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Ding down the nests and the rooks will flee away. Scotch. This proverb was ruthlessly applied in Scotland at the Reforma
tion, to the destruction of many noble cathedrals and collegiate
a woman of fifteen, and a friend of thirty. Either a man or a mouse.
Lat.-Aut Cæsar, aut nihil.
French.-Chacun est artisan de sa fortune.
Every thing would live.
horses. • Every one to his liking,' as the man said, when he kissed his
cow. England's the Paradise of women, and hell of horses. Ever drunk, ever dry.
Lat.-Parthi quo plus bibunt eo plus sitiunt.
Faint heart never won a fair lady.
Lat.Audentes fortuna juvat. Fair maidens wear no purses.-Scotch. Spoken when young women offer to pay their club in company,
which the Scots will never allow, nor the English either. Fair words and foul play cheat both the young and the old. Fair and softly goes far in a day.
French. Pas à pas, on va bien loin. Fair words break no bone, but foul words many a one. False folk should have many witnesses.Scotch.' Fair in the cradle, foul in the saddle. It is supposed that children the most remarkable for beauty in in
fancy, are the least so when grown up. "Does this arise from improper indulgence to beautiful children, or do the features and complexion alter; or lastly, do we consider certain traits beau
tiful in childhood, the contrary in maturity? Faint praise is disparagement.
Far fra court, far fra care. Scotch.
O liberty! thou goddess heav'nly bright!
Eternal pleasures in thy presence reign.-ADDISON. It is said, the Scottish hero, Sir William Wallace, had always the following rhyme in his mouth:
Dico tibi verum, libertas optima rerum,
Nunquam servili sub nictu vivito fili.
French.-Qui premier arrive au moulin, premier doit moudre.
Italo-I frutti prohibiti sono i più dolci.
stroys.-Ital. Forbid a fool a thing and that he'll do. Scotch. Forewarn'd, fore-armed.
Ital.-Per la rosa spesso il spin, se coglie.
Ital.- Per un dì di gioia n'habbiamo mille di nioia.'
I suppose this is the reason why so many resort to violent means
to get rid of it, or are wholly careless about the means to prolong existence. King relates, in the “ Anecdotes of his Own Times," that he had put the question to many persons, Whether they would wish to live their time over again, experiencing exactly the same good and evil, and that he never met with one who replied in the affirmative. A king of Arragon said, There were only four things in the world worth living for,-old wine to drink, old wood to burn, old books to read, and old friends to converse with.
Solomon pronounced all these to be vanity—but he was no judge. For a flying enemy make a silver bridge.--Spanish, An enemy closely pursued may become desperate : despair makes
even the timid and cowardly courageous; a rat, with no means for escape, will often turn upon its assailants. By all means then
let the vanquished have a free course. Fox's broth which is cold and scalds.-Spanish. Said of artful and dissembling persons, who in their behaviour
appear modest and affable for the purpose of deceiving others. Fools make feasts and wise men eat them.
French.-Les fous font la fête et les sages le mangent.
Scotland, upon his giving an entertainment; when he readily
answered,-Wise men make proverbs and fools repeat them. Fool's haste is no speed.-Scotch. Fools have liberty to say what they please.
Ital.Li matti hanno bolletta di dir cio che vogliono. Fools should not see half-done work. Many a fine piece of work, in the unfinished state, looks clumsy and
aukward, which those who want judgement will be offended at. We hope the honourable critics who were lately so severe in their strictures on the improvements going on in Westminster-hall, had duly weighed the import of this proverb. The Italians have a parallel saying,–Non giudicar la nave, stando in terra :
Judge not of a ship as she stands on the stocks. Fools tie knots and wise men loose them.-Scotch. Fools make fashions and wise men follow them.
French.-Les fous font les modes, et les sages les suivent.. Fools and obstinate people make lawyers rich.
Spanish.Necios y porfiados hacen ricos a los letrados. From four things God preserve us ; a painted woman, a con
ceited valet, salt beef without mustard, and a little late dinner.-Italian.
From nothing, nothing can come.-French.
Game is cbeaper in the market than in the fields.
and enterprize is valued far above what is bought with money.
exercise the pursuit of it has afforded. Gentility without ability is worse than plain beggary. Gentility sent to the market will not buy a peck o' meal.
Scotch. Gentry by blood is bodily gentry. Get a name to rise early and you may lie all day. Give a new servant bread and eggs, but after a year bread
and a cudgel.-Spanish. Give ne'er the wolf the wether to keep.-Scotch. Give a man luck and throw him into the sea. Give the devil his due. Give a child his will, and a whelp his fill, and neither will
Spanish.-Dios me libre de hombre de un libro.
constantly referring to it, to the fatigue of his auditors. Go neither to a wedding nor a christening without invita
tion.-Spanish. Good harvests make men prodigal, bad ones provident. Good riding at two anchors, for if one breaks the other may
hold. Good wine needs no bush. God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.