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ABSENCE makes the heart grow fonder

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Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)

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Cf. propertius Elegies ii. xxxiiib. i. 43 semper in absentes felicior aestus amantes, passion [is]

ACCIDENTS will happen (in the best‐regulated families)

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However carefully we try to lead our lives things nonetheless will sometimes go wrong. □ 1700 vanbrugh Pilgrim IV Such

ACTIONS speak louder than words

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First recorded in its current form in the United States. Sometimes in the variant form Deeds speak louder than words

ADVENTURES are to the adventurous

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Exciting opportunities happen only for people who are not timid or afraid of risk. □ 1844 disraeli Coningsby III. 1.

ADVERSITY makes strange bedfellows

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Misfortune can force people into the company of those with whom they would not normally associate. While the underlying idea

AFTER a storm comes a calm

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The idea is an old one; cf. a 1250 Ancrene Riwle (1962) 191 Iblescet ibeo thu laverd the

AFTER dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile

AFTER dinner rest a while, after supper walk a mile (1834)   Quick reference

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The sense turns on the idea that dinner is a substantial meal, requiring a period of inactivity to aid digestion,

AFTER the feast comes the reckoning

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Pleasures and indulgences must be paid for. Mainly in modern North American use. □ 1620 f. quarles Feast for Wormes

The age of MIRACLES is past

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According to mainstream Protestant churches, the age of miracles is that period of history covered by the Bible, in which

All CATS are grey in the dark

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The proverb turns on the concept that the night obscures all distinguishing features of creatures or things. It is often

ALL good things must come to an end

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The addition of ‘good’ is a fairly recent development. The earlier forms may be compared with everything has an end

All is FISH that comes to the net

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Everything that presents itself is an opportunity and can be used to advantage; often in a sexual context (as in

All is GRIST that comes to the mill

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Everything that is received or obtained is put to use. Grist is corn to be ground. The is freqently replaced

All ROADS lead to Rome

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All routes, whether actual or metaphorical, converge upon a single central point. The historical situation that gave rise to this

All’s FAIR in love and war

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Cf. 1578 lyly Euphues I. 236 Anye impietie may lawfully be committed in loue, which is lawlesse. □ 1620 t.

All’s for the BEST in the best of all possible worlds

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This saying translates Voltaire’s Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes possibles, the observation which the

All’s WELL that ends well

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A happy ending makes up for everything that has gone before. Cf. c 1250 Proverbs of Hending in Anglia (

All that GLITTERS is not gold

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‘Glisters’, despite its Shakespearean authority, is now less often found than ‘glitters’. The variant form illustrated in quot. 1987 is

ALL things are possible with God

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With allusion to Bible (AV) Matthew 19:26…with God all things are possible; cf. homer Odyssey x. 306 θεοì δέ τε

ALL things come to those who wait

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Cf. Fr. tout vient à celui qui sait attendre, everything comes to him who knows how to wait. □

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