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

By the wicked the good conduct of others is always dreaded.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Covetous of another man's, prodigal of his own.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Deliberate before you begin; but, having carefully done so, execute with vigour.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Eloquence enough, but little wisdom.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

One can ever assume to be what he is not, and to conceal what he is.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

Small endeavours obtain strength by unity of action: the most powerful are broken down by discord.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

To have the same likes and dislikes, therein consists the firmest bond of friendship.
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus)

A fool's wild speech confounds the wise.
      - Sir Walter Scott

A sinful heart makes feeble hand.
      - Sir Walter Scott

A wilful man maun hae his way.
  [A wilful man may have his way.]
      - Sir Walter Scott

And quick his colour went and came,
  As fear and rage alternate rose.
      - Sir Walter Scott

At morn the blackcock trims his jetty wing,
  'Tis morning prompts the linnet's blithest lay;
    All Nature's children feel the matin spring
      Of life reviving, with reviving day.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Blood is thicker than water.
      - Sir Walter Scott

But ask not thou if happiness be there,
  If the loud laugh disguise convulsive throe,
    Or if the brow the heart's true livery wear.
      - Sir Walter Scott

But he who stems a stream with sand,
  And fetters flame with flaxen band,
    Has yet a harder task to prove--
      By firm resolve to conquer love!
      - Sir Walter Scott

But he, whose humours spurn law's awful yoke,
  Must herd with those, by whom law's bonds are broke.
      - Sir Walter Scott

But in the glances of his eye
  A penetrating keen and sly
    Expression found its home.
      - Sir Walter Scott

But shepherds know
  How hot the mid-day sun shall glow
    From the mist of morning sky.
      - Sir Walter Scott

But why pursue the common tale?
  Or wherefore show how knights prevail,
    When ladies dare to hear?
      - Sir Walter Scott

Each age has deemed the new-born year
  The fittest time for festal cheer.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Each must drain
  His share of pleasure, share of pain.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Fill the bright goblet, spread the festive board!
      - Sir Walter Scott

For, wake where'er he may, man wakes to care and coil.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Heap on more wood! the wind is chill!
  But let it whistle as it will,
    We'll keep up Christmas merry still.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Just then, as by the tumult riven,
  Poured down at once the lowering heaven.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Let that flea stick in the wa', when the dirt's dry, it'll rub out.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Little we heed the tempest drear,
  While music, mirth, and social cheer,
    Speed on their wings the passing year.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Love rules the court, the camp, the grove,
  And men below and saints above,
    For love is heaven and heaven is love.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.
      - Sir Walter Scott

No scene of mortal life but teems with mortal woe.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Oh, woman! in our hours of ease,
  Uncertain, coy, and hard to please.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Or wherefore trace, from what slight cause
  Its source one tyrant passion draws,
    Till mastering all within.
      - Sir Walter Scott

So still we glide down to the sea
  Of fathomless eternity.
      - Sir Walter Scott

So--now the danger dared at last,
  Look back and smile at perils past!
      - Sir Walter Scott

Tarred with the same stick.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The fire, with well-dried logs supplied,
  Went roaring up the chimney wide.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The heart-sick faintness of the hope delayed!
      - Sir Walter Scott

The ire of a despotic king
  Rides forth upon destruction's wing.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The monarch drank that happy hour
  The sweetest, noblest draught of power.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The rose is sweetest wash'd with morning dew,
  And love is loveliest when embalm'd in tears.
      - Sir Walter Scott

The stern delight that warriors feel
  In foemen worthy of their steel.
      - Sir Walter Scott

There's a glide time coming.
      - Sir Walter Scott

They dance, they revel, and they sing,
  Till the rude turrets shake and ring.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Threatened folk live long.
      - Sir Walter Scott

'Twas Christmas broached the mightiest ale,
  'Twas Christmas told the merriest tale.
      - Sir Walter Scott

We hold our greyhound in our hand,
  Our falcon on our glove;
    But where shall we find leash, or band,
      For dame that loves to rove?
      - Sir Walter Scott

Worship and birth to me are known
  By look, by bearing, and by tone,
    Not by furred robe, or broidered zone.
      - Sir Walter Scott

There are as good fish in the sea as ever came out of it.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Fortunes of Nigel
         (ch. 35)

Hard toil can roughen form and face,
  And want call quench the eye's bright grace.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto I, st. 28)

With a smile on her lips, and a tear in her eye.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Marmion
         (canto V, st. 12)


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