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

Your wife and sheep early at home.
      - Proverb, (Portuguese)

Your windmill dwindles into a nutcrack.
      - Proverb

"Your words are fair," said the wolf, "but I will not come into the village."
      - Proverb, (German)

Youth and age will never agree.
      - Proverb

Youth and white paper take any impression.
      - Proverb

Youth does not mind where it sets its foot.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

Youth has a small head.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

Youth is wasted on the young.
      - Proverb

Youth lives on hope, old age on remembrance.
      - Proverb, (French)

Youth may stray afar yet return at last.
      - Proverb, (French)

Youth must be served.
      - Proverb

Youth sheds many a skin. The steed (horse) does not retain its speed forever.
      - Proverb, (Irish)

Youth will be served.
      - Proverb

Youth will have its course.
      - Proverb

Yule is come, and Yule is gone,
  And we have feasted well;
    So Jack must to his flail again,
      And Jenny to her wheel.
      - Proverb

Zeal is fit only for wise men but is found mostly in fools.
      - Proverb, (Ancient)

Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse.
      - Proverb, (English)

Zeal without knowledge is like fire without light.
      - Proverb, (English)

Zeal without knowledge is the sister of folly.
      - Proverb

Zeal without prudence is frenzy.
      - Proverb

There's no sauce like appetite.
  [Fr., Il n'est sauce que d'appetit.]
      - Proverb, (French)

Every man is the architect of his own fortunes.
      - Pseudo-Sallust

His fore feet though you sever, his grip he'll make good.
      - Punch

And he repents in thorns that sleeps in beds of roses.
      - Francis Quarles

Poor thieves in halters we behold;
  And great thieves in their chains of gold.
      - Francis Quarles

When two agree in their desire,
  One sparke will set them both on fire.
      - Francis Quarles

The next way home's the farthest way about.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems
         (bk. IV, em. 2, ep. 2)

A laugh, if purchased at the expense of propriety, costs too much.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

He who speaks evil only differs from his who does evil in that he lacks opportunity.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

That which prematurely arrives at perfection soon perishes.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin. the opportunity is lost.
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus)

I am just going to leap into the dark.
      - Francois Rabelais

Others set carts before the horses.
      - Francois Rabelais

Nature abhors a vacuum.
  [Fr., Natura abhorret vacuum.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Gargantua (ch. V)

How well I feathered by nest.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. II, ch. SVII)

He did not care a button for it.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. II, ch. XVI)

Strike the iron whilst it is hot.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. II, ch. XXXI)

Performed to a T.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works (bk. IV, ch. LI)

Make three bites of a cherry.
      - Francois Rabelais, Works
         (bk. V, ch. XXVIII)

You shall never want rope enough.
      - Francois Rabelais,
        Works--Prologue to the Fifth Book

No money, no Swiss.
  [Fr., Point d'argent, point de Suisse.]
      - Jean Baptiste Racine, Plaideurs (I, 1)

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
      - John Ray (Wray)

If the first of July be rainy weather,
  It will rain, more of less, for four weeks together.
      - John Ray (Wray), English Proverbs

The drop hollows out the stone not by strength, but by constant falling.
  [Lat., Gutta cavat lapidem non vi, sed saepe cadendo.]
      - prob. first used by Richard,
        quoted in the "Menagiana", 1713

The Good are better made by Ill,
  As odours crushed are sweeter still.
      - Samuel Rogers, Jacqueline (st. 3)

Nothing is so secure in its position as not to be in danger from the attack even of the weak.
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus)

Timid dogs more eagerly bark than bite.
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus)

Haste is slow.
  [Lat., Festinatio tarda est.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus) IX, 9, 12

The deepest rivers flow with the least sound.
  [Lat., Altissima quaeque flumina minimo sono labuntur.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (VII, 4, 13)

But few prize honour more than money.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)


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