To explain his optimism, he lights up another of his hand-rolled cigarettes and cites an Arabic proverb.
The rich,” according to a Spanish proverb, “laugh carefully.
When danger approaches,” a Syrian proverb goes, “sing to it.
The catch phrase, which Reagan borrowed from a Russian proverb, was “trust but verify.”
An Arabic proverb: “Think of the going-out before you enter.”
"King's chaff is better than other folk's corn" says our proverb.
"Like master, like man" was a proverb which he saw daily fulfilled.
Zeno laughed rather incredulously, as he quoted the old Italian proverb.
Though all cannot live on the piazza,” as the Tuscan proverb has it, “every one may feel the sun.
The Russian proverb says of the non-observant man, “He goes through the forest and sees no firewood.”
c.1300, in boke of Prouerbyys, the Old Testament work, from Old French proverbe (12c.) and directly from Latin proverbium "a common saying, old adage, maxim," literally "words put forward," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + verbum "word" (see verb). Used generally from late 14c. The Book of Proverbs in Old English was cwidboc, from cwide "speech, saying, proverb, homily," related to cwiddian "to talk, speak, say, discuss;" cwiddung "speech, saying, report."
A brief, memorable saying that expresses a truth or belief, such as “A friend in need is a friend indeed.” (See examples under “Proverbs.”)
a trite maxim; a similitude; a parable. The Hebrew word thus rendered (mashal) has a wide signification. It comes from a root meaning "to be like," "parable." Rendered "proverb" in Isa. 14:4; Hab. 2:6; "dark saying" in Ps. 49:4, Num. 12:8. Ahab's defiant words in answer to the insolent demands of Benhadad, "Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off," is a well known instance of a proverbial saying (1 Kings 20:11).