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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Miser
 
A miser and a liar bargain quickly.  Modern Greek.  1
A miser grows rich by seeming poor, an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.  Shenstone.  2
A miserly father makes a prodigal son.  3
A miser’s son is generally a spendthrift.  Latin.  4
Addition is the miser’s sum of happiness.  Punch.  5
As good beg of a naked man as a miser.  6
He that keeps up his riches and lives poorly is like an ass that carries gold and eats thistles.  7
He weeps at throwing away the water in which he was washed.  Plautus.  8
His money takes the place of wisdom.  Dutch.  9
If the niggard should once taste the sweetness of giving, he’d give all away.  10
Misers put their back and their belly into their pocket.  11
Misers’ money goes twice to market.  Spanish, Portuguese.  12
No feast like a miser’s.  French.  13
Poor though in the midst of wealth.  Latin.  14
The miser and the pig are of no use till dead.  French.  15
The miser doth spoil his coat by scanting a little cloth.  Shakespeare.  16
The miser acquires yet fears to use his gains.  Horace.  17
The miser grows old, but his miserly spirit remains young.  German.  18
The miser is always poor.  German.  19
The miser is ever in want.  Horace.  20
The miser’s bag is never full.  Danish.  21
The miser’s chest is rich, but he is as poor as a wolf.  German.  22
The miser’s friendship continues as long as he gains by it.  German.  23
The only good a miser does is to prove the little happiness there is to be found in wealth.  24
The riches of the miser fall into the hands of the spendthrift.  Modern Greek.  25
The wolf is sometimes satisfied, the miser never.  German.  26
’Tis strange the miser should his cares employ
To gain those riches he can ne’er enjoy.  Pope.
  27
To beg of the miser is to dig a trench in the sea.  Turkish.  28
What he has is no more use to the miser than what he has not.  Publius Syrus.  29
 
 
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