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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Peasant
 
A rich peasant, like a shaggy dog, only keeps himself warm with his money.  Romanian.  1
An ennobled peasant does not know his own father.  2
“At home,” says the peasant, “I am king.”  German.  3
Better a healthy peasant than a sickly king. (Said by Ferdinand III.)  German.  4
Better a rich peasant than a poor nobleman.  German.  5
He who would cheat a peasant must take one with him.  German, Dutch.  6
If the thunder is not loud the peasant forgets to cross himself.  Russian.  7
It is easier to make a lady of a peasant girl, than a peasant girl of a lady.  8
Peasant erect is taller than peasant on bended knee.  Turkish.  9
Princes and lords may flourish or may fade;
A breath can make them as a breath has made;
But a bold peasantry, their country’s pride,
When once destroyed can never be supplied.  Goldsmith.
  10
Set a peasant on horseback and he forgets both God and man.  Spanish.  11
The peasant is a peasant though he sleep till mid-day.  German.  12
The peasant reaches heaven as soon as the nobleman.  German.  13
There is no knife cuts deeper, than a peasant become a nobleman.  German.  14
When a peasant gets rich he knows neither relations nor friends.  Spanish.  15
When the peasant would become a nobleman, he becomes a beggar.  German.  16
 
 
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