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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
World
 
A due consideration of the vanities of the world will naturally bring us to a contempt of it.  L’Estrange.  1
A falling world might crush but it could not intimidate me.  Petrarch.  2
All the world is not mere conduct and stratagem.  3
All the world will beat the man whom fortune buffets.  4
He is the world’s master who despises it, its slave who prizes it.  Italian.  5
He that will consider the world must own he has never seen a better.  Dutch.  6
If all the world were ugly, deformity would be no monster.  7
If all were wise the world would come to an end.  German.  8
If the whole world does not enter one-half of it will.  9
In this world men must be saved by their want of faith.  Lord Halifax.  10
In this world nine-tenths of all success depends upon the time.  11
In this world, the fondest and the best
Are the most troubled and distressed.  Crabbe.
  12
In wiving and thriving men should take counsel of all the world.  13
Let the great book of the world be your principal study.  Chesterfield.  14
Of this world each man has as much as he takes.  Italian.  15
One-half the world does not know how the other half lives.  16
One-half the world laughs at the other half.  French, German.  17
Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be.  German.  18
The gown is hers who wears it, and the world is his who enjoys it.  19
The world has people of all sorts.  Locke.  20
The world is a bride superbly dressed,
Who weds for dowry must pay his soul.  Hafiz.
  21
The world is a great book of which they that never stir from home read only a page.  St. Augustine.  22
The world is a ladder for some to go up and others to go down.  23
The world is a lottery wherein one must expect to meet with many unlucky chances.  Turkish Spy.  24
The world is a net; the more we stir in it the more we are entangled.  25
The world is a wheel.  Modern Greek.  26
The world is as free for a fly as for an eagle.  Ben Jonson.  27
The world is governed with little brains.  Italian.  28
The world is like a staircase, some go up and others go down.  Italian.  29
The world is so much knave that it holds honesty to be a vice and folly.  30
The world likes to be cheated.  Dutch.  31
The world likes to have night owls that it may have matter for wonder.  German.  32
The world owes me a living providing I earn it.  33
The world wags on with three things: doing, undoing and pretending.  Italian.  34
The world was never so dull as if one wont another will.  35
The world would perish were all men learned.  36
The world’s a stage, each plays his part and takes his share.  Dutch.  37
There needs a long apprenticeship to understand the mystery of the world’s trade.  38
There needs a long time to know the world’s pulse.  39
This world is nothing except it tend to another.  40
’Tis a wicked world and we make part of it.  41
When the world is inclined to favor, it overrates as much as it will underrate when it disfavors.  Richardson.  42
 
 
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