Proverbs are the cream of a nation's thought.
The genius, wit, and spirit of a nation are discovered in its proverbs.
I am of opinion that there are no proverbial sayings which are not true, because they are all sentences drawn from experience itself, who is the mother of all sciences.
Short sentences drawn from long experiences.
Proverbs were bright shafts in the Greek and Latin quivers.
Proverbs were anterior to books, and formed the wisdom of the vulgar, and in the earliest ages were the unwritten laws of morality.
The benefit of proverbs, or maxims, is that they separate those who act on principle from those who act on impulse; and they lead to promptness and decision in acting.—Their value depends on four things: do they embody correct principles; are they on important subjects; what is the extent, and what the ease of their application?
Sense, brevity, and point are the elements of a good proverb.
Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
We frequently fall into error and folly, not because the true principles of action are not known, but because for a time they are not remembered; he may, therefore, 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.
Proverbs may be said to be the abridgments of wisdom.
The proverbial wisdom of the populace in the street, on the roads, and in the markets, instructs the ear of him who studies man more fully than a thousand rules ostentatiously displayed.
The proverb condenses the meaning and power of a thousand words into one short and simple sentence, and it is the more effective because it carries so much force in so compact a form.
Proverbs are in the world of thought what gold coin is in the world of business—great value in small compass, and equally current among all people. Sometimes the proverb may be false, the coin counterfeit, but in both cases the false proves the value of the true.
Simple words, short maxims, homely truths, old sayings, are the masters of the world. In them is the hiding of the power that forms the character, controls conduct, and makes individuals and nations what they are. Great reformations, great revolutions in society, great eras in human progress and improvement, start from good words, right words, sound words, spoken in the fitting time, and finding their way to human hearts as easily as the birds find their homes.
Proverbs, it has well been said, should be sold in pairs, a single one being but half a truth.
The study of proverbs may be more instructive and comprehensive than the most elaborate scheme of philosophy.
Proverbs are but rules, and rules do not create character.— They prescribe conduct, but do not furnish a full and proper motive.—They are usually but half truths, and seldom contain the principle of the action they teach.
Proverbs are the condensed wisdom of long experience, in brief, epigrammatic form, easily remembered and always ready for use.—They are the alphabet of morals; and are commonly prudential watchwords and warnings, and so lean toward a selfish view of life.
The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answers.
The wisdom of many, and the wit of one.
If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory.
The Scripture vouches Solomon for the wisest of men; and his proverbs prove him so. The seven wise men of Greece, so famous for their wisdom all the world over, acquired all that fame each of them by a single sentence, consisting of two or three words.
Books and proverbs receive their chief value from the stamp and esteem of ages through which they have passed.
Jewels five words long, that on the stretched forefinger of all time sparkle forever.
Few maxims are true from every point of view.
Proverbs are somewhat analogous to those medical formulas which, being in frequent use, are kept ready made up in the chemists' shops, and which often save the framing of a distinct prescription.