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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Beggar
 
A beggar is never out of his road.  French.  1
A beggar nowhere suffers from famine.  Tamil.  2
A beggar’s estate lies in all lands.  Dutch.  3
A beggar’s hand is a bottomless basket.  Dutch.  4
A beggar’s wallet empty is heavier than a full one.  German.  5
A beggar’s wallet is never full.  Portuguese.  6
A lordly taste makes a beggar’s purse.  7
A lord’s heart and a beggar’s purse agree not.  8
A prince wants a million, a beggar but a groat.  9
A shameless beggar must have a short denial.  10
Ae beggar is wae that anither by the gate gae.  11
Bare gentry—braggart beggars.  12
Beggars and borrowers must not be choosers.  13
Beggars breed and rich men feed.  14
Beggars can never be bankrupt.  15
Beggars fear no rebellion.  16
Beggars mounted run their horse to death.  Shakespeare.  17
Better die a beggar than live a beggar.  18
Even the beggar envies the beggar.  19
He makes a beggar first that first relieves him.  Heywood.  20
He’ll soon be a beggar that canna say na.  21
I know him as well as the beggar knows his dish.  22
If wishes were butter cakes, beggars might bite.  23
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.  24
If wishes were thrushes beggars would eat birds.  25
It is a grief to the beggar that another stands by the door.  Dutch.  26
One beggar likes not that another has wallets.  Danish.  27
One day a beggar the next a thief.  German.  28
Neither beg of him, who has been a beggar, nor serve him who has been a servant.  Spanish.  29
Set a beggar on horseback and he won’t trot but gallops.  Dutch.  30
Set a beggar on horseback and he’ll ride to the devil.  31
She loves the poor well but cannot abide beggars.  32
Small invitation will serve a beggar.  33
So soon as the beggar’s sack warms in one’s hands, he never does good any more.  German.  34
The beggar is never out of his way.  35
The beggar is the enemy of the hound and the hound of the beggar.  German.  36
The beggar may sing before the thief.  37
The beggar stands sure, he cannot become bankrupt.  German.  38
The beggar’s sack never cries “hold enough.”  German.  39
The beggar’s wallet has no bottom.  Italian, German.  40
There is no pride like that of a beggar grown rich.  French.  41
’Tis one beggar’s woe to see another by the door go.  42
To see a beggar’s brat in riches flow,
Adds not a wrinkle to my even brow.  Dryden.
  43
When it rains porridge the beggar has no spoon.  Danish.  44
 
 
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