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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Bear
 
An old bear is slow in learning to dance.  German.  1
Catch the bear before you sell his skin.  2
Don’t play with the bear if you don’t want to be bit.  Italian.  3
He must have iron nails that scratches with a bear.  4
He that hath eaten a bear pie will always smell of the garden.  5
If it were a bear it would bite you. (Applied to a person hunting for a thing mislaid, by a person observing him near to it.)  6
One cannot teach a bear to dance in a day.  German.  7
One must catch the bear before he draws a ring through his nose.  German.  8
One must not play on the nose of the sleeping bear.  German.  9
One must not reach his hand to the hungry bear.  German.  10
Savage bears agree with one another.  Juvenal.  11
The bear wants a tail and cannot be lion.  12
The she bear thinks her cubs pretty.  Italian.  13
 
 
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