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Remember the old adage: "It’s not how much you earn; it’s how much you save."
  An old saying considered wise by many; e.g., "Actions speak louder than words."
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  • Remember the old adage: "It’s not how much you earn; it’s how much you save."
  • That experience is the parent of wisdom, is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • There is a homely old adage which runs: "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.
    Theodore Roosevelt
  • There must always be two parties to a quarrel, says the old adage.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Oliver Twist Or The Parish Boy’s Progress

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  • "You must have heard the old adage that there’s power in knowing someone’s true name."
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Another of Henri’s adages: Those things that are most obvious are the very things we’re most likely to overlook.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • There must always be two parties to a quarrel, says the old adage.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • I condemn myself in so many ways that I’m beginning to realize the truth of Father’s adage: "Every child has to raise itself."
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • "A doctor a day keeps the jim-jams away," he added heartily, driving home his hypnopaedic adage with a clap on the shoulder.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet."
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre

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  • You know the old adage: ’The wife is always the last one to find out.’
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Wouldst thou have that Which thou esteem’st the ornament of life, And live a coward in thine own esteem; Letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would," Like the poor cat i’ the adage?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Sometimes she’d recall that old adage-the shoemaker’s sons go barefoot-and she’d wonder, What about the children of the man who knows the value of happiness?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • This strange response was an ancient Hermetic adage that proclaimed a belief in the physical connection between heaven and earth.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • If you had said to him, "Don’t spoil the ship for a ha’porth of tar," he would have agreed with you at once—for it was he who invented the adage, which we have translated from sheep into ships.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • …delay, and the quietus which his pangs might take, In the dead waste and middle of the night, when churchyards yawn In customary suits of solemn black, But that the undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveler returns, Breathes forth contagion on the world, And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i’ the adage, Is sicklied o’er with care, And all the clouds that lowered o’er our housetops, With this regard their currents turn awry, And lose the name of action.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Anyhow they passed the sentrybox with stones, brazier etc. where the municipal supernumerary, ex Gumley, was still to all intents and purposes wrapped in the arms of Murphy, as the adage has it, dreaming of fresh fields and pastures new.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Heraclitus—who lived around 500 B.C.—composed a number of adages, what are called his "apothegms of change," all of which tell us that everything is changing at every moment, that the movement of time causes ceaseless change in the cosmos.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Charley verified the adage about little pitchers, I am sure, for she heard of more sayings and doings in a day than would have come to my ears in a month.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • What happens but once, says the German adage, might as well not have happened at all.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The adage is quite right: The old fool is the complete fool.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • In truth, those who desired, according to the old adage, to sell anything valuable for a song, might find customers all over the Fair; and there were innumerable messes of pottage, piping hot, for such as chose to buy them with their birthrights.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • …always called her, when she sufficiently overcame her dread of this formidable personage to mention her at all (which was seldom), had been married to a husband younger than herself, who was very handsome, except in the sense of the homely adage, ’handsome is, that handsome does’ — for he was strongly suspected of having beaten Miss Betsey, and even of having once, on a disputed question of supplies, made some hasty but determined arrangements to throw her out of a two pair of stairs’…
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • You recall to my mind that cruel separation of the united fraternities, so much to the prejudice of both bodies, as all separations must be, according to the old adage, Vis unita fortior; which to be sure there are not wanting some of one or of the other fraternity who are able to construe.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Wasn’t that the adage Sister Mary Joseph Praise lived by?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Alas, too many of us buy into a different adage: that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • You know the old adage?
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • She explained that the adage served to remind people to always be on their best behavior and to be good to others.
    Ishmael Beah  --  A Long Way Gone
  • That she could alleviate this distress more now than ever before proved the adage that it was an ill wind that blew nobody good.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • That experience is the parent of wisdom, is an adage the truth of which is recognized by the wisest as well as the simplest of mankind.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • He is a firm believer in the old Russian adage, "Once you’re in a fight, don’t spare yourself Give it everything you’ve got."
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • Hitherto no one in the United States has dared to advance the maxim, that everything is permissible with a view to the interests of society; an impious adage which seems to have been invented in an age of freedom to shelter all the tyrants of future ages.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • In fact, our dying is more a concern to those who survive us than to ourselves; for as a wise man once cleverly put it, as long as we are, death is not, and when death is, we are not; and even if we are unfamiliar with that adage, it retains its psychological validity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • To do otherwise was to believe there was solid truth in the old adage: like father, like son.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • The world won’t move on tomorrow," the gunslinger said, quoting the old adage with a smile.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • …as the slaves march on, as the husky gangs pass on by twos and threes, fasten’d together with wrist-chains and ankle-chains, I hear the Hebrew reading his records and psalms, I hear the rhythmic myths of the Greeks, and the strong legends of the Romans, I hear the tale of the divine life and bloody death of the beautiful God the Christ, I hear the Hindoo teaching his favorite pupil the loves, wars, adages, transmitted safely to this day from poets who wrote three thousand years ago.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • "The doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient" was an adage he knew well.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Was there an adage for that?
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Eerily, the manipulation Langdon was about to perform was one that seemed to have been suggested by Peter’s captor already when he spoke the ancient Hermetic adage.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • John Kennedy was ignorant of that adage eighteen months ago, during the Bay of Pigs invasion.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • To do otherwise was to believe there was solid truth in the old adage: like father, like son.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • …usual with him to do all manner of disorders which did not confine him to his bed, or prevent his several faculties from performing their ordinary functions;—a conduct which we would by no means be thought to approve or recommend to imitation; for surely the gentlemen of the Aesculapian art are in the right in advising, that the moment the disease has entered at one door, the physician should be introduced at the other: what else is meant by that old adage, _Venienti occurrite morbo?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • "We are now without father: we shall soon be without home and brother," she murmured, At that moment a little accident supervened, which seemed decreed by fate purposely to prove the truth of the adage, that "misfortunes never come singly," and to add to their distresses the vexing one of the slip between the cup and the lip.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • So, bevelling around by Mullett’s and the Signal House which they shortly reached, they proceeded perforce in the direction of Amiens street railway terminus, Mr Bloom being handicapped by the circumstance that one of the back buttons of his trousers had, to vary the timehonoured adage, gone the way of all buttons though, entering thoroughly into the spirit of the thing, he heroically made light of the mischance.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He has bought two specimens of poultry, which, if there be any truth in adages, were certainly not caught with chaff, to be prepared for the spit; he has amazed and rejoiced the family by their unlooked-for production; he is himself directing the roasting of the poultry; and Mrs. Bagnet, with her wholesome brown fingers itching to prevent what she sees going wrong, sits in her gown of ceremony, an honoured guest.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He opens it and reads) "With reference to the old adage: Thomas Cromwell was found guilty of High Treason and executed on 28 July, I 54o.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Oh, it’s sad, very sad that the old adage has been confirmed for the umpteenth time: "What one Christian does is his own responsibility, what one Jew does reflects on all Jews.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Unless the adage must be verified,
    That beggar mounted run their horse to death.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet."
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But manifestly to our Priests and Women this adage did not apply.
    Abbott, Edwin  --  Flatland
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