It was an old wives’ tale of the same category as that in which it was imputed to masturbation such scourges as acne, or warts, or madness.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
For coffee, an old wives’ tale will suffice.
Jostein Gaarder -- Sophie’s World
And then she laughed, and said it was only a foolish old wives’ tale, and she ate the third apple, and set the other two on the window ledge to keep until the morning, and I ate my own apple; and we turned to making fun of Mrs. Alderman Parkinson’s corsets; but underneath all the funning she was upset.
Margaret Atwood -- Alias Grace
DRUMMOND You murder a wife, it isn’t nearly as bad as murdering an old wives’ tale.
Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee -- Inherit the Wind
Vaguely she supposed she had hoped that the flowing blood would wash the wound clean … did that really happen, or was it just an old wives’ tale?
Stephen King -- Cujo
There is truth to the old wives’ tale that women who are pregnant glow, and I remember thinking that I wanted to look just like them when I grew up.
Nicholas Sparks -- True Believer
Five weeks I’ve given you to pay me the rent—five weeks out of the generosity and goodness of my heart—and now you tell me this old wives’ tale!