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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
Against God’s wrath no castle is thunder proof.  1
All things proclaim the existence of a God.  Napoleon.  2
Better God than gold.  3
Every little blade of grass declareth the presence of God.  Latin.  4
Every one in his own house and God in all men’s.  Spanish.  5
Every one is as God made him and very often worse.  Don Quixote.  6
Everything has an end excepting God.  Dutch.  7
Father and mother are kind, but God is kinder.  Danish.  8
Get thy spindle and thy distaff ready and God will send the flax.  9
God alone understands fools.  French.  10
God arms the harmless.  11
God blesses the seeking, not the finding.  German.  12
God comes at last when we think he is farthest off.  Danish.  13
God comes with leaden feet but strikes with iron hand.  14
God deals his wrath by weight but without weight his mercy.  15
God defend me from the still water, and I’ll keep myself from the rough.  16
God defend me from the devil, the eye of a harlot and the turn of a die.  Spanish.  17
God delays but does not forget.  Modern Greek.  18
God deliver me from a man of one book.  19
God deprives him of his bread who likes not his drink.  20
God does not pay weekly but he pays at the end.  Dutch.  21
God does not smite with both hands.  Spanish.  22
God extends from eternity to eternity.  Aristotle.  23
God gives a cursed cow short horns.  Italian.  24
God gives almonds to some who have no teeth.  Spanish.  25
God gives bread but we must creep along ourselves also.  Modern Greek.  26
God gives every bird its food but does not thrust it into its nest.  Danish.  27
God gives little folks small gifts.  Danish.  28
God gives strength to bear a great deal if we only strive ourselves to endure.  Hans Andersen.  29
God gives the milk but not the pail.  German.  30
God gives the wine but not the bottle.  German.  31
God gives wings to the ant that she may perish the sooner.  Spanish.  32
God grant me to contend with those who understand me.  33
God grant you fortune, my son, for knowledge avails you little.  Spanish.  34
God has given nuts to some that have no teeth.  Portuguese.  35
God has given us the earth, but left the sea to the infidels.  Turkish.  36
God has many names though he is only one being.  Aristotle.  37
God helps the sailor but he must row.  German.  38
God helps those who help themselves.  39
God helping, nothing need be feared.  40
God helps the early riser.  Spanish.  41
God helps the strongest.  German, Dutch.  42
God helps three sorts of people: fools, children, and drunkards.  French.  43
God is always at leisure to do good to those that ask it.  44
God is everywhere except where he has his delegate. (Ironical.).  Italian.  45
God is not hasty but he forgets nothing.  German.  46
God is patient because eternal.  St. Augustine.  47
God keeps the nobleman no more than the peasant.  German.  48
God is the enemy of the proud.  Turkish.  49
God is where he was.  50
God keep you from—“It is too late.”  Spanish.  51
God knows who are the best pilgrims.  52
God looks to pure hands, not full ones.  Publius Syrus.  53
God loves good accounts.  54
God made the country, man made the town.  Byron.  55
God made us and we wonder at it.  Spanish.  56
God never sends mouths but he sends meat.  57
God, our parents and our master can never be requited.  58
God permits nothing to happen which is not the best for us.  Hans Andersen.  59
God permits the wicked but not forever.  60
God postpones, he does not overlook.  Turkish.  61
God puts a good root in the little pig’s way.  French.  62
God reaches us good things by our own hands.  63
God save me from one who does not drink.  Italian.  64
God save me from the man of one occupation.  Italian.  65
God save me from those I confide in.  French.  66
God save me from a bad neighbor and from a beginner on the fiddle.  Italian.  67
God saves the moon from the wolves.  French.  68
God sells knowledge for labor, honor for risk.  Dutch.  69
God send me a friend that may tell me my faults, if not an enemy and to be sure he will.  70
God send you readier meat than running hares.  71
God sends clothes after clothes.  72
God sends corn and the devil mars the sack.  73
God sends enough to all.  Latin.  74
God’s mills turn slow, but they grind woe.  Oriental.  75
God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.  76
God sends no greater evil than many children and little bread.  German.  77
God sends nothing but what can be borne.  Italian.  78
God sent him meat but the devil cooked it.  Dutch.  79
God stands in need of nothing; he is forever above and beyond want.  Aristotle.  80
God stays long but strikes at last.  81
God tempers the wind to the shorn lamb.  Sterne, French.  82
God made the world so wisely, so wisely governs it.  83
God’s help is nearer than the fair even.  84
God who sends the wounds, sends the cure.  Don Quixote.  85
God will provide, but a bundle of straw will not be amiss.  Spanish.  86
God’s mill goes slowly, but it grinds well.  German.  87
God’s providence is the sweet and best inheritance.  88
God’s work is soon done.  French.  89
Good is God and long is eternity.  90
Hae God hae a’.  91
He loseth nothing that keeps God for his friend.  92
If God be with us everything that is impossible becomes possible.  93
If God be with us who shall stand against us.  Latin.  94
If God bids thee draw, he will find thee a rope, and if he bid thee ride, he will find thee a horse.  Danish.  95
If God give not bushelfuls, he gives spoonfuls.  Danish.  96
If God proposes the destruction of an ant he gives her wings.  Arabian.  97
If things go well it is God’s will, and if they don’t go well it is his will also.  Bombay the African speaking to Captain Speke.  98
It is better to have to do with God than with his saints.  French.  99
It is impossible to do anything against the will of God.  Hannibal.  100
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.  Pope.
Man doth what he can and God what he will.  102
No threshold without God.  Russian.  103
Not God above gets all men’s love.  104
Preserve thyself from the occasion and God will preserve thee from the sin.  105
That man is to be feared who fears not God.  Turkish.  106
The most High God sees and forbears; my neighbor knows nothing and yet is always finding fault.  107
To God’s counsel chamber there is no key.  Danish.  108
Unless God be with us all labor is in vain.  Latin.  109
Whom God will help none can hinder.  110
What God will, no frost can kill.  111
What we have in us of the image of God, is the love of truth and justice.  Demosthenes.  112
Whatever happens, happens by the will of God.  Last Knight of Delphi.  113
When God gives light he gives it for all.  Spanish.  114
When God means to punish a nation he deprives its rulers of wisdom.  German, Dutch.  115
When God pleases it rains in fair weather.  Spanish.  116
When God pleases it rains with every wind.  Spanish, Dutch.  117
When God says to-day the devil says to-morrow.  German.  118
When God sends flour the devil carries off the sack.  French.  119
When God sends the dawn he sends it for all.  Don Quixote.  120
When God will not the saints cannot.  Italian, Spanish, Dutch.  121
When it is God’s will to plague a man a mouse can bite him to death.  Dutch.  122
When it pleaseth not God, the saint can do little.  123
When the anguish is greatest, God’s help is highest.  German.  124
Where God bestows an office he provides brains to fill it.  German.  125
Where God builds a church, the devil builds a chapel.  German.  126
Who hath God hath all, who hath him not hath less than nothing.  127
Whom God loves, his house is savory to him.  128
You cannot serve God and mammon.  New Testament.  129

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