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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Perseverance
 
An oak is not felled at one blow.  Spanish.  1
Appeles was not a master painter the first day.  2
By slow degrees the bird builds its nest.  Dutch.  3
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.  Johnson.  4
Link by link the coat of mail is made.  French.  5
In time a mouse will gnaw through a cable.  German.  6
Many strokes though with a little axe.  7
Hew down and fell the hardest timbered oak.  Shakespeare.  8
Nine storied terraces rise by a gradual accumulation of bricks.  Chinese.  9
Paris was not built in a day.  French.  10
Perseverance brings success.  Dutch.  11
Perseverance kills the game.  Spanish.  12
Step by step one goes far (or to Rome).  Italian, Portuguese, Dutch.  13
The repeated stroke will fell the oak.  German.  14
There is nothing difficult in the world; the only fear is that men will be lacking in perseverance.  Chinese.  15
’Tis perseverance that prevails.  16
Troy was not taken in a day.  17
With perseverance one surmounts all difficulties.  Modern Greek.  18
Zamora (a city of Spain) was not built in a day.  Don Quixote.  19
 
 
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