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Les maximes des hommes décèlent leur cour.
The maxims of men reveal their characters. VAUVENARGUES—Réflexions. CVII.
14 Barkis is willin'.
DICKENS-David Copperfield. Ch. I.
Beat all your feathers as flat as pancakes.
MIDDLETON—Roaring Girl, Act II. Sc. 1. Better a bad excuse, than none at all.
CAMDEN—Remaines. Proverbs. P. 293.
17 Big-endians and small-endians. Swift Gulliver's Travels. Pt. I. Ch. IV.
Voyage to Lilliput. 18 But me no buts. HENRY FIELDING-Rape upon Rape. Act II.
Sc. 2. AARON HILL-Snake in the Grass.
A flea in his ear.
NASH — Pierce Penniless. (1592) R.
(See also RABELAIS under FLEA)
After supper walk a mile.
BEAUMONT and FLETCHER-Philasler. II. 4.
6 A new broome sweepeth cleane.
LYLY-Euphues. ^ Arber's Reprint. P. 89.
An inch in a miss is as good as an ell.
CAMDEN's Remains. (1614)
By hooke or crooke.
letter of SIR RICHARD MORYSIN to the Privy
he by hook or crook.” 21 Curses are like young chickens, And still come home to roost! Arabian Proverb quoted by BULWER-LYTTON
The Lady of Lyons. Act V. Sc. 2. CHAUCER—
(See also HESIOD under Wish)
An inch in missing is as bad as an ell.
As clear as a whistle.
JOHN BYROM-Epistle to Lloyd. I.
10 As cold as cucumbers. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER-Cupid's Revenge.
Act I. Sc. 1.
Cut and come again.
CRABBE-Tales VII. L. 26.
23 Se couper le nez pour faire dépit à son visage.
Cut off your nose to spite your face. TALLEMENT DES RÉAUX-Historiettes. Vol. I.
Ch. I. (About 1657–1659) 24 Diamonds cut diamonds. JOHN FORD—The Lover's Melancholy. Act 1.
Every fat (vat) must stand upon his bottom.
BUNYAN-Pilgrim's Progress. Pt. I
As high as Heaven, as deep as Hell.
Fortune. Act IV. Sc. 1.
II Corinthians. XII. 7.
13 Bag and baggage. RICHARD HULOET–Abecedarium Anglico-La
tinum pro Tyrunculas. (1552) As You Like
I yelded into Beautie's hand.
Fast bind, fast find; A proverb never stale in thrifty mind.
Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 54.
2 First come, first served. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Little French Law
yer. II. 1. 3 Fitted him to a T. SAMUEL JOHNSON-Boswell's Life of Johnson.
(1784) (See also “performed, etc.”)
Hier lies that should fetch a perfect woman over
the coles. SIR GYLES GOOSECAPPE. (1606) His bark is worse than his bite.
HERBERT—Country Parson. Ch. XXIX.
From the crown of our head to the sole of our
foot. BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Honest Man's
Fortune. Act II. Sc. 2. Thos. MIDDLE-
Hit the nail on the head.
II. Sc. 1.
Sec. I. Memb. 3.
, Master Constable. Act III. Sc. 3. Honey of Hybla.
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 47. How well I feathered my nest.
RABELAIS—Works. Bk. II. Ch. XVII.
I'll put a spoke among your wheels.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Mad Lover. III. 5.
Glass, China, and Reputation, are easily crack'd and never well mended.
BENJ. FRANKLIN—Poor Richard. (1750)
6 God save the mark!
Henry IV. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 57.
7 Going as if he trod upon eggs. BURTON—Anatomy of Melancholy. Pt. III.
Sect. II. Memb. 3.
Let them all go to Jericho,
Athenæum, Nov. 14, 1874.
press. (1851) 10
Go West, young man, and grow up with the country. HORACE GREELEY-Hints toward Reform. In an editorial in the Tribune.
(See also “WESTWARD HO”) 11 Hail, fellow, well met.
Swimr—My Lady's Lamentation.
12 Harp not on that string.
Richard III. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 366.
13 He can give little to his servant that licks his
knife. HERBERT Jacula Prudentum.
14 He comes not in my books.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—The Widow.
15 He did not care a button for it.
RABELAIS—Works. Bk. II. Ch. XVI.
16 Here's metal more attractive.
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 115.
17 Hide their diminished heads.
MILION—Paradise Lost. Bk. IV. L. 35.
In the name of the Prophet-figs.
dresses. Johnson's Ghost. Leap out of the frying pan into the fire. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. I. Bk. III.
Ch. IV. 32 Let the worst come to the worst. CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Bk. III. Ch. V.
MARSTON—Dutch Courtezan. Act III. Sc. 1. 33
Love all, trust a few, Do wrong to none. All's Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 1. L.
credit and long standing, who had recently Make three bites of a cherry.
made a faux pas which was not altogether RABELAIS—Works. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.
14 Many a smale maketh a grate.
On his last legs. CHAUCER—Persones Tale.
Thos. MIDDLETON—The Old Law. Act V.
15 Many go out for wool, and come home shorn themselves.
One good turn deserves another. CERVANTES
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Little French Law - Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. XXXVII.
yer. III. 2.
16 Mariana in the moated grange.
Originality provokes originality.
"There, at the moated grange, resides this 17
When he arrived at the banks of the Rubicon,
which divides Cisalpine Gaul from the rest of Mind your P's and Q's.
Italy . . . . he stopped to deliberate.
up a slate in the tavern with P. and Q. (for mediately passed the river.
Performed to a T. tion is that the expression referred to "tou
RABELAIS-Works. Bk. IV. · Ch. LI. See pées” (artificial locks of hair) and “queues" (tails).
also “Fitted, etc.” Moche Crye and do Wull.
The asses' bridge.
Present company excepted.
O'KEEFE – London Hermit. (1793) 8 Needle in a bottle of hay. FIELD-A Woman's a Weathercock. "Reprint | Push on-keep moving. 1612. P. 20.
Thos. MORTON-A Cure for the Heartache.
Act III. Sc. 1.
DRYDEN-Epilogue to Duke of Guise. MARS BYRON—Don Juan. Canto V. St. 47.
Put your toong in your purse.
HEYWOOD-Dialogue of Wit and Folly. Pt. II.
L. 263. leian Miscellany. Sir H. SHERES-Satyr on the sea officers. Rede me and be nott wrothe. 1. li. (1528)
Whither goest thou? No better than you should be.
From The Vulgate. John. XIII. 36. DomiBEAUMONT FLETCHER—The Coxcomb.
ne, quo vadis? [St. Peter's question.) St.
THOMAS asks a similar question in John. Act IV. Sc. 3.
XIV. 5. The traditional story is told by
St. AMBROSE — Contra Auxentium. (Ed. No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
Paris, 1690) II. 867.
Safe bind, safe find.
TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good HusNought venter nought have.
bandry. Washing. HEYWOOD—Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. Thos. TUSSER—Five Hundred Points of Good Hus
Scared out of his seven senses. bandry. October's Extract.
SCOTT-Rob Roy. Ch. XXIV.
27 Old Lady of Threadneedle Street.
Set all at sixe and seven. WILLIAM COBBETT. Also Gilray Caricature. HEYWOOD— Proverbs. Pt. I. Ch. XI. ChauMay 22. 1797, after the bank stopped cash
-Troilus and Cresseide. L. 623. Also payments, Feb. 26, 1797. SHERIDAN—Life Towneley Mysteries. 143. Morte Arture. by WALTER SICHEL. P. 16. Refers to the MS. at Lincoln. DEGREVANT. (1279) bank as an elderly lady in the city, of great Richard II. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 122.
So was hir jolly whistel wel y-wette.
Thou will scarce be a man before thy mother. CHAUCER-Canterbury Tales. The Reeve's Tale.
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Love's Cure. Act L. 4,155.
II. Sc. 2. 7
24 Spare your breath to cool your porridge.
Three things are men most likely to be cheated CERVANTES—Don Quixote. Pt. II. Ch. V. in, a horse, a wig, and a wife. RABELAIS-Works. Bk. V. Ch. XXVIII.
BENJ. FRANKLIN—Poor Richard. 1736. 8 Strike the iron wbilst it is hot.
Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush. RABELAIS—Works. Bk. II. Ch. XXXI. SPENSER—Faerie Queene. Bk. III. Capto I.
St. 17. 9 Strike while the iron is hot. FARQUHAR—The Beaux' Stratagem. Act IV. | Through thick and thin, both over Hill and Plain. Sc. 2. SCOTT—The Fair Maid of Perth. Ch.
DU BARTAS-Divine Weekes and Workes. SecV. WEBSTER — Westward Ho. III. 2. ond Week. Fourth Day. Bk. IV. CHAUCER—Troylus and Cresseyde. Bk. II. St. 178.
Through thick and thin.
BUTLER-Hudibras. Pt. I. Canto II. L. 370. That was laid on with a trowel.
COWPER—John Gilpin. DRAYTON-NymphAs You Like It. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 112.
idia. DRYDFN-Absalom and Achitophel. Pt. II. L. 414. KEMP—Nine Days' Won
der. MIDDLETON—The Roaring Girl. Act The coast was clear.
IV. Sc. 2. POPE-Dunciad. Bk. II. MICHAEL DRAYTON—Nymphidia.
(See also BUTLER under CONSTANCY) The fat's all in the fire.
Though last, not least in love. COBBE — Prophecies. BULLEN'S reprint.
Julius Cæsar. . Act III. Sc. 1. L. 189. (1614) MARSTON-What You Will. (1607) Although the last, not least. The
Balancing Captain. Whole poem quoted King Lear. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 85. SPENSERby WALPOLE in a letter to MANN, Nov. 2, Colin Clout. L. 444. 1741.
Thursday come, and the week is gone.
'Tis as cheap sitting as standing. The foule Toade hath a faire stone in his head.
Swirt/Polite Conversation. Dialogue I. LYLY-Euphues. Arber's Reprint. (1679) P. 53.
'Tis a stinger.
Thos. MIDDLETON—More Dissemblers Besides 15 The man that heweth over high,
Women, Act III. Sc. 2.
'Tis in grain, sir, 'twill endure wind and weather. rick Collection.
Twelfth Night. Act I. Sc. 5. L. 253. 16 The more thou stir it the worse it will be. 'Tis neither here nor there.
CERVANTES-Don Quixote. Bk. III. Ch. VIII. Othello. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 58.
Whistle, and she'll come to you.
Money. Act IV. Sc. 4.
Walls have tongues, and hedges ears.
English Proverbs, etc. (Ed. 1869) P. 446.
1300) Felde hath eyen, and wode hath eres. CHAUCER- Canterbury Tales. The Knight's
Tale. L. 1,522.
HEYWOOD—Proverbes. Pt. II. Ch. V.
Twelfth Night. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 146. 7
What is bred in the bone will never come out of the flesh.
PILPAY—The Two Fishermen. Fable XIV.
It will never come out of the flesh that's bred in the bone. JONSON–Every Man in his Humour. Act I.
What is not in a man cannot come out of him
surely. GOETHE-Herman and Dorothea. Canto III.
You whirled them to the back of beyont.
Fear not, but trust in Providence,
THOMAS HAYNES BAYLY—The Pilot.
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for a gander. TOM BROWN--New Maxime. P. 123.
(See also VARRO under GOOSE) 10 What is the matter with Kansas? W. A. WHITE. Title of an editorial in the
Emporia Gazette, August 15, 1896. 11 What mare's nest hast thou found?
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER—Bonduca. IV. 2. 12
What you would not have done to yourselves, never do unto others. ALEXANDER SEVERUS. See also “Golden Rule."
Matthew. VII. 12.
When a dog is drowning, every one offers him
drink. HERBERT-Jacula Prudentum.