From William Camden’s Proverbs

camdenA Cat may look upon a king.
A dog hath a day.
Agree, for the Law is costly.
A friend in Court is worth a penny in purse.
A good jack maketh a good Gill.
All is well that ends well.
A little pot is soon hot.
A man will be a man though he hath but a hose on his head.
All covet, all lose.
Better late than never.
Better leave than lack.
Better to bow than break.
Better to be an old man’s darling, than a young man’s warling.
Brag’s a good dog.
Change of Women makes bald knaves.
Change of pasture makes fat calves.
Courting and wooing bring dallying and doing.
Few Lawyers dye well.
Few Physicians live well.
First deserve, and then desire.
Folly it is to spurn against a prick.
Give an inch, and you will take an ell.
He that kisses his wife in the market-place shall have many teachers.
He loveth well sheep’s flesh that wetteth his bread in the wool.
Home is homely.
Jack would be a gentleman if he could speak French.
Ill egging makes ill begging.
It is not good jesting with edge-tools.
It is hard to wive and thrive both in a year.
It is merry in hall when beards wag all.
It is not all butter that the cow shites.
I will not buy a pig in a poke.
Lovers live by love, as Larks by leeks.
‘Longs more to marriage that four barelegs in a bed.
My Kiln of Malt is on fire.
No woman seeks another in the oven which hath not before been there.
Small pitchers have wide ears.
Threatn’d folks live long.
Tales of Robin Hood are good for fools.
Takes pepper in the nose.
The wife and the sword may be showed, but not lent.
The more ye stir a Turd, the worse it will stink.
When the Iron is hot strike.
When the pig is proffered hold up the poke.
When the Skie falleth we shall have Larks.
What some win in the Hundred, they lose in the Shire.
Where saddles lack, better ride on a pad, than on the Horse bare back.
Who lacketh a stock, his gain is not worth a chip.
We sometimes scratch where it itcheth not.
Young Saint, old Devil.
Young men may die, but old must die.


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