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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Ship
 
A dear ship stands long i’ the haven.  1
A great ship must have deep water.  2
A little leak will sink a great ship.  3
A little ship needs but a little sail.  4
All ships leak: some midships, some in the bows, some in the hold.  Italian.  5
Better is an old carriage than a new ship.  Danish.  6
Better on a sound boat than a leaky ship.  German.  7
Don’t give up the ship.  Lawrence.  8
Don’t spoil the ship for a half-penny-worth of tar.  9
Great ships require deep waters.  10
He who steadies himself between two ships will certainly be drowned.  Russian.  11
It is hard to track the path the ship follows in the ocean.  Danish.  12
Many commanders sink the ship.  Modern Greek.  13
Many drops of water will sink the ship.  14
Many grains of sand will sink a ship.  Danish.  15
Ships fear fire more than water.  16
The great ship has also great dangers.  Modern Greek.  17
The ship does not go without the boat.  Italian.  18
’Tis skill not strength that governs a ship.  19
To a crazy ship every wind is contrary.  Italian.  20
Two captains sink the ship.  Turkish.  21
When the helm is gone the ship will soon be wrecked.  Danish.  22
When the ship is sunk every one knows she might have been saved.  23
Where the ship goes the brig can go.  Italian.  24
You may take a ship to water, but you cannot make it swim.  Punch.  25
 
 
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