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  • 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.†   (source)
  • Wasn't that the adage Sister Mary Joseph Praise lived by?†   (source)
  • 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."†   (source)
  • To do otherwise was to believe there was solid truth in the old adage: like father, like son.†   (source)
  • What happens but once, says the German adage, might as well not have happened at all.†   (source)
  • The world won't move on tomorrow," the gunslinger said, quoting the old adage with a smile.†   (source)
  • You must have heard the old adage that there's power in knowing someone's true name.†   (source)
  • Alas, too many of us buy into a different adage: that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.†   (source)
  • You know the old adage?†   (source)
  • The old adage says that it's better to be lucky than good.   (source)
    adage = saying
  • 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."   (source)
  • "The doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient" was an adage he knew well.†   (source)
  • John Kennedy was ignorant of that adage eighteen months ago, during the Bay of Pigs invasion.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Was there an adage for that?†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • You know the old adage: 'The wife is always the last one to find out.'†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • There must always be two parties to a quarrel, says the old adage.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • I would thou couldst; For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely, The law's 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.†   (source)
  • That she could alleviate this distress more now than ever before proved the adage that it was an ill wind that blew nobody good.†   (source)
  • A curious friendship theirs must have been: a pointed illustration, indeed, of the old adage that "extremes meet."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Miss Trotwood, or Miss Betsey, as my poor mother 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' window.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • "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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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?†   (source)
  • This he had, however, neglected; as it was 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?†   (source)
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