ABAD bank-note is sure to come back.
Some say, “A bad penny comes home.” Anything evil will come back to the man who sent it out.
A bad book is a big thief, For it robs a man of his time, and of his good principles. Many young people have been wined by the vile literature which is now so common. A German writer says, “Such books rob the public of time, money, and the attention which ought properly to belong to good literature with noble aims. Of bad books we can never read too little; of the good never too much.”
Books should to one of thence four ends conduce:
For wisdom, piety, delight, or use.
A bad dog does not see the thief.
We have plenty of such dogs nowadays. Ministers will not see the error which abounds; statesmen wink hard at vice; and religious people sleep while Satan plunders the church.
A bad dog may get a good bone.
Often very unworthy men gain fortunes, offices, and honors. This world is not the place of rewards and punishments, and so it happens that Satan’s bullocks often feed in the fattest pastures.
A bad excuse is worse than none.
A bad horse eats as much as a good one.
A reason for keeping good cattle, and employing efficient persons.
A bad husband cannot be a good man.
He fails in the tenderest duties, and must be bad at heart.
A bad motive makes a good action bad.
What appeared good enough in itself has even been polluted by the motive. It might be well to kiss the Lord Jesus, but the motive of Judas made his kiss a crime.
A bad padlock invites a picklock.
Carelessness on the part of owners may prove a temptation to servants and others. We should net put theft into their minds by want of proper care.
A bad reaper blames the sickle.
Every bad workman finds fault with his tools. The Chinese say: — “All unskillful fools Quarrel with their tools.” A bad servant will not make a good master.
Observation proves this. He who does not shine in one position will not shine in another. Yet a good servant does not always make a good master; for he may not have brain enough to go first, though he may have all the virtues which enable him to be a good second.
A bad wife likes her husband’s heel to be towards home.
She is very different from her who so sweetly sang — “Sac sweet his voice, sac smooth his tongue, His breath’s like caller air; His very foot has music in’t As he comes up the stair. “There’s nae luck about the house, There’s nae luck at a’; There’s little pleasure in the house When our guideman’s awa’.” A bargain is a bargain.
See what is said of the just man in Psalm 15:4: “He sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.”
A. bird in hand is better far Than two which in the bushes are.
This proverb turns up in several forms, but it always means that we are to prefer that which we have to that which we only expect. It is a proverb of this world only, and is not true on the broad field of eternal things. There our bird in the bush is worth all the birds that ever were in mortal hand.
A bird is known by his note, and a man by his talk. “By thy words thou Shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” — Matthew 12:37.
A bird that cannot be shot may be snared.
Dispositions vary, and Satan knows how to fit his temptation to our temperament. He who will not fall into open sin may be seduced into secret unbelief or pride.
A bitten child is afraid of a stuffed dog.
The same sense is “A burnt child dreads the fire,” or “A scalded cat dreads cold water.” It were well if more who have suffered from sin would have a solemn fear of it, and henceforth shun it.
A black hen lays a white egg.
Black sorrows bring us joyous results.
A blind man does not see himself in a looking-glass.
Neither do the spiritually blind see themselves in the Word of God, although it is a perfect mirror of truth and character.
A blind man gets small good of a lantern.
All the illumination in the world will not make a man see spiritual things unless the Holy Spirit opens his eyes. Miss Cobbe asks, “What shall it profit a man if he finds the origin of species, and knows exactly how earth-worms and sun-dews conduct themselves, if all the while he grows blind to the loveliness of nature, and is as unable to lift his soul to the Divine and Eternal as were the primaeval apes?”
A blind man is no judge of colors.
When persons profess to criticize things which they know nothing about, this proverb may be applied to them, A blithe heart makes a blooming face.
A blooming face is an attraction to a shop or to a place of worship.
We should endeavor to be cheerful in our manner, but this will be best secured by having a happy heart within Our bosom. A merry heart makes music wherever it goes. The light within the sold shines out through the windows of the eyes.
A blustering fellow is always a coward.
This observation has come down through long ages of observers. It is a rule to which there are very few exceptions. Mr. Bluster is soon in a fluster.
A boaster and a fool are two of a school A boaster and a liar are first cousins.
A boaster and a liar are much about the same thing.
These three proverbs are but specimens of many just observations upon the vice of bragging. It would be hard to tell where a boast ends and a He begins: it is like the distinction between a snake and its tail. Boasters are hardly conscious of their own falsehoods, for they have talked themselves into believing their own bombast.
A borrower is another name for a beggar.
A boy is a boy; two boys are half a boy; three boys are no boy at all.
One may do something; two will waste time; three will do nothing.
The Chinese say, “One man will carry two buckets of water for his own use; two men will carry one for their joint use; but three will carry none for anybody’s use.”
A boy untaught will be taught by the devil.
A braying donkey may spoil a grazing donkey’s business.
A noisy person may prevent a neighbor from following his work with success, and may even cause a prejudice against others in the same line who are quiet and unassuming.
A brazen face and a broken heart Are things you’ll find are far apart.
The manner of the penitent is very different from that of the person who is bold and impudent in evil. Holy bashfulness goes with penitence. A blushing face and a broken heart are beautiful in the sight of heaven.
A bridle for the tongue is a fine piece of harness.
And all the more so because when this is secured all is right, for the whole man is harnessed when the tollgate is under due command.
A cake in peace is worth a loaf in trouble.
A calf seems a big beast till you see a cow.
A beginner claims your admiration till you see one who is fully instructed in the art.
A calf will not be a cow in a year.
We must have patience with young people and learners, who will grow to something if we give them time.
A careless watchman invites thieves.
A carnal heart cannot like truth, because it is not like to truth.
A cat may look at a king.
Surely there’s no harm in looking; but no one should stare in a rude manner either at kings or clowns. No doubt a cat would sooner see a mouse than a monarch.
A cat must not always keep her back up.
If now and then a man has to assert himself, and be on the warpath, let him come to his usual level as soon as possible.
A cat on hot bricks is all in a hurry.
And so is a parson when he is out of his element. Many a man at church, or in council, or at a prayer-meeting, or by a dying-bed is very much in this unhappy condition.
A cat with a silver collar is none the better mouser.
Fine dress, learned degrees, high titles, and grand offices do not give ability. We have heard of doctors of divinity who were duller preachers than the generality of the clergy.
A cheerful spirit moveth quick; A grumbler in the mud will stick.
A cheerful wife, is the joy of life.
A child is a burden as well as a blessing.
A clear conscience gives sound sleep.
A clear conscience is a coat of mail.
A clear conscience is a good pillow.
One said that he had a conscience which was as good as new, for he had never used it; and he is the representative of many. It would be a great blessing if some men were a little more troubled by conscience. At the same time, a conscience void of offense is a quietus for fear: we are afraid of meeting neither God nor man when conscience is cleansed.
A clear head is desirable; and a clean heart is essential.
A clear understanding saves much quarreling.
When a bargain is not plainly put, the loser is sure to raise a question in after days, and a bitter spirit is likely to be engendered.
Care should be taken in this matter when the dealings are between relatives and friends, for families have often been divided through agreements which created disagreements, because they were not clearly worded and fully understood.
A clever head is all the better for a close mouth, Then the man will act rather than gossip; and he will not disclose his plans before the proper time for carrying them out.
A cloudy morning may bring a clear day.
We may begin a work with trouble, and yet the business may bring us great joy as it proceeds.
A club at a “pub” is a dangerous weapon.
No doubt many are injured and even killed by the drink, which comes in the way of the club at its meetings. There is not much profit in joining a club where you spend sixpence a week to save a shilling a month.
A cock often crows without a victory.
Silly bird! Sillier men who imitate him!
A cold which comes sneezing Goes off in short season.
Whether this is medically true or not I cannot say, but I have heard the saying in Essex.
A contented mind has a continual feast.
A cow does not know what her tail is worth till she has lost it.
Neither do any of us value our mercies till we lose them.
A cow in a parlor does best when it makes for the door.
When one gets into the wrong place it is his wisdom to get out of it, quickly.
A cow is not ashamed because it cannot fly.
Let the man blush because he cannot do what he was never made for. The coachman on the Bath coach could not tell the names of the gentry who owned the mansions along the road, but he gave a fine answer to the angry passenger who asked, “What do you know?” when he replied, “I know how to drive this coach to Bath.”
A cow stares at a new gate.
Novelties arrest the attention of many, although there may be nothing in them worth a moment’s thought. Martin Luther used this expression in reference to the sectaries of his time who were carried away with the last new opinion: he said that they stared at a doctrine like a cow at a new gate.
A cow’s tail droops down, yet never drops off.
Many institutions look as if they would fall, but they have not done so yet, and they will not do so for many a year.
A cracked bell can never sound well.
A cracked bell is sure to be heard.
Everyone notices a foolish speech, though they will forget sound teaching.
A cracked bell should not be rung.
It would he well if we could keep foolish persons quiet. But who can? If they were not cracked you might quiet them, but they have not wit enough to hold their tongues.
A cracked plate will last long if handled with care.
Invalids may hold out if they are careful. Good work may be done by feeble persons, if they are prudent and prayerful.
A creaking door hangs long on its hinges.
Persons who are usually ill often live on for many years, while robust persons die suddenly. This may comfort the invalid, and be a warning to the strong.
A cripple in the right road is better than a racer in the wrong.
A cunning man is not a canny man.
One had better keep clear of him: he is too clever for the most of us — too crafty to be honest.
A day’s playing is as hard work as a day’s ploughing.
See the working-man carrying a child and a basket, steaming and sweating as he drags along. See how hard he works when he calls it holiday! The illustrations are superabundant.
A dirty tale should neither be told nor heard.
How we wish that this were carried out! If it were not told, it could not be heard; and if it were not heard, it would not be told.
A doctor and a ploughman know more than a doctor alone. A dog may look at a doctor.
But he must not dogmatize with him.
A donkey brays when he likes, because he is a donkey.
Uncouth, uneducated persons rail, and make noises without regard to others, simply because they are uncivilized beings.
A donkey may grow, but he will never be an elephant.
It is not in some men, advance as they may, to grow out of their natural folly, and arrive at any measure of sagacity.
A drinking dame:
A sight of shame!
Yet, how sadly common is such a horrible spectacle! A lady drunk!
A wife and mother tippling! The vice is equally wicked in men, but in women it wears a special shame. What heartbreak this evil is making in many a house!
A drinking man is on the road to Needham.
He will soon have need in his purse, and need in his house: his way to Needham will be short; and sure.
A drop of gin is a drop too much.
We can only say, “Drop it.”
A drowning man will catch at razors.
A man who is losing money will grumble, or speculate, or try the most shameful trick to save himself. Thus he hurts himself still more, and makes his ruin and wretchedness sure.
A drunkard’s mouth dries up his pocket.
All his money runs into the hole just below his nose.
A duck of a child grows up a goose of a man.
He is fondled and spoiled, coddled and made a fool of.
A dull morning follows a drunken night.
The poor are creature has headache and general lowness of spirits, and he tries to “get his spirits up by pouring spirits down.” He must have “a hair of the dog that bit him.” He hastens to his cups again, because he feels a cup too low. To use the popular pun: “It is champagne at night and real pain in the morning.”
A fair face may be a foul bargain.
Young men should not be carried away with mere beauty, but look to character and disposition. One who marries a woman for her beauty alone is as foolish as the man who ate a bird because it sang so sweetly.
A faithful friend is hard to find Among ten thousand of mankind.
A faithful friend loves to the end.
Where there comes an unhappy end to friendship there never was any friendship worthy of the name.
A faithful preacher is a rare creature.
And, like a diamond, as precious as he is rare.
A false promise thou must shun, ‘Tis a He and theft in one.
A false tale is a nimble foolman.
It runs everywhere, and knocks at everybody’s door long before the truth is out of bed.
A fault confessed, is half redressed.
By the confession of it, the man has begun to undo the mischief of his action. Let us hope he will redress the other half.
A fault-mender is better than a fault-finder.
A fault once excused is twice committed.
By the excuse you try to justify the wrong, and so you do it again.
By the fault you commit a trespass, but by an excuse you set up a sort of claim to a right of way; and this is a worse injury than the first offense.
A fine bonnet may cover an empty head.
When very fine and tawdry there is no doubt about it, A fine woman can do without fine clothes.
Do women dress heavily when they are ugly? They know best how much they need to set them off.
A fog will not be driven away with a fan.
Trifling acts cannot accomplish great results.
A fool and his money are soon parted.
We have heard it neatly put, “There is a proverb about a certain class of persons and their cash.”
A fool and his words are soon parted. “For so,” says Shenstone, “should the proverb run.”
A fool calls others fools.
He ought to be a judge of fools, since he is in that line himself.
Perhaps he unconsciously hopes that he may turn upon others the contempt which he half suspects is due to himself.
A fool frets to flourish fall in front.
He must be seen and noticed or he is unhappy.
A fool, if he saith he will have a crab, will not accept an apple instead.
So obstinate is he that he will not change to his own profit.
A fool in a gown is none the wiser.
The same is true of any member of All Fools’ College when he wears a square cap.
A fool in his own house will not be wise in mine.
If he does not know his own business he will not be likely to know mine one half so well. It is idle to seek or accept counsel from one who has already failed in the management of his own concerns.
A fool is a man who is wise too late.
This is a sententious and instructive definition. Alas, how many are in that condition on a dying bed!
A fool is happier thinking well of himself, than a wise man is in others thinking well of him.
No doubt a good conceit of one’s self is a primary element of the fool’s paradise in which some live. It might be a pity to undeceive some men, for they would be very unhappy, and perhaps lose some of the energy with which they get through life at present.
A fool is never wrong.
If he were not a fool he would own that he sometimes makes a mistake, but he is not sensible enough for that. Someone advertises “Sensible Boots;” would even these furnish a fool with a good understanding? Even if he should wear a wide-awake, would he get out of the dream of his personal infallibility?
A fool lingers long, but time hurries on.
Oh, that men would be prompt to seek salvation while it is called to many.’
A fool says, “I can’t;” a wise man says, “I’ll try.”
John Ploughman says: — “Once let every man say Try, Very few on straw would lie, Fewer still of want would die; Pans would have fish to fry; Pigs would fill the poor man’s sty; Want would cease, and need would fly; ‘Wives and children cease: to cry; Poor rates would not swell so high:
Things wouldn’t go so much awry — You’d be glad., and so would I.” A fool is none the wiser for having a learned grandfather.
The boast of pedigree is common, but silly.
A fool with wisdom is like a cow with a nutmeg.
He does not know what to do with it: he does not like the flavor of it: before long he drops it. But we had need be chary of what we say about fools, lest someone should reckon us among them. There is a passage which is very hard on proverb-collectors — “This formal fool, your man., speaks nought but proverbs; And speak men what they can to him he’ll answer With some rhyme-rotten sentence, or old saying, Such spokes as the ancients of the parish use.” A fool’s fortune is his misfortune.
He rushes into all the more extravagance and vice because he has the meats of paying for his pleasures. Nothing is a greater misfortune to some young men than to be born rich. Yet many fathers are hoarding that they may ruin their heirs. If a young man is to be burned, it is a pity that his father should slave to gather the faggots.
A fool’s gun is soon fired.
He has little to say, but he is in a desperate hurry to say it. In olden times they said “A fool’s bolt is soon shot.”
A fool’s heart dances on his lips.
Especially if he is what the French call “a fool of 25 carats” (the finest gold is 24 carats). Such a special, particular fool must tell out all his silly soul.
A foolish man diligently advertises his own folly.
He will talk, and talk most upon that which he should never mention for his credit’s sake.
A foolish man is generally a proud man.
A foolish woman is known by her finery.
A free-thinker is Satan’s bondsman.
A friend is easier lost than found.
A friend must bear with a friend’s infirmities.
David did not slight Mephibosheth because he was lame. Mental weaknesses, such as quick temper, fancies, peculiarities, and odd habits must be borne with if friendship is to last.
A full cup needs a steady hand.
Prosperity is not easily endured. Many make a sad spill.
A full grate should make us grateful.
A. gardener is known by his garden; Or, “As the garden so is the gardener.” Every man’s character may be seen in his work.
A. garment of sanctity is better than a gown of satin.
The beauty of holiness is a far fairer adornment than all that rich raiment can supply.
A. glutton buries himself in pudding.
And when he, does so, we may call him “a toad in a hole.”
A. good book is the best companion.
It will speak or be quiet, and it neither talks nonsense nor perpetrates folly. If love, joy, laughter, sorrow please my mind, Love, joy, grief, laughter in my books I find.
A good cat should have a good rat.
And so she will if she catches it herself. God helps those who help themselves. We all wish well to him who works well. “May the best man win!”
A good character is an estate.
Those who have lost it know what poverty it brings: they cannot even obtain a situation in width to earn their daily bread. Some are like the Irishman who, on applying for a situation, was asked for his character. “Well, sir,” said he, “my last master said he thought I should do better without my character, He was afraid it would hinder my getting a place!”
A good conscience hath good confidence.
A good conscience is a choice companion.
When others forsake, and condemn, its verdict sustains the spirit.
A good example is a powerful sermon.
A good farthing is better than a bad sovereign.
A good education is the best dowry.
A young man may lose his estate, but knowledge will stick by him, according to the old saw- “‘When land is gone and money’s spent, Then learning is most excellent.” To this Dickens added — “Though house and land he never got, Learning will give what they cannot.” A good friend is better than a near relation.
The relation may do nothing to help you, but the friend will assist if he be indeed a good friend.
A good gaper makes two gapers.
It is curious how gaping is taken up by all when one begins. Like many other things, the example is infectious, though one can hardly say why.
A good goose may have an ill gosling.
Sadly true. Good men and women may have wicked sons. David was the father of Absalom.
A good head will get itself hats.
A good head will save the feet.
A sensible person takes a practical view of things, uses a little foresight, and does two or three things at the same time, thus saving future journeys.
A good horse cannot be of a bad color.
Neither can a good man or woman be of a wrong color, family, nation, or appearance.
A good horse never lacks a saddle.
Somebody or other will employ the man of ability, character, and tact. The man needs his place, but the place also needs the man.
A good husband makes a good wife.
A gracious disposition in the one influences the other, and little faults are almost insensibly cured. The proverb is equally true in reference to the wife, but she has harder material to work upon, and sometimes she fails to make her husband what he should be.
A good layer-up should be a good. layer-out.
Hoarding is a vulgar thing which any fool may accomplish; but it needs a wise man to expend judiciously what has been saved carefully.
A good name is better than a girdle of gold.
It is more useful, more to be valued, and more ornamental.
A good recorder sets all in order.
Good accounts should be kept. Where books are neglected, affairs get into such a muddle that a man’s character for honesty can hardly be maintained, though he may have no idea of robbing any one. Remember the old saying, “If you throw all your money into the sea, yet count it before you let it go.”
A good seaman is known in bad weather.
A good thing, if thou know it - do it.
Remember the text “To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” — James 4:17..
A good thing is all the sweeter when won with pains.
A good thing is soon snatched up.
Be it a tool, a servant, a house, or a wife, there are sensible people abroad who perceive value, and hasten to appropriate it.
A good wife and health are a man’s best wealth.
A good word is as easily said as a bad one.
A good worker should have good wages.
He deserves them, and it will be to his employer’s interest to see that he has them. Never lose a good servant through bad pay.
A good-for-nothing lazy lout, Wicked within and ragged without Who can bear to have him about?
Turn him out! Turn him out!
A goose on a common is nothing uncommon.
But it soon will be unless something is done to save our commons from enclosers. ‘Well is it said: — “The law is hard on man or woman Who steals the goose from off the common, But lets the greater sinner loose Who stems the common from the goose.” A gossip and a liar are as like as two peas.
A gossip and a liar; Like as bramble and briar.
A gossip in a village is like a viper in a bed.
A gossip is the heifer match of the village.
She is for ever setting it on a blaze with her tongue, which is like the tongue mentioned by the apostle James, “set on fire of hell.”
There is no end to the evil of an evil tongue.
A gracious eye Will soon espy God’s hand as nigh. “He who notices providences,” says Flavel, “will not be long without a providence to notice.”
A grain of grace is better than a mint of gold.
A grateful man is a rare bird.
Yes, he is almost as rare as a phoenix. How often does charity receive an ungrateful return: But we must not be discouraged, for we are bound to give our alms for Christ’s sake, and not to purchase thanks.
A great cage does not make a bird sing.
Large possessions bring great cares, and these too often silence songs of praise.
A great city is a great wilderness.
There is no such absolute loneliness as that which many have felt in London. It is “a great and terrible wilderness” to those who have not found friends. All Christians should remember this, and make holy homes for strangers.
A great man’s blunders are great blunders.
When a whale makes a splash it is a great splash. A man of distinguished capacity and position does everything right or wrong upon a large scale.
A guilty conscience needs no accusing.
A. half-paid servant is not half a servant.
He is tempted to steal to make up his wages, and he has no heart or spirit for his work, because he feels himself injured.
A hammer of gold will not open the gate of heaven.
Money opens many of the gates of earth, for bribery is rife; but it has no power in the world to come. Money is more eloquent than ten members of parliament, but it cannot prevail with the Great Judge.
A handful of common-sense is worth a heap of learning.
Learning of a certain kind, which does not really cultivate the man, may make its possessor magnificently ridiculous, so that the simplest ploughman may perceive his shortness of wit. Hazlitt says, “Learning is the knowledge of that which is not generally known to others, and which we can only derive at second hand from books or other artificial sources. The knowledge of that which is before: as, or about us, which appeals to our experience, passions, and pursuits, to the bosoms and businesses of men, is not learning.
Learning is the knowledge of that which none but the learned know. The learned man prides himself in the knowledge of names and dates, not of men or things, He thinks and cares nothing about his next door neighbors, but he is deeply read in the tribes and curates of the Hindoos and Calmue Tartars. He can hardly find his way into the next street, though he is acquainted with the exact dimensions of Constantinople and Pekin.”
A handful of holy life is worth a ton of tall talk.
This may with advantage be remembered by very pious persons whose godliness is from the lips outwards. “Dr. Lathrop was a man of generous piety, but much opposed to the noisy zeal that seeketh the praise of man. A young divine, who was much given to enthusiastic cant, one day said to him, ‘ I)o you suppose you have any real religion? ’ ‘None to speak of, ’ was the excellent reply.”
A handsome woman is soon dressed.
She does not require such careful setting off. She is “most adorned when unadorned the most.”
A happy breast is better than a full purse.
A happy new heart brings a happy new year.
A headless army will win no victories.
It will be divided and dispirited. There must be a captain. How well it is that Got has sent one to be “a Leader and a Commander to the people.” The church conquers when she keeps to Jesus as her Captain and King.
A hasty man is seldom out of trouble.
He is constantly offending some one or other, and picking quarrels right and left. He boils over, and scalds himself.
A healthy size for a man is exercise.
A heavy shower is soon over.
We may in this way derive comfort from the severity of our troubles, and even from the abundance of the opposition which we encounter. Men who are very furious in their anger are often persons whose passion subsides as quickly as it rises.
A hedge-hog is a poor bed-fellow.
And so are bad tempered people, especially Mrs. Candle.
A hen with one chick seems mighty busy.
Some persons make as much fuss about little as others do who have ten times their work.
A hog in a parlor thinks himself in a sty.
A man taken from low society behaves himself according to his upbringings.
A hog in a silk waistcoat is still a hog.
Circumstances do not alter a man’s nature, nor even his manners.
A hog is always thinking of mash.
Low-minded men think of nothing but their base pursuits and sordid gains. Another form of this proverb is — “The little pig is thinking Of eating and drinking.” A hog upon trust grunts till he is paid for.
I wish he did. Some people can stand a lot of grunting before they will pay for the pig. Debtors would seem to be deaf as posts.
A hogshead of wine turns men into swine.
And so will less than a hogshead turn many hogs’ heads.
A holy man is a whole man.
Holiness is another word for wholeness of soul and life.
A holy Sunday brings a happy Monday.
A horse may have firm feet, and yet stumble.
There is no wonder that men stumble if horses do, for we have only two feet to keep us up.
A horse may stumble badly, and yet he may not fall.
Truly good and upright men may be tempted. “As for me,” said David, “my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.”
A horse will not attempt to fly; It knows its powers, and so should I.
This would keep many out of the pulpit who are now as much out of place in it as if a salmon should climb a tree.
A hundred years hence we shall all be bald.
Our skull will be bare as the palm of our hand when it has lain a little while in the grave. What’s the use of making much of trifles which will soon come to an end? So also we may see the folly of those who glory in their luxuriant tresses.
A hundred years of regret Pay not a farthing of debt.
Yet people say — they are sorry that they cannot pay. What’s the good of that? Why did they take the goods when they knew they could not pay for them?
A hungry belly has no ears.
There is no reasoning with a starving creature; feed him. Appeal to his stomach first, and then deal with his conscience.
A hungry horse makes a clean manager.
Boys eat without daintiness when they really need food. Persons who are spiritually hungry are good hearers, and feed with delight upon what they hear.
A hungry man is an angry man.
Never collect subscriptions before dinner, for you will get nothing.
A jealous man has nettles in his own bed.
A journey of a thousand miles is begun with a step.
Beware of despising small beginnings. Some men never arrive at usefulness because they are not satisfied to begin in a small way, and proceed by a step at a time.
A kind face is a beautiful face.
Even a plain countenance is made absolutely charming when a kind disposition lights it up.
A lad who is not taught to work is trained to steal.
A lame foot may tread the right road.
Many a feeble-minded one is following Christ as best he can, and he shall be found safe at the last.
A lark paid for is better than a turkey on tick.
When will the system of taking credit come to an end? It is fire parent of many evils. It ought to be most of all distasteful to those who remember the score behind the door, or the long account in the tradesman’s books. A little that is my own is better than great things which belong to my tailor, or my furniture-dealer, and not to me.
A lawyer is a cat that is called in to help mice to settle their quarrels.
We cannot resist the suggestion to insert the old, well-worn story.
We take it from Legal Facetiae, but we have seen it elsewhere. An opulent farmer applied about a law-suit to an attorney, who told him he could not undertake it, being already engaged on the other side. At the same time, he said that he would give him a. letter of recommendation to a professional friend, which he did. The farmer, out of curiosity, opened it, and read as follows: — “Here are two fat wethers fallen out together, If you’ll fleece; one, I’ll fleece the other, And make ‘em agree like brother and brother.” The farmer carried this epistle to the person with whom he was at variance. Its perusal cured both parties, and terminated the dispute.
A lazy boy and a warm bed are hard to part.
Solomon describes the sluggard as begging for a little more sleep.
Very unpleasant on a Frosty morning was the cry, “Now, you boys, get up!”
A lazy man is the devil’s footman.
He is prepared to commit any evil which may come in his way; he is waiting for Satan’s orders, and is wearing his livery.
A lazy man is the thief’s brother.
A lazy man is tinder for the sparks of temptation.
A lazy man makes himself more work by his laziness.
He adopts shifts to save himself trouble; and as these do not answer, it costs him ten times more to do the thing than if he had set about it in the right way at first.
A lazy man shall not be my lady’s man.
She will be very unwise to favor such a worthless boy, however fair his looks may be. The only time in which laziness was had in honor was in the three hundredth year of the reign of Queen Dick.
A lazy man tempts Satan to tempt him.
A lazy spirit is a losing spirit.
It loses time, profit, reputation, everything. It would seem that the lazy man also loses his soul, for old Dr. Dwight said: — “Among all those, who, within my knowledge, have appeared to become sincerely penitent and reformed, I recollect only a single lazy man; and this man became industrious from the moment of his apparent, and, I doubt not, real conversion.”
A leaden sword in an ivory scabbard is still lead.
You cannot make a man of one who is no man, though you may make him a magistrate, or a minister, or an emperor.
A lean compromise is better than a fat law-suit.
You will lose less by it, and have less worry and care. Remember the quaint old parable of the two people who went to law over an oyster. The Court awarded them a shell each, and the lawyers ate the oyster. The litigants would have been gainers if they had each eaten half of the oyster; that is to say, if it was fresh.
A liar is not believed when he speaks the truth.
A liar is sooner caught than a cripple.
He trips himself up. The further he goes, the more sure is he to throw himself down by self-contradiction.
A liar never believes other people.
Of course he does not, for he judges them by himself.
A lie has no legs, and cannot stand; but it has broad wings, and flies far.
A lie is a lie, whatever name you call it by.
An untruth a day old is called a lie, a year old it is called a falsehood, a century old it is called a legend: but the nature of a false statement is not altered by age.
A lie which is half true is doubly a lie.
It has more power to deceive people than if it were altogether false.
Crafty slanderers never make their libels smell too strongly of lies, for then they would be known at once to be false. The devil likes to lay his lies asoak for a while in the oil of truth, for this gives them a savor of probability.
A light heart can bear heavy burdens.
A light heart lives long, but a new heart lives for ever.
A little bird only wants a little nest.
If we were not so great in our own esteem, contentment would be easier work; for we should be the little bird with its little nest. Goldsmith was right when he wrote: — “Man wants but little here below, |Nor wants that little long.” A “little drop” may lead to a great fall.
Why do men always say they took “just a drop?” What a drop in their character and circumstances that drop has often caused! In fact it is “the little drop” which leads on to the fatal drop: many would never have been murderers if it had not been for the drink.
A little each day is much in a year.
A little explained, a little endured, A little forgiven, the quarrel is cured.
A little fore-talk may save much after-talk.
Let the bargain, or agreement, be clearly understood that there may be no after contention. Let counsel be carefully taken that there may be no need for regret. Better meet thrice for consultation than once for lamentation.
A little gall spoils a great deal of honey.
A few angry words have embittered the friendship of a life. A few bitter sentences have destroyed the usefulness of a sweet sermon, and even of a sweet life.
A little help is worth a deal of pity. “Ah, thank’ee, neighbor,” said a perspiring sheep-driver the other day, to one who hooted away his flock from going down a wrong road, — ‘‘Thank’ee — a little help is worth a deal o’ pity!”
A little leak may sink a great ship.
A little love is better than a lump of learning.
A little man may cast a long shadow.
Though his talents are small, his influence may be great. A holy life may tell upon a wide circle, and prove a blessing to many generations.
A little mouse can creep into a great stack.
Yes, we may feed upon the great promises of God, and the great doctrines of grace.
A little mouse can help a great lion.
How often have the champions of the gospel been cheered by lowly believers!
A little oil may save a deal of friction.
Just a kind word and a yielding manner, and anger and complaining will be avoided.
A little pack serves a little pedlar.
Small possessions and humble positions should satisfy us.
A little pot is soon hot.
Small minds are quickly in a passion. A good woman, troubled by a quick temper, was helped to overcome the evil by reading this proverb in “John Ploughman’s Almanac.” She said that it was like a text of Scripture to her, for often she heard in her ear the words “Little pot, soon hot;’’ she grew ashamed of her irritability, and conquered it.
A little sin is a great folly.
A little spark shines in the dark.
A little stone in the shoe may lame the pilgrim.
A small scruple of conscience may render life sadly uneasy. If we are not quite sure that a thing is right, we should have nothing to do with it. It may seem a trifle, but conscience does not trifle with trifles; or if it does, it is greatly hurt thereby.
A little too late is too much too late, Punctuality is an important duty, and we ought to be ashamed if we are five minutes behind the promised time.
A little wariness may save great weariness.
By forethought, contrivance, and arrangement much care and labor may be saved.
A living rabbit is better than a dead elephant.
Another form of the proverb, “A living dog is better than a dead lion.” The least life is preferable to the most bulky form of death.
A Loan Society is mostly a fool-trap. Do not be caught in it.
A Loan Society: let it alone.
These advises arise out of our own observation. We have seen too often the wretched end of a loan which, like Napoleon’s war with Germany, was taken up with a light heart, but ended in disappointment and ruin. A loan of this sort has often proved a millstone about the borrower’s neck.
A lock stops a thief; but what can stop a liar?
What indeed but a shovelful of grave-digger’s earth? David says: “The mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.” Psalm 63:11.
The sooner the better.
A loose tooth and a fickle friend are two evils.
The sooner we are clear of them the better: but who likes the wrench?
A loud horn may play a poor tone.
It generally does. Loudness is a foe to melody, He who blows his own trumpet with great vehemence is almost always a fraud.
A loveless life is a living death.
For to love is to live, Our laureate ,says: — “Tis better to have loved and lost, Than never to have loved at all.” A mad parson makes a mad parish.
For good or for bad the shepherd affects the flock. One wonders if that clergyman was of this kind of whom we read that a thief stole his linen, and he offered a reward for the discovery of the offender, whereupon the following verse was written at the bottom of one of the bills: — “Some thief has stolen the parson’s shirts To skin nought could be nearer:
The parish will give five hundred pounds To him who steals the wearer.”
A man beyond his line is never like to shine.
When the cobbler leaves his last he also quits his awl, and is all at sea.
What can a man do well when he quits his own business, and takes to an occupation of which he knows nothing?
A man brings the stones, but the woman builds them into the wall.
A man cannot prosper till he gets his wife’s leave.
She must practice economy, or all his earnings will insensibly melt away. “A man may spare, And still be bare, If his wife be newt, if his wife be newt; But a man may spend, And have money to lend, If his wife be owt, if his wife be owt.” A man had better have his hands in his own pockets than in other people’s.
Persons usually put their hands into their pockets because there is nothing else there, and nature abhors a vacuum; but hands in another man’s pocket are engaged in creating a vacuum, and that is a crime against both natural and national law.
A man had need be a great philosopher to bear toothache patiently.
A man in debt is caught in a net.
Some never get out of it: they do not pay any one, and yet they live on, like Tom Farbehind, of whom we read: — “His last debt paid, poor Tom’s no more.
Last debt! Tom never paid a debt before.” A man is known by the company he shuns, Quite as much as by the company he keeps.
A man is not bad because a viper bites him.
Excellent persons are liable to be assailed by malicious slanderers, who, because of their serpent nature, take delight in attacking the good. An apostle once had a viper fasten upon his hand, but he shook it off into the fire, and it did him no harm.
A man is only the head, a good wife is the crown.
Solomon is our authority for this. — Proverbs 12:4.
A man may be a fool and not know it.
Indeed it is generally the case that he is not aware of his own folly.
If he did know it, he would not be a fool any longer.
A man may be a great divine and yet have no religion.
A man may dig his grave with his teeth.
Gluttons, bons vivants, and even careless eaters may commit suicide while eating.
A man may drown himself in a quart pot.
Have you not seen it done?
A man may tell a lie ‘till he believes it.
And this is often done. We have heard persons tell tales which we are sure are not true. Those stories have altered year after year to our knowledge, but the narrators are quite sure of their accuracy.
They have told the story so often that they have persuaded themselves into a firm faith in it.
A man may threaten and yet be afraid.
A man may wear out a suit of clothes, but a suit at law may wear a man out.
Such is the law’s delay that the Court of Chancery is as great a trier of patience as was Satan in the case of Job. Among the Jews, judgment-seats were placed at the gates of cities, intimating quick dispatch, that causes should not wait so long as to become old and grey-headed, nor the client be forced to say to his lawyer what Balaam’s ass said to his master: “Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day?”
A man of kindness, to his beast is kind, A brutal action shows a brutish mind.
A man of many professions has but few profits.
A man of many trades begs his bread on Sunday.
A man of many trades lives on short commons.
He is so deficient and inefficient that; he never gets on. Being Jackof- all-trades he is master of none, and can do nothing properly. As soon as he is known his customers; are gone.
A man of prayer is a man of power.
But he must not be .of the same kind as the Berkshire farmer who said, “It was no use praying for rain as long as the wind was in the north.”
A man of silence is a man of sense.
Even if he has no other sense he acts sensibly when he keeps quiet.
He has at least sense enough to conceal his want of it.
A man of snow is soon dissolved, and so is a man of flesh.
Such is our mortality, that flesh is like snow. Erskine, in comparing himself to his pipe, says: — “Thou’rt even snob, Gone with a touch.” A man of words, and not of deeds Is like a garden full of weeds.
A man who can do everything can do nothing. “I’m of no trade, but I cart turn my hand to anything,” is a remark we often hear; and those who talk so are of no manner of use to anybody. There are exceptions enough to prove the rule.
A man who does nothing never has time to do anything.
If you want work done, go to the man who is already fully occupied. This is unkind advice so far as he is concerned, but sound for all that. Of what use will it be to seek help from a man who has nothing to do? He for certain will continue to do nothing.
A man who is never spoken of is never abused.
This is one of the sweet uses of obscurity: it helps one to a quiet life. An eminent person saved his life during the French revolution by keeping in the background. The proverb also implies that everybody is abused more or less. Like rain, it falls on everybody ’s field, sooner or later.
A man who will not flee will make his foes flee.
He only will move the world who will not let the world move him.
Stand against those whom you withstand, and in a short time they will not stand, against you.
A man will never change his mind if he has no mind to change.
There are plenty of the latter sort, whose minds, if they had a hundred of them, could dance on the point of a needle; and. these must for ever do what their grandfather’s grandmother did. As it was in the beginning, it ever shall be with them.
A man with long curls we reckon with girls.
We look upon him as effeminate, and rightly so.
A man without courage is a knife without an edge.
He will never cut his way to success.
A man without manners is a bear in boots.
We have seen the sign of the “Goat in Boots,” and could never make out its meaning. We have seen the “Bear in Boots,” and we have no desire to renew our acquaintance with the animal.
A man you’ll mind whom none have said a fault on, When you on swallows’ tails have laid the salt on.
A man’s best fortune, or his worst, is his wife.
A man’s purse will never be bare, If he knows when to buy, to spend, and to spare.
A man’s tongue should never be larger than his hand.
He should not say more than he can do, nor promise more than he can perform.
A man’s wife is either his crown or his cross. “Of earthly good, the best is a good wife, A bad — the bitterest curse of human life.” A mask is an instrument of torture to a true man.
He hates all disguise; he wishes to be known and read of all men.
A merry heart goes all the day, Your sad tires in a mile a’.
A mewing cat is a bad mouser.
Talkers are seldom doers. It is a catastrophe when a cat forsakes his proper calling to become a vocalist. This is the sort of gentleman of whom the muse has mowed or sung — “He never caught a rat or mouse, But practiced all the long night through, To walk about from house to house And see what woe his wail could do.” A mischievous dog must be tied short.
Persons who injure others must have their power limited.
A miser hoards much, but it comes to nothing.
Thus the Chinese say: — “He hoards to-day; he hoards to-morrow; does nothing else but hoard:
At length he has enough a new umbrella to afford When all at once he is assailed — a wind arises quick, And both his hands grasp nothing but a new umbrella stick.” A miser is a rich pauper.
Such men as Dancer and Elves were much worse off than common beggars. One said of a miser: — “They call’d him rich, I deem’d thee poor, Since if thou dared’st not use thy store; But saved it only for thy heirs, The treasure was not his, but theirs.” A miser is like a hog, of no use till he is dead.
Many are hoping that he will cut up well. Our societies could do very well with a side of such bacon.
A miser lives poor that he may die rich.
A mother, I ween, Is at home a queen.
A mother’s breath is always sweet.
In life she is a man’s best comforter. When she is gone, her memory is fragrant.
A mother’s mission lies at home.
If she remembers this she will not roam.
A new broom is good for three days.
Admirers are fickle: they want a change continually. The best only suit them for nine days at the outside.
A new gospel is no gospel.
For what is true is not new, and what is new in theology is not true. “‘Tell me the old, old story.” A new heart creates a new life.
And nothing else will do it thoroughly and permanently.
A new lip without a new life is little worth.
Affectations of pious talk are worse than useless.
A new net does not tempt an old bird.
But it catches a good many young ones, and even old ones are only safe because they .are aware of the danger.
A nice dog can give a nasty bite.
Very sweet-spoken men can say slanderous things. You fancy that butter would not melt in their mouths; but you soon find that in proportion to the softness of their oil is the sharpness of their sword.
A nimble ninepence beats a slow shilling.
Quickness in trade is a great thing. The oftener the capital is turned over, the better. “Small profits and quick returns” is a good motto.
A- nine days’ wonder: and then kick’d under. “He went up like a rocket, and came down like a stick.” Puffed and advertised for a time, and then despised and ridiculed. “This is the fate of not a few:
Will they do the same with you?” A nip now, and a nip then, will be the death of many men.
We have many such nippers in London, who are always at it, and are earning themselves a drunkard’s guilt and a drunkard’s grave.
A noble animal — a pig in a poor man’s sty.
What would Paddy do without him? In this country the black pig is a far nobler animal than the Red Lion.
A nod from a lord is a breakfast for a fool, Flunkeyism is enough to make one sick; yet there’s plenty of it. I remember a good man who never made a speech without bringing in “the noble earl.” One gloried that he was once spoken to by a prince. “And what did he say?” He shouted to me, “Out of the way there!”
A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse.
As he can see nothing at all it matters not how you try to direct him. Plenty of men are equally hard to guide.
A northern air Brings weather fair.
The north wind may be cold, but it driveth away rain, and so it hath its virtues for dwellers in towns.
A nose that can smell a rat Should be found on every cat.
And every man should have enough power of discrimination to know when deadly error is being preached, or a trick is being played by statesmen, or a cheat is attempted by tradesmen.
A pack of cards is the devil’s Prayer-book.
A parliament of dogs breaks up with a fight.
In some human parliaments the same result is nearly realized.
A parson should not drive a grey horse.
Because the hair comes off and shows on his black coat. Our company and our pursuits should be congruous to our calling.
A pearl among pebbles is still a pearl.
Good people found among the lowest of the low are none the worse because of the adversity which brought them there. Joseph in Egypt still enjoyed the favor of God.
A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom.
It would seem to be good for the crops that this month should be dry. The old saw puts it — “March dust is a thing Worth ransom of a king.” A pendulum travels much, but it only goes a tick at a time.
Much comfort is in this. We may yet survive for fifty years, but we shall only have to live a day at a time, and therefore we need not forestall the future, but; “do the next thing.”
A penny is a debt as true As if ten thousand pounds were due.
Little sums are apt to be forgotten, but the principle involved in leaving them unpaid is the same as knavery in larger amounts.
A penny-weight of love is better than a hundred-weight of law.
Try it if there is a feud in your family.
A place for everything and everything in its place.
A capital motto to put up in places of business. Have it printed on a card, and hang it on the wall.
A ploughman doesn’t stick for a little mud.
Neither should a Christian worker give up work because his finer feelings are hurt, or because some one abuses him.
A ploughman is known by his furrow.
His work shows what kind of ploughman he is.
A poor man’s debt makes a great noise.
Tens of thousands due from nobility are scarcely mentioned, but a laborer’s score is chatted about among his neighbors.
A pound of idleness weighs twenty ounces.
That is to say, it is more heavy and burdensome than anything else.
Doing nothing is hard work.
A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.
Resolution will bring the success which the believer in luck gapes for in vain.
A prejudiced man puts out his own eyes.
He refuses to see the other side of the question. His judgment is blinded by his own willfulness, and this is the worst of blindness.
A priest in the confessional is a fox with a goose.
A promise is a debt thin; we may not forget.
A proud heart in a poor breast Gives its owner little rest.
Especially when the poor but dishonest one is “rustling in unpaidfor silks” Better poor and pious than poor and proud.
A proud man is always a foolish man.
For there is really no justifiable cause for the conceited feelings which he indulges. he needs to listen to Cowper ’s advice: — “Be aware of too sublime a sense Of your own worth and consequence.” A purse with piece or two of gold Makes a man in dealing bold.
He has ready money to pay with, and is not forced to give way to the exactions of those who think him needy.
A quarrelsome man never lacks words.
He turns the answers of his opponents into fresh texts, upon which he preaches disputation. He nags, and nags, and nags.
A ragged colt may make a good horse.
Let us hope well for some of the ragged colts in our streets and lanes: there are enough of them, and they are ragged enough.
A ready penny is as good a friend as any.
A red nose is a danger signal.
Have you not heard of the inn with the sign of “The Mortal Man?”
It was once kept by Mrs. Sarah Burton, and it had on the one side the question — “O mortal man, that liv’st by bread, What makes thy nose and cheeks so red?” On the other tide was the answer- “Thou silly man, that looks so pale, It’s drinking Sally Burton’s ale.” Just so. The victims rejoice in signs which mark mischief. Their noses seem to be beautiful to themselves, when to others they are sorrowful signs that the mortal man is hastening on his mortality.
A red nose oft looks down on ragged clothes. “What pearls and rubies does the drink disclose!
How poor the purse! But, oh, how rich the nose!” A rich man may make a poor husband.
Better to have a treasure in the man than with the man.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
This is the home-lover’s reason for stopping for ever in his native village. There is some reason in it, for frequent and freakish changes hinder prosperity, A rose among nettles is none the less a rose.
A rotten apple spoils its neighbor.
Such is the power of evil example. “One sickly sheep infests the flock, And poisons all the rest.” A Sabbath’s rest blesses the rest of the week.
A scolding wife and crowing hen, I could not wish to hear again.
A scold’s tongue is a razor which sharpens by use.
A Scotch mist will wet an Englishman to the skin.
What is sport to one may be death to another, as the frogs said when the boys pelted them with stones. We have often heard the weather in the Highlands spoken, of as “a little soft” when we thought it was pouring with rain. When you once get used to a thing you hardly notice it.
A. servant is best discovered by his master’s absence.
That is to say, he is found out by what he does when his master goes out, and leaves him to himself. Then you see whether he is honest and industrious, or the reverse.
A sheep may get fat in a small meadow.
A tradesman may grow rich in a little shop.
A sheep should not fire of carrying its own wool.
He is a lazy man who complains of the weight of his clothes, the toils of his trade: or the natural care of his own family.
A. shilling is well spent to save a pound.
A ship with no captain will reach no port.
Somebody must be at the head, or everything will be a failure.
A. ship with two captains is soon wrecked.
Divided authority is nearly as bad as none at all.
A short cut is often the longest way. Experientia docet! When over the shoes in mud down some wonderful lane, which was warranted to be a short cut, how one has wished that he had kept to the roundabout road!
A shower in Jiffy, When the corn begins to fill, Is worth a yoke of oxen and all that goes there till.
A. silent man’s words cannot be quoted against him.
A. silver hammer breaks an iron door.
Men everywhere seem open to bribes, and tips, and gifts. Miserable sign of the times!
A silver sofa cannot cure the sick.
Wealth cannot purchase ease or health.
A single penny fairly got Is worth a thousand that are not.
A sitting hen gets no barley.
This is the Australian’s answer to those who speak against emigration. If you want a living, you must go after it.
A slanderer is a cur that will bite to the bone.
Like a mad dog, he leaves venom in the wound which may drive the sufferer to madness.
A slothful hand makes a slender estate.
A slothful man is the beggar’s brother.
And the beggar will hardly own him until it is time to go to bed.
A slovenly farmer’s hedge is full of gaps.
So is it with all poor work: it is useless because it is so imperfect that it does not answer its purpose.
A small horse is all the easier groomed.
If we have little, we have the less to take care of.
A small house is big enough for love.
In great mansions form and state tend to damp the warmth of affection. I have seen over a little house in Italy the inscription, Domus Parva, Quies Magna — A little house and great quiet.
A smoky house and a scolding wife Are the two worst evils of our life. “All the injuries of the heavens, of the sun’s heat, of the wind’s blowing, of the snow’s coldness, of the rain’s wetting, are rather to be endured than the fiery-scorching, fierce-blowing, cold-biting, loud-thundering showers of this terrestrial dog-star.” — Jermin .
A soft heart needs a hard head..
Otherwise sympathy will run away with a man, and lead him into foolish actions. Judgment must sway the feelings, and keep them in their right place, or harm will be done where good was intended.
A sore-eyed person should newer be an oculist.
He will not recommend his business, nor be likely to do what is needed with the eyes of others.
A sore horse does not like to be curried.
Men who are wrong do not wish to be reproved.
A sparrow in the hand is better than a pigeon on the wing.
A sparrow may fly as high as it will, But it must remain a sparrow still.
So a person may soar aloft in outward show, and in high pretense, but it makes no difference to the man’s real self. .A spoonful of vinegar will sour much sweet milk.
Don’t supply that vinegar. Believe John Ploughman , and don’t test his statement.
A stiff breeze sweeps the cobwebs out of the sky.
Much of stagnant mischief is removed by great stirs among mankind. Theological and political breezes are as healthy as storms in the natural world.
A stitch in time saves ninety-nine.
A stone that is fit for the wall will not long be left in the way.
A place will soon be found for a person who is fit for it.
A story and a ball of snow Gather substance as they go.
The narrative which follows may not be literally true, but it may serve as a specimen of the evolution of a sensational story: — “The servant of No. 1 told the servant of No. 2 that her master expected his old friends, the Baileys, to pay him a visit shortly; and No. 2 told No. 3 that No. 1 expected to have the Barleys in the house every day; and No. 3 told No. 4 that it was all up with No. 1, for they could not keep the bailiffs out: whereupon No. 4 told No. 5 that the officers were after No. 1, and it was as much as he could do to prevent himself being taken in execution, and that it was nearly killing his poor dear wife; and so it went on increasing and increasing until it got to NO. 32, who confidently assured the last, No. 33, that the Bow Street officers had taken up the gentleman who lived at No. 1 for killing his poor dear wife with arsenic, and it was confidently hoped and expected that he would be executed!”
A strong-minded woman should not be a wrong-minded woman.
Surely this is the sort of woman of whom it was written upon the Dane John Monument at Canterbury: — “Where is the man who has the power and skill To stem the torrent of a woman’s will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend on’t; And if she won’t she won’t, and there’s an end on’t.” A strong will walk through a wall.
No difficulty can hinder the man of firm resolution.
A swallow comes and a swallow flies, Our summer friend the winter tries.
A swarm of bees in May is worth a lead of hay.
The earlier in the season the bees gather together, the more time they will have for collecting a good supply of honey.
A. tale-hearer is brother to a tale bearer.
Indeed, if there were no hearers of tales, none would bear them.
The receiver is as bad as the gossip.
A tame tiger is still a tiger.
If nature is restrained and not; renewed, its sinful propensities will break out sooner or later.
A tame tongue is a rare bird.
One wishes these birds would multiply till they were as numerous as sparrows.
A thief thinks every man steals.
A thorn in the bush is worth two in the hand.
We should think so. Who wants thorns in the hand? Some fret a good deal over troubles which have not yet happened to them, and may never be so.
A thousand probabilities do not make one truth.
A thrifty wife is better than a great income.
A thriving cheat ‘tis rare to meet.
Somehow or ether, money badly gotten does not come to much, nor make the getter rich for long.
A ton of crack won’t fill a sack.
A tradesman must be self-made or never made.
He must stick to his business, and get on by his own energy, or he will not prosper for any length of time.
A tree that is often transplanted bears little fruit.
A good argument against needless changes.
A velvet slipper cannot cure the gout.
Another version of “A silver sofa cannot cure the sick.” Wealth cannot purchase immunity from disease. Remember the painful case of the late German Emperor Frederick.
A virtuous woman is a splendid prize; A bad — the greatest curse beneath the skies.
A wager is a fool’s argument.
He does not pretend to prove his statements, but bawls out, “I’ll bet you a pound on it,” which is neither sense nor reason.
A watched pot boileth not.
It is noticeably so that, if we long for a thing, and watch for it with anxiety: it seems all the longer in coming.
A weather-cock is a poor chicken.
He who changes his opinions to suit the prevailing current is a being of small value. In fact, a weather-cock is not a cock at all, but a mere creature of the wind, the obedient slave of every wandering breeze.
A whispered lie is just as wrong As one that thunders loud and long.
In fact, the meanness of the whispering adds to its wickedness.
A white devil does double mischief. Beware!
Putting on the form of an angel of light, the prince of darkness gets advantage over men. Error is terrible when it professes to be a purer form of Christianity.
A white glove often hides a dirty hand.
Deceitful professions are used to conceal base actions.
A wife, domestic, good, and pure, Like snail should keep within her door; But not, like snail, with silver track, Place all her wealth upon her back.
A wife should husband her husband’s money.
He brings the money home, but she must lay it out, or lay it up.
A willful man had need be a wise man.
Otherwise he is sure to do many rash things, and bring harm upon himself and others.
A willing mind makes a light foot.
A willing soldier will soon find a sword.
Where there’s a will there’s a weapon.
A wise head makes a still tongue.
A wise man knows his own want of wisdom.
This is a sure token of his wisdom, A wise man may often learn from a fool.
The ignorant man often blunders out absurdities which suggest new views, and on some one point he may happen to be better informed than the cultured man.
A wise man thinks twice before he speaks once.
And, after the twice thinking:, it often happens that he does not speak the once.
A woman jumps at conclusions Where a man limps towards them.
She may not be always right; but when you go against your wife’s opinion, you will generally be wrong. Woman has a quick instinct in many things in which man has a slow reasoning.
A woman strong in flounces is weak in brains.
A word once out flies much about, Words are like thistle-down, and no one knows where they will go, and what will grow of them. “Keep the door of thy mouth.”
A word whispered is heard afar.
A. wound to be healed must be little handled.
A quarrel which you wish to end should be little talked about.
A year begins well if we begin it with God.
A young man idle is an old man needy.
All chance of making provision for old age was thrown away, and so he sits in the workhouse, and talks of his hard fate.
A YY man will beware of the three vowels, I O U.
If all men were wise enough to avoid such bits of paper it would save much trouble.
A Y Z may wear a C D hat.
Nobody objects to any hat which covers a wise head; but the owner of such a caput seldom cares to wear anything which is objectionable.
Absence of body is sometimes better than presence of mind.
As, for instance, in a railway accident.
Adam’s ale is the best brew.
Water as a drink hurts no one. Try it! ‘Tis the drink that never makes drunkards, ‘Tis the cup that never makes sad; The friend and the help of the toiler — It makes every humble home glad.
Acquaint yourselves with yourselves.
Yet is the command better, “Acquaint now thyself with God, and be at peace.” — Job 22:21.
Add pence to pence, for wealth comes hence.
Add odd to odd: and it makes even.
The net result of many trials may be our lasting benefit. Losses added to losses may leave a clear gain as the result.
Adversity has slain her thousands; prosperity her ten thousands.
Advice to a thirsty soul. Try coffee.
Advice to persons about to fight. Don’t!
Advice when most needed is least heeded.
Persons usually come for it when their minds are made up, and some even think you their enemy if you suggest that their way is not the best. A French cure was wont to tell persons who came for advice about marriage to listen to the bells. Of course the bells said, “Make haste and get married.” Some months after, when the spouse had turned out a shrew, the husband came to upbraid the priest for leading him into trouble. But the priest bade him give more attention, for he had misunderstood the bells. The man listened, and heard the bells distinctly say, “Never get married.” So is it, that people take only such advice as suits their inclinations.
Advise none to marry, or to go to law.
As to marriage, it is as the case may be; but as for law, it is said to be to the litigant what the poulterer is to the goose: it plucks him, and it draws him. Here the simile ends, for the litigant, unlike the goose, never gets trust (trussed), although he may be roasted and dished. — Legal Facetiae, by John Willock.
Advise with your pillow.
Don’t be in a hurry. Turn the business over, and look at it from all points. When you are cool, you will judge better than in the heat of anxiety. The placing of your head on the pillow, and there considering the ins and outs of a matter, may save you from being feather-brained.
Affection has its share of affliction.
A tender heart is sure to endure pain. The French say, “Aimer n ’est pas sans amer. ” — “Love is not without its bitterness.” Even the highest form of affection — love to God and holiness — involves a measure of suffering.
After a tempest comes a calm; After a feast full often harm.
After rain sunshine; after sunshine rain, The same thing over and over again.
Thus life is made up of many stages; and no state, be it bright or clouded, will always continue.
After the cup of affliction comes the cup of consolation.
After the Lord Mayor’s coach comes the dust-cart.
So after a fine speech comes a lot of twaddle. How often, after a great life, comes a miserable failing off!
Against threescore have something in store.
This is not the taking thought for to-morrow which is forbidden, but a wise forethought, of which God himself sets us an example in the provision which he makes for the wants of his creatures, giving them in summer supplies for the coming winter.
Alas! Alas! Wise men pass a dressy lass.
The Alas! is for the dressy lass who hoped to catch a husband by her fine array, and saw all the men worth having turning away from her.
All are not friends that speak thee fair.
No: flatterers are abroad who make a market of vain minds.
All are not hunters that blow the horn.
They would like to be thought so, but we know better.
All are not merry that dance lightly.
Heavy hearts are often concealed beneath the pretense of gaiety. “Almost” never shoots a cock-sparrow.
The half-hearted man does nothing. He is always going to do much, but it ends in mere proposing, and comes to nothing. A life which lingers on the verge of something, but never comes to anything, is most ridiculous.
Almost saved will be altogether lost.
It must be so, for, as Henry Smith says in his sermon, “Almost a son is a bastard; almost sweet, is unsavory; almost hot, is lukewarm, which God spueth out of his mouth (Revelation 3:16).
He which believeth almost, believeth not, but doubteth. Can the door which is but almost shut keep out the thief? Can the cup which is but almost whole hold any wine? Can the ship which is but almost sound keep out water? The soldier which doth but almost fight is a coward. The servant which doth but almost labor is a loiterer. Believest thou almost? ‘Be it unto thee,’ saith Christ, ‘as thou believest.’ Therefore, if thou believest, thou shalt be saved; if thou believest almost, thou shalt be saved almost.”
Almsgiving harms no living; yet; charity is a rarity. ‘Always at it” wins the day.
Perseverance conquers every difficulty by its dogged determination.
He that will not be beaten cannot be beaten. He who keeps on pegging away will do it sooner or later. Always do your best; angels do no more.
Always drinking, always dry.
It is evident that thirst is not quenched by drinking beer and spirits.
Drinking men have a spark in their throats which barrels of beer could not put out. Like snipes they live by suction. They have always a reason for another pint;. Some drink because they’re wet, And some because they’re dry; Some drink another glass To wet; the other eye.
Always help a lame dog over a stile.
Always in a hurry, always behind.
A little punctuality would save life from being a worry, a flurry, a hurry, a scurry. Half the ease of life oozes away through the leaks of unpracticality.
Always leave a little coal for the next day’s fire.
Don’t say all on a subject, nor spend all on a feast.
All are not asleep who have their eyes shut.
Therefore do not presume upon their not hearing you.
All are not saints that go to church.
Nor to chapel either.
All are not soldiers that wear red coats.
All are not thieves that dogs bark at.
On the contrary, slander dogs the heels of the best. The shadow of detraction attends the substance of merit. When we hear a howl against a man we should be slow to accept the vulgar verdict, lest we do injustice to one who deserves sympathy.
All between cradle and coffin is uncertain. “Nothing is certain” except that nothing is certain.
All birds will not sing the same note.
It would be a sad pity that they should. Variety is charming, uniformity would be most wearisome.
All bread is not baked in one oven.
No one man, or society, or denomination, or section of the community, can do all the good work that is needed in this poor world.
All cats do not make music under the same window.
Yet in London we are driven to think they do. We are apt to exaggerate and say: “A hundred and fifty cats or more Arched their backs, and howled and swore.” But cats are everywhere, from Dan to Beersheba, and night is made hideous all over this Babylon. Other nuisances are also pretty equally distributed, and we have not a monopoly of them, as we sometimes imagine.
All death is sudden to the unprepared.
All feet cannot wear one shoe.
It would be great folly to have only one last for men, women, and children. Uniformity of opinion will never be reached, and is not desirable.
All flowers are not in one garland.
It would be a pity that they should be. God distributes gifts and graces, and allows no one to monopolize his good things.
All have tongues, but few hold them. “And ‘tis remarkable that they Talk most who have the least to say.” All is fine that is fit;.
If a thing is suitable it is admirable; but if unfit for its purpose it is often unendurable, however grand may be the look of it.
A fit powder and no shot Maketh noise but killeth not.
Zeal without knowledge, has the same barren result, Many hear the excited preacher, but few fool the power of true religion through his ravings, because there is no solid teaching in what he says.
All praise and no pudding starved the parson.
Many are in this danger. No, not quite: they do not get “all praise,” they .get enough fault-finding. to keep them from being cloyed with the honey of admiration.
All relations are not friends.
All sunshine, and nothing else, makes a desert.
If we had nothing but prosperity, we should be burnt up with worldliness. We may be thankful that there is no fear of this.
All take and never give, Better die than thus to live.
Some men are like the old earthenware money-boxes, which must be broken before anything can be got out of them, though they will receive all you may bring.
All taking out and no putting in, Soon squanders all our little tin.
This is the complement of the former proverb. We must look to our coming-in as well as to our goings-out.
All. talk, but few think.
All that self spins will be unraveled.
Salvation is of the Lord; consequently, that which is of man is deception, and not salvation, and it will come to nothing.
All the joys of earthly life Are but toys, and noise, and strife.
All the keys in the world are not on your ring.
You have not all power, knowledge, and influence. Is it likely?
All the speed is not in the spurs.
Strength is wanted as well as stimulus. Comfortable instruction is as needful as earnest exhortation.
All wit is not wisdom.
All women are angels:, but there are two sorts of angels.
All women are good; but some are good for nothing.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy; All play and no work makes Jack a sad shirk.
All’s well that ends well.
An angry man is a man in a fever.
An angry man suffers temporary insanity. “Madness and anger differ but in this, This is short madness, that long anger is.” For this reason it is best to do nothing while angry, but wait till the steam is blown off; for who would wish to act insanely?
An ape is an ape, though dressed in a cape.
No garments can long conceal character. The man comes out sooner or later. Let nine tailors do their best, a fop is not a man for all that.
An ass may think he’s Solomon; but he isn’t. “If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.” — Galatians 6:3.
An early start makes easy stages.
To begin promptly causes work to go pleasantly; whereas delay keeps one in a perpetual heat.
An easy fool Is a knave’s tool.
And he will handle him for his own purposes, laughing in his sleeve all the while.
An empty man is full of himself.
An empty purse makes a bashful buyer.
He is afraid that his bid will be taken, and then he will be in a fix for want of money to pay what he offered. If he must have a thing, and yet cannot pay for it, he knows that he must agree to any demand, and so he does not stand out for a lower price.
An envious man throws away mutton because his neighbor has venison.
An evil eye can see no good.
An honest darn is better than debt.
An honest man is a fine sight for sore eyes.
They say, “An honest man is the noblest work of God;” but we can scarcely go that length. Others think that integrity is so rare that an honest man is a non est man; but we go much further than that.
Honesty has a beauty all its own, and to see it is to admire it. Father Honest is a choice companion.
An hour of care should be an hour of prayer.
An ill calf may come of a good cow.
We cannot depend upon parentage. Grace does not run in the blood. The best of men have had the worst of children.
An ill cow may have a good calf.
Sovereign grace so arranges it that some of the best are born of the worst; as, for instance, Jonathan of Saul.
An ill calf sucked two cows, and was never the fatter.
We know a gentleman who went to two colleges, and was not much the wiser.
An ill life brings an ill death.
An inch is a good deal on a man’s nose.
Minute accuracy may be of vital importance in some matters, for a little mistake may prove a great one. It is always vitally important to ourselves to be scrupulously true, whether we speak of noses or anything else.
An inch of love is better than a mile of strife.
An iron key may open a golden box.
Yes; poor illiterate preachers have reached the hearts of men of learning and talent. Our unworthy prayers may open the treasures of divine grace.
An obedient wife commands her husband.
By her love the good man is conquered, so that he delights to give her pleasure.
An old and useful horse works very light of course.
You have had his strength; be patient with his weakness. If you can afford it, give him the run of your pastures for the rest of his career.
Should not some provision be made for old ministers and old servants, or should they all be shot? Better this than let them starve.
All old dog does not bark for nothing.
Warnings from men of years and experience ought to be respected; though, alas! they are not.
An old dog must bark in his own way.
There must be much indulgence shown to age, and long established habit.
An old house eats up the tenant.
So much is required for repairs, that though the buyer gets it cheap, it will turn out dear in the end.
An old maid. always knows how to bring up children.
Most people think they can do what they have never attempted to do far better than those whose duty and habit it is to do it, An old score is an old sore.
This kind of chalk deposit should be stopped at once. Let the score be paid, and the sore be healed.
An old tub is apt to leak.
Memory fails when age creeps on.
An open hand shall have something in it.
If we give freely, God wilt see that we have something still to give.
God’s hand is open for those whose hands are open.
An open mouth shows an empty head.
When persons are so exceedingly ready to chatter, it is soon discovered that they know nothing. If there had been anything in the box, the owner would have had some kind of fastening for it.
An ounce of debt spoils a pound of credit.
Before a man knows it, his reputation in the business-world may be sinking because of his not clearing-up an account which he thinks is too small to hurt him. Trust dies because Bad-pay poisons him.
An ounce of patience contains a pound of wisdom.
An owl will never teach an eaglet to look at the sun.
Tutors of doubtful character and irreligious principles can never instruct young people in the ways of godliness.
An untried friend is like an uncracked nut.
You cannot tell whether there is the kernel of sincerity in him till he is tried. He may be rotten. A Frenchman wrote: “Friends are like melons, shall I tell you why?
To find one good you must a hundred try.” Let us hope that things are not quite so bad in England.
Anger at an injury causes more injury than the injury itself.
In many cases anger is a serious injury to the bodily health. Passion is as perilous as having a fit. Persons whose hearts are diseased should carefully abstain from it. Who can be quite sure that his heart is not a little affected?
Anger is dangerous in hot weather:
Subdue your temper altogether, Anger is short-lived where saving grace has thrived. “Another pot.” Try the tea-pot.
No. They crave some headier, heavier beverage, and so they go to pot, through the pot coming to them.
Answer him not, lest he grow more hot.
Answer him well, lest his pride should swell.
Answers are honors to a scold, And make her spirit still more bold. “Where no wood is, the fire goeth out.” If silence is tried with a passionate person, it will be found to have a most powerful effect.
Any boy or girl you see Can leap o’er a fallen tree.
As soon as the man is down, there are plenty to triumph over him.
A hare can sport with the beard of a dead lion. In fact, some spirits take peculiar delight in pouring contempt upon the great in the day of their calamity.
Any temptation will prove too strong for the man who thinks himself too strong for any temptation.
Any time means no time. ‘When a work has no appointed season, it is put off from day to day, and in all probability is forgotten and neglected altogether..
Anything is better Than being a debtor.
April showers bring forth May flowers.
So sorrows and tears produce joyful results.
Ardent spirits are evil spirits.
You know where they are retailed. Keep clear both of them and their tails.
As an earthen pot is tried by the sound, so is a man by his words.
As deep drinks the goose as the gander.
The more’s the pity, but drunkenness among women is fearfully common. The fairer the image the more sad it is to see it thrown into the mire; and hence a woman roiling in liquor is one stage worse than a man in like condition.
As easy as an old shoe, and of as little value too.
Many are without spirit, and for that reason are very agreeable to others, but are worth nothing for practical service.
As for thy wife, love her as thy life:
As thou lovest life, cease thou from strife.
As good never a whit as never the better.
If we do not improve by what we do, why are we doing it?
As long as we live we may learn.
Living and learning should go together. We do not know everything, and therefore we may learn; we may need all sorts of ]earning, and therefore we should learn. Yet we must not be rudely inquisitive, lest Chaucer ’s lines describe us truly — “As prate and prying as a woodpecker, And ever inquiring upon everything.” As soon as a man is born he begins to die. Withers rhymes it, — As soon as we to be begun We also begin to be undone.” As soon as you’re up, pull off blanket and sheet; And open the window to make the room sweet.
As the corn is, such will the flour be.
As the corn is, such will the walk be.
This last is not corn in the field, but corn on the foot. Corns and bunions do not contribute to a pilgrim’s progress.
As the day lengthens, the cold strengthens.
This is true in the early months of the year when the long nights still add to the cold. It is also true in the heart, where it sometimes happens that as we make real advances towards the summer of joy, we also fool more and more of distress on account of the sin which dwelleth in us.
As the diamond to the ring, so is grace to the sour.
It is its glory and preciousness.
As the goes man saith, so say we; But as the good wife saith, so it must be.
Cunning servants will approve of what the master says, and yet fool sure that the mistress will have her own way. As they are much in the house and observe how matters go, they come as a rule to a true conclusion when they reckon that the lady of the house will practically carry her point;. O Well, it is best it should be so. The house is the woman’s dominion, and her husband should let her reign, saying, “Only in the throne will I be greater than thou.” He will be wise seldom to sit on that throne.
As the man lives, so will he die; As the tree falls, so will it lie; As the man dies, so must he be Throughout a whole eternity.
As the mother, such the daughter; Look to this before you court her.
As the old birds sing the young birds twitter.
As the old cock crows the young cock learns.
Children imitate ‘their parents’ examples. Nature goes for much, and example for more. To fix a good or evil course, Example is of potent force; And they who wish the young to teach Must practice ever what they preach.
As the tree, so the fruit.
As they must dig who gather ore, So they must dig who gather lore.
The notion with many is that reading and studying are mere amusements; but if they would try for themselves, they would find that head-work is more tiring than hand-work.
As well be blind as see too much.
No doubt an over-sensitiveness causes great misery both to the person, and to those around him. Solomon’s advice is most excellent: “Take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee.” — Ecclesiastes 7:21.
As you bake, such your cake.
As you brew, such your beer.
As you build, such your house.
All these proverbs indicate that a man must abide by the results of his conduct.. If we sow the wind, we shall reap the whirlwind. Both Scripture and history prove this truth.
As you get whisper, try to get wiser. Our growing years should teach us; They are the best of preachers.
As you give love, you will have love.
This is generally true; at least, the price of love is love. Those who love everybody will win love, or, better still, they will deserve it.
As you make your bed, so you must lie on it.
If young people will choose unfit partners in life, they must take the consequences.. If they choose poverty or vice, they must abide by their choice. The old saw says — “Who makes beds bed of briar and thorn, Must be content to lie forlorn.” As you sow you must reap. Read Galatians 6:7,8.
As you think of others, others will think of you.
This is strangely true: but then our Lord said it would be so. — With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged.” — Matthew 7:2.
As you wend, such your end.
Ask your purse what you should buy, And oftentimes your whims deny.
Asses carry the oats, and horses eat them.
So it comes to pass that mere labor gets little compared with the more skilled form of work. The proverb indicates a grievance, but hints at the only way of escaping it.
At the sign of the Angel, beware of the Devil.
In Vanity Fair this is the tavern that Diabolus always patronizes.
Avarice is a mad vice.
The miser is called by a French wit, “The treasurer of his heir.”
Avoid extremes, and bubble schemes.
Avoid that which makes a void in your pocket.
Avoid the Queen’s Head, and comfort your wife’s heart, SAYINGS OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.
A calm hour with God is worth a lifetime with man.
A child in arms may be heir to a crown.
A young believer has the promise of eternal life and glory, His being so young does not disturb his heavenly heirship. The Prince of Wales was heir to the throne as soon as he was born, and every child of God is an heir of heaven. “If children, then heirs.”
A child of light may walk in darkness, and a child of darkness may walk in light.
See Isaiah 1:10. The light of the ungodly man comes from the dying sparks of his own fire; the light of the righteous is a sun which may be under a cloud, but is ever shining. Bunyan ’s ditty is worth quoting: he describes his pilgrim in the valley of the shadow of death, and says to him — “Poor man! where art thou now? thy day is night.
Good man! be not cast down, thou yet art right.
The way to heaven lies by the gates of hell; Cheer up; hold. out, and all things shall go well.” A. Christian should be a lamp, and not a damp. He should cheer and enlighten his brethren, and never act as a wet blanket to their zeal.
A Christian’s growing depends on Christ’s watering.
A Christless soul is a strengthless soul.
Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ that strengtheneth me;” but Jesus himself said, “Without me ye can do nothing.”
A Christless sermon is a worthless sermon.
It is like bread made without flour: the essential element is lacking.
Of such a sermon we may say — “They have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.” The writer is of the same mind as John Berridge, who wrote, — “Some fast by Calvin hold, Some for Arminius fight, And each is mighty bold, And seemeth surely right: ‘Well, though with Calvin I agree, Yet Christ is all in all to me.” A gill of faith is worth a gallon of tears.
Tears may come from mere excitement; faith leads to Christ, and so to salvation. Not rivers of tears, though a deluge appears, Could wash out a sin in a million of years.” A godly woman, sure should be A Sarah to her lord, A Martha to her company, Mary to the Word.
A gracious eye beholds God’s gracious hand.
A little saint may enjoy a great promise.
A little will serve a man who is strong in grace. Much will not serve him who is weak in grace; Nothing will do for him who is void of grace.
A little with God’s love is a great estate.
A man finds grace when grace finds him.
This is a bit of sound doctrine and sure experience. Do you understand it?
A man may be a member of a church, but not of the church.
A man may hide God from himself, but not himself front God.
A new heart better suits the Sabbath than a new suit.
A prayerless soul is a Christless soul, and a Christless soul is a graceless soul A Sabbath broken is an evil token.
It is the sin of a disobedient spirit, and of carelessness as to the blessings of salvation. When we see how the holy day is profaned, we do not wonder at the godly Scotchwoman’s lament — “There’s nae Sabbath nee, lassie, There’s nae Sabbath nee:
The holy day our fathers loved Is a broken trough.” A Sabbath well spent Brings a week of content.
A saint is often under a cross:, but never under a curse.
Sweet comfort this to the afflicted believer. In a sea of sorrow there is not a drop of wrath to the man who is in Christ Jesus.
A sermon’s length is not its strength.
It may be very much its weakness. In this case brevity is a virtue. It is a pity to weary the head when we should win the heart. Some divines are long in their sermons because they are short in their studies.
A sheep must be fed on the ground.
We must preach according to the capacity of our hearers. The Lord Jesus did not say “Feed my giraffes,” but “Feed my sheep.” We must net put the fodder on a high rack by our fine language, but use great plainness of speech.
A small cloud, may hide the sun.
A little shortcoming, or an unnoticed transgression, may deprive us of joyous communion with God.
A soul-winner must be a soul-lover.
We can never save a sinner whom we do not love.
A true believer converses in heaven while he sojourns on earth.
A true belittler loves not the world, and yet he loves all the world.
A true Christian is both a beggar and an heir.
A walking Christian is better than a talking Christian.
A weak believer hath a mighty Helper.
Above the clouds the sky is blue.
God’s love is not altered by the circumstances of this mortal life. “Be still, sad heart, and cease repining; Behind the clouds the sun’s still shining.
Thy fate is the common lot of all; Into each life some rain must fall.” Abraham left off asking before God left off giving. See Genesis 18:32.
Abraham’s faith was tried, but net tired.
Affliction is not toothsome, but it is wholesome.
Affliction is the good Shepherd black dog to fetch in his stray sheep.
David said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray.” — Psalm 119:67.
Affliction is the school of faith.
The black-letter lore which we acquire therein is of infinitely more value than all the philosophy of the world.
Affliction is the shadow of God’s wings.
Affliction scours the rust from faith.
Afflictions are flails to thresh off our husks.
All sinners are Satan’s slaves.
And like many slaves, they have lost the desire for freedom, and almost the capacity for it. Only a divine power can emancipate minds enslaved by the love of sin.
All thy powers and. all thy hours Give God on his own day.
All-sufficiency destroys self-sufficiency.
God realized soon makes us forget our self-glorying. Faith in the infinite God weans us from confidence in ourselves.
Almost persuaded was never persuaded.
See the story of Agrippa in Acts 26: We have no reason to believe that Agrippa ever took another step towards Christ.
An ounce of revelation outweighs a mountain of speculation.
Are you discouraged? Pray! It will comfort you.
Are you peaceful? Pray! It will confirm you.
Are you tempted? Pray! It will uphold you.
Are you fallen? Pray It will uplift you.
We should pray when we are in a praying mood, for it would be sinful to neglect so fair an opportunity. We should pray when we are not in a proper mood, for it would be dangerous to remain in so unhealthy a condition. Prayer is as suitable for any spot on earth. as praise is suitable for any place in heaven.
As grace lives sin dies.
As we get up to God we get down to our people.
It is really so, that when our fellowship with God is nearest, we obtain a fuller communion with poor lost humanity.
As well hope to climb to the stars on a treadmill as to reach heaven by your own works.
As you ask for mercy, show mercy. “Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy.” — .
Matthew 5:7 As you live you’ll die, and as you die you’ll live for ever.
Carefully study 2 Corinthians 5:10.
Assurance is lovely, but Christ is altogether lovely. Assurance is the cream of faith.
The milk comes first; and when it is settled, the cream follows.
At six days’ work be at your best; But on the Sabbath take your rest.