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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
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  It is not the greatness of a man’s means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants.    Cobbett.  11000
  It is not the insurrections of ignorance that are dangerous, but the revolts of intelligence.    Lowell.  11001
  It is not the knowledge, but the use which is made of it that is productive of real benefit.    Scott.  11002
  It is not the loss of heritage / That makes life poor; it is that, stage by stage, / Some leave us with a lessening faith in man, / And less of love than when our life began.    Dr. Walter Smith.  11003
  It is not the manner of noble minds to leave anything half done.    Wieland.  11004
  It is not the number of facts he knows, but how much of a fact he is himself, that proves the man.    Bovee.  11005
  It is not the punishment, but the crime that is the disgrace.    Alfieri.  11006
  It is not the quantity, but the quality of knowledge which determines the mind’s dignity.    W. E. Channing.  11007
  It is not the reading of many books that is necessary to make a man wise and good, but the well-reading of a few.    R. Baxter.  11008
  It is not the stamp on the coin that gives it its value, though on the bank-note it is.    J. Burroughs.  11009
  It is not the victory that constitutes the joy of noble souls, but the combat.    Montalembert.  11010
  It is not thy works, which are all mortal, infinitely little,… but only the spirit thou workest in, that can have worth or continuance.    Carlyle.  11011
  It is not titles that reflect honour on men, but men on their titles.    Machiavelli.  11012
  It is not to taste sweet things, but to do noble and true things, and vindicate himself under God’s heaven as a God-made man, that the poorest son of Adam dimly longs.    Carlyle.  11013
  It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided, but the men; divided into mere segments of men, broken into small fragments and crumbs of life; so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.    Ruskin.  11014
  It is not want, but rather abundance that creates avarice.    Montaigne.  11015
  It is not want of good fortune, want of happiness, but want of wisdom that man has to dread.    Carlyle.  11016
  It is not well to make great changes in old age.    Spurgeon.  11017
  It is not what he has, nor even what he does, which directly expresses the worth of a man, but what he is.    Amiel.  11018
  It is not wisdom, but ignorance which teaches men presumption.    Bulwer Lytton.  11019
  It is not with saying, “Honey, honey,” that sweetness comes into the mouth.    Turkish Proverb.  11020
  It is not work that kills men, it is worry. It is not the revolution that destroys the machinery, but the friction.    Ward Beecher.  11021
  It is of more importance to teach manners and customs than to establish laws and tribunals.    Mirabeau.  11022
  It is of no use running; to set out betimes is the main point.    La Fontaine.  11023
  It is of some consequence for a man to forego his own inclinations, even in matters of no great importance.    Thomas à Kempis.  11024
  It is often because an author proceeds from the thought to the expression, and the reader from the expression to the thought, that a clear writer is obscure.    Speroni.  11025
  It is often easier, as well as more advantageous, to conform to the opinions of others than to persuade them into ours.    La Bruyère.  11026
  It is often even wise to reveal what cannot long remain concealed.    Schiller.  11027
  It is one of the wretchednesses of the great that they have no approved friends.    Channing.  11028
  It is one soul which animates all men.    Emerson.  11029
  It is one thing to be tempted, another thing to fall.    Shakespeare.  11030
  It is one thing to see that a line is crooked, and another thing to be able to draw a straight one.    Rd. Sharp.  11031
  It is one thing to speak much, and another to speak pertinently.    Proverb.  11032
  It is only a part of art that can be taught; the artist needs the whole.    Goethe.  11033
  It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression upon us.    Schopenhauer.  11034
  It is only because they are not used to taste of what is excellent that the generality of people take delight in silly and insipid things, provided they be new.    Goethe.  11035
  It is only by labour that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labour can be made happy.    Ruskin.  11036
  It is only by universals, and never by singulars, that we can think.    Dr. Hutchison Stirling.  11037
  It is only God’s business to make laws, and the lawyer’s to read and enforce them.    Ruskin.  11038
  It is only in society that a man’s powers can have full play.    Schopenhauer.  11039
  It is only in their misery that we recognise the hand and finger of God leading good men to good.    Goethe.  11040
  It is only kindred griefs that draw forth our tears, and each weeps really for himself.    Heine.  11041
  It is only men collectively that live the life of man.    Goethe.  11042
  It is only necessary to grow old to become indulgent. I see no fault committed that I have not committed myself.    Goethe.  11043
  It is only on reality that any power of action can be based.    Emerson.  11044
  It is only people who possess firmness that can possess true gentleness.    La Rochefoucauld.  11045
  It is only reason that teaches silence. The heart teaches us to speak.    Jean Paul.  11046
  It is only rogues who feel the restraints of law.    J. S. Holland.  11047
  It is only strict precision of thought that confers facility of expression.    Schiller.  11048
  It is only the finite that has wrought and suffered; the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.    Emerson.  11049
  It is only time that possesses full reality, and our existence lies in it exclusively.    Schopenhauer.  11050
  It is only when a man is alone that he is really free.    Schopenhauer.  11051
  It is only when it is bent that the bow shows its strength.    Grillparzer.  11052
  It is only with renunciation that life, strictly speaking, can be said to begin.    Goethe.  11053
  It is our relation to circumstances that determines their influence over us. The same wind that carries one vessel into port may blow another off shore.    Bovee.  11054
  It is petty expenses that empty the purse.    Italian Proverb.  11055
  It is pleasant to die if there be gods, and sad to live if there be none.    Marcus Antoninus.  11056
  It is possible to sin against charity, when we do not sin against truth.    Proverb.  11057
  It is precisely in accepting death as the end of all, and in laying down, on that sorrowful condition, his life for his friends, that the hero and patriot of all time has become the glory and safety of his country.    Ruskin.  11058
  It is profound ignorance that inspires a degenerate tone.    La Bruyère.  11059
  It is proof of a high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.    Emerson.  11060
  It is proper and beneficial sometimes to be left to thyself.    Thomas à Kempis.  11061
  It is prudent to be on the reserve even with your best friend, when he betrays a too eager curiosity to worm out your secret.    La Bruyère.  11062
  It is rare indeed that there is not ample occasion for grumbling.    John Wagstaffe.  11063
  It is religion that has formed the Bible, not the Bible that has formed religion.    R. D. C. Levin.  11064
  It is sad to have to live in a place where all our activity must simmer within ourselves.    Goethe.  11065
  It is sad to see how an extraordinary man so often strangles himself, struggling in vain with himself, his circumstances, and his time, without once coming upon a green branch.    Goethe.  11066
  It is said no man is a hero to his valet. The reason is that it requires a hero to recognise a hero. The valet however, will probably know well enough how to estimate his equals.    Goethe.  11067
  It is so much easier to do what one has done before than to do a new thing, that there is a perpetual tendency to a set mode.    Emerson.  11068
  It is St. Christopher that carries Christ, not Christ St. Christopher—i.e., in this myth, it is not Christ that bears the Church, but the Church that bears Christ.    James Wood.  11069
  It is sure to be dark if you shut your eyes.    Proverb.  11070
  It is the ambiguous distracted training which they are subject to that makes men uncertain; it awakens wishes when it should quicken tendencies.    Goethe.  11071
  It is the best sign of a great nature, that it opens a foreground, and, like the breath of morning landscapes, invites us onward.    Emerson.  11072
  It is the best use of fate to teach a fatal courage.    Emerson.  11073
  It is the bright day that brings forth the adder, / And that craves wary walking.    Julius Cæsar, ii. 1.  11074
  It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr.    Napoleon.  11075
  It is the common error of builders and parents to follow some plan they think beautiful (and perhaps is so) without considering that nothing is beautiful which is displaced.    Lady Montagu.  11076
  It is the common wonder of all men how, among so many millions of faces, there should be none alike.    Sir Thomas Browne.  11077
  It is the company, and not the charge that makes the feast.    Proverb.  11078
  It is the condition of humanity to design what never will be done, and to hope what never will be attained.    Johnson.  11079
  It is the curse of kings to be attended / By slaves, that take their humours for a warrant.    King John, iv. 2.  11080
  It is the curse of talent, that, though it works more surely and persistently than genius, it reaches no goal; while genius, hovering for long on the summit (Spitze) of the ideal, looks round, smiling, far above.    Schumann.  11081
  It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.    Rivarol.  11082
  It is the fate of a woman / Long to be patient and silent, to wait like a ghost that is speechless, / Till some questioning voice dissolves the spell of its silence.    Longfellow.  11083
  It is the fate of the great ones of the earth to begin to be appreciated by us only after they are gone.    Old German saying.  11084
  It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe.    Carlyle.  11085
  It is the first principle of economy to make use of available vital power first, then the inexpensive natural forces, and only at last to have recourse to artificial power.    Ruskin.  11086
  It is the flash that murders; the poor thunder never harm’d head.    Tennyson.  11087
  It is the frog’s own croak that betrays him.    Proverb.  11088
  It is the glistening and softly-spoken lie,… the patriotic lie of the historian, the provident lie of the politician, the zealous lie of the partisan, the merciful lie of the friend, and the careless lie of each man to himself, that cast that black mystery over humanity, through which we thank any man who pierces, as we would thank one who had dug a well in the desert.    Ruskin.  11089
  It is the glorious doom of literature that the evil perishes and the good remains.    Bulwer Lytton.  11090
  It is the great error of reformers and philanthropists in our time to nibble at the consequences of unjust power, instead of redressing the injustice itself.    J. S. Mill.  11091
  It is the greatest invention man has ever made, this of marking down the unseen thought that is in him by written characters.    Carlyle.  11092
  It is the heart that makes the critic, not the nose.    Max Müller.  11093
  It is the height of folly to throw up attempting because you have failed. Failures are wonderful elements in developing the character.    Anonymous.  11094
  It is the inspiration of the Almighty that giveth man understanding.    Job.  11095
  It is the law of fate that we shall live in part by our own efforts, but in the greater part by the help of others; and that we shall also die in part for our own faults, but in the greater part for the faults of others.    Ruskin.  11096
  It is the life in literature that acts upon life.    J. G. Holland.  11097
  It is the little rift within the lute / That by and by will make the music mute, / And, ever widening, slowly silence all.    Tennyson.  11098
  It is the lot of man to suffer.    Disraeli.  11099
  It is the mark of a great man to treat trifles as trifles, and important matters as important.    Lessing.  11100
  It is the master-wheel which makes the mill go round.    Proverb.  11101
  It is the monotony of his own nature that makes solitude intolerable to a man.    Schiller.  11102
  It is the music in the ear that finds and interprets the music of the orchestra.    C. H. Parkhurst.  11103
  It is the nature of despair to blind us to all means of safety.    Fielding.  11104
  It is the nature of extreme self-lovers, as they will set an house on fire, and it were but to roast their eggs.    Bacon.  11105
  It is the nature of parties to retain their original enmities far more firmly than their original principles.    Macaulay.  11106
  It is the office of the Church to teach, not to train.    Ward Beecher.  11107
  It is the ordinary way of the world to keep folly at the helm, and wisdom under the hatches.    Proverb.  11108
  It is the part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risks everything.    Plutarch.  11109
  It is the part of a wise man to resist pleasures, but of a foolish one to be a slave to them.    Epictetus.  11110
  It is the poet’s function to keep before the minds of the people not only the underlying truths and beauties of all Nature, but the high and pure ideal of humanity which all should strive to attain.    C. Fitzhugh.  11111
  It is the possession of a great heart or a great head, and not the mere fame of it, which is of worth and conducive to happiness.    Schopenhauer.  11112
  It is the power of thought which gives man the mastery over Nature, the thoughts go forth into the world.    Hans Andersen.  11113
  It is the privilege of every human work which is well done, to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness.    Emerson.  11114
  It is the privilege of genius that to it life never grows common-place, as to the rest of us.    Lowell.  11115
  It is the property of every hero to come back to reality; to stand upon things, not shows of things.    Carlyle.  11116
  It is the secret of the world that all things subsist, and do not die, but only retire a little from sight, and afterwards return again.    Emerson.  11117
  It is the setting up of a claim to happiness that ruins everything in the world.    Merck to Goethe.  11118
  It is the strange fate of man that even in the greatest evils the fear of worse continues to haunt him.    Goethe.  11119
  It is the temper of the highest hearts, like the palm-tree, to strive most upwards when it is most burdened.    Sir P. Sidney.  11120
  It is the thought writ down we want, / Not its effect, not likenesses of likenesses; / And such descriptions are not, more than gloves / Instead of hands to shake, enough for us.    J. Bailey.  11121
  It is the treating of the common-place with the feeling of the sublime that gives to art its true power.    J. F. Millet.  11122
  It is the unseen and spiritual in man that determines the outward and actual.    Carlyle.  11123
  It is the vain endeavour to make ourselves what we are not that has strewn history with so many broken purposes and lives left in the rough.    Lowell.  11124
  It is the wise alone who are capable of discerning that impartial justice is the truest mercy.    Goldsmith.  11125
  It is the witness still of excellency / To put a strange face on his own perfection.    Much Ado, ii. 3.  11126
  It is the work of a philosopher to be every day subduing his passions and laying aside his prejudices.    Addison.  11127
  It is through the feeling of wonder that men philosophise.    Aristotle.  11128
  It is time enough to answer questions when they are asked.    Emerson.  11129
  It is time enough to doff your hat when you see the man.    Danish Proverb.  11130
  It is time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.    Pericles, i. 2.  11131
  It is to be doubted whether he will ever find the way to heaven who desires to go thither alone.    Feltham.  11132
  It is too late to husband when all is spent.    Proverb.  11133
  It is too late to spare when the bottom is bare.    Proverb.  11134
  It is true greatness to have in one the frailty of a man and the security of a god.    Seneca.  11135
  It is truth that makes a man angry.    Proverb.  11136
  It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.    Swift.  11137
  It is useless to deny with the tongue that which man gives credence to with the heart.    Johnson.  11138
  It is very easy to obey a noble ruler who convinces (überzeugt) while he commands us.    Goethe.  11139
  It is very good to be left alone with the truth sometimes, to hear with all its sternness what it will say to one.    Carlyle.  11140
  It is very little that we can ever know of the ways of Providence or the laws of existence; but that little is enough, and exactly enough.    Ruskin.  11141
  It is war’s prize to take all advantages, / And ten to one is no impeach of valour.    3 Henry VI., i. 4.  11142
  It is we that are blind, not Fortune.    Sir Thomas Browne.  11143
  It is well that there is no one without a fault, for he would not have a friend in the world. He would seem to belong to a different species.    Hazlitt.  11144
  It is well to go for a light to another man’s fire, but by no means to tarry by it.    Plutarch.  11145
  It is when the hour of conflict is over, that history comes to a right understanding of the strife, and is ready to exclaim: “Lo! God is here, and we knew it not.”    Bancroft.  11146
  It is wholesomer for the moral nature to be restrained, even by arbitrary power, than to be allowed to exercise arbitrary power.    J. S. Mill.  11147
  It is wisdom alone that can recognise wisdom.    Carlyle.  11148
  It is wise not to know a secret, and honest not to reveal it.    Proverb.  11149
  It is with a fine genius as with a fine fashion; all those are displeased at it who are not able to follow it.    Warton.  11150
  It is with diseases of the mind as with those of the body; we are half dead before we understand our disorders, and half cured when we do.    Colton.  11151
  It is with history as it is with nature, as it is with everything profound, past, present, or future; the deeper we earnestly search into them, the more difficult are the problems that arise. He who does not fear these, but boldly confronts them, will, with every step or advance, feel himself both more at his ease and more highly educated.    Goethe.  11152
  It is with ideas as with pieces of money; those of least value generally circulate the best.    Punch.  11153
  It is with narrow-soul’d people as with narrow-neck’d bottles; the less they have in them the more noise they make in pouring it out.    Swift.  11154
  It is with our thoughts as with flowers. Those whose expression is simple carry their seed with them; those that are double, by their richness and pomp charm the mind, but produce nothing.    Joubert.  11155
  It is with words as with sunbeams; the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.    Southey.  11156
  It makes a great difference to the force of any sentence whether there be a man behind it or no. In the learned journal, in the influential newspaper, I discern no form; only some irresponsible shadow; oftener some moneyed corporation, or some dangler, who hopes, in the mask and robes of his paragraph, to pass for somebody.    Emerson.  11157
  It matters less to a man where he is born than where he can live.    Turkish Proverb.  11158
  It matters little whether a man be mathematically, or philologically, or artistically cultivated, so he be cultivated.    Goethe.  11159
  It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives.    Johnson.  11160
  It matters not that a woman is well dressed if her manners be bad; ill-breeding mars a fine dress more than dirt.    Plautus.  11161
  It matters not whether our good-humour be construed by others into insensibility, or even idiotism; it is happiness to ourselves.    Goldsmith.  11162
  It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles, / And see the great Achilles whom we knew.    Tennyson.  11163
  It may indeed be that man is frightfully threshed at times by public and domestic ill-fortune, but the ruthless destiny, if it smites the rich sheaves, only crumples the straw; the grains feel nothing of it, and bound merrily hither and thither on the threshing-floor, unconcerned whether they wander into the mill or the cornfield.    Goethe.  11164
  It must be bad indeed if a book has a more demoralising effect than life itself.    Goethe.  11165
  It needs a man to perceive a man.    A. B. Alcott.  11166
  It ne’er was wealth, it ne’er was wealth, / That coft contentment, peace, or pleasure; / The bands and bliss o’ mutual love, / O that’s the chiefest warld’s treasure!    Burns.  11167
  It never occurs to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.    Goethe.  11168
  It never rains but it pours.    Proverb.  11169
  It never smokes but there’s fire.    Proverb.  11170
  It offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb show and noise.    Hamlet, ii. 2.  11171
  It oft falls out to have what we would have; we speak not what we mean.    Meas. for Meas., ii. 4.  11172
  It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have got it, it requires ten times as much wit to keep it.    Emerson.  11173
  It requires a great deal of poetry to gild the pill of poverty.    Mme. Deluzy.  11174
  It requires a long time to know any one.    Cervantes.  11175
  It requires more than mere genius to be an author.    La Bruyère.  11176
  It requires much courage not to be down-hearted in the world.    Goethe.  11177
  It requires no preterhuman force of will in any young man or woman … to get at least half an hour out of a solid busy day for good and disinterested reading.    John Morley.  11178
  It seems a law of society to despise a man who looks discontented because its requirements have compelled him to part with all he values in his life.    Goethe.  11179
  It seems as if them as aren’t wanted here are th’ only ones as aren’t wanted i’ the other world.    George Eliot.  11180
  It should not be suspected of a man, whose life hath been spent in noble deeds, that his reason is lost, when he is only involved in trouble. A fire may be overturned, but its flames will never descend.    Hitopadesa.  11181
  It so falls out, / That what we have we prize not to the worth / Whiles we enjoy it; but being lack’d and lost, / Why then we rack the value.    Much Ado, iv. 1.  11182
  It takes a good many spadefuls of earth to bury the truth.    German Proverb.  11183
  It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.    Ruskin.  11184
  It takes a great man to make a good listener.    Helps.  11185
  It takes much more penetration to discover a fool than a clever man.    Cato.  11186
  It takes ten pounds of common-sense to carry one pound of learning.    Persian Proverb.  11187
  It was a stroke / Brought the stream from the flinty rock.    Dr. Walter Smith.  11188
  It was alway yet the trick of our English nation, if they have a good thing, to make it too common.    2 Henry IV., i. 2.  11189
  It was always the aim of the artists as well as the wise men of antiquity, to mean much though they might say little.    Winkelmann.  11190
  It was for beauty that the world was made.    Quoted by Emerson.  11191
  It was the nightingale, and not the lark / That pierced the fearful hollow of thine ear.    Romeo and Juliet, iii. 5.  11192
  It was the wisdom of the ancients to regard the most useful as the most illustrious.    Seneca.  11193
  It were better to be of no church than bitter for any.    William Penn.  11194
  It were easier to stop Euphrates at its source than one tear of a true and tender heart.    Byron.  11195
  It were good for a man to have some anchorage deeper than the quicksands of this world; for these drift to and fro so as to baffle all conjecture.    Carlyle.  11196
  It were no virtue to bear calamities if we did not feel them.    Mme. Necker.  11197
  It will be all the same a hundred years hence.    Proverb.  11198
  It will be an ill web to bleach.    Proverb.  11199
  It will have blood; they say, blood will have blood; / Stones have been known to move, and trees to speak.    Macbeth, iii. 4.  11200
  It will never out of the flesh that’s bred in the bone.    Ben Jonson.  11201
  It would be better that we should not exist, than that we should guiltily disappoint the purposes of existence.    Ruskin.  11202
  It would be some advantage to live a primitive and frontier life, though in the midst of an outward civilisation, if only to learn what are the gross necessaries of life, and what methods have been taken to obtain them.    Thoreau.  11203
  It’s a gude heart that says nae ill, but a better that thinks nane.    Scotch Proverb.  11204
  It’s a poor man that always counts his sheep.    Proverb.  11205
  It’s a poor sport that’s not worth the candle.    George Herbert.  11206
  It’s a sair field where a’s slain.    Scotch Proverb.  11207
  It’s a small joke sets men laughing when they sit a-staring at one another wi’ a pipe i’ their mouths.    George Eliot.  11208
  It’s a weary warld, and naebody bides in’t.    J. M. Barrie.  11209
  It’s all very well having a ready-made rich man, but it may happen he’ll be a ready-made fool.    George Eliot.  11210
  It’s an ill wind that blaws naebody gude.    Scotch Proverb.  11211
  It’s aye the cheapest lawyer’s fee / To taste the barrel.    Burns.  11212
  It’s bad flesh that won’t take salt; worse is the body that won’t take warning.    Gaelic Proverb.  11213
  It’s difficult to give sense to a fool.    Gaelic Proverb.  11214
  It’s dogged as does it.    Proverb.  11215
  It’s good sheltering under an old hedge.    Proverb.  11216
  It’s hard sailing when there is no wind.    Proverb.  11217
  It’s hard to take the twist out of an oak that grew in the sapling.    Gaelic.  11218
  It’s hard to tell which is Old Harry when everybody’s got boots on.    George Eliot.  11219
  It’s harder work getting to hell than to heaven.    German Proverb.  11220
  It’s hardly in a body’s power / To keep, at times, frae being sour, / To see how things are shared.    Burns.  11221
  It’s height makes Grantham steeple stand awry.    Proverb.  11222
  It’s ill livin’ in a hen-roost for them as doesn’t like fleas.    George Eliot.  11223
  It’s ill living where everybody knows everybody.    Proverb.  11224
  It’s ill talking between a full man and a fasting.    Scotch Proverb.  11225
  It’s ill wool that will take no dye.    Proverb.  11226
  It’s lang ere the devil dee by the dyke-side.    Scotch Proverb.  11227
  It’s never too late to learn.    Proverb.  11228
  It’s no in titles nor in rank; / It’s no in wealth like London bank, / To purchase peace and rest: / It’s no in makin’ muckle mair, / It’s no in books, it’s no in lear, / To mak’ us truly blest.    Burns.  11229
  It’s no tint (lost) that a friend gets.    Scotch Proverb.  11230
  It’s no use filling your pocket full of money if you have got a hole in the corner.    George Eliot.  11231
  It’s no use killing nettles to grow docks.    Proverb.  11232
  It’s no use pumping a dry well.    Proverb.  11233
  It’s not “What has she?” but “What is she?”    Proverb.  11234
  It’s poor eating where the flavour of the meat lies in the cruets.    George Eliot.  11235
  It’s poor friendship that needs to be constantly bought.    Gaelic Proverb.  11236
  It’s pride that puts this country down; / Man, take thine old cloak about thee.    Old ballad.  11237
  It’s sin, and no poverty, that maks a man miserable.    Scotch Proverb.  11238
  It’s them as take advantage that get advantage i’ this world, I think; folks have to wait long enough before it’s brought to ’em.    George Eliot.  11239
  It’s too late to cast anchor when the ship is on the rocks.    Proverb.  11240
  It’s wiser being good than bad; / It’s safer being meek than fierce; It’s fitter being sane than mad / My own hope is, a sun will pierce / The thickest cloud earth ever stretch’d; / That after last returns the first, / Though a wide compass round be fetch’d; / That what began best can’t end worst, / Nor what God blessèd once prove accurst.    Browning.  11241
  It’s your dead chicks take the longest hatchin’.    George Eliot.  11242
  Ita lex scripta—Thus the law is written.  11243
  Ivory does not come from a rat’s mouth.    Chinese Proverb.  11244


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