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No people require maxims so much as the American. The reason is obvious: the country is so vast, the people always going somewhere, from Oregon apple valley to boreal New England, that we do not know whether to be temperate orchards or sterile climate.
~ Edward Dahlberg

 

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Precepts or maxims are of great weight; and a few useful ones on hand do more to produce a happy life than the volumes we can't find.
~ Seneca

 

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Proverbs are always platitudes until you have personally experienced the truth of them.
~ Aldous Huxley

 

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Proverbs are mental gems gathered in the diamond fields of the mind.
~ William R. Alger

 

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Proverbs are short sentences drawn from long experience.
~ Miguel De Cervantes

 

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The genius, wit, and the spirit of a nation are discovered by their proverbs.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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The proverb is something musty.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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There is often more spiritual force in a proverb than in whole philosophical systems.
~ Thomas Carlyle

 

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They are like the clue in the labyrinth, or the compass in the night.
~ Joseph Joubert

 

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Until a friend or relative has applied a particular proverb to your own life, or until you've watched him apply the proverb to his own life, it has no power to sway you.
~ Nicholson Baker

 

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What is a epigram? A dwarfish whole. Its body brevity, and wit its soul.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

 

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What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings -- they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong.
~ Norman Douglas

 

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