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

Modred's narrow foxy face,
  Heart hiding smile, and gray persistent eye.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Not perfect, nay, but full of tender wants.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

O well for him whose will is strong,
  He suffers, but he will not suffer long.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

One of Satan's shepherdesses caught
  And meant to stamp him with her master's mark.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Others' follies teach us not,
  Nor much their wisdom teaches;
    And most of sterling worth is what
      Our own experience preaches.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Seeming genial, venial fault.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

She only said, My life is dreary,
  He cometh not, she said;
    She said I am aweary, aweary,
      Oh God, that I were dead.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Should banded unions persecute
  Opinions, and induce a time
    When single thought is civil crime,
      And individual freedom mute,
        . . . .
          Then waft me from the harbour's mouth,
            Wild wind, I seek a warmer sky.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Strong of his hands, and strong on his legs, but still of his tongue.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

The far-off interest of tears.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Queen, who sat
  With lips severely placid felt the knot
    Climb in her throat, and with her feet unseen
      Crushed the wild passion out against the floor.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

The slow, sweet hours that bring us all things good.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

This is truth the poet sings,
  That a sorrow's crown of sorrows is remembering happier things.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

This oiled and curled Assyrian bull,
  Smelling of musk and of insolence.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

'Tis gone: a thousand such have slipt
  Away from my embraces:
    And fallen into the dusty crypt
      Of darken'd forms and faces.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

To pluck the vicious quitch
  Of blood and custom wholly out of him,
    And make all clean and plant himself afresh.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Treading softly like a thief,
  Lest the harsh shingle should grate underfoot,
    And feeling all along the garden wall.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Turn, Fortune, turn thy wheel, and lower the proud.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

When his heart is glad
  Of the full harvest, I will speak to him.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

While I plan, and plan, my hair
  Is gray before I know it.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

With no more sign of wisdom than a beard.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

You have but fed on the roses, and lain in the lilies of life.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Marriages are made in Heaven.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Aylmer's Field
         (l. 188)

And on her lover's arm she leant,
  And round her waist she felt it fold,
    And far across the hills they went,
      In that new world that is the old.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Day Dream--The Departure (I)

He makes no friend who never made a foe.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Launcelot and Elaine
         (l. 1109)

For men at most differ as Heaven and Earth,
  But women, worst and best, as Heaven and Hell.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson,
        Idylls of the King--Merlin and Vivian

Never morning wore
  To evening, but some heart did break.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam, pt. VI

And from his ashes may be made
  The violet of his native land.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
         (XVIII, st. 1)

All men have more consideration for themselves than for others.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

As many men, so many opinions.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Deception follows on the heels of deception.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Flattery brings friends, but the truth begets enmity.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Give place to your superiors.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

He who says what he likes, must hear what he does not like.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

How much of injustice and depravity is sanctioned by custom!
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

I am myself a man, and nothing relating to men is a matter of indifference to me.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

I give not gold for mere expectations.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

I hold a wolf by the ears. [I am in a dilemma I have caught a Tartar.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

I know not which way to turn. [I am in a quandary.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

If we cannot do what we want, we must do what we can.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

It is, I believe, better to restrain the passions of youth by a sense of shame, and by conciliatory means, than by fear.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Look you! I myself am nearest to myself.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

The net is not spread for the hawk or the kite.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

The quarrels of lovers lead but to the renewal of love.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

This is the reward of my folly.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

To disregard money, on suitable occasions, is often a great profit.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

To learn from other men's mistakes to prevent your own.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

Too much of anything is bad.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), (Latin)

What the law will compel you to do, do of your own free will.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

When in good health we easily give good advice to the sick.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)


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