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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.
  • My mother, equally big on little proverbs, often said, oh, what a tangled web we weave, a little lie will lead to a big one; a child who cheats in school will grow up to steal.
    Jill McCorkle  --  Ferris Beach
  • "Proverbs—eleven, isn’t it?"
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind

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  • Oh, is that a proverb in Russia, too?
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • I was worried that he might be falling over the proverbial edge.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The angel is like the proverbial gold mine and they the lucky miners.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Oh God, you’re not going to have some Indian Sanskrit proverb or something, are you?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • "I would suggest Proverbs, 24th Chapter, 21st verse," said the old minister, with a canny gleam in his eye which Kit understood as John began to read.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • "You’re the proverbial diamond in the rough," she’d said to him once, touching his nose lightly with the tip of her electrifying finger.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia

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  • Abby had not specified a Bible reading, but Reverend Alban provided one anyhow—a long passage from Proverbs about a virtuous woman.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • Marie-Laure’s great-uncle, locked with several hundred others inside the gates of Fort National, a quarter mile offshore, squints up and thinks, Locusts, and an Old Testament proverb comes back to him from some cobwebbed hour of parish school: The locusts have no king, yet all of them go out in ranks.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Proverb 42, The Book of Shhh
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • So you have the proverbial horse thief in your family tree?
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Kitsey had apologized more than once for Em’s ’brusqueness’ but this, in Hobie’s phrase, took the proverbial cake.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • *Do you know the proverb?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • There is a wise Latin proverb that is very much in point.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • I’m an old, superstitious Arab, and I believe in our proverbs.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • They have a proverb that says a lot: I against my brothers; my brothers and I against my cousins; my brothers, my cousins, and I against the world.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • How true the old proverbs are.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • The old proverb is very well parted between my master Shylock and you, sir: you have the grace of God, sir, and he hath enough.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • The historian David Arkush once compared Russian and Chinese peasant proverbs, and the differences are striking.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The proverbs say ’He who harps on a matter alienates his friend.’
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Having spoken plainly so far, Okoye said the next half a dozen sentences in proverbs.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Mademoiselle, we have a proverb-
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The proverb says, ’They that cannot govern themselves cannot govern others.’
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • An old proverb says, "Like master, like man."
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But I am also reminded of Proverbs twenty-three, verse twenty-four.
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • "But every one belongs to every one else," he concluded, citing the hypnopaedic proverb.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • -Arab proverb Dustfinger was hiding behind a chestnut tree when Meggie ran past him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • And for no reason the stupid proverb of my schooldays ran through my mind, ’Time and Tide wait for no man.’
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • An old proverb recurred to her: God looks after drunks and little children.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • I want to take a fresh look at things and form my own opinion, not just ape my parents, as in the proverb "The apple never falls far from the tree."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • The "fruit of Brother Alberigo" became a proverb.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Your mom used to tell me this Chinese proverb.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • But I forgot the old proverb, That hunger will tame a lion: For had I kept him three or four days without provisions, and then given him some water, with a little corn, he would have been as tame as a young kid.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Ay, sir, but ’While the grass grows’—the proverb is something musty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Did you ever hear the Oriental proverb: ’The dogs bark but the caravan passes on?’
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I was quite a proverb for it at Maple Grove.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • "Escaping goblins to be caught by wolves!" he said, and it became a proverb, though we now say ’out of the frying-pan into the fire’ in the same sort of uncomfortable situations.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • —Though this fish, whose loud sonorous breathing, or rather blowing, has furnished a proverb to landsmen, is so well known a denizen of the deep, yet is he not popularly classed among whales.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • First, all the sugar must be chewed out of Mexican gum, then the bartender gives a few slips of paper to the aspirant, who writes either a proverb or a sentimental remark on the strip.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • As a Russian proverb has it, ’Catch several hares and you won’t catch one.’
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • "Paper bleeds little," Robert Jordan quoted the proverb.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Other times I’d be sitting beside her on the couch, looking at the Bible and watching Jamie out of the corner of my eye at the same time, and we’d come across a passage or a psalm, maybe even a proverb, and I’d ask her what she thought about it.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • First, notwithstanding the proverb that constant dropping will wear away a stone, you may set your mind at rest that these people never will—never would, in hundred years—impair your ground with Miss Havisham, in any particular, great or small.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • As I live, saith the Lord God, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The proverb says revenge is a dish best eaten cold, but Ronson Fast-Lite had yet to be invented when they made that one up.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • We have an English proverb that says, "He that would thrive, must ask his wife."
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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