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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
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He that makes one basket can make a hundred.  1
He that makes the shoe can’t tan the leather.  2
He that maketh a fire of straw hath much smoke and but little warmth.  3
There is no making a good arrow from a pig’s tail.  Spanish.  4
There is no making a sieve from an ass’s tail.  Greek.  5
There is no making pancakes without breaking the eggs.  Italian, Spanish.  6
There is no making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  7
What man has made man can destroy.  German.  8
You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs.  (Napoleon’s remark over the slain after the battle of Borodino.)  9
You may be a wise man though you cannot make a watch.  10
 
 
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