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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A boy’s love is water in a sieve.  Spanish.  1
A fence between makes love more keen.  German.  2
A man has choice to begin love but not to end it.  3
A sweet and innocent compliance is the cement of love.  4
All’s fair in love and war.  5
Always in love, never married.  French.  6
An oyster may be crossed in love.  Sheridan.  7
As the best wine makes the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turns to the deadliest hatred.  8
At love’s perjuries Jove laughs.  9
Be loving and you’ll never want for love.  Muloch.  10
Better a dinner of herbs where love is than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.  Solomon.  11
Better to have loved amiss than nothing to have loved.  Crabbe.  12
Blue eyes say, “Love me or I die;” black eyes say, “Love me or I kill thee.”  Spanish.  13
But Love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit.  Shakespeare.
By beating love decays.  French.  15
Can a mouse fall in love with a cat?  16
Cauld cools the love that kindles o’er hot.  17
Cold broth hot again, that loved I never;
Old love renewed again, that loved I ever.
Congruity is the mother of love.  19
Dry bread is better with love than a fat capon with fear.  20
Esteem and love were never to be sold.  Pope.  21
Fanned fire and forced love never did well yet.  22
Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee.  23
For the love of the ox the wolf licks the yoke.  Catalan.  24
For love the wolf eats the sheep.  German.  25
For love of the nurse many kiss the bairn.  26
Forced love does not last.  Dutch.  27
Fortune and love are blind.  28
Generally we love ourselves more than we hate others.  29
Hot love and hasty vengeance.  30
He loves mutton well who eats the wool.  31
He loves roast meat well who licks the spit.  32
He loves thee well who makes thee weep.  Don Quixote.  33
He loves well who chastises well.  34
He loves well who never forgets.  Italian, Spanish, Portuguese.  35
He that does not love a woman sucked a sow.  36
He that falls in love with himself will find no rival.  Franklin.  37
He that hath love in his breast hath spurs in his heels.  38
He that is in love bids adieu to prudence.  La Fontaine.  39
He that loves glass without a “g” take away “l” and that is he.  40
He who forces love where none is found,
Remains a fool the whole year round.  Spanish.
He who loves himself best is the honestest man.  42
He who loves well is slow to forget.  Spanish.  43
He who loves well obeys well.  44
He who would not be indolent let him fall in love.  Ovid.  45
Honor in love is silence.  Massinger.  46
I cannot hate and I am forced to love.  Ovid.  47
I love my friends well but myself better.  French.  48
I love thee well but don’t touch my pocket.  49
I think his face is made of a fiddle; every one that looks on him loves him.  50
If Jack’s in love he’s no judge of Gill’s beauty.  51
If you are in love fly to the mountain.  Turkish.  52
If you love me, John, your acts will tell me so.  Spanish.  53
If you love yourself over much, nobody else will love you at all.  54
In hunting and in love you begin when you like and leave off when you can.  Spanish.  55
In love’s wars, he who flieth is conqueror.  56
It is all one whether you die of sickness or love.  Italian.  57
It is loving too much to die of love.  French.  58
It is only the blind who ask why they are loved who are fair.  Danish.  59
Likeness is the mother of love.  60
Love abounds in honey and poison.  Plautus.  61
Love, a cough, smoke, and money cannot long be hid.  French, Italian, German.  62
Love accomplishes all things.  Petrarch.  63
Love all, trust a few, be false to none.  Shakespeare.  64
Love and faith are seen in works.  German, Portuguese.  65
Love and light cannot be hid.  66
Love and lordship like no fellowship.  French, Italian, Portuguese.  67
Love and poverty are hard to conceal.  Danish.  68
Love and pride stock bedlam.  69
Love and religion are both stronger than friendship.  Benjamin Disraeli.  70
Love alone begets love.  La Bruyère.  71
Love asks faith and faith asks firmness.  72
Love begets love—confidence begets confidence.  New York World.  73
Love begins at home.  German.  74
Love, being jealous, makes a good eye look asquint.  75
Love Bertram, love his dog.  French.  76
Love can make any place agreeable.  Arabian.  77
Love can neither be bought nor sold; its only price is love.  78
Love comes in at the window and goes out at the door.  79
Love conquers all things, let us yield to love.  Virgil.  80
Love deceives the best of womankind.  Homer.  81
Love delights in praise.  82
Love despises gold.  83
Love does much, but money does more.  84
Love does much, money everything.  French, German, Spanish.  85
Love does wonders but money makes marriage.  French.  86
Love expels jealousy.  French.  87
Love fears no danger.  German.  88
Love gives for guerdon, jealousy, and broken faith.  Italian.  89
Love, grief and money cannot be kept secret.  Spanish.  90
Love grows with obstacles.  German.  91
Love has no law.  Portuguese.  92
Love heats the brain and anger makes a poet.  Juvenal.  93
Love him who tells thee thy faults in private.  Hebrew.  94
Love in a hut with water and a crust,
Is love, forgive us, cinders, ashes, dust.
Love is a credulous thing.  Ovid.  96
Love is a leveller.  Aaron Hill.  97
Love is a sweet tyrant because the lover endureth his torments willingly.  Niphas.  98
Love is a thing full of anxious fears.  Ovid.  99
Love is an excuse for its own faults.  Italian.  100
Love is as strong as death, many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.  Bible.  101
Love is as warm among cottagers as courtiers.  102
Love is better than fame.  Bayard Taylor.  103
Love is blind but sees afar.  Italian.  104
Love is cold without good eating and drinking.  Publius Syrus.  105
Love is incompatible with fear.  Publius Syrus.  106
Love is master of all arts.  Italian.  107
Love is never without jealousy.  108
Love is not to be found in the market.  109
Love is potent but money is omnipotent.  French.  110
Love is strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave.  Bible.  111
Love is the loadstone of love.  112
Love is the touchstone of virtue.  113
Love is the true price at which love is bought.  Italian.  114
Love is without prudence and anger without counsels.  Italian.  115
Love, knavery, and necessity make men good orators.  116
Love knows hidden paths.  German.  117
Love knows no love.  Portuguese.  118
Love knows no measure.  119
Love knows not labor.  Italian.  120
Love laughs at locksmiths.  121
Love levels all inequalities.  Italian.  122
Love lieth deep, love dwells not in lip depths.  Tennyson.  123
Love, like death,
Levels all ranks and lays the shepherd’s crook
Beside the sceptre.  Lytton.
Love lives in cottages as well as in courts.  125
Love makes labor light.  Dutch.  126
Love makes time pass away, and time makes love pass away.  French.  127
Love me little and love me long.  French, Italian, Danish.  128
Love me, love my dog.  Italian.  129
Love must be attracted by beauty of mind and body.  Ovid.  130
Love of gain turns wise men into fools.  Chinese.  131
Love of lads and fire of chats is soon in and soon out.  Derbyshire.  132
Love one that does not love you, answer one that does not call you, and you will run a fruitless race.  Spanish.  133
Love others well but love thyself the most,
Give good for good but not to thine own cost.  Dutch.
Love rules his kingdom without a sword.  Italian.  135
Love rules without law.  Italian.  136
Love sees no faults.  137
Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.  Shakespeare.  138
Love subdues everything, except the felon heart.  French.  139
Love teaches asses to dance.  French.  140
Love, thieves and fear make ghosts.  German.  141
Love thy friend with his foibles.  Modern Greek.  142
Love thy neighbor but pull not down thy hedge.  German.  143
Love understands love; it needs no talk.  144
Love warms more than a thousand fires.  145
Love well, whip well.  146
Love will creep where it cannot go.  147
Love will find out the way.  148
Love without return is like a question without an answer.  149
Love yields to employment.  150
Love’s humility is love’s pride.  Bayard Taylor.  151
Love’s anger is fuel to love.  German.  152
Love’s merchandise is broken faith.  Italian.  153
Love’s plant must be watered with tears and tended with care.  Danish.  154
Love’s the noblest frailty of the mind.  Dryden.  155
Loving and singing are not to be forced.  German.  156
Luve your friend an’ look to yoursel’.  157
Mad love! I for you and you for another.  Spanish, Portuguese.  158
Man loves but once.  German.  159
Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart,
’Tis woman’s whole existence.  Byron.
Next to love quietness.  161
New loves drive out the old.  Spanish.  162
No jealousy, no love.  German.  163
No love without bread and wine.  French.  164
No rose without a thorn, nor love without a rival.  Turkish.  165
Of all the paths that lead to a woman’s love pity’s the straightest.  Beaumont and Fletcher.  166
Of soup and love the first is the best.  167
Old love and old brands kindle at all seasons.  French.  168
Old love does not rust.  German.  169
One always returns to one’s first love.  French.  170
One grows used to love and to fire.  French.  171
One love drives out another.  Spanish.  172
People in love think other people’s eyes are out.  Spanish.  173
Perfect love never settled in a light head.  174
Reason was never admitted into the court of love.  Agricola.  175
Regretting those you love is happiness compared with living with those you hate.  La Bruyère.  176
Royal favor, April weather, woman’s love, rose leaves, dice, and card-luck change every moment.  German.  177
See for your love and buy for your money.  178
Seek love and it will shun you,
Haste away and ’twill outrun you.
She who loves an ugly man thinks him handsome.  180
Spectacles and gray hair are bad wares in love’s market.  German.  181
Sweet is true love tho’ given in vain,
And sweet is death that puts an end to pain.  Tennyson.
The approaches of love must be resisted at the first assault lest they undermine at the second.  Pythagoras.  183
The course of true love never did run smooth.  184
The English love, the French make love.  185
The love of country is more powerful than reason itself.  Ovid.  186
The love of fame usually spurs the mind.  Ovid.  187
The love of father and mother is the foundation of all the virtues.  188
The love of gaming is the worst of ills.  Young.  189
The love of heaven makes one heavenly.  Sidney.  190
The love of liberty is the parent of all vagabondom.  191
The love of money grows as money grows.  Juvenal.  192
The love of pelf increases with the pelf.  Juvenal.  193
The love of popularity holds you in a vice.  Juvenal.  194
The love of power is an instinct of the human heart.  Tacitus.  195
The love of power is natural, insatiable and never cloyed by possession.  Bolingbroke.  196
The love of the wicked is more dangerous than their hatred.  197
The man who loves is easy of belief.  Ovid.  198
The only victory over love is flight.  French.  199
The remedy for love is—land between.  Spanish.  200
The revolution that turns us all topsy-turvy,—the revolution of love.  Bulwer.  201
The reward of love is jealousy.  202
The sweetest joy, the wildest woe, is love.  Bailey.  203
The truth of truths is love.  Bailey.  204
Their (women’s) love is always with the lover past.  Homer.  205
There are more calamities in the world arising from love than hatred.  Spectator.  206
There are no reasons that explain love, but a thousand that explain marriage.  Punch.  207
There is beggary in the love that can be reckoned.  Shakespeare.  208
There is more true happiness in the folly of love than in all the wisdom of philosophy.  Fielding.  209
There is no love without jealousy.  French, Italian.  210
They love least that let men know their love.  Shakespeare.  211
They love me for little that hate me for naught.  212
They love most who are least valued.  213
They love too much that die for love.  214
They that lie down for love should rise for hunger.  215
Though love is blind yet ’tis not for want of eyes.  216
’Tis better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all.  Tennyson.
To be loved, be lovable.  Ovid.  218
To be wise and love
Exceeds man’s might, that dwells with gods alone.  Shakespeare.
To love and to be wise are two different things (or impossible).  French, Spanish, Portuguese.  220
To love it as a dog does a whip.  221
To love it as a cat does mustard.  222
To love it as the devil does holy water.  223
To raise esteem we must benefit others; to procure love we must please them.  Dr. Johnson.  224
Too much is not enough.  Beaumarchais speaking of love.  225
True love can fear no one.  Seneca.  226
True love falters not.  Helen Molony.  227
True love never grows hoary.  Italian.  228
True love suffers no concealment.  Spanish.  229
We never know how much we loved till what we loved is lost.  230
What is life when wanting love?  Burns.  231
When all else fails, love saves.  Anna K. Green.  232
When love fails we espy all faults.  233
When love is in the case the doctor’s an ass.  234
When mistrust enters, love departs.  Danish.  235
When poverty comes in at the door, love flies out at the window.  German.  236
When pride begins love ceases.  Lavater.  237
Where love is there is no labor, and if there be labor, the labor is loved.  St. Austin.  238
Where love is, there the eye is.  Italian.  239
Where there is great love there is great pain.  Italian.  240
Where there is much love there is much mistake.  241
Where there is no love all faults are seen.  German.  242
Where there is no jealousy there is no love.  German.  243
Where there is not equality there can be no perfect love.  Italian.  244
Where we do not respect we soon cease to love.  Benjamin Disraeli.  245
Who ever lov’d that lov’d not at first sight?  246
Who feels love in his breast feels a spur in his limbs.  Italian.  247
Who has no children does not know what love is.  Italian.  248
Who love too much hate in like extreme.  Homer.  249
Who loves believes, who loves fears.  Italian.  250
Who loves not women, wine and song,
Remains a fool his whole life long.  German.
Who loves the tree, loves the branch.  Italian.  252
Who loves well chastises well.  French, Italian.  253
Who loves well is slow to forget.  French.  254
Who would be loved must love.  Italian.  255
Whom we love best to them we can say least.  256
With lightning and with love, the clothes sound the heart burned.  Spanish.  257
With nothing left to love there’s naught to dread.  Byron.  258
Without bread and wine, even love will pine.  French.  259
Works and not words are the proof of love.  Spanish.  260
You will not be loved if you think of no one but yourself.  Spanish, Italian.  261

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