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Proverbs

There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Spanish novelist, dramatist and poet.

What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Don't you go believing in sayings, Picotee: they are all made by men, for their own advantages. Women who use public proverbs as a guide through events are those who have not ingenuity enough to make private ones as each event occurs.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) British novelist, short story writer, and poet.

Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) British author.

He may justly be numbered among the benefactors of mankind, who contracts the great rules of life into short sentences, that may early be impressed on the memory, and taught by frequent recollection to occur habitually to the mind.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.

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