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But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then I will cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house?

Bible Quotes , Source: I Kings (ch. IX, v. 6-8)

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Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long and wise experience.

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote

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As saith the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceedeth from the wicked: but mine hand shall not be upon thee.

Bible Quotes , Source: I Samuel (ch. XXIV, v. 13)

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I'll tell the names and sayings and the places of their birth, Of the seven great ancient sages so renowned on Grecian earth, The Lindian Cleobulus said, "The mean was still the best"; The Spartan Chilo said, "Know thyself," a heaven-born phrase confessed. Corinthian Periander taught "Our anger to command," "Too much of nothing," Pittacus, from Mitylene's strand; Athenian Solon this advised, "Look to the end of life," And Bias from Priene showed, "Bad men are the most rife"; Milesian Thales uregd that "None should e'er a surety be"; Few were there words, but if you look, you'll much in little see.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: from the Greek

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The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.

Unattributed Author Quotes , Source: from the Greek

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There is no proverb which is not true. [Sp., No hay refran que no sea verdadero.]

Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra) Quotes , Source: Don Quixote

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As Love and I late harbour'd in one inn, With proverbs thus each other entertain; "In love there is no lack," thus I begin; "Fair words make fools," replieth he again; "Who spares to speak doth spare to speed," quoth I; "As well," saith he, "too forward as too slow"; "Fortune assists the boldest," I reply; "A hasty man," quote he, "ne'er wanted woe"; "Labour is light where love," quote I, "doth pay"; "Light burden's heavy, if far borne"; Quoth I, "The main lost, cast the by away"; "Y'have spun a fair thread," he replies in scorn. And having thus awhile each other thwarted Fools as we met, so fools again we parted.

Michael Drayton Quotes , Source: Proverbs

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Proverbs like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Compensation

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Much matter decocted into few words.

Thomas Fuller Quotes , Source: Definition of a proverb--Worthies (ch. II)

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Maxims are the condensed good sense of nations.

Sir James Mackintosh Quotes , Source: quoted on the title page of Broom's "Legal Maxims"

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This formal fool, your man, speaks naught but proverbs, And speak men what they can to him he'll answer With some rhyme, rotten sentence, or old saying, Such spokes as ye ancient of ye parish use.

Henry Porter Quotes , Source: The Proverb, from "Two Angry Women of Abindon"

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A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.

Lord John Russell (1) Quotes , Source: in Notes to Roger's "Italy", claimed by him as his original definition of a proverb

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I can tell thee where that saying was born, of 'I fear no colors.'

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Twelfth Night, or, What You Will (Maria at I, v)

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Scroundrel maxim.

James Thomson (1) Quotes , Source: The Castle of Indolence (canto I, st. 50)

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The maxims of men reveal their characters. [Fr., Les maximes des hommes decelent leur coeur.]

Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues Quotes , Source: Reflexions (CVII)

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