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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A barren sow is never kind to pigs.  1
A bespattered hog tries to bespatter another.  Spanish.  2
A measly hog infects the whole sty.  Spanish.  3
A hog in armor is still but a hog.  4
A hog that’s bemired endeavors to bemire others.  5
A pig’s life—short and sweet.  French.  6
A pig’s tail will never make a good arrow.  Spanish.  7
A pretty pig makes an ugly hog.  8
A sow is always dreaming of bran.  French.  9
A sow may find an acorn as well as a hog.  Danish.  10
A sow prefers bran to roses.  French.  11
A still sow eats up all the draff.  Dutch.  12
A swine fatted hath eat its own bane.  13
As the sow tills the draff sours.  14
Everyone basteth the fat hog while the lean one burneth.  15
Every sow deserves not a sack posset.  16
Every sow to her trough.  17
Feed a pig and you will have a hog.  18
He has the right sow by the ear.  German.  19
He that can rear up a pig in his house,
Hath cheaper his bacon and sweeter his souse.  Tusser.
He that has but one hog makes him fat, he that has but one son makes him a fool.  21
He that has but one pig easily fattens it.  Italian.  22
He that seeks to grunt at me, has the wrong sow by the ear.  Sancho Panza.  23
He who does not kill hogs will not get black puddings.  Spanish.  24
He’s like a swine, he’ll never do good while he lives.  25
If you pull one pig by the tail all the rest squeak.  Dutch.  26
Ill would the fat sow fare on the primroses of the wood.  27
It is ill to drive black hogs in the dark.  28
It is not every man that takes the right sow by the ear.  Danish.  29
“It will all come back” said the man who gave his sow pork.  Danish.  30
Lean meat from a fat pig.  Portuguese.  31
Like Goodyear’s pig: never well but when doing mischief.  32
Old pigs have hard snouts.  German, Danish.  33
Pigs in the cold and men in drink make a great noise.  Portuguese.  34
Pigs love that lie together.  35
The fat sow knows not what the hungry sow suffers.  Dutch.  36
The hog never looks up to him who threshes down the acorns.  37
The lazy pig does not eat ripe pears.  Italian.  38
The oldest pig must look for the knife.  Benjamin Disraeli.  39
The pig having done wallowing in the mire is seeking some clean person to rub against.  Yorubas. (Africa.)  40
The pig prefers mud to clean water.  Latin.  41
The sow prefers the mire.  Danish.  42
The still swine eat the mash, the wild ones run past it.  Danish.  43
The whole hog or none.  44
The worst pig eats the best acorn (or pear).  Italian, Spanish, Portuguese.  45
The worst pig gets the best corn.  46
The young pig must often suffer for what the old sow did.  Danish.  47
To bring one’s hogs to a fair market.  48
What can you expect of a hog but his bristles.  49
When every one sees you are a pig why don’t you go into a sty?  Dutch.  50
When the pig is proffered hold up the poke.  51
When the sow is satisfied she overturns the trough.  German.  52
You can’t expect anything from a pig but a grunt.  Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  53
Young pigs grunt as old pigs grunted before them.  Danish.  54

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