delicious springs
  Some bitter o'er the flowers its bubbling venom springs.
    [Lat., Medio de fonte leporum
      Surgit amari aliquid, quod in ipsis floribus angat.]
      - Lucretius (Titus Lucretius Carus),
        De Rerum Natura (IV, 1,129),
        translated in Byron's "Childe Harold", canto I., st. 82

All fish are not caught with flies.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 350)

The finest edge is made with the blunt whetstone.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 47), (Arber's reprint) (1579)

The foule Toade hath a faire stone in his head.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 53), (Arber's Reprint) (1579)

A new broome sweepeth cleane.
  [A new broom sweeps clean.]
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie), Euphues
         (p. 89), (Arber's Reprint)

When the lion's skin cannot prevail, a little of the fox's must be used.
      - Lysander

Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel;
  Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a belle.
      - Lord George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton ("The Good Lord Lyttelton"),
        Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country
         (l. 11)

How can man die better,
  Than facing fearful odds
    For the ashes of this fathers
      And the temples of his gods?
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Everybody's business is nobody's business.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay,
        Essay on Hallam's Constit. History

Every tub must stand upon its bottom.
      - Charles Macklin, Man of the World
         (act I, sc. 2)

Good laws are the offspring of bad actions.
      - Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius

Words are men's daughters, but God's sons are things.
      - Samuel Madden, Boulter's Monument,
        said to have been inserted by Dr. Johnson

No time like the present.
      - Mrs. Manley (Mary de la Riviere),
        The Lost Lover (act 4, sc. 1)

A novice always behaves with propriety.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Acerra always drinks till dawn.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Be cheerful, if you are wise.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Be not too thick with anybody; your joys will be fewer, and so will pains.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Every epigram should resemble a bee; it should have sting, honey, and brevity.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Glory comes too late when we are nought but ashes.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

He says anything that first comes into his mouth.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

He who is not in readiness to-day, will be less prepared to-morrow.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Her grief is real who grieves when no one is by.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Hidden evils are most dreaded.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

I wont let a wife lead me to the altar. [I will not have a wife that shall be my master.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

It is as good as second life to be able to look back upon our past life with pleasure.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

It is folly to waste labour about trifles.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Life consists not merely in existing, but in enjoying health.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Make it a point not to be over-fascinating.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Nothing is more ill-timed than an ill-timed laugh.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Red-haired, black-lipped, club-footed, and blink-eyed; if you're a good man, you're a wonder!
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Some things are good, some middling, more bad.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

There is nothing more revolting than an old busybody.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

They let out on hire their passions and eloquence. [Referring to lawyers.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

This division of labour will lessen the task.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

We know this to be all nonsense.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Wine and women bring misery.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Wish to be what you are, and wish for no other position.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

You may envy every one, but no one envies you.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

To have nothing is not poverty.
  [Lat., Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (XI, 32, 8)

Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
  [Lat., Fortuna multis dat nimis, satis nulli.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (XII, 10, 2)

Where McGregor sits, there is the head of the table.
      - attributed to The McGregor,
        quoted in "American Scholar", by Emerson

Extremes meet.
      - Louis Sebastian Mercier, Tableaux de Paris
         (vol. IV, title of ch. 348)

He who excuses himself, accuses himself.
  [Fr., Qui s'excuse, s'accuse.]
      - Gabriel Meurier (Meurir or Murier),
        Tresor des Sentences

Anything for a quiet life.
      - Thomas Middleton, title of a play

Hold their nose to the grindstone.
      - Thomas Middleton, Blurt, Master Constable
         (act III, sc. 3)

Beat all your feathers as flat as pancakes.
      - Thomas Middleton, Roaring Girl
         (act II, sc. 1)

I have been a soldier,
  Till the helm hath worn those aged temples bare.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman

The less of this cold world the more of heaven.
      - Rev. Henry Hart Milman

All was false and hollow, though his tongue
  Dropt manna, and could make the worst appear
    The better reason.
      - John Milton


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