’One man though undone is but one,’ as the proverb says, but with thirteen in your family and all the property….
And above all," thought Prince Andrew, "one believes in him because he’s Russian, despite the novel by Genlis and the French proverbs, and because his voice shook when he said: ’What they have brought us to!’ and had a sob in it when he said he would ’make them eat horseflesh!’
The proverbs, of which his talk was full, were for the most part not the coarse and indecent saws soldiers employ, but those folk sayings which taken without a context seem so insignificant, but when used appositely suddenly acquire a significance of profound wisdom.
* A German knows how to skin a flint, as the proverb says," remarked Shinshin, moving his pipe to the other side of his mouth and winking at the count.
Dans le doute, mon cher," he paused, "abstiens-toi" *(2)—he articulated the French proverb deliberately.
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She is a hard worker, an early riser, and fond of quoting the proverb, "The early bird gets the worm."
It takes a village to raise a child, goes the African proverb.