By John Simpson, Jennifer Speake
This designated and authoritative dictionary comprises over 1,100 of the main known proverbs in English and makes use of study from the Oxford English Corpus, the world's biggest language databank. This variation has been revised and completely up-to-date and comprises quite a few totally new entries. It additionally beneficial properties accelerated insurance of international language proverbs at present in use in English. With an emphasis on examples of utilization, together with the earliest written facts of its use, this A-Z guide
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S. Guazzo’s Civil Conversation I. 16 An art is long and life is short. 1710 S. PALMER Proverbs 380 Art is Long, Life Short. Our Philosophical Meditations on Time are very Obscure and Confus’d. 1869 M. ARNOLD Culture & Anarchy vi. we take some other criterion of man’s well-being than the cities he has built.. our Liberal friends.. take us up very sharply. ’ 1958 L. DURRELL Balthazar IV. xiii. The shapely hand on his shoulder still wore the great ring taken from the tomb of a Byzantine youth. Life is short, art long.
X. 253 Suche as thow semest in syghte, be in assay [trial] y-founde. 1640 G. HERBERT Outlandish Proverbs no. 724 Be what thou wouldst seeme to be. 1721 J. KELLY Scottish Proverbs 68 Be what you seem, and seem what you are. The best way! for Hypocrisy is soon discovered. 1865 ‘L. CARROLL ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ix. It’s a vegetable. It doesn’t look like one, but it is. ’ 1980 G. SIMS in H. Watson Winter Crimes 12 158 The Benningworth family motto Esse quam videri, ‘To be rather than to seem to be’.
1941 A. UPDEGRAFF Hills look Down vi. ’ 1979 G. MITCHELL Mudflats of Dead iii. ‘Stop worrying. ’ wrong-doers BAD things come in threes Bad things may be specified as accidents, deaths, or other mishaps; cf. MISFORTUNES never come singly. This is a well-attested folk superstition on both sides of the Atlantic: 1891 Notes & Queries 7th Ser. XII. 489 One of my servants having accidentally broken a glass shade, asked for two other articles of little value, a wine bottle and jam crock, that she might break them, and so prevent the two other accidents.