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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
And all may do what has by man been done.  Young.  1
As good do nothing as to no purpose.  2
Better to do nothing than to do ill.  Pliny.  3
Command your man and do it yourself.  4
Do and undo, the day is long enough.  5
Do as little as you can to repent of.  6
Do as most men do and men will speak well of thee.  7
Do as others do and few will mock you.  8
Do as the friar saith, not as he does.  9
Do as the maids do, say no and take it.  10
Do as you’re bidden and you’ll never bear blame.  11
Do as you would be done by.  12
Do in the hole as thou wouldst do in the hall.  13
Do it well that thou mayst not do it twice.  14
Do the best and leave the rest.  15
Do the likeliest and hope the best.  16
Do thoroughly what you set about,
Kill a pig, kill him out and out.  Chinese.
Do unto others as you would others should do to you.  18
Do well and doubt nae man, do ill an’ doubt a’ men.  19
Do well and dread nae shame.  20
Do well and have well.  21
Do well is better than say well.  22
Do what I say well and not what I do ill.  Spanish.  23
Do what the friar says, not what he does.  Spanish.  24
Do what thou doest.  (Age quod agis.)  25
Do what you consider right whatever the people think of it, despise its censure and its praise.  Pythagoras.  26
Employed about many things and doing nothing.  27
Do what you ought come what may.  French, Italian.  28
Do what your master bids you and sit down by him at table.  Don Quixote.  29
He doth much that doth a thing well.  30
He slumbers enough who does nothing.  French.  31
He that doth most at once doth least.  32
He that doth well wearieth not himself.  33
He that is suffered to do more than is fitting will do more than is lawful.  34
He who cannot do always wants to do.  Italian.  35
He who does as he likes has no headache.  Italian.  36
He who does good to you either dies or goes away.  Spanish.  37
He who does no more than another is no better than another.  Spanish.  38
He who does nothing but sit and eat will wear away a mountain of wealth.  Chinese.  39
He who does what he likes, does not what he ought.  Spanish.  40
He who is afraid of doing too much always does too little.  German.  41
How many things are ill done because they are done but once.  Petrarch.  42
I will do what I can and a little less to be able to continue at it.  Italian.  43
If things were to be done twice, all would be wise.  44
If you would have a thing well done, do it yourself.  45
It is easier to do many things and continue than to do one thing long.  Ben Jonson.  46
It is easier to know how to do a thing than to do it.  Chinese.  47
No man should live in the world who has nothing to do in it.  48
No man can do nothing and no man can do everything.  German.  49
None so busy as those who do nothing.  French.  50
Nothing is done while something remains undone.  French.  51
Nothing is done with a leap.  Bacon.  52
Once well done is better than twice ill done.  Turkish.  53
Overdoing is doing nothing to the purpose.  54
That is done soon enough which is well done.  French, Italian.  55
That which a man causes to be done he does himself.  56
That which is well done is twice done.  57
The dead and only they should do nothing.  58
The thing that’s done, is na to do.  59
There is a right and wrong way to do everything.  60
There is more trouble in having nothing to do, than in having much to do.  Italian.  61
There is nothing so well done but may be mended.  French.  62
They that do nothing learn to do ill.  63
They who cannot as they would, must do as they can.  64
To do one must be doing.  French.  65
Well doing is the best capital.  Turkish.  66
Well done outlives death.  German.  67
What is done cannot be undone.  Italian, Danish.  68
What is done is done for this time.  Spanish.  69
What may be done at any time will be done at no time.  70
What you do, do quickly.  German.  71
What you do, do thoroughly.  French.  72
What you do yourself is well done.  Danish.  73
What you have to do, do without delay. Literal: Wait until the Yellow River becomes clear and how old will you be?  Chinese.  74
What you would not have done to yourselves never do unto others.  Alexander Severus.  75
What’s done cannot be undone.  76
What’s done can’t be helped.  77
Whatsoever a man findeth to do, do it with thy might.  Bible.  78
Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you even so do unto them.  Bible.  79
When a man goes out let him consider what he is to do, when he returns what he has done.  Cleobulus.  80
When a thing is done make the best of it.  German.  81
Wherever you are do as you see done.  Spanish.  82
Who does all he may never does well.  Italian.  83
Who does no ill can have no foe.  84
Who does the best his circumstance allows, does well, acts nobly; angels could do no more.  Young.  85
Who will have things done all right must be both master and servant.  German.  86

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