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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Master
 
A good master of the house must first to bed and first out.  German.  1
All men can’t be masters.  2
As is the master so is his dog.  Spanish.  3
As many servants so many masters.  Seneca.  4
As the master so the work.  German.  5
Better a master be feared than despised.  6
Every one has his master.  German.  7
He must indeed be a good master who never errs.  Dutch.  8
He who has a companion has a master.  French.  9
He who has two masters to serve must lie to one of them.  Spanish.  10
It is bad to have a servant but worse to have a master.  Portuguese.  11
Like master, like man.  French, Italian, German, Dutch.  12
Masters amuse themselves, servants die.  Turkish.  13
Masters are mostly the greatest servants in the house.  14
Masters’ hints are commands.  Italian.  15
Masters should be sometimes blind and sometimes deaf.  16
Mony ane serves a thankless master.  17
No man can serve two masters.  18
Of a master who never forgives, the orders are seldom disobeyed.  Gibbon.  19
One eye of the master sees more than four of the servants’.  20
Our master is our enemy. (La Fontaine illustrates this proverb by one of his fables of the ass and his master.)  La Fontaine.  21
Share not pears with your master either in jest or in earnest.  22
Some day Peter will command as much as his master.  Spanish.  23
The forehead of a master is better than his hind head.  (A Latin proverb quoted by Cato and Pliny the Elder.)  24
The master bids the man, the man bids the cat, and the cat bids its own tail.  Portuguese.  25
The master derives honor from his art.  Danish.  26
The master eats the flesh, the servant must gnaw the bones.  German.  27
The master makes the house to be respected, not the house the master.  28
The master of the house is the guest of the servant.  Turkish.  29
The master’s eye and foot are the best manure for the field.  Dutch.  30
The master’s eye puts mate on the horse’s bones.  Ulster.  31
We cannot all be masters.  Shakespeare.  32
What belongs to the master is forbidden to the slave.  Arabian.  33
You may know the master by the man.  34
 
 
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