Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.
Author: William R. Alger (1822-1905)
Profession: American Writer
The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman
Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.
Author: Nicholson Baker (1957)
Profession: American Author
How many of us have been attracted to reason; first learned to think, to draw conclusions, to extract a moral from the follies of life, by some dazzling aphorism.
Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)
Profession: British Novelist, Poet
There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.
I believe there's no proverb but what is true; they are all so many sentences and maxims drawn from experience, the universal mother of sciences.
A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher
No people require maxims so much as the American. The reason is obvious: the country is so vast, the people always going somewhere, from Oregon apple valley to boreal New England, that we do not know whether to be temperate orchards or sterile climate.
Author: Edward Dahlberg (1900-1977)
Profession: American Author, Critic
What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings -- they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong.
Author: Norman Douglas (1868-1952)
Profession: British Author
For proverbs are the pith, the proprieties, the proofs, the purities, the elegancies, as the commonest so the commendablest phrases of a language. To use them is a grace, to understand them a good.
Author: John Florio
Profession: British Author, Translator
A proverb is much matter distilled into few words.
Author: R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)
Profession: American Inventor, Designer, Poet, Philosopher
A collections of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist