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variety is the spice of life

Proverbial saying, late 18th century; originally as a quotation from the English poet William Cowper (1731–1800) in The Task (1785): ‘Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all ...

Variety is the spice of life

Variety is the spice of life   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... is the spice of life It is variety in all its aspects that makes life interesting. The saying is an established aphorism, which tends to be forgotten by modern politicians, civil servants, and those who favour conformity at the expense of originality. Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its...

VARIETY is the spice of life

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Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)

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2015

... is the spice of life Cf. euripides Orestes 234 μεταβολὴ πάντων γλυκύ ‎, a change is always nice. □ 1785 cowper Task ii . 76 Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour. 1854 ‘ m. langdon ’ Ida May vi. Take all de wives you can get,—bariety am de spite of life. 1954 ‘ m. cost ’ Invitation from Minerva 174 ‘Your signal is different from ours?’…‘Variety is the spice of life,’ he retorted. 2002 Washington Post 7 Aug. C15 ( Broom Hilda comic strip ) ‘I have prepared our annual financial statement.’…‘Last year you...

variety is the spice of life

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... is the spice of life proverbial saying, late 18th century; originally as a quotation from the English poet William Cowper ( 1731–1800 ) in The Task ( 1785 ): ‘Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.’ An earlier version is found in the The Rover ( 1681 ) by the dramatist Aphra Behn ( 1640–89 ), ‘Variety is the soul of pleasure.’ The Greek dramatist Euripides ( c. 485– c. 406 bc ) in his Orestes has, ‘a change is always...

variety is the spice of life

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Proverbial saying, late 18th century; originally as a quotation from the English poet William Cowper (1731–1800) in The Task (1785): ‘Variety's the very spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.’ ...
Climate, Flora, and Fauna

Climate, Flora, and Fauna   Reference library

Oxford Bible Atlas (4 ed.)

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2022
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... The latitude of Palestine is roughly that of southern Spain in Europe or Georgia in the USA. Its climate is also influenced by the configurations of the land and its proximity to the sea on the west and the desert on the east. Although it possesses a variety of climate, in general it has two main seasons: a ‘winter’ (including also the autumn and the spring), which is the cooler rainy season, and a summer which is rainless, sunny, and often very hot. The dryness of the summer is relieved by dew, important for the ripening of the summer fruits. (On the...

In the Beginning: The Earliest History

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Michael D. Coogan

Oxford History of the Biblical World

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2022
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...It is also cut by several rivers that flow westward into the Jordan and the Dead Sea. Along its entire length, from Damascus in the north and southward to the eastern arm of the Red Sea (the Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat) and beyond to Arabia, ran the “King's Highway” ( Num. 20.17 ), the principal route for traders in incense and spices. To the east of the relatively level Transjordanian plateau is a region largely uninhabited since prehistoric times, the Syrian desert. Separating the eastern and western parts of the Fertile Crescent, the desert...

Extra-canonical early Christian literature

Extra-canonical early Christian literature   Reference library

J. K. Elliott and J. K. Elliott

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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30,133 words
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...death is at hand, it makes itself a sepulchre of frankincense and myrrh and other spices, and when the time is fulfilled it enters into it and dies. Now, from the corruption of its flesh there springs a worm, which is nourished by the juices of the dead bird, and puts forth wings. Then, when it has become strong, it takes up that sepulchre, in which are the bones of its predecessor, and carriers them from the country of Arabia as far as Egypt until it reaches the city called Heliopolis, and in the daylight in the sight of all it flies to the altar of the Sun,...

Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy

Kinship and Kingship: The Early Monarchy   Reference library

Carol Meyers

Oxford History of the Biblical World

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2022
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Religion
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...contemporary sites on the Mediterranean. One of them, Tel Dor at the foot of Mount Carmel, was a Phoenician colony in the eleventh century. By the late eleventh century and then in the tenth, it became Israel's leading harbor town, facilitating trade with Phoenicia and Cyprus. Other sea trade toward the south is known only from texts, notably the claim that Solomon built a fleet of ships to sail south from Ezion-geber at the Red Sea to acquire precious items, such as the highly valued incense, spices, rare woods, and gemstones of South Arabia and East...

Luke

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Eric Franklin and Eric Franklin

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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...the things of this life actually leads one into the way of the ‘nations of the world’ which becomes a forgetfulness of God and of the things of the Kingdom. As Evans ( 1990 ) expresses it, ‘The question then at issue is when a proper concern has become an improper anxiety’. Modern life would suggest the importance of the question, though the ongoing existence of the world and its responsibilities might place the move from one to another at a different point from Luke. Luke sees undue concern for the things of the body and oflife’, that is the business of...

Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age

Before Israel: Syria-Palestine in the Bronze Age   Reference library

Wayne T. Pitard

Oxford History of the Biblical World

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2022
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... from the Near East. The Ebla texts are difficult to decipher, and initial reports of direct links between them and the Bible have been proved wrong. What we now know is that approximately 80 percent of the tablets are economic and administrative documents, mostly recording royal dealings in a wide variety of goods—gold, silver, clothing, wood, olive oil, spices, and weapons, as well as livestock and their by-products. Textiles seem to have been particularly important commodities. The tablets give detailed information about the type of...

Essay with Commentary on Post-Biblical Jewish Literature

Essay with Commentary on Post-Biblical Jewish Literature   Reference library

Philip S. Alexander

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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Religion
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...in the words of Habbakuk foreshadowings of precise events in the life of his community, but he refers to these events cryptically. The Teacher of Righteousness was probably the founder of the Community, who was driven out of Jerusalem by the Wicked Priest (one of the Hasmoneans). There is a hint that the community did not observe the Day of Atonement at the same time as the rest of Israel, otherwise the Wicked Priest would have been unable to travel to the Teacher's ‘house of exile’ (? Qumran) on the most holy day of the Jewish year. ‘The Poor’ is one of the...

12 The Economics of Print

12 The Economics of Print   Reference library

Alexis Weedon

The Oxford Companion to the Book

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2010
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History, Social sciences
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...Schofield , ‘ Dimensions of Illiteracy, 1750–1850 ’, Explorations in Economic History , 10 (1973), 437–54 H. A. Shannon , ‘ The First Five Thousand Limited Companies ’, Economic History , supplement to Economic Journal, 2 (1932), 396–424 — ‘ The Limited Companies of 1866–1883 ’, Economic History Review , 4 (1932–4), 290–316 J. Southward , ‘ Machines for Composing Letterpress Printing Surfaces ’, Journal of the Society of Arts (20 Dec. 1895), 74–84 A. D. Spicer , The Paper Trade (1907) J. Sutherland , ‘ The Book Trade Crash of 1826 ’, Library , 6/9...

Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon

Into Exile: From the Assyrian Conquest of Israel to the Fall of Babylon   Reference library

Mordechai Cogan

Oxford History of the Biblical World

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2022
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...field, and in the capital state reserves of spices and aromatic oils and of silver and gold, not to mention the well-stocked arsenal, won international renown. Evidence of this vital economic and military activity can be found in the many jar handles impressed with stamp seals, which have been unearthed at dozens of sites in Judah. The seals consist of the phrase belonging to the king (in Hebrew, lmlk ), the name of one of four administrative centers (Socoh in the Shephelah, Hebron in the hill country, Ziph in the Judean wilderness, and Mamshet [pronunciation...

1 Chronicles

1 Chronicles   Reference library

H. P. Mathys, H. P. Mathys, and H. P. Mathys

The Oxford Bible Commentary

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2022
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...the hand of God. The people own nothing but the sincere convictions with which they make the donations ( v. 17 ). There is a combination of absolute humility and profound pride here. An indirectly motivated passage concerning the fragile human condition, which the Chronicler has taken from a variety of source material, is inserted into this second part of the chapter. vv. 26–30 , summaries of the rule of individual kings are standard practice in the books of Kings. David's rule differs greatly from the usual pattern and is integrated more smoothly into the...

variety

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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42 words

... variety variety is the spice of life new and exciting experiences make life more interesting. 🅘 This proverbial expression comes from William Cowper ’s poem ‘The Task’ ( 1785 ): ‘Variety’s the very spice of life, That gives it all its ...

Spice

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... Spice Islands The Moluccas and most of the islands of the Malay Archipelago, whose chief products are traditionally spices of all kinds, much sought after by 15th- and 16th-century navigators and traders when spices were highly prized commodities in Europe. Variety is the spice of life See under variety...

variety

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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2021
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Language reference, History of English
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164 words

...English poet William Cowper to thank for the familiar proverb variety is the spice of life . His poem ‘The Task’ contains the lines: ‘Variety’s the very spice of life, / That gives it all its flavour.’ The dramatist Aphra Behn, who had a similar idea around a century earlier, might possibly have inspired him. Her version, from the play The Rover , reads: ‘Variety is the very soul of...

Spice Trade

Spice Trade   Reference library

Barnett Singer

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World

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2008
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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1,634 words

...a sense of history have enjoyed making voyages there. Saffron has become the most sought-after spice, and the dearest. Thousands of saffron flowers are required simply to procure small amounts. Pepper in its different varieties constitutes some one-third of the recent spice market and is used not only for food, but also for medicine. In terms of spice producers and exporters, India—shorn of the British imperial presence from the late 1940s—became by far the international leader in this sphere, producing over 80 percent of the world's spices. The Western...

Spices

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Fred Czarra

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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2013

...Are spices good for you and do they improve your health or a specific health problem? Some spices have been shown to have some positive effects on some people. However, the amount of research that has been done on any one spice is limited. Natural food advocates down through the centuries have offered spices as remedies for a variety of aliments. These remedies continue and expand today, but caution should be practiced and medical advice should be sought before considering how spices might help you. For chili peppers such as cayenne the heat is gained...

Jambalaya

Jambalaya   Reference library

Rien T. Fertel

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America (2 ed.)

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2013

...mélange of meats, seafood, vegetables, herbs, and spices, jambalaya is a representative fare of southern Louisiana cooking. Jambalaya, like its possible ancestral dish the Spanish paella, is versatile in preparation and composition. Commonly used as a leftover dish, jambalaya embodies all of the common Cajun and Creole flavors and ingredients. Jambalaya predates the arrival of both the Cajun and Creole cultures. Spanish settlers who arrived in the early eighteenth century most likely introduced rice-centric dishes, like paella, to Louisiana. Rice, the central...

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