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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
It is Hard
It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.  1
It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.  2
It is hard having lived with the men of one generation to be compelled to make his defence to those of another.  Cato.  3
It is hard to be high and humble.  4
It is hard to break an old hog of an ill custom.  5
It is hard to catch a weasel asleep.  6
It is hard to keep flax from the lowe (fire).  Scotch.  7
It is hard to glean after a niggardly husbandman.  Danish.  8
It is hard to make a fire on a cold hearth.  Danish.  9
It is hard to sail without wind and to grind without water.  Danish.  10
It is hard to suffer wrong and pay for it too.  11
It is hard to swim against the stream.  Dutch.  12
It is hard to teach an old dog tricks.  Danish.  13
It is hard to turn back on a narrow bridge.  14

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